« Previous | Main | Next »

What's On BBC Red Button: 27th March - 16th April

Post categories:

John Horth | 18:00 UK time, Friday, 26 March 2010

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

Weekend Wogan*

Weekend Wogan Sir Terry Wogan recently made a triumphant return to the Radio 2 airwaves with a brand new show. Coming live from BBC Broadcasting House's Radio Theatre every Sunday, Weekend Wogan showcases a lively mix of celebrity interviews, music with star guests and performances from Elio Pace's house band.
For the first time, the infamous 'Janet and John' stories are told in front of a live audience, in the presence of John 'Boggy' Marsh - their hero and inspiration.

Each Sunday the show is filmed, and highlights and special backstage footage are shown on the Radio 2 website from Monday morning.
As a television treat digital viewers will have an opportunity to see TWO of the great man's shows on BBC Red Button.

For the week beginning Monday 5th April we'll show the best of Sunday 4th's show.
A joyous new Wogan show will land on your red button the following Monday.
Your April will be absolutely lovely.

Monday 5th April, 6am - Sunday 11th April, 11am
Monday 12th April, 6am - Sunday 18th April, 6am

Monday 5th April, 6am - Thursday 8th April, 9.25pm
Friday 9th April, 4.30am - 9.25pm
Saturday 10th April, 12.30am - 8.30am, 11.30am - 6.30pm & 8.40pm - Sunday 11th April, 11am
Monday 12th April, 6am - 11pm
Tuesday 13th April, 12.45am - Thursday 15th April, 8.55pm
Friday 16th April, 6am - 9.25pm
Saturday 17th April, 12.30am - 8.30am, 11.30am - 6.50pm & 9pm - Sunday 18th April, 6am

Monday 5th April, 6am - 2.50pm & 7.25pm - Tuesday 6th April, 7.20pm
Tuesday 6th April, 10.10pm - 11.50pm
Wednesday 7th April, 8am - 2pm & 3pm - 7.50pm & 10.10pm - 11.50pm
Thursday 8th April, 8.10am - 3.35pm
Friday 9th April, 8.10am - 3pm & 1pm - 3.35pm
Saturday 10th April, 8.10am - 8.50am & 11.10am - 2.20pm
Monday 12th April, 7.40am - 6.50pm
Tuesday 13th April, 7.40am - 7.20pm
Wednesday 14th April, 7.40am - 2pm & 3pm - 7.20pm
Thursday 15th April, 7.40am - 7pm
Friday 16th April, 8.45am - 12pm & 1pm - 6.50pm
Saturday 17th April, 8.40am - 9.50am

(not available on Freesat)

Ashes to Ashes: Remember the 80s*

Ashes to Ashes Think of Ashes to Ashes, and you think of music from the 1980s.
Now for the new series digital viewers can fire up their red buttons and join Gene Hunt for a selection of musical hits from 1983. He'll take you on a voyage of musical discovery from Duran Duran to the Human League, Culture Club to Haysi Fantayzee with a short stop off at Ozzy Osbourne on the way.

Tune in to relive the fantastic fashions, oversized hairdos and great, ahem, music from the decade of decadence, with a little bit of your favourite DCI thrown in for good measure.

The tracks change each week so keep coming back for more of those guilty pleasures.

Sky & Virgin:
Friday 2nd, 9th & 16th April, 9.55pm - midnight

Friday 2nd April, 9.55pm - midnight
Friday 9th April, 10.25pm - 11.50pm
Friday 16th April, 9.55pm - midnight

(not available on Freesat)

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour - The First Scene*

Doctor Who Can't wait for the new series of Doctor Who?Then take a look at the first scene from the Eleventh Doctor's adventures.

The Doctor has just regenerated and the TARDIS spins crazily out of control, plummeting towards Earth. But what happens next? Find out by pressing the red button.

You can catch the new series on BBC One on Saturday 3rd April.

Sky, Virgin & Freeview:
Saturday 27th March, 6am - Saturday 3rd April, 6.15pm

(Trail runs intermittently on Virgin & Freeview. Not available on Freesat)

Over the Rainbow

Over the Rainbow BBC One is off to see the wizard to find a new Dorothy and Toto for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End production of The Wizard of Oz.

Digital viewers wishing to follow the yellow brick road need only press red to sing along with all the hopefuls.

Join in as they try to impress Sir Andrew, his panel of casting directors and the nation.

Available during the BBC One show:
Saturday 27th March, 6.30pm - 8pm
Saturday 3rd March, 7.25pm - 8.40pm
Saturday 10th April, 7pm - 8.15pm

(not available on Freesat)

Election Multiscreen

Election Multiscreen Throughout the election campaign and on election night itself BBC News will be running a special Red Button multiscreen service devoted entirely to the election. Here viewers will find highlights of each day's campaigning including live and recorded elements.

The service will be available 24 hours a day on Virgin and Sky and overnight on Freeview.

Sky & Virgin:
Service runs continuously from Tuesday 6th April

Wednesday 7th - Monday 12th April, 12am - 8am (daily)
Tuesday 13th April, 12.15am - 8am (14th)
Wednesday 14th April - Thursday 15th April, 12am - 8am (daily)
Friday 16th April, 12am - 2.45am & 6am - 6.45am

(not available on Freesat)

BBC Comedy: Outnumbered*

BBC Comedy: Outnumbered Continuing our commitment to comedy, in April we'll be giving the red button treatment to the new series of Outnumbered.

Press red for exclusive interviews with stars Hugh Dennis and Clare Skinner, and creators/writers/directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin.
In addition digital viewers will be able to see behind the scenes footage and extended scenes.

Thursday 8th April, 9.55pm - 4am (9th)
Saturday 10th April, 12.30am - 4am & 9pm - 4am (11th)
Sunday 11th April, 9.30pm - 4am (12th)
Tuesday 13th April, 12.30am - 4am & 9pm - 4am (14th)
Wednesday 14th April, 9pm - 4am (15th)
Thursday 15th April, 9.25pm - 4am (16th)
Friday 16th April, 9.30pm - 4am (17th)

Thursday 8th April, 9.55pm - 4am (9th)
Sunday 11th April, 9.30pm - 4am (12th)
Tuesday 13th April, 12.30am - 4am (14th)
Thursday 15th April, 9.25pm - 4am (16th)

Thursday 8th April, 10.25pm - 11.50pm
Thursday 15th April, 9.25pm - 2.45am (16th)

(not available on Freesat)

BBC Northern Ireland: Headroom Live

Headroom Live Red Button viewers are invited to join BBC Radio Ulster's Rigsy and Sarah McGlinchey for a night of great music at the Oh Yeah centre in Belfast.
Live acts include General Fiasco, Duke Special and Panama Kings.

The special gig is presented by the BBC Northern Ireland's Headroom campaign on mental health and the Across the Line radio programme and features special guest Dr Mark Hamilton.

The gig can also be viewed as a webcast on www.bbc.co.uk/headroomni

Sky, Virgin & Freeview:
Monday 29th March, 7.55pm - 11pm

(not available on Freesat)

The Danny Baker Show on BBC Radio 5 live*

Danny BakerWhen 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.

Sky & Virgin:
Saturday 27th March, 3rd & 10th April, 9am - 11am

Saturday 27th March & 10th April, 9am - 11am

(not available on 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.

Available during the show (BBC One)
Thursday 1st, 7th & 15th April
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 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)
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.

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

Coming up...

Golf: US Maters
Sport Multiscreen will be getting ahead of the game for this year's Masters. Before BBC Sport's network coverage gets underway Red Button viewers are invited to pitch up to the Augusta National for extended coverage including live action from the notorious Amen Corner.
Wednesday 7th April, 8pm - 10pm
Thursday 8th April, 3.45pm - 10.15pm
Friday 9th April, 3.45pm - 10.15pm
Saturday 10th April, 3.45pm - 10.15pm
Sunday 11th April, 6.15pm - 11pm
(all platforms)

F1 on BBC Red Button…*
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.

For more schedule details visit the BBC Sport website.

Australian Grand Prix coverage from Friday 26th March
Malaysian Grand Prix from Friday 2nd April
Chinese Grand Prix from Friday 16th April

BBC Sport will be trackside for every twist and turn of the 2010 MotoGP championship to as Valentino Rossi looks to defend his title.
Qualifying from every race of the 2010 MotoGP season will be available on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website (UK users only).
Across Sport we'll also be showing full coverage of the 125cc and Moto2 races, including qualifying. .
And of course you can watch the race again on our iPlayer service for seven days after it has happened.
For more schedule details visit the BBC Sport website.

Losail Qatar GP from Saturday 10th April.
Limited coverage available on Freeview.

Rugby on BBC Red Button...*
- Rugby League: The Super League Show
Another chance to watch the weekend's Rugby League action.
Sunday 28th March, 11pm - Wednesday 31st March, 3pm
Sunday 4th April, 3pm - Wednesday 7th April, 8pm
Monday 12th April, 12am - Tuesday 13th April, 3pm
(Sky/Virgin/Freesat. Not available on Freeview)

- Scrum V Live
Live coverage of the Magners League with audio options.
Ospreys v Scarlets:
Friday 2nd April, 7pm - 9pm

Glasgow Warriors v Newport Dragons:
Sunday 4th April, 3pm - 5pm

Friday 16th April, 7pm - 9pm
(all platforms)

Football on BBC Red Button...
With the 2009/10 season football season nearing its exciting conclusion, here at BBC Red Button we won't taking our eyes off the ball until the silverware is lifted with a host of programming to keep fans up to date with the action…
- Final Score
Gaby Logan and guests keep you up to date with all the day's football news and results.
Saturday 27th March, 3rd & 10th April from 2.30pm
(all platforms

- Midweek Final Score
Keep up with the evening's football action. Choose from a selection of commentated matches with live stats, scores and the vidiprinter.
Tuesday 6th April from 7.30pm
Tuesday 13th April from 7.30pm
(all platforms

- Football League Show Repeat*
All the goals, round up and debate from the Football League. Presented by Manish Bhasin.
Sunday 28th March, 1.05am - 12pm
Sunday 4th April, 1.05am - 12pm
Sunday 11th April, 1.05am - 12pm

Sunday 4th April, 1.05am - 8am
Sunday 11th April, 8.15am - 12pm

- Friday Focus
Join Mark Lawrenson for his Premier League predictions along with pundit interviews.
Friday 2nd April, 6pm - 6am (3rd)
Friday 9th April, 6pm - 12pm (10th)
(Sky/Virgin/Freesat. Not available on Freeview)

- Match of the Day: Nottingham Forest v Cardiff City
Live coverage with audio options.
Monday 5th April, 3pm - 5pm
(all platforms)

Grand National Highlights
Highlights of all the action from Aintree.
Sunday 11th April, 6am - 7.45pm
(Sky/Virgin/Freesat. Not available on Freeview)

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


  • 1. At 9:13pm on 26 Mar 2010, TV Licence fee payer against BBC censorship wrote:

    "Throughout the election campaign and on election night itself BBC News will be running a special Red Button multiscreen service devoted entirely to the election. Here viewers will find highlights of each day's campaigning including live and recorded elements.

    The service will be available 24 hours a day on Virgin and Sky and overnight on Freeview."

    How does that fit the BBC's PSB duty, when the majority of the nation will only be able to access it if they work night shifts or are insomniacs, the BBC needs to resort Freeview LCN302 immediately and for the duration!

    Also, not only do we still have to endure the Danny Baker show making cheap TV out of a radio show now we get Wogans Sunday frecking show too...

    Complain about this comment

  • 2. At 10:23pm on 26 Mar 2010, Brekkie wrote:

    Is there any progress being made with Freesat considering it's been a couple of years now since the Sport Multiscreen and key parts of the BBC Text service were put on Freesat - but there seems to have been virtually no progress since.

    Most of the content above is little more than a video stream, which surely requires nothing more complicated than the application to bring up the BBC Sport Multiscreen video stream, so why more isn't on Freesat is baffling.

    Choices for interactive seem very poor at the moment.

    Freeview service has been decimated to make way for HD, and considering it's already proven a huge problem during the Winter just wait until the summer. During Wimbledon for example the BBC have two simultaneous afternoon World Cup games to show, which no doubt will get priority over tennis leaving the BBC2 match as viewers only option - if it's not dropped for CBBC or something stupid.

    Freesat is fine for sport, but nothing else. Cable isn't even an option for most, whilst Sky may have everything, but it's not a route many licence fee payers want to go down - and I personally find the interactive and text services excruciatingly slow in comparison to Freeview.

    Complain about this comment

  • 3. At 11:26am on 27 Mar 2010, Sue_Aitch wrote:

    Just a reminder that BBC Three Freeview viweres have still not had the Audio commentary choice for the Tenth Doctor's End of Time Part 2 episode. I was hoping for it on The pregramme is being shown at 20: 05 on Good Friday. Any chance of a rethink?

    Complain about this comment

  • 4. At 8:26pm on 27 Mar 2010, Hyperstar wrote:

    You need to restore 302 on freeview by buying that Ideal Extra space off Ideal World

    Complain about this comment

  • 5. At 09:29am on 28 Mar 2010, Sue_Aitch wrote:

    RE my message 3. I've since realised Scrum V this Good Friday is an all Wales affair. Doctor Who is BBC Wales Cymru production: i'm not going to win this one! Shame S4C doesn't have an interactive channel for English Audio options ...

    Complain about this comment

  • 6. At 1:03pm on 28 Mar 2010, Brekkie wrote:

    It's being discussed whether radio channels should be removed in Scotland to make way for the little watched BBC Alba, so no reason why this can't happen nationwide and the interactive stream returned, with the radio channels being put back on other muxes as they were originally.

    It all comes down to bad management of Freeview though - channels have been allowed to launch without any thought to protecting the platform for the future - and indeed still are launching despite the obvious issues with BBC channels being withdrawn to make way for HD. If the mux operators hadn't been allowed to exploit their short term greed the space could have been reserved in preparation for one mux being removed to make way for HD so that we wouldn't have needed to lose any channels come DSO.

    If the BBC can't get another stream out of it's own mux (and I believe they could considering other muxes operate with more than 7 TV channels) they need to get at least one slot from another mux - and put BBC Parliament there, using it's current space on the BBC mux for the second interactive channel. And no excuses about not putting BBC channels on a non-PSB mux - it's better 90% of Freeview viewers can access something than none at all.

    Complain about this comment

  • 7. At 2:48pm on 28 Mar 2010, Hyperstar wrote:

    We should have more contact like letters pages. Also have a world clock and cookery section

    Complain about this comment

  • 8. At 10:21am on 29 Mar 2010, AaronLancs wrote:

    RE: 3.
    Here Here.
    (Rant Mode ON)
    Give Uu Freeview Viewers The Complete Commentary For Doctor Who 'The End Of Time' And We Will Stop Complaning.
    (Rant Mode OFF)


    Complain about this comment

  • 9. At 6:32pm on 29 Mar 2010, Paul wrote:

    I second some of Brekkie’s comments. The template for a Freesat Red Button Video service exists in the form of the Sport Multiscreen service, so writing the MHEG code to replicate the OpenTV code used by Sky’s boxes isn’t reinventing the wheel.
    If, however, bringing non-sport Red Button video to Freesat also requires the video streams to be replicated on a different multiplex (thus costing additional money to uplink them) because of an incompatibility between MHEG and OpenTV stream data, then I understand the problem. But as no one is telling us what the problem is with rolling the service out to Freesat boxes in a timely manner, we’re all in the dark and getting frustrated.
    There’s over a million of us Freesat users now. Enough punters to justify extracting the digit, one would think?

    Complain about this comment

  • 10. At 6:25pm on 31 Mar 2010, Hyperstar wrote:

    They should be commit to free to air broadcasting so Freesat should get all contact on BBC Red Button like tPlay Along and Glastonbury

    Complain about this comment

  • 11. At 1:17pm on 01 Apr 2010, Brekkie wrote:

    The silence is deafening on the Freesat question.

    Complain about this comment

  • 12. At 1:37pm on 01 Apr 2010, TV Licence fee payer against BBC censorship wrote:

    #11. At 1:17pm on 01 Apr 2010, Brekkie wrote:

    "The silence is deafening on the Freesat question."

    I think that is a bit unfair, how many times (in the age of Google) should anyone have repeat themselves, the reasons why Freesat has limited services has not changed and thus nothing new can be said.

    Complain about this comment

  • 13. At 6:17pm on 01 Apr 2010, Brekkie wrote:

    Has it?

    The last reference I can find to interactive TV on Freesat is back in Sept 2008 after Sport Multiscreen launched, ending with "To be continued...". Still waiting for the sequel!

    I highly doubt Freesat is incompatible with such service (if it is, it's a scandal it was allowed to launch when it's not fit for purpose), but if for some reason it is, are alternative avenues not being explored - for example, using the iPlayer on Freesat to provide any looped interactive video content?

    Complain about this comment

  • 14. At 12:14pm on 02 Apr 2010, Hyperstar wrote:

    Can we not just have the sky service on freesat?

    Complain about this comment

  • 15. At 5:09pm on 02 Apr 2010, TV Licence fee payer against BBC censorship wrote:

    This bloody arrogant 60 second Dr Who looping trailer is the most annoying load of carp the BBC has done in a inflicted on the TVL payer in a long time, someone from the meerkating dept. needs to receive their P45 over this abuse of the one and only BBCi video stream on the DVB-T platform.

    Complain about this comment

  • 16. At 7:26pm on 02 Apr 2010, Hyperstar wrote:

    So im seeing the same 1 min thing over and over and over and over and over and over and over again on freeview

    Complain about this comment

  • 17. At 11:25am on 03 Apr 2010, Sue_Aitch wrote:

    Well, yes Hyperstar, but there was Scrum V on 301 on Good Friday evening and the Doctor who audience on Freeview still hasn;t has its liten of the End of Time Part II television podcast.

    Complain about this comment

  • 18. At 10:34pm on 03 Apr 2010, Paul wrote:

    Re: Post 14.

    Unfortunately not, as the Red Button services on Sky boxes are run by software provided to Sky by a company called OpenTV. Sky pay a large license fee to OpenTV for the rights to use the OpenTV software in Sky boxes.

    Freesat boxes do not use the OpenTV software, but instead uses a free system called MHEG. The freesat Red Button system had to be re-written under MHEG, which is why it wasn't available day-one when freesat launched, and a separate freesat-specific implementation of the Sports Multiscreen had to be created in time for the Beijing Olympics.

    The freesat datastream containing the data for the text pages is different to the datastream used by the OpenTV version of Red Button text, which is why the content is different between the two platforms. There isn't the bandwidth available in the freesat datastream to support all of the pages that are on the Sky version of Red Button text.

    But I digress. The question regarding Red Button video I have is simple: what is the hold up in implementing the MHEG application for freesat non-sport multiscreen?


    Complain about this comment

  • 19. At 11:17am on 04 Apr 2010, TV Licence fee payer against BBC censorship wrote:

    #18. At 10:34pm on 03 Apr 2010, Paul wrote:

    " ..//.. But I digress. The question regarding Red Button video I have is simple: what is the hold up in implementing the MHEG application for freesat non-sport multiscreen?"

    As I understand it, you eluded to the reason, lack of bandwidth available to the Freesat platform, the problem is that there is a lack of satellite capacity until the launch and commissioning of a new satellite (to replace a failed satellite).

    Complain about this comment

  • 20. At 6:47pm on 04 Apr 2010, Hyperstar wrote:

    They didn't show a replay of the F1 action

    Complain about this comment

  • 21. At 12:42pm on 05 Apr 2010, Chris wrote:

    Why do you need a replay of F1? Watch it live like the rest of us. Besides, BBC2 showed a repeat of the whole race in the afternoon.

    Complain about this comment

  • 22. At 7:05pm on 05 Apr 2010, Brekkie wrote:

    A note to the sports page writers that curling isn't skiing and cycling isn't swimming!

    And why on earth did the BBC agree to (indeed create) a Freesat standard that doesn't serve their needs.

    Complain about this comment

  • 23. At 11:09am on 06 Apr 2010, TV Licence fee payer against BBC censorship wrote:

    #22. At 7:05pm on 05 Apr 2010, Brekkie wrote:

    "And why on earth did the BBC agree to (indeed create) a Freesat standard that doesn't serve their needs."

    See my comment @ #19, the standard does server their needs, unfortunately the platform (at the moment) doesn't, due to circumstances beyond the control off all but the Gods - or have I misinterpreted your comment?

    Complain about this comment

  • 24. At 3:39pm on 06 Apr 2010, Andrew Bowden wrote:

    On Freesat, we are a small team and we have limited resources which have to be spread over a large range of services. We are busy working on Freesat, and have spent a lot of time bringing BBC iPlayer to the platform. There's another project ongoing at the moment which I can't really talk about however we all think it's very exciting and it will be on Freesat first, and will hopefully address some of these differences. Keep an eye out in the Summer!

    Complain about this comment

  • 25. At 3:42pm on 06 Apr 2010, Hyperstar wrote:

    They rather show golf then the motogp this Saturday on 301 which is on BBC Two

    Complain about this comment

  • 26. At 5:38pm on 06 Apr 2010, Brekkie wrote:

    Thanks Andrew for your comments on the Freesat issue - would be great to get a full blog from one of you one day discussing it further - do get the feeling in some ways Freesat is being taught to run before it can walk.

    Back to Freeview and the Election Multiscreen. Ridiculous it's overnight only - yes of course live events like the Masters and other sport, plus content such as the Outnumbered stuff on Thursday night should still get priority, but I think for the next 4-5 weeks the continuously looped content shouldn't be on air full time during the day and I think Weekend Wogan should have it's hours cut during the day and thee Election Multiscreen be given an outing in daylight at key times during the day.

    Complain about this comment

  • 27. At 10:51pm on 08 Apr 2010, Dino71 wrote:

    It's 10.50pm on Thursday 8th April: where's the promised "Outnumbered" behind-the-scenes on Freeview red button? All I'm getting is golf.

    Complain about this comment

  • 28. At 11:27pm on 08 Apr 2010, Fiona wrote:

    What happened to 'Outnumbered: Interviews and Extras' on Freeview 301 listed for 22:25-23:50 on 08/04/10?

    The golf appears to be being played on a loop with a live feed on BBC1 - I've now reached the point of telling the players in advance whether their shot is successful!

    Complain about this comment

  • 29. At 3:16pm on 12 Apr 2010, CHRIS BENSON wrote:

    As a Freeview viewer, i've been disappointed on a couple of occasions over the last couple of days. Particularly, Thursday night, Outnumbered was instead replaced by the Amen Corner Golf overrunning - surely a repeat of Outnumbered could have been scheduled for later in the week before Thursday? There must be one night free for an hour loop of Outnumbered before Thursday's new behind the scenes feature? What disappointed me most was that the EPG didn't update - so viewers were still led to believe Outnumbered was coming on? As a snooker fan, I don't look forward to the Freeview red button coverage next week, how it's going to be on one channel, I do not know.
    Another idea - surely whilst BBC Parliament is in recess through various breaks in the year, we got use that channel on Freeview for sport? I'm not asking for BBC Parliament to go permamently, just a use of the space during holidays! Could come in handy during this year's World Cup and Wimbledon coverage, and would beat repeats of the 1979 General Election and other stuff they normally show in recess!

    Complain about this comment

  • 30. At 9:12pm on 12 Apr 2010, TV Licence fee payer against BBC censorship wrote:

    29. At 3:16pm on 12 Apr 2010, CHRIS BENSON wrote:

    "Another idea - surely whilst BBC Parliament is in recess through various breaks in the year, we got use that channel on Freeview for sport?

    The problem there is that it is still broadcasting live content, both election content and debate from the Scottish Parliament, this is on top of using the time to catch-up on recorded content that hasn't yet been broadcast.

    Complain about this comment

  • 31. At 12:43pm on 13 Apr 2010, John Horth wrote:

    Apologies to Freeview viewers for the lack of Outnumbered last week which, as you may have spotted, was dropped for over-running coverage of the golf.

    Although there are no plans to re-show it on BBC Red Button, Thursday's extra material is now available to view on the Comedy Extra website:

    Complain about this comment

  • 32. At 09:23am on 15 Apr 2010, Chris wrote:

    It was nice to see classic f1 on freeview last night. Thanks.

    Complain about this comment

  • 33. At 5:49pm on 16 Apr 2010, Brekkie wrote:

    The snooker is going to cause a nightmare and it's one sport where additional evening coverage on BBC4 for example would be justified considering BBC2's hours have not been extended (though personally like with cricket it's also one sport I think the BBC are best recording then playing at about 10 times the speed later!).

    The "not available on Freeview" list from BBC Sport for the rest of the month is pretty ridiculous. I know no decision is easy and it's annoying that World Cup Diving isn't seemed more worthy than early rounds from the snooker, yet surprisingly European Gymnastics gets the nod ahead of Final Score.

    Now as a sports fan rather than football fan I approve of that (as scores can be found on Soccer Saturday or via the text pages), but I'd expect to be in the minority.

    Complain about this comment

  • 34. At 5:55pm on 16 Apr 2010, Brekkie wrote:

    Re: BBC Parliament. The space just isn't there at the moment for a linear TV channel though. The BBC is still covering politics with the rather excellent Democracy Live website, and if no new streams are made available the BBC should seriously consider closing BBC Parliament, and instead using a Democracy Live interactive service when required.

    Complain about this comment

  • 35. At 8:26pm on 16 Apr 2010, TV Licence fee payer against BBC censorship wrote:

    #34. At 5:55pm on 16 Apr 2010, Brekkie wrote:

    "Re: BBC Parliament. The space just isn't there at the moment for a linear TV channel though. ..//.."

    That comment just proves that you have not checked what is being broadcast on the channel during the election period - the need for BBC-P is probably greater now that when parliament is sitting!

    "..//..the BBC should seriously consider closing BBC Parliament, and instead using a Democracy Live interactive service when required."

    Do feel free to find a clue (and how many times have you got to be told), if the BBC stopped wishing to broadcasting the channel then the channel and it's content would probably be handed to another broadcaster (via Ofcom/HMG/parliament), that might actually mean that the BBC would loose even more channels due to the way the broadcast muxes work.

    BBC-P has more right to be on Freeview that any sports coverage, don't like BBC-P being on Freeview, don't vote!...

    Complain about this comment

View these comments in RSS


Sign in

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.