If you're going no further than the sofa - and even if you are - here are some tips from the tons of telly worth watching between Friday and Sunday...

Pick of the weekend

Dancing with the Stars, 6.35pm Saturday, RTÉ One

The General Election may have pushed this show back a day from its usual Sunday evening slot, but it should come as a welcome distraction (even for politicians) to the more serious matter of electing a new government.

It's Switch Up week – perfect timing given that the show's been switched to Saturday - and everyone is switching partners. 

The show is set to go down in Irish TV history as Brian Dowling and Kai Widdrington are the first ever male pairing to take to the dance floor on the show while Lottie Ryan will take to the floor with Emily Barker as the first all-female duo. 

There will be no elimination this week. So no pressure and everyone can just have some fun!

New or Returning Shows

The Pale Horse, 9.00pm Sunday, BBC One

Here's the opening episode of a two-part adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1961 novel, starring Rufus Sewell, Sean Pertwee and Kaya Scodelario.

Widowed antique dealer Mark Easterbrook investigates when his name appears on a list found in the shoe of a dead woman, and his enquiries lead him to the home of three spinsters in Much Deeping.

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The village is a place of old traditions, macabre rituals and strange beliefs, a place of witches, curses and spells, and as more deaths occur Mark starts to fear for his own life and sanity.

Frankie Boyle's Tour of Scotland, 10.00pm Friday, BBC Two

Frankie Boyle travels from Aberdeen to Oban to explore how Scotland’s landscape has shaped the nation’s history and meets people who live off the land today.

It is a journey that sees him contemplate where best to go whilst in witness protection, discuss why people shouldn't trust extroverts and question whether horses laugh.

Just One Look, 9.00pm Friday, More4

The latest from the Walter Presents stable is a compelling action thriller from France based on a novel by blockbuster writer, Harlan Coben, who co-created the series.

For Eva Beaufils, her husband Bastien and her children Salome and Max, are her world. But that world spins out of control when she sees a mysterious photo of four people, including Bastien, with a woman's face scratched out.

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Bastien claims that it isn't him in the photo before leaving to take the children to a concert. That night, Eva gets a call from a hotel manager, saying Bastien has disappeared, leaving the children behind.

Public Enemy, 9.00pm Friday, Sky Atlantic & NOW TV

The taut French-language mystery thriller returns, picking up a few months after the events of season one.

Investigator Chloé Muller is brought out of retirement to track down a missing girl, whose disappearance she discovers is linked to that of her own sister.

The Big Narstie Show, 11.05pm Friday, Channel 4

Grime legend Big Narstie and his comedian co-pilot Mo Gilligan return with a third season of their late-night anarchic chat, comedy and music show.

Special guests joining Narstie and Mo for the first episode include Gemma Collins, Vinnie Jones and Guz Khan.

Here he looks at art, with strong language from the start:

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New to Download

Locke & Key, from Friday, Netflix

Locke & Key revolves around three siblings who, after the murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities.

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Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys, and will stop at nothing to attain them.

Van Helsing: Season 4, from Saturday, Netflix

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Vanessa embraces a new philosophy while the secrets of Blak-Tek are revealed and Sam pursues his evil agenda: resurrecting the Dark One.

Horse Girl, from Friday, Netflix

Sarah (Alison Brie) is a socially awkward arts and crafts shop employee who finds herself more content in the company of horses and supernatural crime shows than people.

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But following  a series of strangely lucid dreams while awake, Sarah becomes increasingly unable to distinguish the logic of her dreams from reality.

The Coldest Game, from Saturday, Netflix

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During the Cold War, troubled math genius Josh Mansky finds himself drafted to play in a US-Russia chess match, and a deadly game of espionage.

Who Killed Malcolm X? From Friday, Netflix

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Decades after the assassination of African American leader Malcolm X, an activist embarks on a complex mission seeking truth in the name of justice.

Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet, from Friday, Apple TV+

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney stars alongside Homeland's F Murray Abraham.

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The series is set in a video game development studio and explores 'the intricacies of the human condition' through hilarious and innovative ways.

Pet Semetary, from Friday, Sky Cinema Premiere & NOW TV

Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow are directed by Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer in this chilling remake of the 1989 adaptation of the seminal Stephen King novel.

Dr Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) relocates to rural Maine with his wife Rachel and their two young children from Boston and discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home.

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Ending This Weekend

The New Pope, 9.00pm Sunday, Sky Atlantic & NOW TV

In the final episode of Paolo Sorrentino's controversial Papacy-based series, a group of terrorists take a priest and six students hostage in Ventotene, and it’s this event that finally sees Pope Pius XIII and John Paul III in direct confrontation.

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Don't Miss

Election 2020, 9.40pm, RTÉ One

24 hours after the polling station across the land closed and the arduous task of adding up the votes begins, and the Dáil takes shape.

Here, Bryan Dobson, Claire Byrne and David McCullagh present full coverage and analysis of the results with live reports from all 39 constituencies.

The 92nd Annual Academy Awards, 12.30am Monday, Sky 
Sky Cinema brings viewers all the excitement of Hollywood's premier awards ceremony as it happens with live coverage of the event from the Red Carpet, beginning at 10pm on Sunday, followed by the event itself.
Looking at the nominations, Joker is leading the pack with eleven nods, while The Irishman, Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood, and 1917 all earned ten nominations each.

Weekend movies

Nightcrawler, 11.15pm Sunday, BBC Two

Jake Gyllenhaal is superb as a cynical petty crook is 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.

Read our review here

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

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, 9.00pm Saturday, RTÉ 2

Chris Pratt and co reunite for a second GotG .

After saving Xandar from Ronan's wrath, intergalactic outlaws Peter Quill (AKA Star-Lord), Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon are recognised as heroes.

Read our review here

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Now, they must fight to stay together as they unravel the mystery surrounding Ego, a man who claims to be Quill's father.

Red River, 9.05pm Friday, TG4

In this classic western starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift, conflict grows between a tough Texan rancher and his Civil War veteran foster son during a 1,000 mile cattle drive to Missouri.

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Box Set Binge

Better Call Saul seasons 1-4, Netflix

With season five due for release on February 23, now's a good time to either reacquaint yourself with or discover one of the best TV shows of the last decade.

Arguably better than Breaking Bad, this prequel is about how con-man turned small-time lawyer, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), gradually transformed into lawyer for criminals Saul Goodman.

The cast - including Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn and Michael Michael McKean - is fantastic, the stories are riveting, and the cinematography is simply stunning.

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