TV tonight: a deep dive into some of hip hop's most formative songs

Questlove and Black Thought put Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar under the microscope. Plus: Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast. Here’s what to watch this evening

Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America

BBC Four, 10pm

From Questlove and Black Thought, producers and founding
members of hip-hop group the Roots, comes this enjoyable series
telling the story of the resolutely American genre through its
formative songs. Tonight’s opening double bill begins with Kanye
West’s Jesus Walks, a hit that brought religious imagery into the rap
canon, while the next episode features Kendrick Lamar’s Alright, an
anthem of the Black Lives Matter movement and protests against Trump. Ammar Kalia

Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast

8pm, Channel 4

There’s a notable air of glamour on Southend Pier this week as the
actor Susan Sarandon takes to the kitchen and indulges her love for
New Orleans by cooking up seafood gumbo with Jamie Oliver. Jimmy
Doherty then joins proceedings to try his hand at making English
sparkling wine. AK

A Life Among Monkeys

8.35pm, PBS America

Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey may be better-known primatologists, but
Dr Wolfgang Dittus has arguably been equally pioneering – his lifelong
study of the toque macaques who live in the ruins of a temple in the
Sri Lankan jungle is the longest-running of any primate group. This is
his fascinating story. Ali Catterall

The Investigation

9pm, BBC Two

Episodes three and four of the affecting drama based on the
investigation into the murder of journalist Kim Wall in 2017. Møller
(The Killing’s Søren Malling) continues to oversee the emotionally
challenging case, and the team get permission to search the suspect’s
computer. Hannah J Davies

It’s a Sin

Channel 4, 9pm

It’s a Sin
Richie and Jill in episode two of It’s a Sin. Photograph: Ross Ferguson/Channel 4

Russell T Davies’s excellent drama continues, following the lives of
young gay men in the face of the Aids crisis in 1980s London. Ritchie
(played by Olly Alexander) continues to vehemently deny the existence
of HIV, while Jill (Lydia West) tries to launch her acting career. AK

Not Going Out

9.30pm, BBC One

A sitcom episode about the reappearance of an old friend on social
media feels a bit 2008, but the scenario is milked for all it’s worth.
When one of Lee’s former girlfriends gets in touch after he joins
Facebook, Lucy struggles to process her feelings – and things aren’t
helped by old flame Karen’s bluntness. Phil Harrison

Film choice

Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke in Thoroughbreds
Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke in Thoroughbreds. Photograph: C Folger/Focus Features/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock

Thoroughbreds (Cory Finley, 2017) 12.10am, Channel 4
The cool detachment Anya Taylor-Joy displayed in The Queen’s Gambit is
to the fore in Cory Finley’s blackly comic thriller. Two wealthy
Connecticut girls, Lily and Amanda (the more sociopathic of the two
played with deadpan relish by Olivia Cooke), revive a friendship and
develop a few new, cruel intentions. Simon Wardell

Today’s live sport

Snooker: German Masters 1.55pm, Eurosport 1. Quarter-finals of the tournament, somewhat incongruously held this year in Milton Keynes.

Premiership Rugby Union: Bristol Bears v Bath 7pm, BT Sport 1. Action from Ashton Gate.

Championship Football: Reading v Bournemouth 7.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Promotion-chasers face off.

Contributors

Ali Catterall, Hannah J Davies, Phil Harrison, Ammar Kalia, Simon Wardell

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