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What's On BBC Red Button: 12th - 18th December

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John Horth | 10:56 UK time, Friday, 11 December 2009

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

Strictly Social / Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

Strictly Come Dancing Strictly Come Dancing fans are in for a treat as the show nears its exciting climax. For Saturday's semi-final some of the best features from the Strictly Social website will be quick-stepping it over to BBC Red Button.

Digital viewers will be able to press red to see what the nation is saying about television's favourite dance extravaganza while the host of the Strictly Social site invites users to share their opinions on some of the night's most pressing issues i.e. "Is Ola's dress hot or not?"

Meanwhile 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.

Strictly Social
Saturday 12th December, from 6.45pm, Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

Strictly: It Takes Two
Thursday 17th December, 6.30pm, Sky,Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

The Newsround End of Year Quiz

Newsround Join Sonali from the Newsround team and test your knowledge of the events of the last twelve months.

From Michael Jackson to Doctor Who, Australian forest fires to the Ashes what do you think will make it into the 2009 end of year quiz? There's only one way to find out... press red and get playing!

Monday 14th December until Christmas Day, 7am - 7pm daily
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

Victorian Farm Christmas*

Victorian Christmas This December BBC Red Button is heading to rural Shropshire to sample the magic of a Victorian Christmas.

In support of BBC Two's three part Victorian Farm Christmas special, regular presenters Alex, Peter and Ruth will be sharing the secrets of traditional gift and festive decoration making, indulging in some delicious 19th Century recipes and lifting the lid on a box full of period Christmas games.

Each week a selection of videos can be enjoyed on the red button service, while all 25 films can be found on the Victorian Christmas website along with printable templates and designs to make Victorian Christmas crackers, cards, gift boxes, tree ornaments, mince pies... the works!

Friday 11th December, 9.55pm until Boxing Day
Sky, Virgin and Freeview*
*Unavailable on Freeview, Saturday 12th December
(not available on Freesat)

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

BBC Comedy Extra 2009 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 returned to our screens earlier this year with Noel Fielding bolstering the line-up. 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 Iannucci's BAFTA winning political comedy The Thick of It also returned for eight brand new episodes with the Prime Minister's Director of Communications, played by Peter Capaldi, once again fighting the fires caused by The Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship. Over the course of the series digital viewers can access exclusive additional content following each episode.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks Extra
Sunday 13th December, from 9pm, (Sky & Virgin only)
Wednesday 16th December, 10.25pm following the show (Sky, Virgin & Freeview)

The Thick of It Extra*
Available late evenings: 12th, 14th & 17th December (Sky, Virgin & Freeview)
plus 15th & 18th December (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.

12th December
9am - 11am 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)

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 Jake Humphrey and 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 (limited availability on Freeview)
Final Score*: Saturday afternoons from 2.30pm, plus selected midweek evenings
The Football League Show: Sunday mornings until noon (not available on Freeview)

- BBC Sport Personality of the Year*
BBC Red Button takes a look at this year's contenders for Sport Personality of the Year 2009. Highlights of the event which takes place on Sunday 13th December can be seen from early Monday.
Monday 30th November - Tuesday 15th December,
Sky, Virgin & Freesat
(Limited Freeview coverage)

- Snooker: UK Championships*
Live coverage of the Snooker UK Championships with a choice of tables. Only one table available on Freeview.
Saturday 5th - Sunday 13th December

- World Cup Skiing*
Live coverage from Val d'Isere.
12th December, 9.30am (all platforms)
13th December, 12.15pm (not Freeview)

- Ski Sunday Extra
All the way through the season we’ll have live coverage and highlights of the best races from the World Cup circuit as well as the latest snow forecasts from the BBC Weather Centre.
13th December, 6pm

- Curling
Live coverage of the Men's European Championships.
12th December, 1.30pm (not Freeview)

- Athletics: European Cross Country
Live coverage of the European Cross Country Championships.
13th December, 10am & 2pm

- Curling
Live coverage of the Men's European Championships.
12th December, 1.30pm (not Freeview)

- Olympia Horse Show*
Coverage of the Dressage event from the Olympia Horse Show.
Live, 16th December, 8pm (finishes early on Freeview)
Live, 18th December, 9pm (not on Freeview)
Highlights, 18th December, 10.45pm (incl. Freeview)

- Swimming: Duel in the Pool*
Live coverage of the Duel in the Pool competition in Manchester where Britain's best swimmers will be teaming up with their German and Italian counterparts as they take on the United States.
18th December, 7pm

- Sport Review
BBC Red Button looks back at the great sporting moments of 2009.
12th, 13th December
(not available on Freeview)

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.

Comments

  • 1. At 11:51am on 11 Dec 2009, PlatinumPlatypus wrote:

    Hmm look at all those 'not Freeviews' that have suddenly been appearing. How disappointing.

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  • 2. At 11:44am on 13 Dec 2009, TV Licence fee payer against BBC censorship wrote:

    Extra content on the "Red Button", at least on Freeview, is now a joke, I think that the BBC needs to look long and hard at what this service should be primarily used for - especially when additional content (to programmes such as SCD, radio programmes and indeed the CBBC channel) could be placed on the BBC's iPlayer or embedded into webpages, considering that unique and live content is (now) not being broadcast universally on the "Red Button" service.

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  • 3. At 09:44am on 16 Dec 2009, Sue_Aitch wrote:

    I wish we might have a proper EPG for 301 on Freeview. At the moment every bit of Sport Contnet is labeled as such, while everything else is under the generic BBC Red Button title.

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  • 4. At 1:28pm on 02 Jan 2010, George Hale wrote:

    How do you stop the red button adverts appearing? There was no warning about these in the publicity for digital pay TV, and they spoil the appearance of the programmes. (I don't mean how do you get rid of them once they appear, I mean how do you suppress them at source?)

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