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What's On BBC Red Button: 14th - 27th November

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John Horth | 18:28 UK time, Friday, 13 November 2009

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

Doctor Who: Dreamland

Doctor Who: Dreamland Described as "Doctor Who meets a Fifties monster B-movie", Dreamland, a new six-part animated adventure, premières daily on BBC Red Button and the Doctor Who website from Saturday 21st November.

Written by Phil Ford (Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures), Dreamland sees the iconic TARDIS touch down in the desert in the USA. Stumbling across a mysterious alien artefact in a local diner, the Doctor is led to Area 51, also known as Dreamland, the US' most secret base. He then finds himself on a momentous mission to rescue Rivesh Mantilax from the threat of the ruthless Viperox and the clutches of the American military.

Created in eye-catching high-definition 3-D animation, the series sees the Doctor, played by David Tennant, hook up with two new companions – Cassie (Georgia Moffett) and Jimmy (Tim Howar) – and pits him against a new alien race, the monstrous Viperox, led by Lord Azlok (David Warner).

Runs continuously from 21st Nov 7am to 28th Nov, 4am

21st Nov: 7am - 8.50am, 11.10am - 2.20pm, 7.25pm - 10.35pm
22nd Nov: 12.10am - 7.50pm
23rd Nov: 12.10am - 24th Nov 7.50pm
24th Nov: 10.40pm - 25th Nov 2pm
25th Nov: 3pm - 10.15pm, 11.10pm - 26th Nov 9.50am
26th Nov: 7.10pm - 27th Nov 9.50am
27th Nov: 6.10pm - 28th Nov 4am

(not available on Freesat)

Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars (Commentary)

Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars BBC Red Button visits the red planet as The Doctor makes a welcome return to our screens for the second of four specials being shown in 2009.
During the BBC Three repeat of Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars on November 18th, digital viewers can press red for episode commentary from Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and the tenth Doctor himself, David Tennant.

The Waters of Mars: BBC One, Sunday 15th November, 7pm

Repeated: BBC Three, Wednesday 18th November, 8pm with Red Button commentary
Freeview, Virgin and Sky

(not available on Freesat)

Top Gear Quiz

Top Gear Belt up and prepare to be catapulted through Top Gear's first ever foray into the world of Red Button.

Viewers pressing red will be treated to a heady mix of stunts, road tests and the plain outrageous as Jeremy, James and Richard race, launch, lose, inflate and blow away some of the finest and most familiar cars of all time in a specially commissioned interactive quiz.

Following this Sunday's edition of Top Gear grab your remote and see how well you remember some of the show's greatest moments.

Sky/Virgin Schedule:
Sun 15th Nov, 9.55pm - Tue 17th Nov, 7pm
Tue 17th Nov, 11pm - Wed 18th Nov, 7pm
Wed 18th Nov, 11pm - Sat 21st Nov, 4.30pm
Sat 21st Nov, 7.45pm - Mon 23rd Nov, 4am

Freeview schedule:
Sun 15th Nov, 9.55pm - Mon 16th Nov, 5.55am
Mon 16th Nov, 10.10pm - Tue 17th Nov, 7pm
Thu 19th Nov, 5.10am - 6.20pm
Fri 20th Nov, 4.10am - 12pm
Sat 21st Nov, 4.10am - 8.50am & 11.10am - 2.20pm
Sun 22nd Nov, 10pm - midnight

(not available on Freesat)

BBC Children in Need Donation

Pudsey says please make a donation This year's BBC Children in Need Appeal is more exciting than ever! Launched on 21st September, the 2009 Appeal will reach its crescendo through the star-studded BBC One TV show on Friday 20th November with Sir Terry Wogan at the helm.

And from Monday 16th November, as in previous years, Sky viewers will be able to use the red button on their remotes to make a donation.

All other viewers will be able to donate by calling the Children in Need donation line on 0345 7 33 22 33* or by visiting www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey

16th - 22nd November
(Sky only

*Calls to 03 numbers are charged at no more than UK geographic rates (as for 01 and 02 numbers) and will be included as part of any inclusive minutes. Calls from mobiles may be higher.

Comedy Extra: Never Mind the Buzzcocks / The Thick of It

BBC Comedy Extra2009 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 shows to get the BBC Red Button treatment are Never Mind the Buzzcocks and The Thick of It.

Buzzcocks recently returned to our screens with added Noel Fielding. Now, following the Wednesday night show and selected other evenings throughout November, Noel and fellow team captain Phill Jupitus will be stepping out from behind their buzzers to debate an Issue of Cultural Importance for BBC Red Button. Discussions to date have the revolved around the relative merits of Brian Ferry and ferries, and just who is the greatest: legendary glam-rockers Wizzard or, er, wizards.

Armando Ianucci's BAFTA winning political comedy The Thick of It is also back for eight brand new episodes when, once again, the Prime Minister's Director of Communications, played by Peter Capaldi, will be fighting the fires caused by The Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship. Digital viewers will be able to access exclusive additional content following each episode.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks Extra
Wednesday nights following the show, 10.25pm (Sky, Virgin & Freeview)
and selected late evenings throughout November: 15th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 27th (Sky & Virgin only)

The Thick of It Extra
Saturday nights following the BBC Two show at 10.35pm (Sky, Virgin & Freeview)
and selected late evenings throughout November: 16th, 17th, 19th, 21st, 23rd, 26th (Sky & Virgin only).

(not available on Freesat)
*limited availability on Freeview

The Danny Baker Show on BBC Radio 5 live

Danny Baker When BBC Red Button brought its cameras into the BBC Radio 5 live studios to give viewers a glimpse behind the scenes of the 606 football phone-in show last year, Danny Baker and Tim Lovejoy were among the presenters. Now Danny's back with his Saturday morning show for the 2009/2010 football season and the cameras are continuing to roll!

As well as seeing the man himself (possibly wearing his favourite pirate hat), digital viewers pressing the red button can send in texts and pictures to be shown on screen.
These will be accompanied by all the great content you might expect from 5 live: the weekend's football tables, fixture lists, upcoming commentaries, sports news and details of upcoming Red Button content. Plus, look out for some rather more unexpected content: spoof fixtures and unique animations as Danny sets up audience head-to-heads on the phone.

Brett Spencer, Interactive Editor at 5 live, discusses the visualisation in more depth on the station's blog.

14th & 21st November
9am - 11am Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two On Thursday evenings viewers in Scotland can press the red button to join Claudia Winkelman and guests for uninterrupted coverage of Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two. The programme can be seen on BBC Two in all other areas.

Thursday 19th & 26th November, 6.30pm
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

CBeebies Red Button

New CBeebiesYounger viewers and grown-ups with a sense of adventure may have noticed something new under the red button recently. That's because our CBeebies service has just seen a radical overhaul launching visitors into a big, bright and fun new world.

So what has changed?
Well, your children's favourite characters are now at the heart of the CBeebies interactive TV experience. A big, new and bright carousel now welcomes you into the service giving you easy access to games, other children's interactive services such as karaoke or quizzes, birthdays and star of the week messages.

Different Games
Reflecting the popularity of games for the young audience, a new range of activities has been specially created. The updated service brings with it brand new games for some of the most popular shows on CBeebies, including In The Night Garden and The Green Balloon Club. These new games replace the old ones, which had become increasingly outdated.

Satellite, cable 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. Cable viewers will see the changes soon.

BBC Children's producer Damian Vicary discusses the service on the Press Red blog.

CBeebies Red Button is available now on the CBeebies channel, and via page 5900 on other channels.
Sky, Freeview and coming soon to Virgin.
(not available on Freesat)

Question Time Interactive

Question TimeTake part in the studio debate by sending a text message to the Question Time team.
Each week a selection of viewers' comments will appear during the programme on BBC Red Button page 155 along with details of the panel and the topics under discussion.

Thursday 19th & 26th November, during the show (BBC One)
Sky, Virgin, Freesat & Freeview

News Multiscreen: Video Choice

News Multiscreen - Video ChoiceIn a new feature on the the News Multiscreen each weekday BBC News' On Demand team will be rounding-up the day's best picture stories 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 our 'Five Minutes with...' slot.

Video Choice: Weekdays (available around the clock)
Five Minutes With...: Weekends (around the clock)
Sky & Virgin
(not available on Freesat or Freeview)

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: Friday Focus†/ Final Score / The Football League Show
With the 2009/10 season football season in full swing, here at BBC Red Button we won't taking our 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 each Friday afternoon as he shares his predictions for the weekend in Friday Focus.
While on Saturday itself the Final Score team will be on hand to monitor the afternoon's action to keep viewers up to date with all the goals as they go in.
BBC Red Button will also be replaying action from The Championship and Leagues One and Two in The League Football on Sunday mornings with Manish Bhasin and Steve Claridge rounding up the goals and debate.
Lawro's Friday Focus: Friday evenings/Saturday mornings
Final Score: Saturday afternoons from 2.30pm, plus selected midweek evenings
The Football League Show: Sunday mornings until noon

- F1 & MotoGP Season Reviews
The smell of petrol and rubber may be starting to fade, but the eventful 2009 F1 and MotoGP seasons will live long in the memory. Join BBC Red Button and relive the stories of how Button and Brawn, Rossi and Yamaha claimed their respective world championships. Unavailable on Freeview.
F1 Review runs until Saturday 14th November, 2pm
MotoGP Review runs from Saturday 14th November 2pm - Sunday 15th November, 5pm
and from Monday 16th November 3pm - Friday 20th November, 6.30pm

- Rugby: Autumn Internationals*
Live coverage of selected 2009 matches with additional audio options and highlights. Limited availability on Freeview.
Scotland v Fiji - Live†: 14th November, 2.15pm
Ireland v Australia - Live†: 15th November, 2.30pm
Wales v Argentina - Live†: 21st November, 2pm
Scotland v Australia - Live†: 21st November, 5pm
Ireland v Fiji - Live*: 21st November, 5pm
Weekend Highlights*: run throughout the week

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

Please note that Red Button sport timings are subject to change at short notice.
Please check the BBC Sport website for the latest information.


  • 1. At 2:29pm on 14 Nov 2009, Brekkie wrote:

    Notice the World Tennis Finals begin on BBC2 on the 22nd with live coverage of opening day, then live coverage of the semi-final and final the next weekend. Is their live coverage on the red button then during the week, and if so, is it available on Freeview? (ridiculous I have to ask that question really)

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  • 2. At 6:42pm on 18 Nov 2009, Hyperstar wrote:

    Tennis should be on BBC2 because of freeview limitations

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  • 3. At 7:40pm on 21 Nov 2009, MarkAJA wrote:

    You can watch Dr. Who, Dreamland on Freesat.
    BBC Stream-4. (Audio channel 1)

    To get Stream-4 enter the following:-
    Satellite; Astra 28.2E
    LNB frequency; 9750 10600
    Trans frequency; 12441
    Symbol rate; 27,500 (MBaud)
    Polarisation; Vertical
    FEC; 2/4
    Video PID; 5400
    Audio PID; 5401
    PCR PID; 5400
    Text PID; 5403
    Sub PID; 8191

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  • 4. At 10:26pm on 24 Nov 2009, Brekkie wrote:

    I guess the tennis tonight ended up on BBC3 due to the Freeview limitations on the red button - so thanks for that.

    Re: Freesat. I just don't understand why things like Doctor Who can't be made available when it's simply selecting a video stream. It's set up for sport (and has been around 18 months), so can't be that difficult for other services which are simply video feeds - even if it meant accessing them from the Sport Multiscreen.

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  • 5. At 10:05am on 25 Nov 2009, TV Licence fee payer against BBC censorship wrote:

    #4. At 10:26pm on 24 Nov 2009, Brekkie wrote:

    "I guess the tennis tonight ended up on BBC3 due to the Freeview limitations on the red button - so thanks for that."

    Probably the best thing that has been broadcast on the channel since it's inception!

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  • 6. At 12:10pm on 25 Nov 2009, Andrew Bowden wrote:

    Brekkie - if we made it available by the Sport Multiscreen, it would have to be on Sky and Virgin Media versions of the Sport Multiscreen as well as the codebase is cross-platform and doesn't allow for a platform to go its own way. Not ideal by any means.

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