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 Nathan Carter Show, Sunday, RTÉ One

The hugely popular Scouse singer’s back for a new run of his Sunday night show.

In the first, Nathan sings a few songs himself and welcomes guests including Shane Filan, Roisin O, Hayseed Dixie and Johnny McEvoy, and spends hours in make-up to disguise himself as an elderly lady to prank some fans.

Recorded in the Knocknarea Arena, Sligo, The Nathan Carter Show features a line-up of guests from Ireland, the UK and the US, and he also travelled around Ireland to meet fans and prank friends.

Nathan talks to RTÉ Entertainment about the new series of The Nathan Carter Show

New and returning shows

Babylon Berlin, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

This is being hyped up as one of the most ambitious international dramas ever made, and a ground-breaking series. No pressure then. Trailer looks promising though.

Based on the best-selling series of novels by German writer Volker Kutscher, the mystery follows police inspector Gereon Rath as he is sent to the glamorous, decadent world of pre-WWII Berlin to investigate a porn ring run by the city’s mafia.

Set against the social and political upheaval of Germany in 1929 - with a failing economy and a rise of right-wing extremists, some may even find timely parallels to events today - nothing can be taken on face value as the case spirals and Gereon’s life goes sideways.

Unspeakable, 9.00pm, Sunday, Channel 4

Starring Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob) and Neil Maskell (Humans), this one-off drama is written and directed by the BAFTA award-wining David Nath (The Murder Detectives).

After dropping her kids at school one morning, Jo receives a disturbing text message from an unknown sender. It alleges an inappropriate relationship between her new boyfriend Danny, who's recently moved in, and her 11-year-old daughter.

The implication is clear: it's the ‘unspeakable’. Over a weekend, Jo's doubts and suspicions begin to grow, until she's no longer sure of the man she's living with and what's he's capable of doing.

Volatile Earth: Killer Volcanoes, 7.00pm, Saturday, Channel 4

Here’s a three-part documentary series in which scientists who are experts in natural disasters identify the most extreme catastrophes to have hit the Earth and piece together exactly what happened from the ancient debris left in their wake.

Shetland, 9.30pm, Sunday, RTÉ2

Douglas Henshall and Alison O’Donnell star in this two-parter which is broadcast here in one feature-length broadcast. It's pretty good too, so it is.

DI Jimmy Perez (Henshaw) has returned to the islands with his fourteen year old step-daughter, Cassie (O’Donnell), after a long spell away.

Elderly Shetlander, Mima Wilson, is found murdered on the archaeological site in the grounds of her croft. Perez and his team investigate, but can they unravel the family feuds and secrets that emerge and restore the security of his beloved Shetland Islands?

Ending this weekend

Gunpowder, 9.10pm, Saturday, BBC One

On the eve of the 5 November, Catesby (Kit Harington), Fawkes (Tom Cullen) and the plotters load the tunnels below Parliament with barrels of gunpowder.

Across the city, Father Garnet (Peter Mullan) is under pressure from an ally to break his seal of confession and reveal Catesby’s plot - for the good of the Catholic faith.

Will the priest be the one to betray Catesby at the eleventh hour? Or will Cecil (Mark Gatiss) need to find other means to destroy Catesby, win back the King’s trust and save his life?

Rock and Roll, 10.00pm, Friday, Sky Arts

The series draws to a close by examining the role of worship in rock’ n’ roll. With music from and interviews with David Crosby, Gene Simmons, Anthrax, Sting, Bob Geldof and Shaun Ryder, this episode explores how rock gods attract millions of screaming fans and how the genre as a whole offers a place of community and communion to its followers.

New to Download

Alias Grace, from Friday, Netflix

Inspired by true events, a mild-mannered Irish woman convicted of a savage murder in 1840s Canada becomes a young doctor’s obsession. A Netflix Original miniseries based on Margaret Atwood’s award-winning novel.

6 Days, from Friday, Netflix

When armed gunmen seize the Iranian Embassy in 1980, a tense six-day standoff ensues while elite British soldiers prepare for a dangerous raid.

Don't Miss

Queen: Rock the World, 9.00pm, Friday, BBC Four

Here’s what BBC Four are so good at: a one-off music special, this time about one of the most popular British rock bands to emerge in the 1970s, Queen.

It’s 1977 and with punk causing waves, Queen are busy recording their sixth album, News of the World. It was to be the most pivotal record of the band’s career.

This is followed at 10.00pm by Queen: the Legendary 1975 Performance as the band play London’s Hammersmith Odeon on Christmas Eve in 1975.

Chat show Guests

The Late Late Show, 9.35pm, Friday, RTÉ One

Conor McGregor, Ibrahim Halawa, Nigella Lawson, Imelda May and Kieren Fallon

The Graham Norton Show, 11.05pm, Friday, BBC One & 10.05pm, Saturday, TV3

Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer and Josh Gad

The Jonathan Ross Show, 9.30pm, Sunday, 3e

David Walliams, Jodie Foster, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, Roisin Conaty

Weekend movies

Paddington, 6.35pm, Saturday, RTÉ One

This is a hugely enjoyable 2014 live-action/CGI animated comedy film directed by Paul King, written by King and Hamish McColl and produced by David Heyman.

It’s based on the stories of the character of the same name created by Michael Bond. Paddington is a Peruvian bear who gets adopted by the Brown family in London and called after the train station where they found him.

It stars Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, along with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Nicole Kidman in live-action roles.


I Love You, Man, 10.15pm, Saturday, TG4

This fun rom com stars Paul Rudd as a friendless man looking for a best man for his upcoming wedding, but his new friend (played by Jason Segel) is straining his relationship with his bride.

Jaws, 9.20pm, Saturday, RTÉ2

Steven Spielberg’s classic, starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss in the film version of Peter Benchley’s novel about a shark terrifying beach-goers in the US town of Amity.

Weekend Box Set

Band of Brothers, from Friday, Sky Box Sets and NOWTV

Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as their journals and letters, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s epic, multi-award-winning 10-part war drama traces the fate of the company across Europe during World War II.

From the Battle of Arnhem and the Battle of the Bulge to the liberation of the death camps and the capture of Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest hideaway, it also includes commentary from some Americans who served.

Starring Damian Lewis (Billions), James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Simon Pegg (Star Trek Beyond), Band of Brothers is one of the great TV series.