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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

Programme Information

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BBC Red Button feature

What's under the BBC Red Button?

BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms can be seen under the red button (picture shows Neil Diamond)

BBC Red Button launched more than 10 years ago and is currently used by 12 million people a week. Pressing the red button on any BBC digital TV channel (available on Freeview, Freesat, Sky or Virgin Media) gives free access to a whole host of extra entertainment and information.

As well as the latest news, sport and weather, there's lots of other fresh content ranging from digital text services such as travel information or lottery results, to great extras and enhancements to favourite BBC shows. There may be exclusive music sessions, play-along quizzes or chances to select different live events – some with alternative audio commentaries, or access to behind-the-scenes video.

This dedicated section in Programme Information will keep viewers up to date with the latest red button content from the BBC.

BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms

BBC Radio 2 brings Sir Elton John, Robert Plant and Neil Diamond to the Electric Proms and from Saturday 30 October, digital viewers can watch highlights from the concerts and exclusive backstage footage, featuring a different artist each week.

In the first week, Elton takes centre stage with two pianos – one for him and one for Leon Russell, who inspired Elton as a young musician. Elton is also joined by two exciting new names, Plan B and Rumer. From Saturday 6 November, Robert Plant can be seen in his performance where he is joined by rock group Band Of Joy, including vocalist Patty Griffin, and The London Oriana Choir. Then, from Saturday 13 November, Neil Diamond revisits the songs he loves and his own classic back catalogue of music.

BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms is available on Freeview, Sky and Virgin Cable from Saturday 30 October.


Autumnwatch under the BBC Red Button

New for 2010, Autumnwatch fans will be able to press red on their remote controls to view the pick of autumn nature photos taken by viewers. The images are selected by the Autumnwatch web team from pictures that viewers have uploaded on the Autumnwatch Flickr group.

The Autumnwatch red button service will be available on Freeview, Sky and Virgin Cable immediately after Autumnwatch Unsprung on Thursday evenings from 7 October, as well as at selected times during the week.

Viewers can get involved, upload photos and find further information at

Horizon Seeing Is Believing

Alongside the latest series of Horizon, BBC Red Button brings viewers a brain-tingling test with a difference.

The Horizon Seeing Is Believing interactive experience uses some of the cleverest and most amazing optical illusions ever created to put viewers to the test. Although they're meant to be fun, the illusions are also designed to help scientists learn more about how people interpret the world around them. Scientist Beau Lotto takes viewers through the illusions and explains a bit of the mystery.

The Horizon Seeing Is Believing experience will be available on Freeview and Sky on Monday 18 October.

Bang Goes The Theory

Viewers can get extra "Bang" on BBC Red Button when Little Bang delivers a rich mix of interactive science and features, including out-takes, a quiz and special extras. The audience can contact the team (via email and text) to ask their science questions live and take part in the discussions about features from the BBC One programme.

Presenters Liz Bonnin, Dallas Campbell, Dr Yan Wong and Jem Stansfield will field questions about anything, from what it's like filming features to the inspiration behind the ideas. Following on from the successful Ask Yan feature, the whole team's science knowledge will be put to the test by putting Yan on the spot to answer viewers' science questions.

Little Bang can be found on BBC Red Button on Freeview, Sky and Virgin Cable from Wednesday 13 October.

Mumford & Sons

Digital viewers can press their red buttons for highlights of the BBC Radio 1 concert curated by new acoustic heroes Mumford & Sons, who perform alongside their contemporaries Laura Marling, The Maccabees and Bombay Bicycle Club.

Mumford & Sons will be available from Tuesday 12 October.

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