This week's UK TV & radio

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Listings for BBC 4 on Thursday, August 24 2017

05:30..programmes start at 7.00pm No programme information available 
11:30..programmes start at 7.00pm No programme information available 
17:30..programmes start at 7.00pm No programme information available 
18:58This Is BBC Four This is BBC Four. Programmes start at 7.00pm. 
19:00World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. Also in HD. [S] 
19:30Top of the Pops: 1984 Simon Bates and Peter Powell present appearances from Break Machine, Deniece Williams, Marillion, Hazell Dean, Womack & Womack, Ultravox, Duran Duran and Kenny Loggins. Also in HD. [S] 
20:00Sword, Musket & Machine Gun:... ...Britain's Armed History. 3/3. Rapid Fire: Dr Sam Willis looks at the drive to develop ever more precise weapons on the battlefield, from artillery shells to rifles. Also in HD. [AD,S] 
21:00Andrew Marr's The Making of... ...Modern Britain. 3/6. The Great War: Andrew Marr charts the events that shaped Britain. Britain tastes total war, which affected people on the frontline and at home. Also in HD. [AD,S] 
22:00Wonders of the Universe 2/4. Stardust: Professor Brian Cox explores the laws of the universe. In this episode, he seeks to answer the biggest questions of all - what are we and where do we come from? Also in HD. [AD,S] 
23:00Horizon: Seeing Stars 2/15. Horizon follows the astronomers pushing the limits of science and engineering with a new generation of supertelescopes in the hunt for mysterious objects in the universe. Also in HD. [S] 
00:00Top of the Pops: 1984 Simon Bates and Peter Powell present appearances from Break Machine, Deniece Williams, Marillion, Hazell Dean, Womack & Womack, Ultravox, Duran Duran and Kenny Loggins. Also in HD. [S] 
00:30Wonders of the Universe 2/4. Stardust: Professor Brian Cox explores the laws of the universe. In this episode, he seeks to answer the biggest questions of all - what are we and where do we come from? Also in HD. [AD,S] 
01:30A History of Art in Three Colours 2/3. Blue: Dr James Fox explores how the arrival in Europe of lapis lazuli turned blue into an exotic colour. Artists began to use it to offer us glimpses of worlds beyond our own. Also in HD. [AD,S] 
02:30Sword, Musket & Machine Gun:... ...Britain's Armed History. 3/3. Rapid Fire: Dr Sam Willis looks at the drive to develop ever more precise weapons on the battlefield, from artillery shells to rifles. Also in HD. [AD,S,SL] 
03:30This Is BBC Four BBC Four is the BBC channel for people who want more. More depth, more range, more to stimulate the mind. More daily from 7.00pm. 
05:30..programmes start at 7.00pm No programme information available