Pick of the Day Africa: A Journey Into Music
BBC Four, 10pm
Mali Rita Ray ends this award-worthy series (note to BBC: please send her to report from all the other countries in Africa) with a visit to the west African nation and former French colony that has proved to be a bounteous wellspring of musical talent. Here she meets star names Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté, Boubacar Traoré, ngoni master Bassekou Kouyaté (below, with Ray), Oumou Sangaré and gracious mansa Salif Keita. All this plus a history of the griot tradition. Unmissable.
World Cup Live
BBC One, 6.20pm
Portugal v Spain Coverage from Fisht Stadium in Sochi of Group B’s heavyweight Iberian derby. Spain’s participation at the tournament was never in doubt, but they must look to improve upon their poor performances in Brazil four years ago, which saw them eliminated at the group stage. Portugal only just booked their place on goal difference, but can Cristiano Ronaldo change all that?
The Graham Norton Show
BBC One, 10.45pm
Actors Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter join Norton to discuss their roles in the forthcoming all-female comedy heist movie Ocean’s 8. Plus, synthpop band Years & Years perform new their single If You’re Over Me and, of course, “Friday night” just wouldn’t be the same without more eye-opening tales from the red chair. MB
(Ida Lupino, 1953)
Talking Pictures TV, 12.40am
Currently the subject of a retrospective at London’s BFI Southbank, the versatile Ida Lupino – born in 1918 in Herne Hill – became a Hollywood star before crossing the tracks to embark on a successful career as writer, director and producer. Her films involve pioneering rape drama Outrage (1950) and this, generally considered the first film noir directed by a woman. Inspired by the crimes of murderer Billy Cook, it’s about two men, one played by Edmond O’Brien, who unwisely give a ride to one Emmett Myers (William Talman), then spend much of their Mexican holiday trying to shake him off. Tense stuff, atmospherically shot by Nicholas Musuraca. JR