If you're checking out the sofa at any stage this weekend, here are some tips on what's worth watching on the box between now and Sunday night.

Pick of the weekend

Poldark, 9.00pm Sunday, BBC One

The hugely popular period drama returns with Aidan Turner once again playing the eponymous Ross Poldark, the owner of the most drooled over torso on TV.

Prime Minister Pitt calls an election and uncertainty grips Britain. While Ross watches Cornwall suffer under the power of Truro’s MP, George Warleggan, Demelza’s infidelity leaves her torn between her husband and a lovesick Hugh, who is set to rival George in the upcoming election.

The Enyses contemplate having a child and Elizabeth seeks the same to secure her marriage. Meanwhile, Morwenna uses Osborne’s affair with her sister Rowella to keep the reverend’s advances at bay, and Demelza seeks to reconcile rival local Lords Falmouth and Basset.

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New or Returning Shows

The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special, 9.00pm Friday, Channel 4

Maze Master Richard Ayoade guides some fearless famous faces through a plethora of brand new games.

GB Olympian Kelly Holmes takes charge of grime MC Big Narstie, actress Jorgie Porter, internet star Alfie Deyes, and gold medallist Greg Rutherford in an action-packed journey to the Crystal Dome.

Here's Joey Essex on a previous celeb game:

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Germaine Bloody Greer, 9.00pm Saturday, BBC Two

What is it like being Germaine Greer? This brand new documentary spends time with her and finds out.

Fearless, original and charismatic, the then 31-year-old Germaine Greer burst onto national consciousness in 1970 with her game-changing blockbuster, The Female Eunuch.

But is The Female Eunuch still relevant? Are women and girls today any less slavish when it comes to male approval? And what does the now septuagenarian Greer think of #MeToo?

Here's Tracy Ullman's take on Greer:

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Lords & Ladles, 6.30pm Sunday, RTÉ One

More fitting food for fab pads. Pyers and Marguerite O’Conor-Nash run Clonalis House in Roscommon as a luxury guesthouse. The estate is the ancestral home of the O’Conors, whose most famous member is Rory O’Conor, the last High King of Ireland.

Catherine Fulvio and Derry Clarke come calling to serve up a 14th century feast that includes roast pig on a spit, venison boiled in grass and a pig’s belly pudding.

Bang on Budget, 5.35pm Sunday, Channel 4

Here's a brand new show where presenter Lucy Alexander and builder Harry Hoffen are out to prove you can make brilliant builds that remain on budget.

In the first episode, Lucy and Harry's challenge is to bring in a complex build on a tight budget for the Flinter family's Victorian three-bed home.

Ending this weekend

Patrick Melrose, 9.00pm Sunday, Sky Atlantic

Benedict Cumberbatch has been amazing in this emotionally volcanic drama based on Edward St Aubyn's semi-autobiographical novels about Britain's upper class.

As Patrick’s story comes to a conclusion, we find him back in London in 2006. Now separated from Mary and the boys, he attends his mother’s funeral.

As he tries to put the ghosts of the past to rest, there are a few more unwelcome surprises to overcome.

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Friday Night Dinner, 10.00pm Friday, Channel 4

It's the season finale for Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal, Tamsin Greig and Paul Ritter in this award-winning comedy that has some very funny moments.

This week the boys are threatened with no crumble if they don't help assemble a wooden shelf for Mum's old books and folders that has baffled Dad.

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High & Dry, 10.30pm Friday, Channel 4

After Brett's miraculous return from the other island, he finds out about Harriet's large inheritance and uses the information to his advantage.

Having fallen off the wagon, Douglas is banished from the camp, but the group is promised salvation from some unexpected arrivals.

Carnage, 8.00pm Sunday, Sky One & TV NOW

One team is about to crash and smash their way to Carnage victory in the adrenaline-fuelled final of the show that redefines car-crash TV.

First up, there’s a twist as three wildcard cars, previously eliminated in The Dome, scrap it out for a shot at competing in the final. Only the winner will get the chance to join the other five in two all-out battles in The Scrapyard, before the last four speed to The Desert Race’s finish line.

Frankie Goes to Russia, 9.00pm Sunday, BBC Two

Fearless Frankie Boyle concludes his travels in Russia ahead of the World Cup by search for ordinary Russian football fans to find out if the game means as much to them as it does to him.

He gets invited to watch a match in the corporate box of a wealthy Spartak Moscow fan, and despairs of the soullessness of corporate hospitality. Especially at a club that was formed by trade unionists.

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New to Download

Sense8, from Friday, Netflix

In the second season and series finale of the Wachowski's over-ambitious but binge-tastic sci-fi drama, passions run high as the Sensates and their closest allies fight to save the cluster and stop their enemies for good.

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Don't Miss

Come Together: The Rise of the Music Festival, 9.00pm Saturday, Sky Arts & TV NOW

This documentary examines the evolution of the music festival, from Woodstock and the Isle of Wight at the end of the 1960s to today’s events, such as Glastonbury and Coachella.

Interviews with promoters, filmmakers DA Pennebaker and Murray Lerner, and musicians such as Pete Townshend, Bob Geldof and Noel Gallagher, paint a portrait of an enduring cultural phenomenon.

Here's Jefferson Airplane at Woodstock:

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Chat Show Line-ups

All Round to Mrs Brown's, 9.15pm Saturday, RTÉ One & BBC One

Agnes and family are joined by Spice Girl Geri Horner and her own mammy to talk about reunions, while broadcasting legend Gloria Hunniford looks back on her pretty remarkable career.

Plus there's Nigel Havers providing an acting masterclass and Foley's gets ready for a memorable night with UK reggae giants UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey.

Here's Danny Dyer teaching Agnes cockney rhyming slang:

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The Graham Norton Show, 11.05pm Friday, BBC One/9.00pm Saturday, TV3

Runner Usain Bolt is on to talk about his involvement in Soccer Aid, Channing Tatum's plugging the stage show Magic Mike Live, Jennifer Saunders and her daughter Beattie Edmondson double up for Disney's Patrick, while Rob Brydon talks about Swimming with Men.

Music comes from Florence + the Machine.

Here's Channing Tatum last time around:

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Weekend Movies

Concussion, 9.15pm Saturday, RTÉ 2

Set in 2002 and based on the exposé Game Brain by Jeanne Marie Laskas, this drama stars an impressive Will Smith as Dr Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist who fights against American Football's NFL.

They're trying to suppress Omalu's research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) brain degeneration suffered by professional football players, but he refuses to play ball with them.

The cast also includes Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Albert Brooks.

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Also...

Casablanca, 1.40pm Sunday, RTÉ One

We've all seen it a million times. And Bogey never said: 'Play it again, Sam.' But it remains one of the greatest films ever made. Go on, watch it again. There'll be another summer next year. Honest.

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Box Set Binge

Brass Eye, All4

Going back a couple of decades with this one, an anarchic spoof news comedy, fronted by Chris Morris, who was a clued-in comic genius back then. The Day Today and Nathan Barley are two other great shows where he featured large.

Basically, Brass Eye satirises the increasingly shallow investigative reporting on UK TV, with Morris playing a talking head who turns his 'moral-o-meter' on what's going on in Britain.

For example, the opening episode explores animal fetishes, with helpful contributions from Paul Daniels and Carla Lane, as well as focusing on an elephant with her trunk trapped up her anus.

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