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What's On BBC Red Button: 11-24 April

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John Horth | 10:30 UK time, Thursday, 9 April 2009

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

Doctor Who Commentary

This Easter as the Doctor takes a detour to an alien world, fans of the show can delve deeper behind the scenes with BBC Red Button.

During the BBC Three repeats of Planet of the Dead join David Tennant, executive producer Julie Gardner and director James Strong for episode commentary as they reveal the secrets of the seasonal special.

Episode commentary available on BBC Three*:
Easter Sunday 12th April (not Freeview) and Friday 17th April
*Service unavailable on Freesat

Ashes to Ashes 80s Sing-a-long

Think Ashes to Ashes, and you think of 80s music. Think 80s music, and you just can't help but join in!

Well, now BBC One viewers can do just that with the 'Ashes to Ashes 80s Sing-a-long'. Following every episode of the show, fire up your red button and join in with the hits of the day.
From Duran Duran's Rio, Human League's Mirror Man, to Bananarama's It Ain't What You Do and Come on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners, we've got all bases covered.

Even If you don't know the songs you can still join in and relive those "classic" fashions and oversized hairdos from the decade of decadence.

Available Monday nights from 20th April on BBC One
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
*not on Freesat

1 v 100

Digital viewers can press the red button on Saturday nights to play along from the comfort of their living rooms as Ben Shephard challenges another individual to take on 100 opponents.
Saturday nights during the show

11th and 18th April
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
*Not on Freesat

Question Time Interactive

Take 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 Red Button page 155 along with details of the panel and the topics under discussion.

Thursday 23rd April
Sky, Virgin, Freesat & Freeview

BBC Comedy Extra

With a raft of exciting new comedy airing on BBC Two in 2009, digital viewers willing to tickle the red buttons on their remotes can keep the laughter going after the show has finished.

Following Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle and Dave Gorman's Genius look out for additional content, exclusive sketches not included in the TV series as well as talent associated with the shows doing their own thing for the first time.

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle: 11th March - 16th April & 20th - 24th April
Genius: 17th, 18th, 19th & 24th April
*Not on Freesat

CBeebies Games

From Little Cook's kitchen to Bob the Builder's construction site, there's always somewhere different to explore under the red button!

Here's what's coming up...

13th - 19th April
Sky: Postman Pat, Bill & Ben, Tweenies
Freeview: Little Cook
Virgin: Roly Mo

20th - 26th April
Sky: Bob the Builder, Balamory, Tweenies
Freeview: Postman Pat & Bob the Builder
Virgin: Tikkabilla

*Not available on Freesat

BBC Sport Multiscreen

Catch 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*


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.

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.

China GP from 17th April
Bahrain GP from 24th April

Golf: The Masters*

Complementing coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC HD, Sport Multiscreen pitches up to the notorious Amen Corner for continuous live action from the Augusta National.
8th - 12th April


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.
Losail GP (Qatar): 11th - 14th April

World Championship Snooker

A choice of live action from both tables at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre where all eyes will be on last year's champion Ronnie O'Sullivan.
18th April - 2nd May

Available 24 hours a day
Sky, Freesat, Virgin & Freeview
* limited coverage on Freeview

The full Sport Interactive schedule is available on the BBC Sport website


CBBC Formula 1 fans will be in pole position this year as a host of familiar stars provide alternative commentary to each of this season's Grands Prix.

Join Michael "Abs" Absalom, Dan Clarkson and F1 expert Perry McCarthy on the Sport Multiscreen for interviews, sketches and up to date info on what's going on in each race.

Available on race days only:
China GP - 19th April
Bahrain GP - 26th April

CBBC extra

The CBBC extra team have been putting their access all areas passes to good use again as they head behind the scenes this Easter at Scorpion Island.

Sky and Freeview viewers can watch the exclusive footage under the red button. Will you uncover the secrets of the island?

Elsewhere on extra all the regular text features will be available around the clock: the latest headlines from Newsround, Nev's Horoscopes and a gaggle of real groaners in Your Gags.

Find CBBC extra on:
Sky & Freeview - page 570
Text service available on all platforms except Freesat
Video service only available on Sky and Freeview (intermittent)

Seamus Heaney: The Poet and the Piper

Seamus Heaney is unique - he's a contemporary poet who is also a household name. To celebrate his 70th birthday this April BBC Northern Ireland is showing a specially-commissioned programme, Seamus Heaney: A Life in Pictures followed on BBC Red Button by the film The Poet and the Piper, made in 1999.

With haunting, beautiful images The Poet and the Piper features Heaney reading a selection of his own verse accompanied by renowned uilleann piper Liam O'Flynn. From early poem "Mid-Term Break" through to more recent work such as his translation of Beowulf, it shows how Heaney has explored memories and emotions in a way that has struck a chord with people all over the world.

15th April from 11.35pm via BBC One, Two, Three and Four
In Northern Ireland the service will follow the BBC One NI programme Seamus Heaney: A Life in Pictures


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