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What's On BBC Red Button: 15th - 28th August

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John Horth | 12:06 UK time, Friday, 14 August 2009

Here's our fortnightly look at what's coming up under the red button...

Reading & Leeds 2009

Reading & Leeds 2009Here at BBC Red Button this August Bank Holiday weekend we're packing our bags and heading for Reading to bring you best of this year's festival.

Presented by Radio 1's Huw Stephens, we'll be covering the cream of the crop from the Main Stage and the Radio 1/NME Stage. Each day will also feature either Jo Whiley, Daniel P Carter or Mike Davies talking to their favourite band and exploring the Reading site, plus some surprise acoustic and BBC Introducing tracks.

Live festival coverage runs from 7pm to 1am on Friday 28th to Sunday 30th August while from Bank Holiday Monday to the following Friday we'll bring you a new standout set each day from the best bands at the festival.

Weekend coverage: Friday 28th - Sunday 30th August (7pm - 1am, nightly)
Festival Highlights: Monday 31st August - Friday 4th September (available around the clock)
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

Asian Network Presents: A Summer of Melas

A Summer of MelasFrom East London to Edinburgh, BBC Asian Network has been travelling the length and breadth of the country to bring listeners and website viewers the best of this summer's melas.

Now for a week, digital viewers will have the chance to catch some specially filmed performances on BBC Red Button. Press red to watch standout sets from Sukshinder Shinda, Imran Khan, Mumzy, Outlandish and many more fantastic acts.

17th - 23rd August
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

BBC Proms 2009: Maestro Cam

BBC Proms: Maesto Cam For the 2009 Proms season BBC Red Button is introducing a brand new feature: 'Maestro Cam'.
Over the course of five concerts the service will give digital viewers a unique insight into the art of conducting. A dedicated camera will capture the conductor's every intonation and flourish while a series of experts including Matthew Rowe, Peter Stark and Jason Lai as featured on BBC Two's Maestro series provide commentary discussing the gestures and the orchestra's response.
Among the conductors involved in this project are Daniel Barenboim, Vasily Petrenko and Ilan Volkov.

For full details of the Proms season visit the BBC Proms website.

Prom 48 - Friday 21st August, 7.30pm, BBC Four
Prom 57 - Friday 28th August, 7.30pm, BBC Four
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

BBC Sport Multiscreen*

BBC Sport MultiscreenCatch 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.

Coming up...

- Football: Lawro's Premier League Predictions / Final Score / The Football League Show*
As the 2009/10 season football season gets under way, BBC Red Button won't be taking its eyes off the ball with a host of programming to keep fans up to date with the action until the silverware is lifted in May.
Mark Lawrenson kicks things off as he delivers his verdict on how the 20 Premier League clubs will fare. This year with Manchester United and Liverpool battling for the record number of league titles and Manchester City looking to gate crash the so-called Big Four, Lawro's insights should prove fascinating.
Meanwhile each Saturday in Final Score Gabby Logan and her guests will be monitoring the afternoon's action to keep viewers up to date with all the goals as they go in.
And of course The Championship and Leagues One and Two are already in full swing. Following the transmission of The League Football Show on BBC One, digital viewers can watch looped coverage on Red Button until noon on Sunday. Join Manish Bhasin, ex-player Steve Claridge and Radio 5Live favourite Mark Clemmit for all the goals, round-up and debate.
Lawro's Premier League Predictions: Sat 15th August from 6am
Final Score: Sat 15th & 22nd from 2.30pm & Tues/Weds 18th/19th Aug from 7.30pm
The Football League Show: Sunday 16th/23rd August from 12.30am

- Cricket: The Ashes*
BBC Red Button heads to the Oval for the final test of this captivating Ashes series with a revitalised Australia only needing a draw to retain the coveted urn. Commentary comes courtesy of the Test Match Special team led by Jonathan Agnew which will be supplemented by live scorecards and statistics.
Fifth Test, The Oval: 20th - 24th August

- Athletics: World Championships*
Digital viewers will be able to press the red button for coverage of the 12th IAAF World Championships in Berlin where Christine Ohuruogu, Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay will be among the Olympic heroes looking to show that they're still the world's best in their respective disciplines.
The service will show looped repeats of BBC Two's live coverage and a daily 20 to 30-minute highlights programme in which viewers can catch up on all the very best action, from both the morning and evening sessions.
15th - 23rd August
Full schedule details available on the Press Office website

- F1: European & Belgian Grands Prix*
F1 fans can customise their viewing experience via the red button with access to all on-track sessions including Friday and Saturday practice and qualifying with re-runs of classic GPs also available in the build-up to the main event.
On race day itself a choice of three streams will be available featuring split-screen in-car camera feeds, leaderboards and rolling highlights, with the option to listen to either network or BBC Radio 5 Live commentary. After the end of each race on BBC One there will be an additional interactive programme analysing the weekend's events and picking up views from the paddock with race highlights often available the following day.
European GP: 21st - 25th August
Belgian GP: 27th - 30th August

- Moto GP*
As Valentino Rossi looks to defend the title he comfortably won last year join BBC Red Button trackside for every twist and turn of the 2009 championship. This season coverage has been expanded to include Saturday afternoon qualifying sessions, re-runs and highlights alongside the existing race day coverage and post-race MotoGP Extra programme.
Brno GP: 15th - 17th August

- Rugby League: The Super League Show*
The Super League Show offers viewers another chance to catch up with the weekend's Rugby League action.
The Super League Show: available from 6.30pm Monday 24th to 8.30am Tuesday 25th August

BBC Sport multiscreen is available 24 hours a day
Sky, Virgin, Freesat & Freeview*
(*limited coverage on Freeview)

Please note that Red Button sport timings are subject to change at short notice.
The full Sport Interactive schedule is available on the BBC Sport website

The National Lottery: Guesstimation

GuesstimationThis summer Nick Knowles invites digital viewers to deploy their skill and judgement to outguess his studio contestants. Over three exciting rounds two family teams will face a series of unusual, fun and occasionally head-spinning brain teasers. Their mission is simple: guess closest to the correct answer. Meanwhile Red Button viewers get the chance to weigh-up their own on-screen options. Will your guesses earn YOU living room bragging rights? It's just a question of judgement.

The National Lottery: Guesstimation showcases the Dream Number draw which raises funds for many of the venues that will be hosting events at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Saturday nights, 15th, 22nd August
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

Comedy Extra: Taking the Flak

Comedy Extra: Taking the Flak2009 has been a great year for comedy with a raft of exciting new shows airing on BBC Two. And digital viewers in the mood to tickle the red buttons on their remotes have been able to keep the laughter going after the programmes have finished.

The latest show to get the BBC Red Button treatment is Taking The Flak, the comedy-drama covering the progress of a small African war through the eyes of the journalists sending the nightly reports back for the news. Every week under the red button, Comedy Extra will be featuring new material and exclusive footage from the Flak location in Africa.

Taking the Flak Extra
nightly, 15th - 25th August, c.9.00pm (timings vary)


Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

BBC Northern Ireland: Tall Ships

BBC Northern Ireland: Tall ShipsWhen the Tall Ships last visited Northern Ireland in 1991, there was no peace process, no Agreement and no paramilitary ceasefires. The crews who disembarked in Belfast's docklands were warmly welcomed by a community desperate for peace and on the cusp of change.

On August 14th the Tall Ships event returns to Belfast and BBC Northern Ireland will have all hands on deck to bring regional viewers live coverage from Queen's Quay.

Following the television special, digital viewers in all regions can press the red button to see how BBC Northern Ireland reported the visit at the time and then celebrate Belfast's most famous ship, the Titanic, in a documentary charting Mike McKimm's undersea voyage to the wreck of the doomed liner.

Tall Ships live event, Friday 14th August, 7pm (BBC One NI only)
Red Button archive programming, from 7.55pm, repeated Sun 16th August, 10.45pm (available in all regions)
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

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