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What's On BBC Red Button 17th - 25th December

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Iain Hoare Iain Hoare | 06:00 UK time, Saturday, 17 December 2011

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Take That

One of the most anticipated reunions in pop history took place this summer when the five original members of Take That came together for the Progress Live tour.

Press the Red Button to see Howard Donald, Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams play to a capacity crowd at the City of Manchester stadium.

Credit Hamish Brown

This film includes extraordinary glimpses into backstage life with the band.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky:
Sun 18th December, 11:40pm-4:00am
Mon 19th December, 9:00pm-4:00am

Virgin Media:
Sun 18th December, 11:40pm-4:00am
Mon 19th December, 9:45pm-3:40am

Freeview:
Sun 18th December, 11:40pm-4:00am

It's Grime Up North

It has been a remarkable year for British MCs, with the grime scene's flag-bearers growing from chart success to festival dominance.

1Xtra's Charlie Sloth goes on a mission to discover the North's most exciting Grime MC to showcase at 1Xtra Live in Manchester.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:
Sun 18th December, 10:00pm-11:00pm

Coldplay in Concert

Coldplay return to Dingwalls, Camden to perform an intimate gig exclusively for Radio 2.

The band first played Dingwalls in 1998, in a show to raise funds for their debut EP. Radio 2 brings Coldplay back to play classic tracks and songs from their new album, Mylo Xyloto.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky:
Sat 17th December, 6:00am-6:00am
Sun 18th December, 6:00am-6:00am
Mon 19th December, 6:00am-6:00am
Tue 20th December, 6:00am-6:00am
Wed 21st December, 6:00am-6:00am
Thu 22nd December, 6:00am-4:00am

Virgin Media:
Sat 17th December, 6:00am-6:30pm, 10:45pm-6:00am
Sun 18th December, 6:00am-6:00am
Mon 19th December, 6:00am-9:15pm
Tue 20th December, 4:10am-6:00am
Tue 20th December, 6:00am-6:00am
Wed 21st December, 6:00am-6:00am
Thu 22nd December, 6:00am-4:00am

Freeview:
Sat 17th December, 6:00am-2:20pm
Sun 18th December, 3:10pm-7:00pm
Mon 19th December, 4:10am-5:50am, 6:10pm-7:15pm
Mon 19th December, 8:10pm-9:15pm
Tue 20th December, 4:10am-5:50am, 6:10pm-8:45pm
Wed 21st December, 4:10am-5:50am, 3:00pm-7:20pm
Thu 22nd December, 12:00am-5:50am, 3:00pm-7:50pm

One Man and His Dog

From the spectacular setting of Balmoral Castle, Matt Baker hosts this classic programme. BBC Red Button has coverage of every round of this year's competition.

Watch Behind the Scenes clips on the One Man and His Dog website.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Sat 17th December, 5:00pm-6:00am
Sun 18th December, 6:00am-9:30pm

Freeview:
Sat 17th December, 10:15pm-12:55am
Sun 18th December, 7:10pm-9:50pm

Strictly Come Dancing

The Strictly Grand Final 2011 begins, from the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool.

Press the Red Button to hear exclusive commentary from ex Strictly Champion Karen Hardy and a special celebrity guest. Get the lowdown of what's good, what's bad and what's highly entertaining on the dance floor. Plus Karen has plenty of backstage gossip.

You can relive Red Button commentaries from past weeks on the Strictly Come Dancing website.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:
Sat 17th December, 7.00pm-8:05pm, 9:00pm-10:05pm

Bleak Old Shop of Stuff

In a remarkable and audacious experiment, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff is the first television programme in over one hundred and seventeen years to be made using traditional Victorian television making techniques. Honestly!

On the Red Button we'll show you how the relatively fearless cast and crew coped with steam cameras, on-set urchins and the occasional cholera outbreak.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Mon 19th December, 9:25pm-11:10pm

Freeview:
Mon 19th December, 9:25pm-11:30pm

Michael Buble

Watch Michael Buble perform a Christmas special for Radio 2 in Concert.

Recorded at BBC Radio Theatre, Michael sings classic hits and Christmas songs from his new album. He's also joined by the Puppini Sisters for a special festive song.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky:
Fri 23rd December, 6:00am-6:00am
Sat 24th December, 6:00am-6:00am
Sun 25th December, 6:00am-6:00am

Virgin Media:
Fri 23rd December, 6:00am-6:00am
Sat 24th December, 6:00am-10:40am, 7:30pm-6:00am
Sun 25th December, 6:00am-6:00am
Mon 26th December, 6:00am-6:00am

Freeview:
Fri 23rd December, 6:00am-11:45am, 7:10pm-8:45pm, 10:30pm-5:50am
Sat 24th December, 7:10pm-5:50am
Sun 25th December, 7:10pm-5:50am

Imagine

Part 1 - In a rare interview, Billy Connolly talks at length to Alan Yentob about his childhood in Glasgow and the comedy in everyday life.

Billy also touches on the beauty in profanity, dealing with stage anxiety, hecklers and growing older as a comedian.

Part 2 - In Summer 2011, Eddie Izzard became the first stand-up comedian to perform a solo show at the 17,000-plus capacity Hollywood Bowl. Imagine was given exclusive access to record the event.

Eddie Izzard takes us and his American audience on a journey through the history of the world, including a Tyrannosaurus Rex covering George Formby and the evolution of the human appendix.

Discover more on the Imagine website.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky:
Mon 19th December, 11:40pm-4:00am
Tue 20th December, 11:40pm-4:00am
Wed 21st December, 10:30pm-4:00am
Sat 24th December, 9:00pm-4:00am
Sun 25th December, 9:00pm-4:00am

Virgin Media:
Mon 19th December, 11:40pm-4:00am
Tue 20th December, 11:40pm-4:00am
Sat 24th December, 9:00pm-4:00am
Sun 25th December, 9:00pm-4:00am

Freeview:
Mon 19th December, 11:40pm-4:00am
Tue 20th December, 11:40pm-4:00am

CBeebies Christmas Karaoke

CBeebies viewers are in for an extra special treat this Christmas!

Press the Red Button to sing along with your favourite CBeebies friends, including Timmy Time, Rastamouse, Octonauts, Justin's House and Mr Bloom.

There are ten songs in total with words along the bottom so everyone can sing along - just the thing to get in the Christmas mood!

Get more info on all the characters on the CBeebies website.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky:
Mon 19th December, 6:00am-7:00pm
Tue 20th December, 6:00am-7:00pm
Wed 21st December, 6:00am-7:00pm
Thu 22nd December, 6:00am-7:00pm
Fri 23rd December, 10:30am-7:00pm
Sat 24th December, 6:00am-7:00pm
Sun 25th December, 6:00am-7:00pm

Virgin Media:
Mon 19th December, 6:00am-2:30pm, 6:30pm-6:55pm
Tue 20th December, 6:00am-2:30pm, 6:30pm-7:00pm
Wed 21st December, 6:00am-11:25am, 1:00pm-2:30pm, 6:30pm-7:00pm
Thu 22nd December, 6:00am-11:25am, 1:00pm-2:30pm, 6:30pm-7:00pm
Fri 23rd December, 10:30am-11:25am, 1:00pm-7:00pm
Sat 24th December, 6:00am-7:00pm
Sun 25th December, 6:00am-7:00pm

Freeview:
Mon 19th December, 6:00am-2:50pm
Tue 20th December, 6:00am-2:50pm
Wed 21st December, 6:00am-11:45am, 12:40pm-2:50pm
Thu 22nd December, 6:00am-11:45am, 12:40pm-2:50pm
Fri 23rd December, 1:30pm-7:00pm
Sat 24th December, 6:00am-11:00am, 1:10pm-7:00pm
Sun 25th December, 6:00am-7:00pm

Christmas Food

Join a host of cookery stars this festive season to celebrate Christmas Food on Red Button. The Hairy Bikers and Brett Pistorius show us some delicious sweet treats.

Rick Stein serves up a dish inspired by Ernest Hemingway and Raymond Blanc creates a feast for friends and family.

Discover more recipes on the BBC Food website.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky:
Mon 19th December, 7:25pm-8:30pm
Tue 20th December, 8:55pm-4:00am
Wed 21st December, 11:55am-2:30pm, 9:55pm-4:00am
Thu 22nd December, 11:55am-2:30pm, 8:55pm-4:00am
Fri 23rd December, 11:55am-2:30pm, 8:55pm-4:00am
Sat 24th December, 11:10am-4:00am

Virgin Media:
Mon 19th December, 7:25pm-8:30pm
Tue 20th December, 8:55pm-11:10pm
Wed 21st December, 11:55am-12:30pm, 9:55pm-4:00am
Thu 22nd December, 11:55am-12:30pm, 8:55pm-4:00am
Fri 23rd December, 11:55am-12:30pm, 8:55pm-4:00am
Sat 24th December, 11:10am-4:00am

Freeview:
Mon 19th December, 7:25pm-8:00pm
Tue 20th December, 8:55pm-11:30pm
Wed 21st December, 11:55am-12:30pm, 9:58pm-11:50pm
Thu 22nd December, 11:55am-12:30pm
Fri 23rd December, 11:55am-12:30pm, 8:55pm-10:20pm
Sat 24th December, 11:10am-1:00pm

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.

CBBC Extra website

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky:
Sat 17th December, 7:00am-10:00am
Mon 19th December, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Tue 20th December, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Wed 21st December, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Thu 22nd December, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Fri 23rd December, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Sat 24th December, 7:00am-10:00am
Sun 25th December, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm

Virgin Media:
Sat 17th December, 7:00am-10:00am
Mon 19th December, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Tue 20th December, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Wed 21st December, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Thu 22nd December, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Fri 23rd December, 7:00am-10:00am

Freeview:
Mon 19th December, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Tue 20th December, 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)

BBC News website

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.

Cbeebies website

Available on Freeview and Sky 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.

Highlights

  • Football - Gabby Logan keeps you up to date with news and results
  • Sports Personality of the Year - John Inverdale and meets the winners
  • Equestrian - Live coverage of the Olympia Horse Show Grand Prix event

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

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