If you're going no further than the sofa - and even if you are - here are some tips on what's worth watching on the box between Friday and Sunday...

Pick of the weekend

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, from Friday, Netflix

Now here's an extremely interesting addition to the Netflix catalogue.

Ranging from absurd to profound, these Western vignettes from the Coen brothers follow the adventures of outlaws and settlers on the American frontier.

Its impressive cast includes the likes of Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, Brendan Gleeson and Tom Waits.

Six chapters each present a different story from the wild frontier, beginning with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Tim Blake Nelson plays the lead, who is something of a sharp-shooting songster.

New or Returning Shows

I'm a Celebrity – Get Me out of Here, 9.00pm Sunday, Virgin Media One

New host Holly Willoughby joins Declan Donnelly for this year's jungle jamboree, with ITV bosses hopeful that the show can maintain or even improve on last year's hugely successful run.

71-year-old football manager Harry Rednapp joins EastEnders star Rita Simons, Coronation Street's Sair Khan and actor and singer John Barrowman in this year's line-up.

DIY SOS host Nick Knowles, James McVey of the band The Vamps, singer Fleur East, The Chase's Anne Hegerty, Inbetweeners actress Emily Atack and Hollyoaks' Malique Thompson-Dwyer complete the camp.

Here's John Barrowman:

Children in Need, 7.30pm Friday, BBC One

It promises to be a top night of entertainment, inspiring stories and fabulous fundraisers as Children in Need returns for an all-singing, all-dancing, all-inspiring evening of fun and fundraising.

Tess Daly and Ade Adepitan kick off the night of entertainment with a huge performance from a hit West End musical. The Children’s Choir perform live in unison across the UK, while Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc will be hosting more fun and fundraising and surprise guests.

The action continues on BBC One after the news, but viewers should switch over to BBC Two at 10pm for a special Children in Need-themed edition of Mastermind.

Michael McIntyre's Big Show, 8.10pm Saturday, BBC One

This season's opening treats include an amazing musical performance from Little Mix, Michael in Merseyside for Midnight Gameshow, This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby handing her phone over to Michael as she plays Send To All, while the return of Unexpected Star will see some of the most ambitious stunts to date.

Vocal Giants and Beyond with Beverly Knight and James Morrison, 8.00pm Friday, BBC Four

Beverley Knight and James Morrison select their all-time favourite vocalists in a playlist packed with some of the world's greatest singers. They celebrate incredible voices and track their influence in an hour of awesome archive performances.

Primal Scream – the Lost Memphis Tapes, 9.00pm Friday, BBC Four

As this documentary reveals, nine songs were recorded in Memphis for Primal Scream’s 1994 album Give Out But Don't Give Up, including Jailbird, Rocks, and Cry Myself Blind, but the album that was released was not the mix that Primal Scream wanted.

In the film Bobby Gillespie talks candidly about how this process led him to question his own judgement, and for many years the experience left him feeling that he had failed himself and his audience.

Here's the original version of Jailbird:

The Interrogation of Tony Martin, 9.00pm Sunday, Channel 4

This drama tells the story of what happened on the night in 1999 when Norfolk farmer Tony Martin confronted two burglars who broke into his farmhouse.

29-year-old Brendon Fearon and 16-year-old Fred Barras forced their way into Martin's home. Martin, plagued by burglaries, blasted his shotgun as the thieves attempted to flee through a window.

But when teenager Barras was found dead the following day, Martin's actions divided public opinion.

A Northern Soul, 10.00pm Sunday, BBC Two

Last year acclaimed filmmaker Sean McAllister returned home to Hull, to be the creative director of the opening of UK City of Culture 2017.

Drawn away from the bright lights of the blossoming city centre, he heads to the fringes of the town, where he met a struggling warehouse worker called Steve who dreams of taking hip-hop to disadvantaged kids through his Beats Bus.

The Kinks: Echoes of a World, 10.00pm Saturday, Sky Arts & NOW TV

The Kinks’ 1968 album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society failed to chart when it was originally released but it went on to be regarded as one of the most influential and important works in rock.

Now, 50 years later, Sky Arts takes a closer look at the creation of the album, the secrets of its enduring appeal, avoiding contentious contemporary issues to focus on matters both personal and universal - childhood, lost innocence, the passing of old traditions and the unsustainability of urban life.

Ending this Weekend

Code 37: Sex Crimes, 9.00pm Friday, More4

It's the final episode of this Belgian crime thriller about a Vice Squad detective battling bad memories.

After Tim Vlaeminck's attack on Hannah at the recycled goods centre, Charles and Bob regard him as the main suspect in the investigation into the mutilated prostitutes, although Hannah's money is on his strict, stern father, Serge Vlaeminck.

Dark Heart, 9.00pm Friday, Virgin Media One

Here's the concluding part of the ITV crime drama series based on the Will Wagstaffe novels by Adam Creed.

Tom Riley stars as DI Will Wagstaffe, a police detective haunted by the unsolved double murder of his parents when he was just a sixteen-year-old.

New to Download

Narcos : Mexico, from Friday, Netflix

In a dramatic series that explores the origins of the modern drug war in the 1980s, Narcos: Mexico follows the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel led by Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna) and the tragic events that unfold as American DEA agent Kiki Camarena (Michael Peña) and other officials try to dismantle it.

Dogs, from Friday, Netflix

This American documentary series offers six intimate stories exploring the abiding emotional bonds that form between dogs and humans, no matter what the circumstances.

Don't Miss

Strictly Come Dancing, 6.45pm Saturday, BBC One

The show packs its bags and heads on its annual trip to Blackpool, where for one week only the show is broadcast live from the world-famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman welcome the eight remaining celebrities and their professional partners to the dancefloor - as well as the judging panel of Shirley Ballas, Dame Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.

The professional dancers are joined by Gloria Estefan and they open tonight’s show with a spectacular group performance to a medley of her greatest hits. The stakes are high, with the Glitter Ball trophy in sight and the Grand Final now only a month away, so the couples are feeling the pressure.

Weekend movies

Children of a Lesser God, 9.20pm Saturday, TG4

This 1986 date movie's based on the play of the same name by Mark Medoff, William Hurt and subsequent Oscar winner (in her film debut) Marlee Matlin star in this very watchable drama.

They play teacher James Leeds and Sarah Norman, a deaf former student, who have a conflicted professional and romantic relationship.

Leave your cynicism at the door and enjoy the two leads, who are fantastic.

Get Carter, 10.55pm Saturday, TCM

From the romance of Children of a Lesser God, here's a real hardboiler. Michael Caine is great in one of his finest roles, the eponymous Carter.

A London-based gangster, Jack Carter travels back to his hometown to discover more about the events surrounding his brother Frank's supposedly accidental death.

It ain't pretty, but it is clever – and definitely a cornerstone of British cinema.

Box Set Binge

9-1-1: Season 1, from Saturday, Sky Box Sets & NOW TV

Described as "adrenaline-rush TV" by New York Magazine, here's a fast-paced procedural from the people  behind Glee and American Horror Story that follows the high-pressure lives of first responders in Los Angeles.

Angela Bassett stars as LAPD officer Athena Grant, who alongside firefighter Bobby Nash, (Peter Kraus) and 911 operator Abby Clark (Connie Britton) is thrust into heart-stopping situations that prove equal parts unpredictable, intense and uplifting.

It's comfort TV at its best.

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