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What's On BBC Red Button: 23rd January - 5th February

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John Horth | 09:30 UK time, Friday, 22 January 2010

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

BBC 6music Live: La Roux/Heaven 17 & Little Boots/Gary Numan*

BBC 6music Live6music has witnessed some unique performances with the cream of today's talent joining forces with rock's elder statesmen to create new musical moments. This great tradition looks set to continue in 2010.

For the latest session things take an electronic turn as La Roux, riding high from a breakthrough year, and the influential Heaven 17 swap synth licks for what is sure to be an unforgettable collaboration.

As if that's not electrifying enough we'll be upping the voltage yet further with another performance recorded in December at our Maida Vale studios when electro-pop legend Gary Numan teamed up with BBC Sound of 2009 winner Little Boots.

Catch all 18 sessions tracks and exclusive interviews from the musicians on BBC Red Button and bbc.co.uk/6music.

Sky & Virgin:
Friday 29th January, 7pm - Saturday 6th February, 1.30pm (available around the clock)
Saturday 6th February, 8.15pm - 4am (Sun 7th)

Friday 29th January, 7pm - 12.50am (Sat 30th)
Saturday 30th January, 6.10pm - 7.20pm
Sunday 31st January, 4.10am - 4.40pm
Monday 1st February, 12.50am - 12.05am (Tues 2nd)
Tuesday 2nd February, 4.10am - 8.45pm
Wednesday 3rd February, 12.10am - 1.50pm & 5.25pm - 12.50pm (Thurs 4th)
Thursday 4th February, 5.25pm - 10.15pm
Friday 5th February, 4.10am - 12.50pm & 5.25pm - 8.50am (Sat 6th)
Saturday 6th February, 11.10am -12.30pm

(not available on Freesat)

The Virtual Revolution

The Virtual Revolution Twenty years on from the invention of the world wide web a major new BBC Two series takes stock of its profound impact - how, for better and for worse, the digital revolution is reshaping our lives.

Each of the four episodes is the result of a groundbreaking production process that invited web users to help shape the series on the programme's website.

As part of this initiative, for the first time ever raw uncut video from a BBC documentary was made available online to download allowing users to create their own content and comment based on the original material.

Now, following each episode, the winners of this Virtual Revolution short film competition will be shown on BBC Red Button.

To view more entries and download the digital rushes used in the competition visit the website at bbc.co.uk/virtualrevolution

Available following The Virtual Revolution (BBC Two):
Saturday 30th January, 9.25pm - 4am
Tuesday 2nd January, 12.15am - 4am
(not available on Freesat)

EastEnders: E20 Omnibus*

EastEnders: E20 See Albert Square as you've never seen it before - through the eyes of four teenagers - exclusively on the EastEnders website and the red button!

EastEnders: E20 introduces Zsa Zsa Carter, Fatboy, Leon Small and Mercy Olubunmi who crash into the Square seeking solace from family life. With nowhere to live and no one else to turn to they begin to depend on one another for support. The foursome end up squatting together in 89b George Street and the highs and lows of their shared problems cement their friendship forever.

All webisodes to date are available online. Additionally Red Button viewers can watch an omnibus edition each Sunday.
To meet the new cast and take a look behind the scenes visit the EastEnders: E20 website.

Sky & Virgin:
Sunday 24th January, 3.10pm - 4am
Sunday 31st January, 4.55pm - 4am

Sunday 24th January, 3.10pm - 5.25pm & 6.35pm - 12.50am
Sunday 31st January, 4.55pm - 5.30pm & 6.35pm - 12am

(not available on Freesat)

Bellamy's People*

Bellamy's PeopleContinuing our commitment to comedy, throughout January and February we'll be giving the red button treatment to Bellamy's People, the show that reunites Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson for their first television collaboration in 10 years.

Hapless radio talk show host Gary Bellamy will be taking digital viewers behind the scenes of his complex and ground breaking TV series. Follow Gary and his dedicated crew on a trip around our great nation as we look at the making of Bellamy's People of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. What could be more interesting than that?

Sky & Virgin:
Saturday 23rd January, 9.20pm - 4am
Sunday 24th January - Wednesday 27th January, 9pm - 4am each night
Thursday 28th January, 10.25pm - 4am
Friday 29th January - Wednesday 3rd February, 9pm - 4am each night
Thursday 4th February, 10.25pm - 4am
Friday 5th February, 9pm - 4am

Saturday 23rd January, 9.20pm - 12.50am
Monday 25th January, 9.10pm - 12.50am
Thursday 28th January, 12.05am - 12.50am & 10.25pm - 12.50am (29th)
Thursday 4th February, 10.25pm - 4am

(not available on Freesat)

The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best*

The Hairy BikersSimon King and David Myers, perhaps more familiar to viewers as The Hairy Bikers, rev up for a new series this month rediscovering long lost family recipes that have been passed down the generations.

Following the show digital viewers can press red to spend some extra cooking time with one of the featured mums as she shares extra tips, recipes and a bit more motherly chat.

Sky & Virgin:
Tuesday 26th January & Tuesday 2nd February, 8.55pm - 4am

Tuesday 26th January, 8.55pm - 12.50am
Tuesday 2nd February, 8.55pm - 12am

(not available on Freesat)

The National Lottery: In It to Win It

The National Lottery: In It to Win ItDale Winton presents the game show where more people compete for a big money jackpot.
Think you can do better? Press red during the show to pit your wits against the studio contestants every Saturday night.
Come the final round will YOU still be in it to win it?

Available during the show
Sky & Freeview:
Saturday 23rd & 30th January
(not available on Virgin or Freesat)

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.

Saturday 23rd & 30th January, 9am - 11am
(not available on Freeview or Freesat)

CBeebies Red Button

New CBeebiesBBC Red Button welcomes younger viewers and grown-ups with a sense of adventure to a big, bright and fun new world. The CBeebies interactive service has relaunched!
Now your children's favourite characters are at the heart of the interactive TV experience. A big, new and bright carousel now greets visitors providing 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 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.

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
(not available on Virgin or 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 28th January, & Thursday 4th February, during the show (BBC One)
Sky, Virgin, Freesat & Freeview

News Multiscreen: Video Choice

News Multiscreen - Video ChoiceEach 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 Freeview or 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 on BBC Red Button†
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…

- Friday Focus†
Join Mark Lawrenson for his Premier League predictions along with pundit interviews.
Saturday 23rd January, 6am - 8.30am
Friday 29th January, 6pm - Saturday 30th Jan, 8.30am
Friday 5th February, 6pm - 6am
(not available on Freeview)

- Final Score
Gaby Logan and guests keep you up to date with all the day's football news and results.
Saturday 23rd & 31st January from 2.30pm

- Midweek Score*
Keep up with the evening's football action. Match commentary with live stats, scores and the vidiprinter.
Tuesday 26th January, 7.30pm - 10.30pm (Sky/Virgin/Freesat. Not available on Freeview)
Wednesday 27th January, 7.30pm - 10.30pm (Sky/Virgin/Freesat); 7.30pm - 10pm (Freeview)

- The Football League Show Repeat†
All the goals, round up and debate from the Football League. Presented by Manish Bhasin.
Sunday 24th January, 12.15am - 12pm
Sunday 31st January, 12.45am - 12pm
(not available on Freeview)

- Africa Cup of Nations*
Live coverage of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Thursday 28th January, 3.45pm - 6pm (all)
Saturday 30th January, 1.45pm - 4pm (Sky/Virgin/Freesat. Not available on Freeview)

Tennis: Australian Open*
Live coverage and highlights from the Australian Open, Melbourne.
Saturday 23rd January
Live: 8am - 2pm (all)
Highlights: 5pm - 6am (Sky/Virgin/Freesat); 6pm - 7pm (Freeview)

Sunday 24th January
Live: 8am - 2pm (all)
Highlights: 5pm - 6am (Sky/Virgin/Freesat. Not available on Freeview)

Monday 25th January
Live: 8.30am - 2pm (all)
Highlights: 5pm - 6am (Sky/Virgin/Freesat); 7pm - 1am (Freeview)

Tuesday 26th January
Live: 8am - 2pm (all)
Highlights: 5pm - 6am (Sky/Virgin/Freesat); 7pm - 8pm (Freeview)

Wednesday 27th January
Live: 8.30am - 2pm (all)
Highlights: 5pm - 6am (Sky/Virgin/Freesat); 11pm - 1am (Freeview)

Thursday 28th January
Live: 8.30am - 2pm (all)
Highlights: 5pm - 6am (Sky/Virgin/Freesat); 7pm - 10pm (Freeview)

Friday 29th January
Live: 8.30am - 2pm (all)
Highlights: 5pm - 6am (Sky/Virgin/Freesat. Not available on Freeview)

Saturday 30th January
Live: 8.30am - 11.30m (all)
Highlights: 5pm - 6am (Sky/Virgin/Freesat. Not available on Freeview)

Sunday 31st January
Highlights: 5pm - 10am, Tuesday 2nd February (Sky/Virgin/Freesat. Not available on Freeview)

Skiing: World Cup
Live skiing from Kitzbühel:
Saturday 23rd January, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Sunday 24th January, 12.45pm - 2.45pm

Live skiing from Schladming:
Tuesday 26th January, 7.45pm - 9.45pm

Live skiing from St. Moritz:
Saturday 30th January, 10am - 12pm

(not available on 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.
Sunday 24th January, 5.55pm - 6.25pm
Sunday 31st January, 7pm - 7.30pm

Figure Skating: European Championships†
Live coverage of the Women's Free Programme from the European Figure Skating Championships.
Saturday 23rd January, 1pm - 3.35pm (Sky/Virgin/Freesat. Not available on Freeview)

Snooker: Welsh Open*
Live coverage of the Welsh Open from the Newport Centre.
Saturday 30th January, 1pm - 4.30pm & 7pm - 10pm
Sunday 31st January, 1.30pm - 5pm & 7pm - 10pm
(not available on Freeview)

Bowls: World Championship
Live coverage of the Bowls World Championship.
Saturday 23rd January
10am - 12pm (Sky/Virgin/Freesat. Not available on Freeview)

Bowls: Welsh International Open
Live coverage of the Welsh Bowls.
Wednesday 3rd February, 1pm - 5.15pm
Thursday 4th February, 1pm - 5.15pm

Rugby Union: Ireland A v Scotland A†
Live coverage of the match between Ireland A and Scotland A from Ravenhill.
Friday 5th February, 7.15pm - 9.30pm
(not available on Freeview)

BBC Sport 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 3:06pm on 22 Jan 2010, CHRIS BENSON wrote:

    And so... before even the Formula 1 and Moto GP seasons start, we see Freeview struggling with it's one stream of interactivity. No Welsh Open Snooker on Freeview...

    Personally i'd choose live sport over Final Score on Freeview, Freeview viewers can always switch to Sky Sports News to check scores, i think if there's live sport available, then this should take priority!

    As suggested before, if we do miss out on sports events (e.g Ireland A v Scotland A on Fri 5th Feb), then i think Freeview viewers would appreciate recorded coverage whenever the slot is available later in the evening...

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  • 2. At 7:15pm on 22 Jan 2010, Hyperstar wrote:

    Good advert for sky

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  • 3. At 11:22pm on 22 Jan 2010, Ian wrote:

    Unavailable on Freeview.... unavailable on Freeview.... all because you decided that paying a bit for the mux 2 stream that was offered to you was not a good idea - yet making a bit of cash by flogging off the mux B streams in the interim was fine. Absolutely crazy.

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  • 4. At 01:02am on 29 Jan 2010, Paul wrote:

    Note this BBC: Not available on Freesat or Freeview - what does this tell me and everyone else. You provide a two-tier service, one for those who pay their TV licence to you providing a pathetic service, whilst those who pay Sky or Virgin or otherwise, you can get a much better service.

    Excuse me but surely the TV Licence viewers are meant to be first in this equation.

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  • 5. At 01:12am on 29 Jan 2010, Paul wrote:

    Looking at your ""Schedule"", there is a three-tier service provided by the BBC.

    A half-baked version for Freeview, paid by TV Licence Payers.

    A almost-nothing version for Freesat, paid by TV Licence Payers.

    A fully-fledged service, paid by Sky & Virgin subscribers.

    You might as well just put adverts your BBC versions of Freeview and Freesat during the programmes.

    I thought the BBC was in partnership with Freeview/Freesat to OPEN your services, not to CLOSE your services!

    One major point though, if we pay the BBC TV Licence Fee and that buys various coverage of sporting material (including the interactive side) - this does actually mean us Freeview and Freesat viewers are required to be able to VIEW it! Or you're just taking our money fraudently and not value for money whatsoever unless you're on SKY or VIRGIN!

    I look forward to your response (excuses)...

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  • 6. At 01:15am on 29 Jan 2010, Paul wrote:

    Time for a long-awaited dedicated SPORTS Channel with Interactive MultiScreen for ALL Platforms not just the subscribers who pay Sky or Virgin!

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  • 7. At 2:35pm on 29 Jan 2010, Brekkie wrote:

    Great post pebbens. It's ironic that it's ensuring BBC HD is available on all platforms (aka to Freeview viewers with HD TV's which won't be able to receive it without another £100+ expense!) that's made the situation with interactive TV worse than ever.

    Freeview was always the poor relation with just 2 streams, but apart from less court or sport options for big multi-screen projects like Wimbledon and the Olympics, it actually enabled the BBC to bring a fairly complete interactive service (certainly with sport) to Freeview viewers. Losing that one stream though has caused problems week in, week out - barely a week had passed since October when something I'd have liked to have watched on interactive hasn't been there.

    U just hope all these complaints in the blogs are being logged and passed on to the right people - unfortunately though I fear the BBC may only consider complaints delivered through their complaints procedure.

    And a minor issue, but although the generic BBC Sport service is great outside of the big events, it would be nice to see a more tailored service back for things like the Winter Olympics, World Cup and Commonwealth Games with their own look, rather than bundled in with the rest of BBC Sport. It's ridiculous that some one-off fairly pointless events (like BBC News School Report day) get their own unique look, yet the big sporting events don't.

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  • 8. At 11:07pm on 29 Jan 2010, TV Licence fee payer against BBC censorship wrote:

    #7. At 2:35pm on 29 Jan 2010, Brekkie wrote:

    "Great post pebbens. It's ironic that it's ensuring BBC HD is available on all platforms (aka to Freeview viewers with HD TV's which won't be able to receive it without another £100+ expense!) that's made the situation with interactive TV worse than ever."

    ...and then only in certain DSO areas until after DSO is complete, let the 'HD ego-trippers' pay for HD (if they can't install satellite then tough), the rest of the population are happy bunnies with just SD - can the majority please have the service that the majority are paying for and expect to get!

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  • 9. At 2:01pm on 30 Jan 2010, Brekkie wrote:

    Exactly - Freesat should have been presented as the free to air HD option. Freeview just doesn't have the capacity - offering an HD service with just one channel each from BBC, ITV, C4 and Five is a rather pointless exercise.

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  • 10. At 09:26am on 02 Feb 2010, Sue_Aitch wrote:

    Re Red Button's Digital Text Service on Freeview. Please may we have greater agreement on the content of Ceefax pages 695-698, BBC Red Button page 9990 and www.bbc.co.uk/info bits and pieces?

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