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

Pick of the weekend

Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How and Whom? 10.00pm Saturday, BBC Two

Here's another chance to see this documentary celebrating 25 years (!) of Steve Coogan's comic creation, ahead of Alan Partridge's return to the BBC next year, and examining his impact on British comedy.

The programme features previously unseen improv sessions, rehearsals and unseen outtakes, and contributions from Coogan and the other performers and writers who've worked on the various radio and TV series featuring the character, including Rebecca Front, Armando Iannucci, Felicity Montagu and Sally Phillips.

New or Returning Shows

Angela Carter: Of Wolves and Women, 9.00pm Saturday, BBC Two

The documentaries just keep on coming. This one's looking at the life and career of the novelist Angela Carter, whose surreal imagination produced some of the most dazzling fiction of the 20th century.

The film includes rare archive footage and family photos, with contributions from friends, family and admirers - including Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Jeanette Winterson and Anne Enright.

The People's Vet, 4.30pm Saturday, Channel 4

This brand new series follows the day-to-day life of the vets, nurses and care assistants in two of the UK's busiest charity pet hospitals: the PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals) in Kirkdale and Huyton.

At Kirkdale, for example, head vet Stephen has doggie dental duties to perform while his colleague Beth tends to Elvis the cat, who has a nasty open wound on his back following a fight with a fox.

Cardinal: Blackfly Season: Red, 9.00pm Saturday, BBC Four

This Canadian crime thriller, based on the John Cardinal Mysteries series by Canadian author GIles Blunt, stars Billy Campbell in the lead role.

This season brings in a turf war that involves biker gangs and narcotics, and there’s an occult aspect to it as well. A mysterious, scarred character out there in the woods, perhaps inspired by indigenous beliefs, and he’s calling for blood and killing by ritual.

Rush Night, 9.00pm Saturday, Sky Arts & NOW TV

I'd rather set fire to myself than listen to Rush – but there's no denying that the Canadian prog rockers have many devoted fans.

Their complex compositions earned the power trio seven Grammy nominations and a fiercely loyal fan base, while their place in mainstream popular culture has been cemented with references to their work in the 2009 rom-com I Love You, Man, comedy series Freaks and Geeks and even South Park.

The Shopping Centre: Artist in Residence, 11.10pm Sunday, Channel 4

In the final part of the strand in which artists immerse themselves in unlikely and fascinating places, Rachel Maclean spends a month living night and day in the Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham.

Occupying a shop and meeting visitors and workers, she finds out if consumerism really does make dreams come true.

Ending this weekend

Young Sheldon, 7.30pm Friday, RTÉ 2

As the opening season of this Big Bang Theory prequel comes to an end, Meemaw tries to date John and Ira simultaneously, but then decides to dump Ira, who tries to win her back by giving her furniture.

It then occurs to Sheldon that he can draw up a relationship agreement which covers the three of them.

The Big Narstie Show, 11.05pm Friday, Channel 4

Grime legend and social media sensation Big Narstie hosts an hour of anarchic studio entertainment along with his co-host, and the hottest comedian in town, Mo Gilligan.

Don't Miss

Like Father, from Friday, Netflix

Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer and Seth Rogen star in this promising comedy. After she's left at the altar, a workaholic advertising executive ends up on her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with her estranged father.

Weekend movies

Nightcrawler, 10.00pm Sunday, BBC Two

Jake Gyllenhaal is superb as Louis Bloom, a cynical petty crook who's inspired when he sees a freelance camera crew, and decides to go into business filming crime scenes and accidents, then selling the footage to news broadcasters.

His determination to stay ahead of the competition leads him down a dark path as his methods become increasingly ruthless.

Florence Foster Jenkins, 8.15pm Sunday, BBC One

Based on a true story, Meryl Streep  plays a tone deaf socialite imagines she is a great singer, and her conniving yet devoted husband allows her to remain in her fantasy by holding concerts with small, invited audiences.

But reality threatens to intrude when she announces her intention of realising a lifelong dream of performing in New York's Carnegie Hall, recruiting a struggling young pianist (Hugh Grant) to aid her.

Streep was highly praised for her performance, but the real revelation was Grant, who is at a career-high here.

Box Set Binge

Marvel's Luke Cage Seasons 1-2, Netflix

A hoodie-wearing, litterally unbreakable ex-con fights to clear his name and save his neighbourhood. He wasn't looking for a fight, but - hey - the people need a hero.

Starring Mike Colter, Alfre Woodard, Rosario Dawson, this is a very watchable show, part of the Marvel Universe, and is the third in a series of Netflix shows – Jessica Jones and Iron Fist being the others - that culminated in The Defenders crossover miniseries.