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

Pick of the weekend

All Round to Mrs Brown's, 9.20pm Saturday, RTÉ One & BBC One

Finglas’ most famous mammy, Mrs Brown, opens the doors to her house for a brand new run of Saturday night fun, entertainment and chat.

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Agnes and the family are joined by celebrity guests, including Eastenders hardman Danny Dyer, boxing comeback king Amir Khan, queen of the outdoors Kate Humble - and there's music from Jackson 5 legend, Tito Jackson.

New or Returning Shows

A Very English Scandal, 9.00pm Sunday, BBC One

A three-parter based on John Preston's book of the same name, it's basically a dramatisation of a 1970s' political scandal in Britain.

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It is 1960s England. Homosexuality is illegal and the politician Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant, who's afgeing impressively as an actor) begins a whirlwind affair with a young stable hand, Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw).

But when the relationship turns sour and Thorpe’s career goes from strength to strength, Scott becomes a secret that Jeremy is desperate to hide.

Frankie Boyle's New World Order, 10.00pm Friday, BBC Two

As mankind continues to hit snooze on the Doomsday Clock, Frankie Boyle returns to help make sense of the bewildering times in which we live.

The show features Frankie making bold and often outrageous statements which he then picks apart with the help of Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan, Mona Chalabi and a variety of other guests.

The Handmaid's Tale, 9.00pm Sunday, Channel 4

If you missed the start of the second season on RTÉ 2 a few weeks ago, here's where you can catch up.

The multi-Emmy-winning US drama set in a dystopian society that treats women as property of the state, forcing many into sexual servitude, starring Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes.

Things go from grim to grimmer as the show moves beyond Margaret Atwood's original novel.

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If you missed the start of the second season on RTÉ 2 a few weeks ago, here's where you can catch up.

The multi-Emmy-winning US drama set in a dystopian society that treats women as property of the state, forcing many into sexual servitude, starring Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes.

Things go from grim to grimmer as the show moves beyond Margaret Atwood's original novel.

The British Royal Wedding, 11.30am Saturday, RTÉ One

Maura Derrane, Evelyn O’Rourke and Darren Kennedy provide commentary on the Royal Wedding which takes place live from St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

For two hours live, panelists will guide viewers through the who’s who and who’s wearing who at the event.

BBC One is on air with the wedding from 9am until 2pm, while TV3's coverage starts at 12 noon, followed by Meghan Markle: How to Be a Royal at 3.00pm.

Motty Mastermind, 8.30pm Saturday, BBC Two

As part of a night dedicated to retiring BBC football commentator John Motson, who's known for his love of football facts and figures, takes over from John Humphrys in the iconic Mastermind black chair to grill four well-known sporting celebrities.

He tests England and Arsenal legend Alex Scott, former world boxing champion Anthony Crolla, football commentator Jonathan Pearce and record-breaking swimmer Mark Foster.

This is followed by Motty - the Man Behind the Sheepskin and Countdown to the Full Motty.

Ending this weekend

Burma with Simon Reeve, 9.00pm Sunday, BBC Two

The second of a two-part series, in which adventurer and broadcaster Simon Reeve travels deeper into beautiful and troubled Burma.

He journeys up Irrawaddy River to Mandalay, home to an exotic market for precious jade, and in Burma's mountainous highlands, he experiences a fire-balloon festival, then visits an elephant sanctuary.

Neanderthals – Meet Your Ancestors, 6.00pm Sunday, BBC Two

In this episode, Ella Al-Shamahi explores the fate of the Neanderthals - asking why they became extinct, and discovering how they live on inside of us today.

The programme starts in the caves of Gibraltar, which may have been the last place the Neanderthals survived.

Our Wildest Dreams, 8.00pm Friday, Channel 4

Lynn and Richard and their two young daughters Emily and Yvaine are desperately unhappy with their quality of life in the UK, so they pack up their belongings in a horsebox and head for a remote part of central Portugal.

Their dream is to live off-grid, be completely self-sufficient and, for the first time ever, escape the pressures of living on the breadline, relying on no one but themselves.

New to Download

13 Reasons Why: Season 2, Netflix from Friday

Following from the controversial first season of this teen drama about suicide, there's sure to to be a lot of eyes on this second run.

The first season focused on the death a school girl, Hannah, who left behind a series of 13 cassette tapes for her friend and crush Clay, explaining what led her to suicide.

Season two picks up in the aftermath of Hannah’s death, as the other characters start their journeys toward healing and recovery, while Hannah’s parents file a lawsuit against Liberty High School.

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Don't Miss

Farenheit 451, 10.10pm Sunday, Sky Atlantic

Yet another adaptation of a dystopian future that has resonance with what's going on in the world today. Don't say you weren't warned!

Sscience fiction writer Ray Bradbury wrote about suppressing ideas by limiting thought in his novel Fahrenheit 451. Soon it became a part of the curriculum at many schools around the globe, there was a film adaptation, and now HBO Films are doing their bit.

In a future where the media is an opiate, history is rewritten and firemen burn books, Michael B Jordan plays Guy Montag, a young fireman who struggles with his role as law enforcer and with his mentor Captain Beatty, played by Michael Shannon.

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Chat Show Line-ups

The Late Late Show, 9.35pm Friday, RTÉ One

Ryan Tubridy will be joined by Majella O'Donnell who will be giving viewers a behind-the-scenes peek at what really goes on when she and Daniel are on their B&B Road  Trip, and Hairy Bikers Si King and Dave Myers will be sharing the secrets of their weight loss.

Majella and Daniel O'Donnell

The family of murdered Limerick man Jason Corbett will also be on the show, speaking about the trauma of the trial and how they are doing now that his killers are behind bars. Also on the Late Late, Luke O'Reilly and his mum, and Nicky Manning will share the story of how they realised their true selves and the struggles they have encountered since coming out as transgender.

Former Leinster rugby player Ian McKinley will be sharing his story with Tubridy, and there will be music from Altan and Robert Mizzell.

The Graham Norton Show, 11.05pm Friday, BBC One/9.20pm Saturday, TV3

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Graham's sofa stars are Emilia Clarke, who talks about Solo: A Star Wars Story, Gloria Estefan in to plug her new show On Your Feet, the marvellous Miriam Margoles is there purely to entertain, and the musical guest is Leon Bridges.

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

Just hours after the most anticipated nuptials of the year, Ray D'Arcy will have Ireland's first replica of Meghan Markle's wedding dress live in studio.

He will also be joined by design duo Brendan Courtney and Sonya Lennon to discuss the hits and misses of the Royal Wedding style. 

Donncha O’Callaghan and family 

Donncha O’Callaghan will chat to Ray about his decision to retire from rugby last month after a 20-year professional career and why he’d prefer to be remembered as a great dad than a good ruby player. 

John Sheahan of The Dubliners will blow out the candles on his 79th birthday cake and joining in the celebrations will be Paddy Moloney, Declan O Rourke, Sharon Shannon, and Offaly trad act Ruaile Buaile for a session in the studio. 

Weekend Movies

Inception, 9.20pm Saturday, RTÉ 2

Christopher Nolan films are always worth a look and this is one of his best as it's a blockbuster that also stands up as being rather smart and clever.

A neo-noir science fiction heist film written, co-produced, and directed by Nolan, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious.

He's offered a chance of redemption and to have his criminal history erased as payment for the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious.

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Also . . .

The Damned United, 10.35pm Saturday, BBC Two

That rare thing: a decent football-related drama. Michael Sheen is outstanding as Brian Clough in this adaptation of David Piece's remarkable factionalised account of Clough's brief and tempestuous time at Leeds United.

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Box Set Binge

Brooklyn Nine-Nine seasons 1-4, Netflix

Fox unwisely cancelled Brooklyn Nine-Nine last week, only for ABC to save the day and delight the show's hardcore fans by almost instantly reviving it. And deservedly so.

Rarely has a show – never mind a comedy – come along in such a perfect form as this. Great characters, a good heart, perfectly played by all involved, and pretty much a hoot from start to finish.

The show revolves around Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn's 99th Precinct, while the superb cast includes Andre Braugher as Raymond Holt, Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz, Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago, Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle, and Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti.

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