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What's On BBC Red Button: 9 - 22 May

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John Horth | 14:20 UK time, Friday, 8 May 2009

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

BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend

BBC Radio 1's Big WeekendBBC Radio 1 is decamping to Swindon for this year's event. Throughout the weekend digital viewers can press the Red Button on any BBC channel from 4pm each day for full band sets, backstage interviews and gossip brought to you by Radio 1 DJs Greg James and Jo Whiley.

And BBC Red Button will be keeping the festival flame alive from the following Monday with a week of highlights.

Weekend coverage: Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th May, 4pm - 2am
Highlights: Monday 11th - Friday 15th May, available around the clock
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Andy Sturgeon, Carol Klein and Chris Beardshaw host this year's Red Button coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show. A regular show garden exhibitor at Chelsea himself, this year Andy presents the show garden coverage. The show gardens are the highlight of Chelsea, and Red Button offers an in-depth tour of each and every show garden with commentary from the designers themselves. A different selection of gardens will be available each day.

Meanwhile, Carol Klein and Chris Beardshaw explore the Grand Pavilion, the spectacular centrepiece of the show, which is packed with all manner of plants. Carol and Chris are joined daily by a range of horticultural experts to share their knowledge and the highlights of this year's displays.

Tuesday 19th - Friday 22nd May, 12pm - midnight daily
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)


KerwhizzThe Kerwhizzitor invites CBeebies viewers to join him under the red button for a special interactive edition of the quiz with added whizz. Answer his ten ker-razy questions and unlock special credits to build the ultimate pod mod on the Kerwhizz website.

Kerwhizz is designed to be involving, informative and, most importantly, exhilarating experience for the 4-6 year old age range.

Monday 11th - Friday 15th May, 6am - 7pm daily
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)


EurovisionAs Europe's musical alumni head to Moscow for this year's contest, digital viewers can bring a little of the magic back to Blighty by joining the BBC Red Button Eurovision party!

Go interactive to sing along with all of this year's entries be it Turkey's 'Düm Tek Tek' or Germany's 'Miss Kiss Kiss Bang Bang', or accompany our very own Jade as she performs Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'My Time' as chosen by viewers of 'Your Country Needs You'.

Want to see your name up in lights? Viewers can share their Eurovision thoughts with fellow party-goers by texting the service. Last year nearly 15,000 messages were sent in. Look out for the SMS number when your press red.

Semi-finals: Tuesday 12th & Thursday 14th May (BBC Three)
Final: Saturday 16th May (BBC One)
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

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.

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 while the audio will be broadcast simultaneously on Radio 3.

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 weekend of celebratory events to be held across the BBC.

Sunday 10th May, 7.50pm
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

Ashes to Ashes 80s Sing-a-long

Ashes to Ashes 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.

Monday 11th & 18th May, 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 9th 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 30th April & 7th May, during the show (BBC One)
Sky, Virgin, Freesat & 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...

- 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.
Barcelona GP: 8th - 12th May
Monaco GP: 21st - 24th May

- Test Cricket
Live coverage of the West Indies' summer tour of England with TMS commentary.
1st Test: From Wednesday 6th May
2nd Test: From Thurssday 14th May
1st ODI: Thursday 21st 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.
Le Mans GP: 15th - 17th May

- Badminton Horse Trials*
Live coverage of the cross country day from Gloucestershire.
9th May, 11am

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:
Barcelona GP - 10th 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...

11th - 17th May
Sky: Postman Pat, Bill and Ben, Tweenies (story)
Freeview: Little Cook
Virgin: Roly Mo

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

(not available on Freesat)


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