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What's On BBC Red Button 16th - 30th August 2011

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Lisa Dawson Lisa Dawson | 15:44 UK time, Monday, 15 August 2011


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Reading and Leeds Festival

Over the August bank holiday weekend, music lovers can press the red button on digital TV to watch coverage of the Reading and Leeds Festival. Viewers will be able to watch more than 40 bands, including headliners My Chemical Romance, The Stokes, Pulp and Muse, from across the Main, NME/Radio 1 and BBC Introducing stages.

Sky/Freesat/Virgin Media:
Fri 26th August, 7:00pm-2:00am
Sat 27th August, 7:00pm-2:00am
Sun 28th August, 7:00pm-2:00am

Fri 26th August, 7:00pm-2:00am
Sat 27th August, 9:00pm-2:00am
Sun 28th August, 7:00pm-2:00am

And, following the weekend, press RED each day for further highlights from the festival. A different band will feature each day so don't forget to keep coming back to check out the action.

Find out more about the Reading and Leeds festival at bbc.co.uk/readingandleeds

Sky/Freesat/Virgin Media:
Mon 29th August, 6:00am-6:00am
Tue 30th August, 6:00am-6:00am*
Wed 31st August, 6:00am-6:00am*
Thu 1st September, 6:00am-6:00am*
Fri 2nd September, 6:00am-4:00am*

Mon 29th August, 6:00am-6:20pm & 7:40pm-10:45pm
Tue 30th August, 4:10am-6:00am
Wed 31st August*
Thu 1st September*
Fri 2nd September*

*Exact times TBC

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

BBC Three Comedy and BBC Radio 1 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, on the red button from 15th - 25th August.

This summer BBC Three is bringing you the best comedy from this year's Edinburgh Festival. The biggest and best comedy festival in the world. Keep a close eye on the Red Button from the 16th of August onwards for exclusive collections of anything-could-happen sketches and stand up from the best new hot shots in this biz of show. Don't worry if you miss any of the stuff on the red button. We'll be publishing all those gigs online too.
From the 15th - 19th of August 2011, Scott Mills and Nick Grimshaw will be on the red button coming live from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from 1600-1900 and 2230-0000. The late show each day will culminate in a louche spectacle of weirdness, surrealness and oddities: Radio 1's Fun and Filth Cabaret.

Available on all platforms

Tue 16th August, 4:00pm-7:00pm & 8:55pm-4:00am
Wed 17th August, 4:00pm-7:00pm & 8:55pm-4:00am
Thu 18th August, 4:00pm-7:00pm & 8:55pm-4:00am
Fri 19th August, 6:15am-10:15am & 11:55pm-4:00am
Sat 20th August, 9:25pm-4:00am
Sun 21st August, 8:55pm-4:00am
Mon 22nd August, 8:55pm-4:00am
Tue 23rd August, 8:55pm-4:00am
Wed 24th August, 8:55pm-4:00am
Thu 25th August, 8:55pm-4:00am
Mon 29th August, 10:55pm-4:00am

BBC Radio 4 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Comedians Arthur Smith and Susan Calman present highlights from Radio 4's coverage of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Including excerpts from Just a Minute and Life: An Idiot's Guide, hosted by Stephen K Amos.
Sneak behind the scenes to watch Scott Capurro's interview on Radio 4 Extra. 

Janey Godley, Mark Dolan, Jason Cook, Jessica Fostekew, Jess Ransom, Joel Dommett and Conan House join forces to perform a comedic ceilidh.
Available on all platforms

Sky/Freesat/Virgin Media:
Mon 22nd August, 6:00am-4:00am Sat 27th August (continuous)

Mon 22nd August, 6:00am-8:45pm
Tue 23rd August, 4:10am-11:45am & 1:40pm-7:45pm
Wed 24th August, 6:00am-11:45am & 1:40pm-8:45pm
Thu 25th August, 4:10am-5:15pm &  7:10pm-8:45pm
Fri 26th August, 4:10am-8:45am & 2:45pm-6:50pm

Dragons’ Den

It’s a new series and there’s a new Dragon in the Den – logistics tycoon Hilary Devey.  A new raft of keen entrepreneurs are about to enter the Den and make a pitch for an investment that could make their business – and change their lives.
Here on the Red Button we get to peek behind the scenes and get the inside story on the investments made in the Den each week.  What attracted the Dragons to the business?  What did the other Dragons make of the deals? And why did the entrepreneurs take the deal they did in the Den?
Available on all platforms

Sky/Freesat/Virgin Media
Tue 16th August, 7:55pm-4:00am
Wed 17th August, 7:00pm-4:00am
Thu 18th August, 7:00pm-4:00am
Sun 21st August, 8:55pm-4:00am
Tue 23rd August, 7:55pm-4:00am
Thu 25th August, 7:00pm-4:00am
Sun 28th August, 8:55pm-4:00am

Tue 16th August, 7:55pm-8:45pm
Sun 21st August, 8:55pm-9:45pm
Tue 23rd August, 7:55pm-8:45pm

Edinburgh Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is the most famous military spectacle in the world. Scottish actor Bill Paterson describes the Massed Pipes & Drums, The Lone Piper and Black Bear amongst many special moments, as well as special contributions from around the world, all taking place on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Viewers can press red to enjoy all of the stirring music without the commentary.
Find out more at - bbc.co.uk/edinburghfestivals/

Sky/Freesat/Virgin Media/Freeview:
Sun 28th August, 5:35pm-6:35pm
Mon 29th August, 6:30pm-7:30pm

BBC Proms' Brahms Night

This Proms season, BBC Red Button returns with a selection of services available alongside the regular broadcasts for selected performances.

Maestro Cam and Solo Cam will focus exclusively on the conductors and soloists respectively, giving viewers an alternative perspective on the Proms from amongst the musicians themselves. By pressing red, viewers can also listen to live commentary from an expert conductor and hear their unique insights into the music as the work is played.

The service will be available for six Proms, concluding on Friday 19th August from 7:30pm with Prom 47.

Maestro Cam will feature Bernard Haitink conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe as they perform Brahms' Symphony No. 3 in F major and Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor. The latter will be performed by pianist Emanuel Ax and feature on the evening's Solo Cam.

In addition, optional expert commentary will be supplied by conductor Matthew Rowe.
Find out more at bbc.co.uk/proms or follow @BBCProms on Twitter   

Available on all platforms
Fri 19th August, 7:30pm-9:20pm
Sat 20th August, 2:20am-4:10am 

Secret Fortune – Play Along Quiz

The return of The National Lottery: Secret Fortune on BBC1, hosted by Nick Knowles.
The high-tension quiz is back, with more studio contestants searching for their Secret Fortune by testing their general knowledge and their luck. Most digital viewers can press their red button during the show to play along and answer the questions at home - how will you fare against the contestants?


Available during the show.

Sky and Freeview only:
Sat 20th August
Sat 27th August

News Multiscreen: Video Choice

Each weekday BBC News' On Demand team will be rounding-up the day's strongest news pictures to bring viewers a two-minute package of highlights. On weekends the tone becomes more conversational when Red Button viewers can watch a topical interview in 'Five Minutes with...' or a round-up of the week's weird and wonderful videos in OddBox.
Video Choice: Weekdays (available around the clock)
Five Minutes With... / OddBox: Weekends (around the clock)
Available on Sky & Virgin
(Not available on Freeview or Freesat)

CBeebies Red Button

BBC Red Button welcomes younger viewers and grown-ups with a sense of adventure to the big, bright and fun world of CBeebies interactive!

Now your children's favourite characters are at the heart of the interactive TV experience. Satellite and digital terrestrial viewers will have slightly different offerings from one another. This has enabled us to offer the best games tailored to each system.

CBeebies Red Button is available now on the CBeebies channel, and via page 5900 on other channels. Sky & Freeview.

BBC Sport Multiscreen*

Catch up on all the latest Sport via the BBC Sport multiscreen. Headlines are available around the clock with up to five additional streams available to cover the best that BBC Sport has to offer.
Please note that Red Button sport timings are subject to change at short notice.

For the latest information refer to the BBC Sport website.


• Football: Midweek and Final Score
• Cricket: TMS England v India
• Athletics: Live coverage of the World Series Triathlon from Lausanne
• Rugby: Rugby Union (Scotland v Ireland)
• Hockey: Men’s and Women’s European Championships
• Basketball: Olympic Test Event
• Formula 1: Belgian Grand Prix
• Equestrian: European Eventing Championships from Germany
• MotoGP: Indianapolis 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP qualifying sessions

*Note all Red Button times are subject to change at short notice

Coming Soon…

First Click
Laughs in The Park
Asian Network Mela
Mercury Prize


  • Comment number 1.

    I hope the Ceefax/Red Button Team would be so kind as to action this request:

    Please would you benchmark the information pubished by BBC News on Ceefax page 283 subpages 6 to 9 againsthttp://www.digitaluk.co.uk/when_do_i_switch/stv_central as Scotland has completed switchover,
    http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/when_do_i_switch/anglia as Anglia has only the Tacolneston transmitter to complete DSO on 23 November 2011,
    http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/when_do_i_switch/central as all but Waltham, Fenton, Sutton Coldfield and Oxford have already completed DSO,
    http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/when_do_i_switch/yorkshire as Belmont and Oliver's Mount have completed switchover and Chesterfiled and Sheffield will follow suit this Wednesday, 24 August?

    Please would you edit page 284 on BBC One and BBC Two to read exactly the same as that page number's contents on itv1 and Channel 4 as maintained by Teletext Ltd?

    Pleas would the Red Button Team pubish the directions to Freeview viewers for finding Testcard W on LCN 105?

    Every good wish

  • Comment number 2.

    Freeview scheduling has always been tricky since losing the 2nd red button feed. But have to say, the wrong decision was made yesterday teatime.

    On 301, we had a loop of a 26 minute Radio 4 comedy feature. Ok, fair enough. But at 5:55, Sky and Cable viewers could watch LIVE hockey! It was only for just over an hour - i believe the comedy feature could have been stopped on Freeview, hockey should have been shown live, and then re-started. Live sport surely must take a priority over a comedy feed that over the course of yesterday would have been repeated over a dozen times anyway on Freeview?

    Even when sport cannot be shown on Freeview live, please... for example there's several sports all happening at once this coming weekend... please at least put repeats on during the night, so we can at least record them! (Loops of recent sports are always on the Sport Multiscreen on Sky, so I imagine this would be easy to do and would make a lot of Freeviewers happy!).

  • Comment number 3.

    Well done Lisa, The stokes I have all their albums.


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