On the box: our top telly picks for the weekend

The X Factor – UTV, Saturday at 8pm
Despite Simon Cowell insisting there were to be no more sob stories we were still left in bits last week as ex-Girl Band member Linzi Martin sang her heart out but failed to get through to the next round. Clearly he just couldn’t resist! Expect more of the same tonight.

Peter Kay: Live & Back on Nights! – Channel 4, Saturday at 9.00pm
The comic genius that is Peter Kay is back to give viewers a look behind the scenes of his Guinness World Record-breaking tour where he performed in front of over 1.2 million people.

The Ides of March – BBC 2, Saturday at 9.15pm
Political drama with Ryan Gosling as an idealistic press officer working for presidential hopeful George Clooney. Yes that’s Ryan AND George in the one go, be still our beating hearts…

Strictly Come Dancing – BBC 1, Sunday at 9pm
This year’s favourites include Pixie Lott, TOWIE’s Mark Wright, Frankie from The Saturdays and ex-Xtra Factor presenter Caroline Flack. Let the battle of the X Factor/Strictly remote control commence…

The Imelda May Show – RTÉ One, Sunday at 9.30pm
The popular Dublin singer has finally got her own show, we’re delighted for her! Over the next few weeks Imelda will chat to guests including Paolo Nutini, The Script, The Riptide Movement and Damien Dempsey.