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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

Film

The Hitch-Hiker

(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

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