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What's On BBC Red Button: 19th December - 8th January

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John Horth | 17:20 UK time, Friday, 18 December 2009

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

Doctor Who: Audio Commentaries*

Doctor Who: Audio Commentary As David Tennant makes his departure this Christmas BBC Red Button will be tearfully retracing the Tenth Doctor's final steps offering digital viewers episode commentary from the cast and crew during BBC Three's repeat showings of The End of Time and also during the 45 minute Doctor Who animation, Dreamland, showing on Christmas Eve.

- Doctor Who: Dreamland
America, 1958. The Doctor makes a new friend, Cassie, who reveals that anyone approaching the Top Secret Dreamland Army base goes missing. The Doctor discovers an alien army hatching beneath the New Mexico desert while inside Dreamland, survivors of an extraterrestrial war possess a weapon powerful enough to destroy Earth…
Press the red button to listen to additional commentary on Dreamland provided by the writer Phil Ford and the director Gary Russell.

- Doctor Who: The End of Time
David Tennant embarks on his final journey as The Doctor in this two-part special guest starring John Simm as The Master, Bernard Cribbins, Catherine Tate, Timothy Dalton, David Harewood and June Whitfield.
During the BBC Three repeats BBC Red Button viewers can hear commentary from Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner.

Dreamland: Christmas Eve 24th December, 9.30am, BBC One, Sky, Virgin & Freeview
The End of Time, Pt.1: Sunday 27th December, 7pm, BBC Three, Sky, Virgin & Freeview
The End of Time, Pt.2: Sunday 3rd January, 7pm, BBC Three, Sky & Virgin only
(not available on Freesat)

BBC Radio 2 Live: Bon Jovi*

Radio 2 Live: Bon Jovi When the BBC Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House welcomed the world's biggest rock band Bon Jovi through its doors last month, we made sure we were on the guest list, bringing our video cameras along for good measure.

Now BBC Red Button viewers can share the magic of that exclusive set which featured classic hits such as Livin' on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name and Wanted Dead or Alive alongside renditions of tracks from their most recent album, The Circle.

Sunday 27th December - Saturday 2nd January,
Sky: available around the clock
Virgin: around the clock except: 27th Dec, 6.30pm - 8.30pm; 1st Jan, 6.30pm - 9.30pm; 2nd Jan, 1am - 6am
Freeview availability:
27th Dec, 6am - 6.50pm
28th Dec, 12.10am - 9.50am & 12.10pm - 2.20pm
29th Dec, 12.10am - 10.35am & 12.25pm - 2pm, 30th Dec
30th Dec, 3pm - 7.35pm
31st Dec, 4.10am - 1.40pm, 4.10pm - 6.20pm & 8.40pm - 11.35pm
1st Jan, 1am - 6.50pm & 9pm - 1.25am (2nd)
2nd Jan, 5.15am - 8.50am, 11.10am - 12.50pm
(not available on Freesat)

2009 Unwrapped with Miranda Hart*

2009 Unwrapped Miranda Hart takes an idiosyncratic look back at the defining cultural, political and televisual moments of the year, remembering the events that shaped the world in 2009… or at least would have shaped the world had they actually happened!

Digital viewers can press red immediately following the BBC Two show to revel a little longer in Miranda's made up version of 2009 with some exclusive extras.

30th Dec, 10.55pm - 4am (31st), Sky, Virgin & Freeview
New Year's Day, 12.30am - 4am, Sky only
2nd Jan, 1.35am - 2.40am, Sky, Virgin & Freeview
3rd Jan, 9pm - 4am (4th), Sky & Virgin
4th Jan, 9pm - 4am (5th), Sky & Virgin (starts 11.10pm on Freeview)
5th Jan, 9pm - 4am (6th), Sky only
(not available on Freesat)

Hogmanay Live 2009

Hogmanay Live 2009 Nobody does Hogmanay like the Scots and this year promises to be bigger, bolder and better than ever before. Come the midnight hour, BBC Red Button will be crossing arms with BBC Scotland as Jackie Bird and Phil Cunningham host the big end of year celebration - Hogmanay Live 2009.

Jam packed with surprises and celebrity guests, it is a night you will want to be a part of.
Make sure you press red to see in the New Year with a bang.

New Year's Eve, from 11.45pm, Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

Also available on BBC One in Scotland

Tracy Beaker Quiz

Tracy Beaker Tracy Beaker is back and she's in trouble again!
To celebrate the return of the eponymous heroine to CBBC screens in January we've put together a special quiz to test your knowledge of previous series.

Are you a big enough fan to remember what happened when Tracy and Dolly hid 'Fang' the dog in their bedroom?
Join Lisa Coleman, aka Cam, behind the red button to take the ultimate Tracy test and prove you're the best!

Friday 8th - Friday 15th January, 7am - 7pm
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

The Newsround End of Year Quiz*

Newsround Join Sonali from the Newsround team and test your knowledge of the events of the last twelve months.

From Michael Jackson to Doctor Who, Australian forest fires to the Ashes, what do you think will make it into the 2009 end of year quiz? There's only one way to find out... press red and get playing!

Sky: available Saturday 19th December - Christmas Day, 7am - 7pm
except Christmas Eve, 9am - 10.45am
Freeview availability:
19th Dec, 7am - 9.35am
20th Dec, 4.25pm - 5.35pm
21st Dec, 7am - 6.35pm
22nd Dec, 7am - 7pm
23rd Dec, 7am - 2pm & 3pm - 7pm
Christmas Eve: 7am - 9am, 10.45am - 2pm & 3pm - 7pm
Christmas Day: 7am - 1.50pm & 4.10pm - 7pm
(not available on Virgin and Freesat)

Victorian Farm Christmas*

Victorian Christmas This December BBC Red Button is heading to rural Shropshire to sample the magic of a Victorian Christmas.

In support of BBC Two's three part Victorian Farm Christmas special, regular presenters Alex, Peter and Ruth will be sharing the secrets of traditional gift and festive decoration making, indulging in some delicious 19th Century recipes and lifting the lid on a box full of period Christmas games.

Each week a selection of videos can be enjoyed on the red button service, while all 25 films can be found on the Victorian Christmas website along with printable templates and designs to make Victorian Christmas crackers, cards, gift boxes, tree ornaments, mince pies... the works!

Sky & Virgin: available Saturday 19th December, 6am - 27th December, 4am
except 24th Dec, 8pm - 8.55pm
Freeview availability:
19th Dec, 9.50pm - 5.50am (20th)
20th Dec, 5.45pm - 6am (21st)
21st Dec, 10.55pm - 6am (22nd)
22nd Dec, 7.10pm - 9.50pm
23rd Dec, 4.10am - 6am & 7.10pm - 6am (24th)
Christmas Eve, 8.55pm - 6am (25th)
Christmas Day, 10.10pm - 2.20pm Boxing Day
Boxing Day, 6.10pm - 4am (27th)
(not available on Freesat)

Top of the Pops Karaoke

Top of the Pops KaraokeTop of the Pops returns to the BBC schedules this yuletide with specials on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates.
Digital viewers can get a little extra in their stockings by pressing red to sing along to this year's hits!

Christmas Day, 2pm
New Year's Eve, 6.30pm
New Year's Day, 7pm & 3.10am (2nd)
Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

Comedy Extra: Never Mind the Buzzcocks*

Never Mind the Buzzcocks2009 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.

When Never Mind the Buzzcocks returned to our screens earlier this year with Noel Fielding bolstering the line-up we decided the show was ripe for the BBC Red Button treatment.
Now, this Christmas Buzzcocks fans can press red for a festive cracker of fun with Noel and fellow team captain Phill Jupitus.

Saturday 19th - Tuesday 22nd December
19th - 21st Dec, 9pm - 4am, Sky & Virgin only
22nd Dec, 10pm - 4am, Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

The Danny Baker Show on BBC Radio 5 live

The Danny Baker Show 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.

- Extra! Extra!: Elton John interview special*
Digital viewers can press red in the new year as Danny unwraps one late but very special gift as Sir Elton John joins him in the studio for a rare radio interview. Elton talks at length about his early days on the road, record collecting, downloads, drugs, England's World Cup chances and Chelsea v Watford in the FA Cup 3rd Round.

The Danny Baker Show on BBC Radio 5live:
Saturday 19th December, 9am, Sky & Virgin only
Monday 28th December & Saturday 2nd January, 9am, Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

Elton John Interview
Sky: 2nd Jan, 9.05pm - 9th Jan, 4am
Virgin availability:
3rd Dec, 4.30am - 6.30pm;
4th Dec, 4.30am - 8th Dec , 2.30pm
8th Dec, 6.30pm - 9th Dec, 4am
Freeview availability:
3rd Dec, 6am - 12.50pm
4th Dec, 4.10am - 5.35pm
5th Dec, 4.10am - 5.20pm
6th Dec, 4.10am - 1.50pm & 11.10pm - 5.30pm (7th)
7th Dec, 11.10pm - 6am (8th)
9am - 11am Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best*

The Hairy BikersSimon King and David Myers, perhaps more familiar to viewers as The Hairy Bikers, rev up for a new series in January rediscovering long lost family recipes that have been passed down the generations.

Following the show digital viewers can press red to spend some extra cooking time with one of the featured mums as she shares extra tips, recipes and a bit more motherly chat.

Tuesday 5th January, 8.55pm, Sky & Virgin
available from 11.10pm on Freeview
(not available on Freesat)

Top Gear Quiz*

Top Gear QuizBBC Red Button is belting-up and reaching for reverse as we take a look back over the last 12 months on Top Gear.

With Christmas in the rear-view mirror, petrolheads pressing red can join Jeremy, James and Richard to test their knowledge of 2009's best bits.

Sky & Virgin: available Sunday 27th December, 6pm - Monday 4th January, 4am
except between 5am - 6am each morning
Freeview availability:
27th Dec, 8.10pm - midnight
28th Dec, 6.10pm - midnight
30th Dec, 7.45pm - 10.45pm
2nd Jan, 11.10pm - 5am (3rd)
3rd Jan, 8.40pm - 4am (4th)
(not available on Freesat)

The National Lottery: In It to Win It

The National Lottery: In It to Win ItDale Winton presents the game show where more people compete for a big money jackpot.
Think you can do better? Press red during the show to pit your wits against the studio contestants every Saturday night.
Come the final round will YOU still be in it to win it?

Available during the show
Saturday 2nd January, Sky, Virgin & Freeview
(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 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.

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.
(not available on Virgin or Freesat)

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 on BBC Red Button:
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…

- Friday Focus*
Join Mark Lawrenson for his Premier League predictions along with pundit interviews.
Saturday 19th December
Sky/Virgin/Freesat: 6am - 12.15pm
Freeview: 6am - 6.45am

- Final Score
Gaby Logan and guests keep you up to date with all the day's football news and results.
Saturday 19th, Boxing Day 26th, Monday 28th December & Saturday 2nd January from 2.30pm

- The Football League Show Repeat*
All the goals, round up and debate from the Football League. Presented by Manish Bhasin.
Sunday 20th December
Sky/Virgin/Freesat: 3.15am - 12pm
Freeview: 7am - 12pm
Sunday 27th & Tuesday 29th December
Sky/Virgin/Freesat: 12.45am - 12pm
(not available on Freeview)

- Championship: Live
Newcastle Utd v Middlesbrough, live Championship coverage with audio options.
Sunday 20th December, 12.45pm

- Carling Cup: Live†
Live Carling Cup coverage with audio options.
Wednesday 6th December, 7.30pm - 10pm
(not available on Freeview)

Skiing: World Cup
Live coverage of the Women's and Men's Downhill races.
Saturday 19th December, 9.45am - 1.15pm

Ski Sunday Extra*
All the way through the season we’ll have live coverage and highlights of the best races from the World Cup circuit as well as the latest snow forecasts from the BBC Weather Centre.
Sunday 20th December,
Sky/Virgin/Freesat: 2.45pm - 3.45pm
Freeview: 3.15pm - 3.45pm
Sunday 3rd January,
Sky/Virgin/Freesat: 5.30pm - 6pm
(not available on Freeview)

Olympia Horse Show
Live coverage of the Olympia Horse Show Grand Prix.
Monday 21st December, 6.45pm - 10.40pm

Rugby Union: Scrum V*
Live coverage of Scarlets v Ospreys with audio options†
Boxing Day, 2pm - 4pm
(not available on Freeview)

Live coverage of Newport Dragons v Scarlets with audio options
New Year's Eve, 1.50pm - 4pm

World Championship Darts: Classic Arrows†
Classic darts finals from the last 30 years.
Boxing Day, 6pm - 2nd January, 1pm
(not available on Freeview)

World Championship Darts: Live*
Live coverage of the World Championship Darts from Frimley Green.
Saturday 2nd January, 1.30pm - 11pm, Sky/Virgin/Freesat; 1.30pm - 2.30pm & 4.30pm - 11pm, Freeview
Sunday 3rd January, 1.30pm - 11pm, Sky/Virgin/Freesat; 1.30pm - 8.30pm, Freeview
Monday 4th January, 5.45pm - 11pm
Tuesday 5th - Thursday 7th January, 5.30pm - 11pm
Friday 8th January, 6.30pm - 11pm

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.
Please check the BBC Sport website for the latest information.

Christmas Cleverbox

xmasCLEVERBOX.jpgHow many words of three letters or more can you find by tracking from one square to the next, going up, down, sideways or diagonally in order?
You may not go through the same letter square again in any word. No proper nouns or foreign words.

15 words - Remote
25 words - Switched On
35 words - Boxing Clever


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