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

Pick of the weekend

Call the Midwife, 8.00pm Sunday, BBC One

Leave your cynicism behind the sofa and put the kettle on because the Beeb’s ultimate cosy Sunday night period drama is back for a seventh run, following on from its recent Christmas special.

The Big Freeze continues, with scheduled power cuts and more blizzards, but it’s baby business as usual at Nonnatus House as the departure of Barbara prompts Jenny Agutter’s Sister Julienne to recruit a new midwife, Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott).

Owing to the snow, Lucille is two days late and her start is bumpy when she falls ill. Lucille is called out from her sick bed to assist Trixie with a breech birth.

The single expectant mother plans to give the baby up for adoption but Trixie is concerned that Nadine’s Rhesus Negative blood type might cause problems for baby.

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New or Returning Shows

America’s Next Top Model, 8.00pm Friday, Sky Living

Tyra Banks is back with this reality series where aspiring models compete for a potentially lucrative contract.

Some people find the show cruel and degrading to its contestants, but ANTM has millions of fans worldwide who would beg to differ.

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Hits, Hype & Hustle: An Insider’s Guide to the Music Business, 9.00pm Friday, BBC Four

From the makers of the acclaimed Music Moguls: Masters Of Pop, three music industry insiders reveal how the business really works.

Contributors include Motown’s Martha Reeves and Mickey Stevenson, Blur’s Alex James, Monie Love, record-producing legend Clive Davis, Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell and Labelle’s Nona Hendryx.

Here's Monie Love in action back in the day:

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8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, 9.00pm Friday, Channel 4

Jimmy Carr hosts a brand new run of the words and numbers game, with Jon Richardson and Joe Wilkinson taking on guest captain Kevin Bridges and Jessica Knappett.

Punk poet Dr John Cooper Clarke is in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent, and Rachel Riley is in charge of the letters and numbers.

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Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens, 9.00pm Friday, BBC Two

Green-fingered garden guru Monty Don travels the Islamic world and beyond, from Morocco to India and Iran, in search of paradise gardens, and uncovers the influence they have had back home in the UK.

He starts his journey in Spain, a country synonymous with Christian traditions but which, for 800 years, was actually Islamic. As much a lesson in history as horticulture.

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Ending this weekend

Italy’s Invisible Cities, 7.30pm Sunday, RTÉ 2

Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott explore Florence and reveal how its facades and artworks mask a hidden story of intrigue and secrecy, and one powerful dynasty was behind it all - the Medicis, godfathers of the Renaissance.

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The Gifted, 9.00pm Sunday, Fox

In the season one finale of this enjoyable Marvel show, the Mutant HQ comes under attack and, with everything to lose, relationships are put to the test and alliances shift.

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Delicious, 9.00pm Friday, Sky One

The families are in for a shock as Sam and Gina reveal the secret Adam has been hiding. Feeling betrayed, Sam plans to leave the Penrose sooner rather than later, while Teresa and Michael face up to their feelings.

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New to Download

Grace and Frankie, Netflix from Friday

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda return for a new season of their acclaimed dramedy about two unlikely friends.

As Grace and Frankie muddle through ups and downs with their business, romantic relationships and families, they must face some realities of aging.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, Sky Cinema on demand and Sky Cinema, from Friday

I don’t know about you but I gave up on this series many years ago. Still, obviously many millions don’t agree.

Johnny Depp reprises his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow. This time around undead pirate hunter Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) escapes from the Devil’s Triangle and goes on the warpath.

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Don't Miss

Dancing with the Stars, 6.30pm Sunday, RTÉ One

Now that everyone’s familiar with this year’s contestants and seen them take their first steps on the dancefloor, it’s time to get serious on DWTS as this is the first week of eliminations.

No one’s going to want to be the first to depart the show, so you can expect a pretty nerve-tingling episode as everyone seeks to put their best feet forward.

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Chat Show Line-ups

The Late Late Show, 9.35pm Friday, RTÉ One

Aslan, Padraig Harrington, Pieta House founder Joan Freeman, Theresa Lowe are among Ryan Tubridy’s guests, and Mary Coughlan performs.

Aslan

The Graham Norton Show, 11.05pm Friday, BBC One/9.30pm Saturday, TV3

Liam Neeson, Jamie Dornan and Helen Mirren join Graham on the sofa, while Sigrid performs her latest hit Strangers.

Helen Mirren

The Ray D’Arcy Show, 9.45pm Saturday, RTÉ One

Joining Ray this week are Shane McGowan, Marcus Lamb (Dr. Oakley in Fair City) and his mother Geraldine Plunkett, David Norris, Mary O’Rourke and Liverpool fan Richie Sheehy, the Cork guy behind the Salah chant.

Weekend movies

Idiocracy, 9.00pm Friday, Film4

In Mike Judge's sci-fi comedy, Corporal Joe Bauers (Luke Wilson) and prostitute Rita (Maya Rudolph), wake up 500 years into the future in a world populated by a universally dumb society ruled by halfwits.

Although they weren’t exactly the smartest amongst their peers, Joe and Rita find themselves in a brave new world, where they are the two most towering intellects on the planet.

It’s a pretty good allegory for Trumpism, especially as it was made more than a decade before he became US President.

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Also...

Kung Fu Panda, 3.15pm Saturday, RTÉ One

The voices of Jack Black and Ian McShane feature as The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung with China's fate in the balance.

However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is something of a novice when it comes to martial arts.

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Minions, 6.35pm Saturday, RTÉ One

Minions Stuart, Kevin, and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a supervillain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world. Great fun.

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Aladdin, 4.50pm Sunday, Channel 4

Disney's award-winning animated musical adaptation of the classic tale from The Arabian Nights, with Robin Williams providing the voice of the film's standout character, the Genie.

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Box Set Binge

Search Party, All4

If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, nothing ever will. And there are two seasons to devour.

Arrested Development star Alia Shawkat (she played Maeby Fünke) heads the cast in this delightfully dark comedy set in Brooklyn, as four self-absorbed 20-somethings get involved in a shady mystery.

Dory Sief (Shawkat), her passive boyfriend Drew Gardner (John Reynolds), flamboyant show-off Elliott Goss (John Early), and fickle actress Portia Davenport (Meredith Hagner) get caught up in the disappearance of Dory's college acquaintance Chantal Witherbottom (Clare McNulty).

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