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  1. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: Last Night of the Proms goes Poppins

    Friday 22 August 2014, 14:15

    Victoria Peet Victoria Peet

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    Mary Poppins

    This year sees 50 years since the iconic movie-musical Mary Poppins was released. 50 years of Feed the Birds, Chim Chim Cher-ee, A Spoonful of Sugar, Step in Time (to name just a few) and of course the brilliant tongue-twister Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The BBC Proms are celebrating this in true Last Night of the Proms style with a brand new sing-along medley, arranged by Anne Dudley, in the Royal Albert Hall and at Proms in the Park in London, Swansea, Belfast and Glasgow.

    Everyone in the Hall and at the Parks can join together to sing the medley and create a really special moment across the country. But, this year the Proms have taken this one step further and are giving the opportunity for anyone to be involved in the Last Night celebrations by being part of their very first virtual choir.

    A virtual choir? Yes, a choir made up of anyone and everyone who wants to be involved – and has the courage to film themselves singing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Then, we’ll put as many of the videos as we can together and the finished film will be played out on the big screens in the Parks and online during the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday 13 September.


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  2. What’s on BBC Red Button, 23-29 August

    Friday 22 August 2014, 12:04

    Marc Jones Marc Jones Media Scheduler, Red Button

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    Red Button brings you the best of the Reading and Leeds Festivals, takes you behind the scenes of Doctor Who, tells the story of the Notting Hill Carnival and showcases a world of sport.


    Reading and Leeds Festivals

    reading-and-leeds-festival_0814_s_pp.jpg Reading and Leeds festival  


    Coverage of the 2014 Reading and Leeds Festivals, including Twin Atlantic, Temples, Enter Shikari, Warpaint, SBTRKT, Metronomy, Courteeners, Deaf Havana, and Jimmy Eat World.

    Sat 23 August, 7pm-1am
    Sun 24 August, 7pm-1am
    Tue 26 August, 6am-9am, 10am-2pm, 12am-6am
    Wed 27 August, 6am-9am, 5pm-6am
    Thu 28 August, 6am-9am, 10am-4pm, 9pm-6am
    Fri 29 August, 6am-10:30am, 11pm-2am


    Doctor Who Extra

    A new series, a new costume and a new Doctor! Take a Deep Breath and go behind the scenes on the first episode starring Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor.


    Sun 24 August, 6:15pm-7pm
    Tue 26 August, 5pm-8pm
    Wed 27 August, 10am-4pm
    Thu 28 August, 5pm-9pm
    Fri 29 August, 3:45pm-11pm, 2am-6am


    Notting Hill Carnival Stories

    Four celebratory films mark this unique landmark in the nation’s cultural calendar. Telling the stories of who started it, the sound systems, the big tunes and the food of carnival.


    Mon 25 August, 12pm-3pm, 5pm-6am
    Tue 26 August, 8pm-12am



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  3. MOTD at 50 - a reflection by Barry Davies

    Friday 22 August 2014, 09:52

    Barry Davies Barry Davies BBC Sports commentator

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    Barry Davies Barry Davies

    Match Of The Day was five seasons old when I joined the team. When I left it had just reached 40. Come August the 22nd it will celebrate its 50th birthday. That a highlights programme has survived in an age when immediate gratification is expected, when live football can be watched somewhere on television just about every day of the season and newspapers carry full page advertisements disputing whether Sky or the new-born BT offer the best selection of Premier League immediacy is, to use a favourite expression of David Coleman’s, “quite remarkable.”

    Match of the Day 50th - All the presenters

    It has not always been an easy journey. Having produced the regular call of “time gentleman please” as an audience of 10million plus headed home to watch the programme, MOTD was unceremoniously put out to grass on Sunday afternoons at the start of the Eighties. Later, the Football League contract was twice lost to ITV and for a while the suffix ‘the road to Wembley’ was added to the title. There were doubts about the value of highlights, and live FA Cup matches were tried on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. But throughout, the MOTD ethic has stayed strong and that without question is a major...

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  4. BBC at the Edinburgh TV Festival 2014

    Thursday 21 August 2014, 08:50

    Danny Cohen Danny Cohen

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    Over the next few days, the BBC is taking part in a wide range of sessions at this year’s Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival. I’ll be speaking in several sessions – sitting in for BBC Two Controller Kim Shillinglaw to talk about her strategy for the channel, joining fellow broadcasters on a panel to debate issues around commissioning, and discussing the plans we announced in July for changes to BBC Productions in “BBC – The New Super Indie?” (Read Director General Tony Hall’s speech outlining the proposals on the Media Centre website.)

    BBC One Controller Charlotte...

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  5. Watching two programmes at once? You're 'programme packing'

    Tuesday 19 August 2014, 09:34

    Sian Healey Sian Healey Head of Communications and Policy, TV Licensing

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    Watching multiple=

    Sian Healey, Head of Communications and Policy for TV Licensing looks at why some sport fans are ‘programme packing’ and ‘screen stacking’ live TV on up to three devices at once. 

    Elvis Presley famously had a TV room with a trio of televisions mounted side-by-side on a wall at his Graceland home so he could watch three NFL American football games at once. He reportedly pinched the idea from President Lyndon Johnson who prudently kept up to date with current events with television sets for each of the major US news networks.  It seems Elvis and Lyndon may have been ahead of...

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  6. Let's hear it for the local guys

    Friday 15 August 2014, 18:54

    Charles Runcie Charles Runcie Head of Sport, BBC English Regions

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    football_derby.jpg The Radio Derby commentary team, (l-r) Ed Dawes, Craig Ramage and Owen Bradley.

    Charles Runcie, Head of Sport for BBC English Regions, celebrates the art and craft of our BBC local radio football commentary.

    As Match of the Day celebrates 50 wonderful years and the glistening Premier League starship touches down across the BBC for another season let's not forget another vital component of the BBC's football coverage - our local radio football service. The 39 local stations in England have a strong commitment to local sport from the top level to the grassroots. Each week they provide commentary...

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  7. Round Up Week 32 2014

    Friday 15 August 2014, 16:56

    Jen Macro Jen Macro Digital Content Producer, About the BBC

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    As I walked home in the late evening earlier this month, I noticed a beam of light in the sky. This is not an uncommon occurrence, living in a city with numerous major club venues, I have often witnessed their searchlight type effects exploring the central London nightscape. This one was different: a stationary ray of light that shone a disc onto the clouds overhead, it was stunning and also haunting. After some research, I found that it was the Spectra, an ambitious art installation that adorned the London skyline for one week as part of the Lights Out project, marking the centenary of Britain...

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  8. What’s on BBC Red Button, 16-22 August

    Friday 15 August 2014, 14:05

    Marc Jones Marc Jones Media Scheduler, Red Button

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    We have a Sporting bonanza for you this week with highlights from the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, action from the European Swimming Championships and Final Score. If sport isn’t your thing, then worry not, we’ve also got music from Proms Extra, the best bits from the Edinburgh Festivals and fun for the little ones with Hacker and Dodge.


    2014 Youth Olympic Games

    youth_olympics_ellie-downie_0814_holly-adams.jpg Ellie Downie

    We bring you highlights from Nanjing, China as 3,600 athletes from 204 nations compete for gold. Watch Team GB medal hopefuls in action including gymnast Ellie Downie and world junior taekwondo champion Abigail Stones...

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  9. Celebrating community: The lead up to Leeds Carnival

    Thursday 14 August 2014, 23:15

    Abigail Jaiyeola Abigail Jaiyeola Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Forty-seven years ago a young man from St Kitts and Nevis – recently settled in Leeds and homesick for the sights and sounds of his home – had a grand plan. To create a colourful carnival on the grey streets of Leeds for an emerging Caribbean community. That fledgling idea – hatched in a tiny bedsit in the city – has now turned into one of the most spectacular street festivals in Europe, attended by over 150,000 visitors – the Leeds West Indian Carnival. And its 79 year old founder Arthur France is now an MBE, awarded the honour in 1997 for his services to carnival and the community.


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  10. Our World War gets interactive

    Thursday 14 August 2014, 10:00

    Tim Plyming Tim Plyming Executive Producer

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    Our World War interactive

    Today we see the launch of a very exciting innovation, commissioned by BBC Learning, an experiment in immersive drama which is a world first – I want to use this blog to tell you more.

    We have just passed the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One - a series of powerful commemoration events have reminded us of the sacrifices of those who went to fight and those who stayed behind, contributing to the war effort on the home front.

    As you look at the photos of the soldiers who signed up, you can’t help but be struck by how young those involved were. As we look into their faces 100...

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A dramatic experience [Outreach]
Parent's experience: starting nursery [CBeebies Grown-Ups]
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