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What's On BBC Red Button 26th September - 4th October

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Lisa Dawson Lisa Dawson | 09:41 UK time, Wednesday, 28 September 2011


Strictly Come Dancing

Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly are your hosts for a 2 night Strictly spectacular weekend. In Friday's live show Alex Jones, Anita Dobson, Audley Harrison, Dan Lobb, Lulu, Robbie Savage and Russell Grant will take to the floor with their professional partners to perform either a whimsical Waltz or a cheeky Cha Cha Cha. On Saturday night it's the turn of Chelsee Healey, Edwina Currie, Harry Judd, Holly Valance, Jason Donovan, Nancy Dell'Olio and Rory Bremner to perform live to the nation with their partners.

This week there are no phone votes and no-one will be leaving the competition, but our couples are under pressure to impress the judges who will still be scoring.

Brand new for 2011. Press the red button to hear exclusive commentary from ex Strictly Champion Karen Hardy and a very special celebrity. Commentating live in a fun and informative style they will give you the lowdown of what's good, what's bad and what's highly entertaining on the dancefloor. Plus they will have plenty of titbits of backstage gossip to share.

Available on all platforms

Fri 30th September, 9:00pm-10:00pm
Sat 1st October, 6:00pm-7:05pm

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Watch Qawwal maestro and Bollywood Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in conversation with BBC Asian Network's Sonia Deol in a Red Button special, including archive footage of Rahat performing with his uncle, the late great Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and performances from his recent tour.

Available on all platforms

Tue 4th October, 6:00am-6:00am

Tue 4th October, 6:00am-7:45pm and 10:00pm-6:00am

Virgin Media:
Tue 4th October, 6:00am-7:55pm and 10:20pm-6:00am

Bang Goes the Theory

Bang LIVE on tour - Experience hands-on science with the Bang team in their live stage show full of surprises, insights and, of course, a bang or two! More than a quarter of a million people have now come to see the Bang Goes The Theory roadshow. As well as Dr Yan's interactive area, this year visitors were treated to Liz, Dallas and Jem performing a live stage show:

As part of the stage show, the Bang team use volunteers from the audience to help test their theories. Many items link to the TV show, but in the live show, we get hands-on and take them a stage further. Dallas is keen to see if he can use other sweets to beat Jem and his pear drops, so they play a game of "Glue-niversity Challenge"... Jem sets fire to his hands to help solve climate change... and the team fulfil every young child's dream by hosting Space Camp, testing volunteers with real astronaut training tests - the winner gets to launch a rocket, and the chance to go into space... And then there's fabulous fireworks, the edible insect challenge, birthday bingo, deconstructing the vacuum gloves and much much more. If you've not managed to make it to a Roadshow this year, this is your opportunity to find out what you've been missing.

This show was filmed in Bradford in September 11th, 2011.

Available on all platforms

Sky/Freesat/Virgin Media:
Mon 3rd October, 7:55pm-9:30pm
Tue 4th October, 8:25pm-9:50pm

Mon 3rd October, 7:55pm-9:30pm
Tue 4th October, 8:25pm-9:50pm

Reel History

The Reel History of Britain retells the fascinating stories about how life in Britain used to be, through the film collections of the British Film Institute and other National and Regional Film Archives.

The BBC Two series will focus on a different aspect of British life, highlighting the hardships and simple pleasures, as well as the enormous social changes that took place from the 1900s onwards.

Each film explores how ordinary British people worked, loved and lived in the 20th century, as seen through social documentaries, tourist information films, newsreels, and government propaganda films.

These films have now been carefully restored by Britain's film archives and are available to be seen again for the first time in generations. They showcase the people and places of Britain; their preoccupations, lifestyles and ambitions for the future. They reveal a forgotten Britain that has since changed forever.


Available on all platforms

Mon 26th September, 6:55pm-4:00am
Tue 27th September, 6:55pm-4:00am
Wed 28th September, 6:55pm-4:00am

Mon 5th September, 6:55pm-7:50pm
Tue 6th September, 6:55pm-7:45pm

Virgin Media:
Mon 26th September, 6:55pm-9:45pm
Tue 27th September, 6:55pm-7:45pm
Wed 28th September, 6:55pm-9:50pm

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:
Mon 26th September, 9:55pm-4:00am
Tue 27th September, 7:55pm-4:00am
Wed 28th September, 7:00pm-4:00am
Thu 29th September, 7:00pm-4:00am
Fri 30th September, 7:00pm-4:00am
Sat 1st October, 9:55pm-4:00am
Sun 2nd October, 7:00pm-4:00am
Mon 3rd October, 9:55pm-4:00am
Tue 4th October, 7:55pm-4:00am

Mon 26th September, 9:55pm-4:00am
Tue 27th September, 7:55pm-4:00am
Wed 28th September, 10:00pm-4:00am
Thu 29th September, 7:00pm-4:00am
Fri 30th September, 7:00pm-8:50pm and 10:10pm-4:00am
Mon 3rd October, 1:20am-4:00am and 9:55pm-11:50pm
Tue 4th October, 7:55pm-8:15pm

Secret Fortune - Play Along Quiz

A new for Saturday night game show: The National Lottery "Secret Fortune" BBC1, hosted by Nick Knowles.

By putting your general knowledge to the test, and taking a couple of chances the studio contestants can win big cash prizes. Most digital viewers will be able to press their red button during the show to play along and answer the questions at home.

Available on Sky and Freeview only

Sat 1st October, 2:30pm-9:25pm

Sat 1st October, 6:00pm-9:25pm

CBBC Extra

CBBC Extra is the home of exclusives. Watch funny clips, out-takes, star interviews, pop music, backstage previews and episodes from Children's BBC.


Available on all platforms.

Sky/ Freesat /Virgin Media:
Mon 26th September, 7:00am-10:00am and 3:00pm-6:00pm
Tue 27th September, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Wed 28th September, 7:00am-10:00am and 3:00pm-6:00pm
Thu 29th September, 7:00am-10:00am and 3:00pm-6:00pm
Fri 30th September, 7:00am-10:00am and 3:00pm-6:00pm
Sat 1st October, 7:00am-10:00am
Mon 3rd October, 7:00am-10:00am and 3:00pm-6:00pm
Tue 4th October, 7:00am-10:00am and 3:00pm-6:00pm

Mon 26th September, 7:00am-10:00am and 3:00pm-6:00pm
Tue 27th September, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Wed 28th September, 7:00am-10:00am and 3:00pm-6:00pm
Thu 29th September, 7:00am-10:00am and 3:00pm-6:00pm
Fri 30th September, 7:00am-10:00am and 3:00pm-6:00pm

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 and Virgin only

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.

Available on Sky and Freeview only

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
• Rugby: Scrum V (Dragons v Ulster)
• MotoGP: Misano 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP qualifying sessions
• Racing: Races from Longchamp

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


  • Comment number 1.

    I'm surprised that now you have only five ETV streams, you don't get rid of the Sport Multiscreen stream and replace it with a text-based list (perhaps with something clever to preview the selected channel in the corner of the screen or something). It would essentially mean that we've lost only one ETV stream.

    (Not saying there's anything I've noticed specifically this week that's missing - just making a general observation)

  • Comment number 2.

    what would be REALLY useful is if we could listen to the Red Button stuff live online for those of us who don't have the red button connected on the Sky box... I don't see why it's not possible to get it streaming, maybe it's something that the technical bods at the BBC could work on for us :-)


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