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What's On BBC Red Button: 23rd May - 5th June

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John Horth | 12:14 UK time, Friday, 22 May 2009

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

Springwatch Unsprung

SpringwatchPicture the Springwatch team in the pub… Relaxed presenters chatting about the show just gone. Members of the audience showing each other their spectacular photos and videos of spring, sharing tales of the wonderful wildlife they've seen on their doorstep and asking the presenters those animal questions they'd always wanted to know the answers to. This is Springwatch Unsprung.
OK, it won't actually be coming from the pub, but for 15 minutes every night immediately following the BBC Two show Springwatch will continue broadcasting live from Pensthorpe in Norfolk. Only this time the audience will be the stars not the creatures.

Monday 25th - Thursday 28th May & Monday 1st - Thursday 4th June,
following the show (BBC Two)
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

Local Elections 09

Local Elections 09With voters heading to the polls for the European and English council elections on 4th June BBC Red Button will be offering a fully comprehensive real-time results service.

Results for most of the 27 county councils and 7 unitary authorities are expected to be announced on Friday 5th June with the European election results following on Sunday 7th June.

Results from Friday 5th June
Sky, Virgin, Freesat & Freeview

BBC Radio 3: A Midsummer Night's Dream

BBC Radio 3: A Midsummer Night's Dream2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Felix Mendelssohn's birth and to celebrate BBC Radio 3 and Red Button are taking to the stage.

Following The Birth of British Music on BBC Two digital viewers will be able to watch a fully-staged production of Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream to which the composer set incidental music.

As the setting for this special event director Tim Carroll (of the RSC and formerly the Globe Theatre) has selected perhaps the finest Elizabethan hall in the country, Middle Temple Hall in London, the very same room where Shakespeare watched (and possibly acted in) the first performance of Twelfth Night in 1602. Meanwhile, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Charles Hazlewood will use period instruments to recreate the sound that Mendelssohn would have imagined.

This one-off performance forms the centrepiece of a series of celebratory events being held across the BBC.

Saturday 30th May, following The Birth of British Music (BBC Two)
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

Ashes to Ashes: Remember the 80s

Ashes to Ashes Think Ashes to Ashes, and you think of 80s music.

Following every episode of the show, fire up your red button and watch some of 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 remember the songs you can relive those "classic" fashions and oversized hairdos from the decade of decadence.

Monday 25th May & 1st June, following the show (BBC One)
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

1 v 100

1 v 100Digital 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 23rd May, during the show (BBC One)
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(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 Red Button page 155 along with details of the panel and the topics under discussion.

Thursday 28th May & 4th June, during the show (BBC One)
Sky, Virgin, Freesat & Freeview

BBC Sport Multiscreen*

MSN French OpenCatch 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...

- Tennis: The French Open*
For the third year running, digital viewers will be able to follow live action from Roland Garros under the Red Button. Roger Federer recently halted Rafael Nadal's phenomenal run on clay in Madrid but will he have what it takes to prevent the Spaniard from claiming his fifth straight French Open title?
Live coverage from 10am daily
Replays from 7pm daily
24th May - 8th June

- F1*
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 with race highlights often available the following day.
Monaco GP: 21st - 26th May
Turkish GP: 5th - 9th June

- Cricket: One Day Internationals*
Following the abandonment of the 1st ODI at Headingley, the West Indies' tour of England looks to get back on track. Join BBC Red Button for live coverage from Bristol and Edgbaston with TMS commentary.
2nd ODI: Saturday 24th May
3rd ODI: Tuesday 26th May

- MotoGP*
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.
Mugello GP: 30th May - 1st June

- The Derby†
From Friday 5th June press red to preview the runners and riders from the 2009 Epsom Derby and watch highlights post-race.
Preview: 5th, 6th June
Highlights: 7th - 9th June

BBC Sport multiscreen is available 24 hours a day
Sky, Virgin, Freesat & Freeview*
(*limited coverage on Freeview, †not available on Freeview)

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


CBBC F1CBBC 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:
Monaco GP - 24th May

CBeebies Games

CBeebies GamesFrom 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...

18th - 25th May
Sky: Bob the Builder, Balamory, Tweenies
Freeview: Postman Pat, Bob the Builder
Virgin: Tikkabilla

26th - 31st May
Sky: Tweenies, Tikkabilla, Tweenies (story)
Freeview: Tikkabilla
Virgin: Roly Mo

1st - 7th June
Sky: Bob the Builder, Little Cook, Tweenies
Freeview: Bill & Ben, Fimbles
Virgin: Tikkabilla

(not available on Freesat)


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