If you're going no further than the sofa, here are some tips on what's worth watching on the box over the weekend. It's a busy one!

Pick of the weekend

The Sunday Game Live, 2.15pm, RTÉ2

I'll be far more concerned about Saturday's EA Sports Cup Final (2.30pm, eir Sport 2) between Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk, but I fully realise that many more people will be tuning in to watch Sunday's All Ireland football Final between Dublin and Mayo.

It's a repeat of last year's decider, when the Dubs beat Mayo after a replay to retain the Sam Maguire trophy. Can they land a 27th title, or will the Green and Red end a barren run of 56 years since their last win?

As usual, Michael Lyster and the panel have some of the best seats in GAA HQ and no doubt Joe Brolly, Colm O'Rourke and Pat Spillane will have plenty to say. Later on at 9.30pm, Des Cahill hosts the highlights programme.

Check out the pre-match banter between fans here 

New and returning shows

Even Better than the Real Thing, 7.00pm, Saturday, BBC One

Paddy McGuinness hosts BBC One’s brand new Saturday evening spectacular.

The 60-minute special will celebrate the biggest names in pop music by bringing together the world’s top tribute artists for a glamorous night of performing and competing.

With music from the likes of Whitney Houston, George Michael, Little Mix, Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars, Even Better than the Real Thing will see performances from professional tribute artists who are the best in the game.

Also in the show will be unique and surprising duets, as the tribute artists deliver never-before-seen collaborations. At the end of the show the live studio audience will vote for their favourite performer - the one act on the night that is even better than the real thing.

Electric Dreams, 9.00pm, Sunday, Channel 4

This new sci-fi anthology series consists of epic and ambitious stand-alone episodes, each inspired by a Philip K Dick short story, and set in a different and unique world.

The series features an all-star cast, including Steve Buscemi , Greg Kinnear, Mireille Enos, Anna Paquin, Vera Farmiga, Jack Reynor and Bryan Cranston, who also serves as an executive producer on the show.

The first episode, The Hood Maker, is set sometime in the future in a strangely archaic city. This world is an analogue world, precipitated by the Great Shower - a meteor shower that fried communications, energy conversion and the internet.

But this event also created the Teeps: a race of telepathic mutants that are feared and revered in equal measure. A war is coming between Normals and the Teeps - and only Agent Ross (Richard Madden) and a Teep called Honor (Holliday Grainger) can prevent it.

WWII's Great Escapes, 8.00pm, Saturday, Channel 4

Monty Halls tells incredible and little-known stories of Second World War escapes from Nazi-occupied territory by prisoners of war and Allied soldiers.

First up, he follows the dramatic escape route of British prisoner of war Len Harley from Nazi-occupied Italy. As German soldiers hunted for him, he hid wherever he could: in caves, and in the cellars and attics of sympathetic locals who risked their own lives to save Len's.

Hall retraces Harley's incredible journey, and then reunites Len - who is now 98 - with one of his saviours, Rosina Spinosa, who sheltered him during his ordeal.

Mammon, 9.30pm, Friday, RTÉ2

Season two of the Norwegian drama about politics, power and the media opens with a falling-out between journalist Torgrim Hammern and political editor Frank Mathiesen that fouls the atmosphere at the newsdesk of Norway’s biggest newspaper.

Later, Hammern is murdered in the underground carpark of the newspaper building. Was the killing part of an organized campaign to permanently silence certain journalists?

Marc Bolan: Cosmic Dancer, 9.00pm, Friday, BBC Four

This promises to be an intimate biography, narrated in Marc Bolan's own words, to mark the 70th anniversary of his birth and the 40th anniversary of his death.

Bolan started out as a folkie in the late 1960s but once he went electric in 1970 he became one of the Glam period's biggest stars. He died in a car crash in September 1977.

Cosmic Dancer is followed at 10.00pm by Glam Rock at the BBC.

Black Lake, 9.00pm, Saturday, BBC Four

With Inspector Montalbano done and dusted, here's a new Swedish show to take its place on BBC Four's subtitled Saturday slot.

This one's a drama series about a group of young friends and the unsettling chain of events that are set into motion when they visit an abandoned ski resort.

The Secret Life of the Ballroom, 8.00pm, Sunday, W

This new documentary series follows ten ordinary people's lives, charting the real pressures of preparing to embark in competitive dancing for the very first time.

Over three months the show  follows contestants as they attempt to master six classic routines, and pull together show-stopping outfits to help them catch the judges' eyes.

Risk, 10.00pm, Sunday, BBC Two

Filmmaker Laura Poitras was granted unprecedented access to the controversial and complex founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange for this documentary.

With access to Assange and his inner circle, Poitras attempts to make sense of his motives. This should be interesting at least.

Ending this weekend

Up for the Match, 9.45pm, Saturday, RTÉ One

The dynamic duo of Grainne Seoige and Des Cahill are back together for the last time this year, ahead of Sunday's All Ireland Football Final between Dublin and Mayo.

They host the pre-match party and talk to a host of stars who offer their thoughts on the big game at Croke Park as Dublin look to retain the Sam Maguire Cup and Mayo look to lift it for the first time since 1951.

And I wonder how the search for Dublin and Mayo's biggest fans will pan out:

New to Download

American Vandal, Netflix

Here's a half-hour true-crime satire that explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left twenty-seven faculty cars vandalized with phallic images.

Over the course of the eight-episode season, an aspiring documentary-maker investigates the controversial and potentially unjust expulsion of troubled senior Dylan Maxwell.

First They Killed My Father, Netflix

Directed by Angelina Jolie, this is the adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s gripping memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978.

The film depicts the indomitable spirit and devotion of Loung and her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years.

Strong Island, Netflix

In April 1992, on Long Island NY, William Jr, a black 24 year-old teacher, was killed by Mark Reilly, a white 19 year-old mechanic.

Although Ford was unarmed, he became the prime suspect in his own murder.

Director Yance Ford chronicles the arc of his family across history, geography and tragedy - from racial segregation of the South to the promise of New York; from the presumed safety of middle class suburbs to an unexpected, violent death.

Time: The Kalief Browder Story, Netflix

This series traces the tragic case of Kalief Browder, a Bronx teen who spent three horrific years in jail, despite never being convicted of a crime.

Don't Miss

The A-Z of Later . . . with Jools Holland: From Adele to ZZ Top, 10.15pm, Saturday, BBC Two

Fans of Jools' Holland's long-running music jam will love this 90-minute trawl through the show's history, stories, idiosyncrasies and of course the stars from its 25 years.

Kicking-off with a look back at the times Adele and Amy Winehouse made their TV debuts on the show, moving through Boogie-woogie and onto debuts, grime, jazz, the oldest artists who have been on, PJ Harvey, the unplanned and unpredictable, the youngest and of course ZZ Top.

Contributors include Ed Sheeran, Norah Jones, Dizzee Rascal, Gregory Porter, Slaves, Kings of Leon, Sting, Chrissie Hynde, Josh Homme, Rag'n'Bone Man and loads more.

Here's the late great Amy Winehouse singing Rehab on the show:

Weekend movies

Super 8, 9.00pm, Saturday, Channel 4

Writer-director-producer JJ Abrams followed his Star Trek reboot with this blend of sci-fi thriller and emotionally engaging first-romance story, starring Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning.

It's 1979 and 12-year-old Joe (Joel Courtney) and his 8mm-movie-camera-owning friend Charles (Riley Griffiths) are secretly making a zombie flick for their local film festival.

They've roped 14-year-old Alice (Ellie Fanning) into their project and she proves to be both an excellent actor and a romantic focus for the two boys.

But one night when the young moviemakers sneak out to film a key scene, they witness - and record - a spectacular train crash. But there's more to the incident than meets the eye.


Gravity, 8.10pm, Sunday, ITV2

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in this hugely enjoyable and visually stunning drama about a group of astronauts stranded in space after the mid-orbit destruction of their space shuttle.

The King's Speech, 9.30pm, Sunday, RTÉ One

Colin Firth is great here as the future British King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees an Australian speech and language therapist played by Geoffrey Rush.

Slumdog Millionaire, 11.05pm, Sunday, Channel 4

Danny Boyle directed this Oscar magnet feelgood tale about Jamal Malik (played by Dev Patel), who comes from the Juhu slums of Mumbai to be a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Weekend Box Set

Atlanta, Sky Box Sets

Given that it's up for a couple of awards at Sunday's Emmys, it's an ideal time to catch up with this excellent Donald Glover comedy.

He plays Earnest 'Earn' Marks, a young Princeton dropout who lacks a certain motivation when it comes to moving on in his life.

Well that is until he realises that his cousin, Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles (Brian Tyree Henry), is an up-and-coming rapper who has a genuine chance of becoming something of a star.

Atlanta draws you in and the characters are totally engaging. At a time when US comedy isn't so great, this comedy-drama's the real deal and Glover's set himself a pretty high benchmark here.

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