What's on BBC Red Button 22 December-5 January

Saturday 22 December 2012, 06:00

Sorcha Clifford Sorcha Clifford Content Producer

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It's the last Red Button blog of the year - but with Christmas and New Year nearly upon us it's also one of the biggest.

We've a bumper line-up to keep you entertained over the next fortnight including a glittering array of sporting highlights from the past year, Karen Hardy's expert analysis of the Strictly Come Dancing final and special mini-episodes of Doctor Who and EastEnders. There's also Christmas fun for kids from CBBC, highlights from Radio 1's spectacular Hackney Weekend and the triumphant return of the Antiques Roadshow play-along quiz - not to mention a preview of next year's big shows on BBC One.

Here's a look at what's in store - and if you want to stay updated on Red Button throughout the festive season, be sure to follow us on Twitter or visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/redbutton.

Sports Review 2012

Olympic rings on Tower Bridge

Look back at a stunning year of sporting action on the BBC

It's been an incredible year of sporting action and over the holiday period you can relive some of the most memorable moments on the BBC Red Button.

We've picked out an array of events to watch again in full including the Wimbledon men's singles final, the Brazilian Grand Prix and Wales's clash with England in the Six Nations. There's also another chance to see highlights from this summer's Olympics featuring gold medal-winning performances by stars including Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Usain Bolt, Nicola Adams, Andy Murray, Chris Hoy and Greg Rutherford.

Available on Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview - visit the BBC Sport website to find out what's on when.


Strictly Come Dancing - The Final


Denise Van Outen, Kimberley Walsh, Louis Smith and Dani Harmer

Who will get their hands on the famous glitterball?

This year's thrilling series reaches its two-part conclusion tonight with four celebrities still in the running for TV's glitziest title. Dani Harmer, Louis Smith, Kimberley Walsh and Denise Van Outen have wowed judges and viewers throughout the competition - but which of them will be able to perform when it really counts?

Join Karen Hardy on Red Button during the final for expert analysis of each couple's crucial routines. She's also joined by a familiar face from Strictly's past - former England cricketer Mark Ramprakash, the man she partnered to the title in 2006.

Available on Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:

Sat 22 Dec, 6.30pm-7.55pm, 8.50pm-10.05pm


EastEnders - All I Want for Christmas


Ricky Norwood as Fatboy and Rachel Bright as Poppy

Can Fatboy give Poppy the Christmas she deserves?

EastEnders fans can get an extra helping of fun from Walford on Thursday 27 December as we join young lovers Fatboy and Poppy for a special festive episode.

Fatboy is thrilled when Poppy returns for Christmas but not all goes to plan. Unless he mans up the big lad may lose the best Christmas gift he's ever had...

Available on Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:

Thu 27 Dec, 8.55pm-12.30am


Doctor Who

The Doctor returns to BBC One on Christmas Day - and Red Button viewers can get ready for this year's festive adventure by watching a mini-episode.

Madame Vastra, accompanied by her loyal companions Jenny and Strax, is called upon to investigate a Victorian murder mystery. But where is the Doctor?

Available on Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:

Sat 22 Dec, 6pm-6.30pm, 7.55pm-8.50pm, 10.05pm-1.25am
Mon 24 Dec, 7pm-6am Tue 25 Dec, 3pm-5.15pm


CBeebies Christmas Karaoke

If you love Christmas and you like singing then press red for the CBeebies Christmas Karaoke. You can sing along to songs from a whole host of CBeebies Christmas specials including Mr Bloom's Nursery, Baby Jake and Mike the Knight. Why not get your family and friends to join in too and follow the words as they appear on your screen?

Go on, press red... You know you want to!

Available on Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:

Sat 22 Dec, 6am-2.30pm
Sun 23 Dec, 6am-1pm
Mon 24 Dec, 6am-7pm
Tue 25 Dec, 6am-3pm
Wed 26 Dec, 6am-2.30pm
Thu 27 Dec, 6am-7pm
Fri 28 Dec, 6am-12pm, 2pm-4pm
Sat 29 Dec, 6am-2.30pm
Sun 30 Dec, 12pm-4pm
Mon 31 Dec, 6am-2pm


Hackney Highlights

Radio 1 helped kick off the build-up to the Olympics in June by hosting a huge weekend of live music at Hackney Marshes headlined by two of the biggest stars in pop - Jay-Z and Rihanna. Catch highlights from the festival that took east London by storm this fortnight on the Red Button.

Available on Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:

Fri 28 Dec, 4pm-8.30pm
Sat 29 Dec, 12am-6am, 7pm-8.15pm, 9.10pm-1.15pm
Sun 30 Dec, 9pm-6am
Mon 31 Dec, 9pm-6am
Tue 1 Jan, 6am-12pm, 9.40pm-6am
Wed 2 Jan, 6am-11am, 10pm-6am
Thu 3 Jan, 6am-11am


Antiques Roadshow Play-Along Game

Are you one of the 1.5 million people who've played along with our Antiques Roadshow game? If so you'll know how much fun it is to join Fiona and the team to guess the value of the items featured in the programme. If you haven't played yet, then don't miss your chance this Sunday and find out if you're a novice, enthusiast, connoisseur or expert - and don't forget to tweet your scores to #antiquesroadshow.

Available on Sky/Freeview:

Sun 30 Dec, 7.55pm-9pm


Sound of 2013

Discover which bands and musicians who have been tipped as the Sound of 2013 from 7.15am on Friday 4 January by tuning into the BBC Red Button. Huw Stephens will reveal the top five acts and the longer top list of 15, all nominated by music critics, editors, broadcasters and bloggers. Huw is also joined by Radio 1's Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Ally McRae and 1Xtra's Mistajam to tell us why we should love these new artists. Find out more now at www.bbc.co.uk/soundof2013.

Available on Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:

Fri 4 Jan, 7am-7pm, 9pm-6am
Sat 5 Jan, 6am-11am, 7pm-8.25pm, 9.15pm-10pm Sun 6 Jan, 4am-6am


Love 2013

2012 was a big year for BBC One with shows including Call the Midwife, The Paradise, Last Tango in Halifax, Citizen Khan and The Syndicate capturing the imaginations of audiences across the nation and a fortnight of dedicated Olympic coverage bringing viewers closer to the Games than ever before.

It leaves us with a lot to live up to in 2013 so we've put together a showcase of new series and returning favourites to whet your appetite for the coming year. Check out what BBC One's got in store over the next 12 months with our special preview package on the Red Button this January.

Available on Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:

Tue 1 Jan, 8pm-9.40pm
Wed 2 Jan, 11am-7.30pm
Thu 3 Jan, 5pm-6am
Fri 4 Jan, 6am-7pm


Casualty - The Crash

There's a brand new mini-episode for Casualty fans to enjoy on Saturday 5 January as one of Holby's most hard-bitten characters gets a rude awakening.

Paramedic Jeff Collier thinks he's seen everything the job can throw at him and there's nothing left to shock him. But nothing can prepare him for what he sees when he arrives at the scene of a school coach crash...

Available on Sky/Freeview:

Sat 5 Jan, 10pm-4am


The Dumping Ground Quiz

If you have been enjoying CBBC's drama The Dumping Ground then you are going to love The Dumping Ground Quiz hosted by Tyler and Carmen. There are 11 questions about previous Tracy Beaker series to test your knowledge. You simply answer by pressing the coloured buttons on your remote control. So go on, press red... and get involved!

Available on Sky/Freeview:

Sat 5 Jan, 11am-2.30pm


In It To Win It Play-Along Quiz

Dale Winton returns with another series of In It To Win It, the game show where people compete on general knowledge for a big money jackpot.

Think you can do better? Every Saturday press the Red Button during the show to pit your wits against our studio contestants. Come the final round will you still be In It To Win It?

Available on Sky/Freeview:

Sat 5 Jan, 8.25pm-9.15pm


Secret Fortune Play-Along Quiz

The National Lottery: Secret Fortune is an ultra-tense quiz show with lots of twists, hosted by Nick Knowles.

Studio contestants compete to win their Secret Fortune, anything from £100 to £100,000. Press the Red Button during the show to play along at home with the contestants.

Available on Sky/Freeview:

Sat 29 Dec, 8.15pm-9.10pm


BBC Sport

Catch up on all the latest Sport here on the Red Button.

Highlights of the festive fortnight include:

  • Live NFL on Sunday 23 December, as the Atlanta Falcons take on the Detroit Lions
  • Final Score keeps you up to date on all the latest goals from across the country including the Boxing Day and New Year's Day fixtures
  • Memorable sporting moments from throughout the year - visit the BBC Sport website for more information

For the latest information refer to the BBC Sport website.

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


Have your say on BBC Online and BBC Red Button

The BBC Trust carries out an in-depth review of each of the BBC's services at least once every five years. This time the Trust is looking at BBC Online and BBC Red Button Services.

The Trust wants your views and suggestions on these services and how they can be improved. There is also space in the consultation to raise any other points not covered by our questions. The consultation is open until 23rd January 2013.

To find out more about the consultation and how to take part, visit the BBC Trust site: BBC Online and BBC Red Button Service Review

If you would like a paper version sent to you, email onlineandredbutton@bbc.co.uk or call 0800 0680 116.

To request the questions in audio or braille please call 0800 0680 116 or textphone 0800 0153 350.

Large print is also available to download via the BBC Trust site: BBC Online and BBC Red Button Service Review


CBeebies Red Button

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

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 the Red Button team to offer the best games tailored to each system.

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

Visit the CBeebies website to find out more.

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