Skipping the Electric Picnic? If you're going not much further than the sofa, here are some tips on what's worth watching on the box between Friday and Sunday . . .

Pick of the weekend

The X Factor, 8.00pm Saturday, Virgin Media One & UTV

Heralding the start of a new era for the long-running entertainment show, there's a brand-new panel with Robbie Williams, Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson joining music mogul Simon Cowell as judges.

Returning as host is Mr Saturday Night himself, Dermot O’Leary, who will be on hand to guide viewers and contestants alike through their X Factor journey – and it's all about the journey, folks - providing them with words of advice or a much-needed hug as they perform in front of the judging panel.

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New or Returning Shows

Mother's Day, 9.30pm Sunday, RTÉ One

A BBC production in association with RTÉ, here's a very promising drama about an awful time. 2018 is the 25th anniversary of the Warrington Bombing, a terrorist attack that marked the beginning of the end of the Troubles.

At the centre of it all were two mothers - one was English, the other Irish. Wendy Parry, whose 12-year old son Tim had been killed, and Sue McHugh, a Dublin housewife so outraged by the loss of young lives that she brought tens of thousands of her fellow citizens out onto the streets in protest.

Line of Duty's Vicky McClure play Susan McHugh, while Anna Maxwell Martin plays Wendy Parry. They should make for an imposing double act.

The cast includes Daniel Mays (who has also starred in Line of Duty) as Tim’s father Colin and David Wilmot (Black Sails) as Arthur McHugh, Susan’s husband, Simone Kirby (Peaky Blinders) and Conor Mullen (Red Rock).

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CMA Fest, 9.00pm Saturday, Sky Arts & NOW TV

Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini host the country music event of the summer, featuring Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and many more of country’s biggest stars.

Filmed during Nashville’s annual CMA Fest this television special features country music’s biggest names and is a truly monumental event for any fan, and an ideal tonic for anyone missing Nashville.

Here's Carrie Underwood:

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The Plague, 9.00pm Saturday, BBC Four

Subtitled Saturdays continue on BBC Four with this Spanish historical thriller set during the time that the Black Death descended on 16th century Seville, one of the richest and most significant cities in the world.

Pursuit of power is fuelled by fear and greed, and hypocrisy abounds. Convents are lax, brothels are regulated and hospitals are used as graveyards. Mysticism and chaos rule.

Mateo, a former heretic, must now return to the city that sentenced him to death.

Ending this weekend

Up for the Match, 9.30pm Saturday, RTÉ One

Another GAA championship season comes to a close, but before that, Des Cahill and Gráinne Seoige host a night of music, craic and banter live in front of a raucous audience of fans on the eve of the All Ireland Football Final between Dublin and Tyrone.

New to Download

Ozark, from Friday, Netflix

In its second season, Ozark continues to follow Marty Bryde and his family as they navigate the murky waters of life within a dangerous drug cartel.

With Del out, the crime syndicate sends their ruthless attorney Helen Pierce to town to shake things up just as The Byrdes are finally settling in. Marty and Wendy struggle to balance their family interests amid the escalating dangers.

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Paradise PD, from Friday, Netflix

This animated comedy sees an eager young rookie join the ragtag small-town police force led by his dad as they bumble, squabble and snort their way through a big drug case.

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Sisters, from Saturday , Netflix

Her dad's deathbed confession leads Julia to discover she has more than 100 brothers and two sisters: troubled TV star Roxy and uptight lawyer Edie.

Don't Miss

Brendan O'Connor's Time Out, 9.35pm Friday, RTÉ One (repeated 11.10pm Saturday)

In the final episode of this short series, Brendan O'Connor interviews Chic frontman Nile Rodgers at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

The bould Bren talks to the guitarist, songwriter and producer about everything from his unconventional childhood, to addiction, and the stories behind some of the biggest songs of his career.

Weekend movies

West Side Story, 3.00pm Sunday, Sky Arts

If you haven't seen this amazing and pretty unconventional musical, do yourself a favour and check it out. And if you have, well, you'll probably want to see it again.

Taking Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and bringing it to streets of 1950s' New York, swapping street gangs for the warring Montague and Capulet families, Tony and Maria for the doomed lovers, it's a smart twist on a familiar tale.

Add in amazing dance scenes, wonderful songs (Somewhere has me in tears every time I hear it), and all wrapped up in Leonard Bernstein's brilliant score. It's a marvel, really, and deservedly won ten Oscars.

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Hot Fuzz, 9.35pm Saturday, RTÉ 2

It's parody time! Here's a 2007 buddy cop action-comedy film directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost.

Pegg and Frost play police officers attempting to solve a series of mysterious deaths in Sandford, an otherwise crime-free village in the English West Country.

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Box Set Binge

Kiri, ALL 4

Anything that stars the great Sarah Lancashire has a lot going for it, and this four-part drama about race, adoption and the media is well worth a look.

Set in Bristol, it centres on the abduction of Kiri Akindele (Felicia Mukasa), a nine-year-old black girl who lives with foster parents Jim and Alice Warner (Steven Mackintosh and Lia Williams) and their teenage son Si (Finn Bennett).

Miriam Grayson (Lancashire) is a disorganised middle-aged social worker and Kiri is in her care. Kiri disappears from the home of her paternal grandfather Tobi Akindele (Lucian Msamati), and Kiri's violent father Nathanial (Paapa Essiedu) is the prime suspect.

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