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What's On BBC Red Button: 6th - 19th June

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John Horth | 10:28 UK time, Friday, 5 June 2009

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

Blue Peter: Behind the Scenes

Blue Peter Nine months into the job and Blue Peter presenter Joel Defries looks pretty comfortable in front of the camera - you might say he's a natural. But how would he fare if asked to step over to the other side of the lens? Well Red Button viewers are about to find out as he takes the reins of CBBC's flagship programme for the first time, directing his fellow presenters and studio crew. This might just be Joel's toughest challenge yet.

Tuesday 16th - Sunday 21st June (daytime only)
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

Comedy Extra

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

Psychoville, the funny, scary new thriller from Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton is the latest programme to get the Comedy Extra treatment. Following the show's debut on BBC Two digital viewers can watch the second episode exclusively on BBC Red Button.

Meanwhile we'll be rolling out the red carpet for the new series of That Mitchell and Webb Look. Grab your digital remote every evening as Robert and David introduce a gaggle of sketches you won't see in the main show along with a unique series of animations from their radio show commissioned just for BBC Red Button.

Psychoville episode 2
Thursday 18th June, following the first episode (BBC Two)

That Mitchell and Webb Look Extra
Thursday 11th June, following the show (BBC Two)
and 12th - 19th June, 9pm - 4am

Sky, Virgin & Freeview*
*Mitchell and Webb unavailable on Freesat, 19th June
(not available on Freesat)

Springwatch Unsprung

Springwatch Picture 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 8th - Thursday 11th June, following the BBC Two show
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

BBC Radio 5live: Mayo and Kermode's Film Review from Edinburgh

Mayo and KermodeFor 20 years now Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode have been disagreeing about the latest film releases on air. And this March things reached a whole new level as they locked their critical horns in Leeds in front of a live audience.

Now, with plaudits from the last excursion still ringing in their ears, the duo are repeating the trick at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. This time the event will be filmed with the best bits shown on BBC Red Button. Simon's even promised the Good Doctor Kermode an appearance by a silver screen celebrity of "substantial size". Whether he was talking physical dimensions or international renown we're not sure, but we'll be pressing red to find out!

Friday 19th - Sunday 21st June, 7.30pm - 4am daily
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

Ashes to Ashes: Remember the 80s

Ashes to Ashes The second series of Ashes to Ashes may be drawing to close, but that's no reason to give up on the 80s!
Following the final episode digital viewers can fire up their red button for one last trip down memory lane and watch some criminally good 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 run the gamut of pop classics this series.
Even If you don't remember the songs you can relive those "classic" fashions and oversized hairdos from the decade of decadence.

Monday 8th June, following the show (BBC One)
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

European Elections 09

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.

Local Election results from Friday 5th June
European results from 9pm, Sunday 7th June
Sky, Virgin, Freesat & Freeview

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 11th & 18th June, during the show (BBC One)
Sky, Virgin, Freesat & Freeview

BBC Sport Multiscreen*

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...

- Queen's Club Tennis*
Viewers looking for grass-court action in advance of Wimbledon can press the Red Button for extended coverage of the Queen's Club Championships. Last year's winner, Rafael Nadal, and four-time champions Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt have all confirmed their attendance this year, while Britain's Andy Murray will be seeking his first Queen's title.
Live coverage: 8th - 12th June
Replays: 13th - 15th 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.
Turkish GP: 5th - 9th June
British GP: 19th - 22nd June

- Football: Confederations Cup
BBC Red Button is teaming up with BBC Three and BBC Online for exclusive coverage of the 8th FIFA Confederations Cup. The tournament is made up of the winners of the six football confederation championships (AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, OFC, UEFA) along with World Cup winners Italy and the hosts, South Africa.
All afternoon matches plus the third place play-off will be shown live on Red Button, with evening matches on BBC Three.
14th - 28th June
Full schedule available available on the Press Office website

- 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.
Catalunya GP: 13th - 16th 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, Ortis Deeley 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:
Turkish GP - 7th June

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...

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

8th - 14th June
Sky: Postman Pat, Bill and Ben, Tweenies (story)
Freeview: Little Cook
Virgin: Roly Mo

15th - 21st June
Sky: Bob the Builder, Balamory, Tweenies (story)
Freeview: Postman Pat, Bob the Builder
Virgin: Tikkabilla

(not available on Freesat)

...and finally

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