This week's UK TV & radio

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Listings for BBC 4 on Thursday, May 23 2019

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. 
19:00Beyond 100 Days Katty Kay in Washington and Christian Fraser in London report on the events that are shaping the world. [S] 
19:30TOTP 1987 Simon Bates and Gary Davies present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 26 November 1987 and featuring Boy George, The Communards, Paul McCartney, and The Housemartins. [S] 
20:00Neanderthals - Meet Your Ancestors 1/2. Ella Al-Shamahi and Andy Serkis investigate what Neanderthals looked like and how they lived in their Ice Age world. [S,AD] 
21:00Britain's Nuclear Secrets:... ...Inside Sellafield. Nuclear physicist Jim Al-Khalili uncovers the story of the Sellafield nuclear facility. [S] 
22:00Operation Cloud Lab: Secrets of... ...the Skies. 1/2. Two-part documentary following a team of scientists as they explore the earth's atmosphere, travelling in an airship. The expedition begins with an examination of clouds. [S,AD] 
23:00Botany: A Blooming History 2/3. Timothy Walker looks at how 17th century botanists made the connection between the growth of a plant and the energy from the sun - the process of photosynthesis. [S] 
00:00TOTP 1987 Simon Bates and Gary Davies present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 26 November 1987 and featuring Boy George, The Communards, Paul McCartney, and The Housemartins. [S] 
00:30Storm Troupers: The Fight to... ...Forecast the Weather. 1/3. Alok discovers how weather forecasting began as a way of saving lives at sea. [S,AD] 
01:30Michael Mosley vs The Superbugs Michael Mosley looks at what can be done to combat resistance to antibiotics by creating a clone of himself in agar and growing on it bacteria taken from all over his body. [S,AD] 
02:30World War I at Home: The Spies... ...Who Loved Folkestone. Anthony Horowitz learns about the Folkestone men, women and children who risked their lives operating as spooks during the First World War. [S] 
03:00Neanderthals - Meet Your Ancestors 1/2. Ella Al-Shamahi and Andy Serkis investigate what Neanderthals looked like and how they lived in their Ice Age world. [S,AD,SL] 
04:00This is BBC Four This is BBC Four. Programmes start at 7.00pm. 
05:30..programmes start at 7.00pm No programme information available