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What's On BBC Red Button: 31st October - 13th November

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John Horth | 18:24 UK time, Friday, 30 October 2009

Robbie Williams on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

Robbie Williams On Friday 6th November Robbie Williams will be reacquainting himself with the famous Friday Night with Jonathan Ross sofa as he gives an exclusive interview ahead of the release of his new album.

In a first for the show the 15-time Brit award winner will be performing two tracks with a further three made available for digital viewers on BBC Red Button immediately after the programme.

6th November, following Friday Night until 4am
Repeated 7th November, 8pm - 4am (Sky & Virgin), 1.50am - 4am (Freeview)

(not available on Freesat)

Casualty: The Parting of the Ways

Casualty Directly after the transmission of Casualty episode 9 on BBC One, BBC Red Button will be screening a one-off mini-episode following the gritty and dramatic storyline of down-and-out Alistair (Joe McFadden) and paramedic Polly (Sophia di Martino).
Casualty 9.1 'The Parting of the Ways' premieres on the red button and will also be available online and on mobile.

Available following the show on 31st October until 7th November (Virgin & Sky)

Freeview schedule:
31st: 9.40pm - 10.25pm
2nd, 3rd: 12.10am - 6am
4th: 12.10am - 6am & 6.10pm - 10.15pm
5th: 6am - 6.50am
6th: 12.10am - 6am

All times may be subject to change

(not available on Freesat)

BBC Maida Vale at 75: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Maida Vale at 75On Friday 30th October, the BBC celebrates the 75th anniversary of its famous Maida Vale Studios with a day of special concerts and broadcasts from the venue across all of the BBC's radio networks.

Among the shows marking the occasion is BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night, hosted by Ken Bruce, who introduces a special performance from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth. The concert is broadcast live from Maida Vale Studio One from 7.30pm. It's also being filmed and a 30-minute highlights package will be shown on BBC Red Button the following evening, running for a whole week.

More on the Maida Vale at 75 anniversary can be read on the BBC Music website.

Available 31st October - 7th November around the clock (Virgin & Sky)

Freeview schedule:
31st: 11.30pm - 6am
1st: 7.10pm - 12am
2nd: 7am - 12am
3rd: 7am - 7.20pm & 10.40pm - 12am
4th: 7am - 2pm & 3pm - 6pm
5th: 7am - 6.20pm & 7.10pm - 12am
6th: 7am - 12pm & 1pm - 11.20pm

All times may be subject to change

(not available on Freesat)

BBC Electric Proms 09

Electric Proms 09 - Dame Shirley Bassey Coverage of the fourth BBC Electric Proms draws to a close on Saturday with extended highlights of Dame Shirley Bassey's barnstorming performance at Camden's Roundhouse.

Sky and Virgin viewers will also have the option of watching a specially selected best of package. This year's event has seen the likes of Robbie Williams, Dizzee Rascal (with live band and orchestra), Doves and Smokey Robinson all take to the stage, while 1xtra's After Party showcased the finest UK Hip Hop, RnB, Garage, Dancehall and Drum & Bass.

Saturday 31st October, all day until 6.30pm
(not on Freeview 9:40 - 11:20am + ends at 12:30pm

Sky, Virgin & Freeview*
(not available on Freesat)

Comedy Extra: Never Mind the Buzzcocks / The Thick of It

BBC Comedy Extra2009 has been a great year for comedy with a raft of exciting new shows airing on BBC Two. And digital viewers in the mood to tickle the red buttons on their remotes have been able to keep the laughter going after the programmes have finished.

The latest shows to get the BBC Red Button treatment are Never Mind the Buzzcocks and The Thick of It.

Buzzcocks recently returned to our screens with added Noel Fielding. Now, following the Wednesday night show and selected other evenings throughout November, Noel and fellow team captain Phill Jupitus will be stepping out from behind their buzzers to debate an Issue of Cultural Importance for BBC Red Button. Discussions to date have the revolved around the relative merits of Brian Ferry and ferries, and just who is the greatest: legendary glam-rockers Wizzard or, er, wizards.

Armando Ianucci's BAFTA winning political comedy The Thick of It is also back for eight brand new episodes when, once again, the Prime Minister's Director of Communications, played by Peter Capaldi, will be fighting the fires caused by The Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship. Digital viewers will be able to access exclusive additional content following each episode.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks Extra
Wednesday nights following the show, 10.25pm - 5am (Sky, Virgin & Freeview)
and selected evenings throughout November: 2nd, 6th, 8th & 13th (Sky & Virgin only)

The Thick of It Extra
Saturday nights following the BBC Two show at 10.35 (Sky, Virgin & Freeview)
and selected evenings throughout November: 1st, 3rd, 5th, 9th, 10th & 12th (Sky & Virgin only).

(not available on Freesat)
*limited availability on Freeview

The Danny Baker Show on BBC Radio 5 live

Danny Baker When 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.

31st October, 9am - 11am (Sky & Virgin only)
7th November, 9am - 11am (Sky, Virgin & Freeview)
(not available on Freesat)

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two On Thursday evenings viewers in Scotland can press the red button to join Claudia Winkelman and guests for uninterrupted coverage of Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two. The programme can be seen on BBC Two in all other areas.

Thursday 5th & 12th November, 6.30pm
Sky, Virgin & Freeview*
(not available on Freesat)

Numberjacks Quiz

NumberjacksThe Numberjacks are CBeebies own animated superheroes and they like nothing better than solving mathematical problems!
Now for the first time they're dropping in to BBC Red Button to help younger viewers develop their maths skills, knowledge and understanding.

Children are invited to grab their remote controls and watch clips from the CBeebies show. A question follows each of the ten clips which viewers can answer by pressing either red or blue button.
How well will you do?
There's only one way to find out... press your red button!

The Numberjacks quiz will be available every day from 6am to 7pm. Freeview and Sky viewers can visit the Numberjacks from within the new CBeebies Red Button service meaning all your favourite CBeebies games and features are now available in one place.

9th - 13th November, 6am - 7pm
Sky, Virgin & Freeview*
*limited Freeview coverage on 11th & 13th (not available on Freesat)

CBeebies Red Button

New CBeebiesYounger viewers and grown-ups with a sense of adventure may have noticed something new under the red button recently. That's because our CBeebies service has just seen a radical overhaul launching visitors into a big, bright and fun new world.

So what has changed?
Well, your children's favourite characters are now at the heart of the CBeebies interactive TV experience. A big, new and bright carousel now welcomes you into the service giving you 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, cable 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. Cable viewers will see the changes soon.

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 and coming soon to Virgin.
(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 BBC Red Button page 155 along with details of the panel and the topics under discussion.

Thursday 5th & 12th November, during the show (BBC One)
Sky, Virgin, Freesat & Freeview

News Multiscreen: Video Choice

News Multiscreen - Video ChoiceIn a new feature on the the News Multiscreen each weekday BBC News' On Demand team will be rounding-up the day's best picture stories 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 our 'Five Minutes with...' slot.

Video Choice: Weekdays (available around the clock)
Five Minutes With...: Weekends (around the clock)
Sky & Virgin
(not available on Freesat or 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...

- Football: Friday Focus†/ Final Score / The Football League Show†
With the 2009/10 season football season in full swing, here at BBC Red Button we won't taking our eyes off the ball with a host of programming to keep fans up to date with the action until the silverware is lifted in May.
Mark Lawrenson kicks things off each Friday afternoon as he shares his predictions for the weekend in Friday Focus.
While on Saturday itself the Final Score team will be on hand to monitor the afternoon's action to keep viewers up to date with all the goals as they go in.
BBC Red Button will also be replaying action from The Championship and Leagues One and Two in The League Football on Sunday mornings with Manish Bhasin and Steve Claridge rounding up the goals and debate.
Lawro's Friday Focus: Friday evenings/Saturday mornings
Final Score: Saturday afternoons from 2.30pm, plus selected midweek evenings
The Football League Show: Sunday mornings until noon

- Live Championship Football: Cardiff v Nottingham Forest*
In addition to our regular football offering BBC Red Button will be showing live coverage of Match of the Day's featured Championship match between Cardiff and Nottingham Forest with an additional audio option.
Saturday 24th October, from 5.15pm
(audio option not available on Freeview)

- F1: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix*
With Jenson Button victorious and the constructors' championship title heading to Brackley still, BBC Red Button brings the exciting 2009 Formula 1 season to a close with the usual array of interactive options available during the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekends. 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.
Abu Dhabi GP: 28th - 3rd November

- Rugby: Four Nations†
On Saturday 31 October, BBC One shows live coverage of England versus Australia in the Rugby League Four Nations tournament, which also involves France and New Zealand. Immediately following the game, Sky, Virgin and Freesat viewers can press Red for post-match analysis and debate. Highlights will be available on the service the following evening.
Forum: 31st October from 7.00pm
Highlights: 1st November from 11.30pm

- MotoGP*
With Valentino Rossi retaining his world championship crown in Sepang BBC Red Button will be trackside in Valencia as the 2009 season draws to a close. Coverage this year 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. Limited replays on Freeview.
Valencia GP: 7th - 9th November

- Cycling: Track World Championships*
Live coverage of the Track World Championships from Manchester.
Friday 30th October and Saturday 1st November from 7.00pm

- The New York Marathon
Live coverage of the New York Marathon.
Sunday 1st November from 2pm

- Rugby: Autumn Internationals*
Highlights from the 2008 Autumn Internationals, live coverage of selected 2009 matches with additional audio options and highlights. Limited availability on Freeview.
2008 Highlights†: 3rd November, 2pm until 6th November, 6.30pm & 7th November, 9am - 5pm
Wales v New Zealand - Live†: 7th November, 5pm
Wales v Samoa - Live†: 13th November, 7pm
2009 Highlights*: 8th - 16th November

- Paralympic Cycling*
Highlights from Manchester of the Paralympic Cycling. Limited coverage on Freeview.
7th November, 9am until 9th November, 9pm

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

Please note that Red Button sport timings are subject to change at short notice.
A full and regularly updated Sport Interactive schedule is available on the BBC Sport website


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