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

Care, 9.00pm Sunday, BBC One

This looks the business. Besides, the Beeb have been on a roll with new drama this year with the likes of Bodyguard, Little Drummer Girl and Informer.

Sheridan Smith, Alison Steadman and Sinead Keenan star in this new 90-minute drama from Jimmy McGovern, co-written with Gillian Juckes whose real life experiences formed the inspiration for the story.

Sheridan Smith is Jenny, a mother of two raising her girls alone after the departure of her husband. Her one lifeline is Mary (Steadman), Jenny’s widowed mother, whose help with childcare allows Jenny to hold down her full-time job at the supermarket.

When Mary suffers a devastating stroke and develops dementia, their world comes crashing down and everything changes for Mary, Jenny and her sister Claire (Sinead Keenan).

Finding herself torn between her own life and the wellbeing of her mother, Jenny soon discovers that another way could be possible - but she’ll have to fight for it.

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New or Returning Shows

Barbra Streisand: Becoming an Icon 1942-1984, 9.00pm Friday, BBC Four

Barbra Streisand grew up in the New York working class borough of Brooklyn, dreaming of escaping from her tough background. Despite being a stellar student, she skipped college as her sights were firmly set on Broadway.

She was determined to become an actress and landed her first role aged 16, but it was two years later, when she started to sing, that her career took off.

Subverting stereotypes and breaking glass ceilings along the way, this documentary looks at her rise to stardom and the remarkable achievements of her early career.

Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast, 8.00pm Friday, Channel 4

Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty's end-of-the-pier cafe is open once again for business and the new series kicks off with Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker, dropping in for a cooking lesson that's out of this world.

In a cafe about the size of the Tardis, Jodie helps the boys rustle up a packed menu, including a roast pork and an authentic Thai beef massaman curry that Jodie's been dreaming about since she was 18.

Here's a previous clip with Salma Hayek: 

Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music: a Musical History, 10.0pm Friday, BBC Four

Roxy Music are one of the UK’s most influential bands. Led by charismatic front man Bryan Ferry, their striking style and great songs won them an army of fans who would go on to make their own mark in the world of music.

This is a celebration of the music of both Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music, featuring insights, anecdotes and contributions from fans including Glenn Gregory & Martyn Ware, Gaz Coombes, Sadie Frost, New Order’s Stephen Morris & Gillian Gilbert, Shaun Ryder and Ana Matronic.

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Performance Live: LOVE, 10.00pm Saturday BBC Two

National Theatre Artist in Residence Alexander Zeldin has written and directed LOVE, which tells the story of families brought together and placed in temporary accommodation in the run-up to Christmas.

Looking for Lennon, 9.00pm Saturday, Sky Arts & NOW TV

This documentary is an honest retrospective on the early life of John Lennon and the tragedies that shaped his personality and music.

The film includes rare and previously unseen memoirs along with interviews with some of his closest family, friends and associates to tell the fascinating story of a complex and his music.

Ending this Weekend

I'm a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here! 9.00pm Sunday, Virgin Media One & UTV

They’ve made it to the end, endured Bushtucker Trials, camp life and each other, but which of the finalists will you crown this year’s King or Queen of the Jungle?

As has been the case this time around, Declan Donnelly and Holly Willoughby will present all the big stories live from the Jungle.

Doctor Who, 6.25pm Sunday, BBC One

On the planet of Ranskoor Av Kolos lies the remains of a brutal battlefield. But as the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan answer nine separate distress calls, they discover the planet holds far more secrets.

Who is the mysterious commander with no memory? What lies beyond the mists? Who or what are the Ux? The answers will lead the Doctor and her friends towards a deadly reckoning.

Here's this week's Doctor Who Access All Areas:

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The Mash Report, 11.05pm Friday, BBC Two

With robust reporting and up-to-the-minute analysis, Nish Kumar and a team of hilarious correspondents keep you up to date with everything that has happened - or not happened - this week.

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The 1975, Mumford & Sons and More: the Live Lounge Show, 8.00pm Friday, BBC Four

In this final episode, Clara Amfo takes viewers behind the scenes of the Radio 1 Live Lounge - showcasing the biggest names in music, including The 1975, Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding, Rudimental, Tom Walker and Jorja Smith.

Unreported World, 7.30pm Friday, Channel 4

Sahar Zand and Mauricio Gris travel to Mauritania in West Africa to discover why young girls and women are being force fed up to 10,000 calories a day because, when it comes to marriage, big is deemed beautiful.

Dynasties, 8.00pm Sunday, BBC One

Tigress Raj Bhera lives in Bandhavgarh National Park Tiger Reserve in India. She has four tiny new-born cubs to care for. They are the future of her dynasty. But the idyllic world that she inhabits is changing.

Neven's Kilkenny Christmas, 8.30pm Friday, RTÉ One

Glazed ham is a traditional favourite but this year Neven Maguire cooks a loin of bacon – very similar in taste but easier to cook, and easier to carve.

New to Download

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, from Friday, Netflix

This latest animated version of the Rudyard Kipling book stars the voices of Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch.

An orphaned boy raised by animals in the jungle seizes his destiny while confronting a dangerous enemy - and his own human origins.

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure, from Friday, Sky Cinema

The smash-hit teen dystopia series - based on the trio of bestselling books by James Dashner - reaches its conclusion.

Dylan O’Brien returns as the leader of a renegade group who battle through a zombie-infested wilderness to save their friends and fellow rebels from the sinister and all-powerful WCKD organisation.

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Don't Miss

Taken Down, 9.30pm Sunday, RTÉ One

It's the final episode of this gripping drama about a Garda investigation into the violent death of a young Nigerian migrant found abandoned close to a Direct Provision Centre.

Abeni must decide if helping find Flora, Hope and Nina will be too great a risk for her family. As forensics examine the old brothel, Jen's team discover how she was killed.

As the truth of Esme’s final moments are revealed we discover who really had a hand in the young woman's death.

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Weekend movies

Ben-Hur, 3.05pm Saturday, RTÉ One

They just don't make movies like this anymore, and this swords 'n' sandals epic is a perfect treat for a wintry Saturday afternoon in front of the box.

Charlton Heston is great in the title role, a disgraced prince who struggles against the Roman Empire as he tries to restore honour to his family's name after being falsely accused of attacking a Roman governor.

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Calvary, 9.15pm Saturday, RTÉ 2

The ever-watchable Brendan Gleeson stars as Father James, a good-natured priest who gets threatened during a confession, and must battle the dark forces closing in around him.

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School for Scoundrels, 6.15am Sunday, BBC Two

A British classic (it's so outdated it's ridiculous) with a great cast, it stars Ian Carmichael as Henry Palfrey, a man always loses out to the rotter Delauney. Then he discovers the Lifeman college.

Box Set Binge

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, Sky Box Sets & NOW TV

Based on Joël Dicker’s bestselling novel, this miniseries stars Patrick Dempsey as former literary icon Harry Quebert, accused of murdering a 15-year-old girl who disappeared years earlier.

This is a bit of an odd one – at times it's like an extended Hallmark movie – but the tale is curious and twist-laden enough to maintain interest.

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