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What's On BBC Red Button 11th - 19th February

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Tess Foster Tess Foster | 06:00 UK time, Saturday, 11 February 2012

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Dickens in London


Tune into BBC Red Button for the Omnibus edition of five short plays that mark the bi-centenary of Charles Dickens' birth.

The theme of the plays is Dickens' changing relationship with London - the city that fired his imagination.

Writer Michael Eaton has based each play on Dickens' own letters and journalism: Sketches By Boz and the articles from the journals Household Words and All The Year Round. But these short dramas are never afraid to play fast and loose with autobiographical details - as Dickens himself was wont to do.

Each play takes as its title one of Dickens' own appellations: A Not Overly-Particularly-Taken-Care-Of-Boy, Boz, The Sparkler of Albion, The Uncommercial Traveller and The Inimitable.

Dickens described London as a 'Magic Lantern spectacle'. So it is appropriate that 'Dickens in London' is part of an innovative collaboration between Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Drama.

For more information and to watch the films online go to BBC Radio 4

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:
Sat 11th February, 11:55am-1:15pm

Radio 2 Folk Awards


Mike Harding

Mike Harding and Scottish singer and broadcaster Julie Fowlis present the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012, from The Lowry in Salford.

Now in its 13th year, the Folk Awards celebrate the UK's vibrant folk scene and its achievements over the past 12 months, including awards for Best album, group, musician, live act and Folk singer of the year. There are also lifetime achievement presentations plus the announcement of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award winner.

Performances come from Martin Simpson, Seth Lakeman, Tim Edey & Brendan Power, Don McLean, The Unthanks with the Brighouse & Rastrick Band, Christy Moore, June Tabor & Oysterband and The Dubliners.

You can also watch again on BBC iPlayer and at BBC Radio 2

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Sat 11th February 6:00am until Thurs 16th February 4:00am

Sat 11th February, 6:00am-7:35am,10:10pm-12:55am
Sun 12th February, 11:15am-2:20pm
Mon 13th February, 4:10am-12:50pm,8:10pm-11:25pm
Tue 14th February, 4:10am-12:50pm,10:10pm - Wed 15th February 1.20pm
Wed 15th February, 8:10pm-4:00am

Being Human


Comedy-drama series about three twenty-something housemates trying to live normal lives, despite struggling with unusual afflictions - one is a werewolf, one is a vampire and the other is a ghost. View an extra episode of Being Human on the BBC Red Button straight after the TV episode.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Sun 12th February, 9:55pm-4:00am
Mon 13th February, 9:00pm-4:00am
Tue 14th February, 9:00pm-4:00am
Wed 15th February, 9:00pm-4:00am
Thu 16th February, 9:00pm-4:00am
Fri 17th February, 9:00pm-4:00am

Sun 12th February, 9:55pm-4:00am
Tue 14th February, 12:40am-4:00am
Thu 16th February, 9:00pm-4:00am
Fri 17th February, 10:15pm-4:00am

CBBC Extra

Press red on the CBBC channel this week, to see Chris and Dodge introduce exclusive clips and behind the scenes access from some of CBBC's finest shows, including all-new 12 Again, Incredible Edibles and The Ministry of Curious Stuff!

You can also read Chris and Dodge's blog, answers to some of your questions, read your horoscopes as written by Dodge and see if the jokes that made Chris LOL will have the same effect on you.

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

CBBC Extra website

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Sat 11th February, 7:00am-10:00am
Mon 13th February, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Tue 14th February, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Wed 15th February, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Thu 16th February, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Fri 17th February, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Sat 18th February, 7:00am-10:00am

Mon 13th February, 4:40pm-6:00pm
Tue 14th February, 4:40pm-6:00pm
Wed 15th February, 4:40pm-6:00pm
Thu 16th February, 7:00am-10:00am, 4:40pm-6:00pm
Fri 17th February, 7:00am-10:00am, 4:40pm-6:00pm
Sat 18th February, 7:00am-8:50am

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.


  • Rugby Union - France v Ireland with audio options.
  • World Cup Skiing - Live coverage of the Men's Slalom in Sochi, Russia.

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


  • Comment number 1.

    recently went over to Virgin, red button takes me to iplayer but cant get text is this a known problem

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi there - many thanks for showing the Welsh Open Snooker on Freeview, etc this week - really appreciated.

    Couple of things
    1. Any chance of the Welsh Open highlights shows being fitted in, even in the early hours of the morning (think they're on BBC2 Wales at about 11:20 each evening)...
    2. Tomorrow it says Midweek Final Score is on, so no snooker on Freeview - couldn't snooker be on at 7pm, then Final Score could start later at 8pm? Just an idea...
    3. The snooker on Friday evening isn't on due to Cycling. Fair enough - but is it possible to have this show delayed - say at 10:05pm?
    4. The snooker on Saturday afternoon isn't on due to Final Score. The evening session already says it will be shown delayed, could both of them be shown back to back in the evening, after the cycling?

    Many thanks, but once again, on behalf of all snooker fans - thank you for showing the snooker this week!


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