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John Horth John Horth | 19:55 UK time, Wednesday, 30 June 2010

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

Dragons' Den

Dragons Den The Dragons are back for an eighth series and for the first time viewers will be able to press their red buttons to venture a little deeper into the Den. Find out why the Dragons chose to invest and discover how the entrepreneurs feel once they've escaped the rigours of their trial by fire. With behind the scenes footage and insights from all five Dragons the access-all-areas Red Button shows are a must for fans of the series.

On the Dragons' Den website BBC Radio 1's Dominic Byrne will be meeting members of the public who will be putting the products pitched each week through their paces. A new business section offers a glossary of terms that link through to relevant pitches from across the series and we also have latest updates from some of the famous faces that have previously pitched in the Den. All this alongside the regular comprehensive coverage of each week's main pitches.

And don't forget you can share your views on the week's pitches via the website and on Twitter (@BBCDragonsDen).

Wednesday 17th July, 9.55pm - 4am
Friday 19th July, 12.15am - 4am
(Not available on Freesat)

First Night of the Proms

First Night of the Proms "Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound. There are no longer human voices, but planets and suns revolving." So Mahler described his Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand which, 100 years after its première and 150 years after the composer's birth, launches the 2010 BBC Proms in style.

Setting a hymn to the divine creative spirit alongside words from the closing scene of Goethe's Faust, the work expresses the idea of redemption through the power of love. Mahler uses huge forces: eight vocal soloists, a large orchestra and massed adult and children's choirs, tonight including choristers from three of London's great cathedrals and choirs from Crouch End to Sydney, as well as the BBC's own Symphony Chorus.

It promises to be a fitting start to the world's greatest classical music festival and a nod to the Proms' founder and conductor, Sir Henry Wood, who gave the work its UK première 80 years ago.

During the First Night performance digital viewers can press the red button to hear a unique insight into the evening's works as three orchestral players provide a live commentary on the music.

Friday 16th July, 8pm - 9.30pm

(Not available on Freesat)

T in the Park*

T in the Park Once again this year BBC Red Button will be heading to Kinross in Perthshire to bring you the best of Scotland's biggest music festival, T in the Park.

Eminem stops by on Saturday 10th for his only UK date in 2010 while other confirmed acts in this year's line-up include Muse, Jay-Z, Florence & the Machine, Dizzee Rascal, Hot Chip, Goldfrapp and the Black Eyed Peas. Meanwhile TitP crowd favourite Calvin Harris heads back under canvas to the scene of his riotous 2007 set, King Tut's Tent, and The Prodigy reprise their storming 2008 headliner performance on the Radio 1/NME Stage.

We'll be on hand right across the weekend, with coverage kicking off on Friday at 6pm running until 2am.
On Saturday and Sunday Sky and Virgin viewers will be treated to up to four streams of coverage while Freeview viewers have a dedicated channel of performances starting each afternoon.

Not long after the dust has settled on the weekend, Red Button is back with a 24 hours a day highlights service showcasing our favourite performances from T in the Park 2010. It starts at 7am on Monday 12th and runs until midnight on Sunday 18th July. Viewers of the 2-hour BBC Two highlights show starting at 11.05pm on Friday 16th can also enjoy an extended mix of festival highlights on red button, with Sky and Virgin viewers offered a choice of four video streams with full sets from many of the bands on the programme.
You can also preview the festival online at the BBC T in the Park website. Over the festival weekend all red button streams will be streamed live on the website, with on-demand performances and interviews available for seven days after the event.

- Festival Weekend Coverage
With audio options and rolling highlights
Sky & Virgin:
Friday 9th July, 6pm - 2am (10th)
Saturday 10th July, 11am - 2am (11th)
Sunday 11th July, 3.30pm - 2am (12th)

Friday 9th July, 6pm - 2am (10th)
Saturday 10th July, 2.40pm - 7.20pm & 8.35pm - 2am (11th)
Sunday 11th July, 4.40pm - 6.20pm & 10.10pm - 2am (12th)

- Post-Festival Highlights**
Monday 12th July, 7am - Sunday 18th July, midnight

(Not available on Freesat. **Exact timings TBC)

That Mitchell and Webb Look Extra*

That Mitchell and Webb Look Extra There's a new series of That Mitchell and Webb Look on the horizon and to celebrate we're rolling out the red carpet here at BBC Red Button.

Grab your digital remote after the show each week and tickle the red rubbery bit to see Robert and David introduce a gaggle of sketches you won't see in the main show.

Tuesday 13th July, 9.25pm - 4am
Wednesday 14th July, 9pm - 4am (15th)
Thursday 15th July, 9pm - 4am (16th)

Tuesday 13th July, 9.25pm - 10pm

Tuesday 13th July, 9.25pm - 10pm

(Not available on Freesat)

Alan Davies' Armchair World Cup*

Alan Davies Having given the 5 live audience a taste of peering into the studio during Danny Baker and 606 phone-ins under the red button, we've decided to set Alan Davies loose in full technicolour too with his new series Alan Davies' Armchair World Cup.

Viewers can sit back to watch Alan sporting lurid football shirts every Sunday from 1100-1200. He's joined by comedian Ian Stone and DJ Tayo Popoola with a quirky look at the tournament so far and a preview of the week ahead.

Audiences can also catch up on the weekend's football tables, fixture lists, sports news and details of upcoming commentaries on the BBC.

Sky & Virgin:
Sunday 4th & 11th July, 11am - 12pm
(Not available on Freeview or Freesat)

Weekend Wogan*

Weekend Wogan Sir Terry Wogan is back for a second series of his BBC Radio 2 extravaganza: Weekend Wogan.
Coming live from BBC Broadcasting House's Radio Theatre, every Sunday Terry presents live music, scintillating chat, guests and general mayhem alongside the stonking Elio Pace house band.

Now BBC Red Button is delighted to announce we'll be bringing you a dose of the great man and his guests every week.
All broadcast live on Radio 2 and filmed for your red button viewing pleasure.

Monday 5th July, 6am - Wednesday 7th July, 4am
Monday 12th July, 6am - Wednesday 14th July, 4am

Monday 5th July, 6am - Wednesday 7th July, 4am
Monday 12th July, 6am - Tuesday 13th July, 8.55pm

Monday 5th July, 6am - Tuesday 6th July, 6.50pm
Monday 12th July, 6am - 6.50pm
Tuesday 13th July, 6am - 6.50pm

(Not available on Freesa

The National Lottery: In It to Win It

In It to Win It Dale 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 players on winners' row every Saturday night.

Come the final round will YOU still be in it to win it?

Available during the show (BBC One)
Sky & Freeview:
Saturday 3rd July

(Not available on Virgin or Freesat)

CBeebies Red Button

CBeebies Red ButtonBBC Red Button welcomes younger viewers and grown-ups with a sense of adventure to the big, bright and fun world of CBeebies interactive!

Now your children's favourite characters are at the heart of the interactive TV experience. A big, new and bright carousel now greets visitors providing 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)

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.

Available during the show (BBC One)
Thursday 8th & 15th July

News Multiscreen: Video Choice

News MultiscreenEach weekday BBC News' On Demand team will be rounding-up the day's strongest news pictures 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 'Five Minutes with...' or a round-up of the week's weird and wonderful videos in OddBox.

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

Please note that Red Button sport timings are subject to change at short notice.
For the latest information refer to the BBC Sport website.

Coming up...

BBC Red Button is back at the All England Club for coverage of this year's Wimbledon. We'll be offering a choice of up to six live matches, plus a highlights service and replays of the top matches. Viewers will also be able to enjoy a choice of BBC commentary or a court-side no-commentary option during the Finals. When there is coverage on BBC One and BBC Two, Freeview will offer a choice of up to four matches.

A digital text service will also be available with news, results and score updates. The red button team will also make available two complete matches per day for inclusion in the iPlayer service.

- Live Coverage*
Saturday 3rd July - Sunday 4th July, 12.50pm - 9pm (daily)
(All platforms. Limited court choice on Freeview)

- Highlights†
Saturday 3rd July - Sunday 4th July, 10pm - 6am (daily)
Monday 5th July, 6am - Wednesday 7th July, 8pm
(Not available on Freeview)

2010 World Cup
Viewers with BBC Red Button will have access to interactive coverage during live games, including alternative commentaries and rolling highlights. Availability of features varies depending on the digital TV provider, but they will include the following:
Live coverage of BBC matches, which feature alternative commentary options, including Radio 5 Live and Radio 1 stars Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave. There will also be full replays of selected matches.
Highlights from all matches will be available after the final whistle and there'll also be rolling highlights and goal clips for people to
easily catch up on the main action.
Sky, Virgin and Freesat viewers can also see a dedicated news channel, updated daily with reports, news from Motty's World Cup and other features.

- Live Coverage*
With extra pre-match stadium feed, audio options and rolling highlights.
Coverage details of knockout stages not known at time of writing. Please refer to BBC Sport website for details.
*Limited availability on Freeview, some features may not be accessible

- Highlights*
Highlights of the latest World Cup matches available following every game (including those shown on ITV).
Saturday 3rd July, 6am - 1pm & 9pm - 1pm (4th)
Sunday 4th July, 9pm - Tuesday 6th July, 7pm
Wednesday 7th July, 6am - Saturday 10th July, 2.30pm
Sunday 11th July, 6am - 6.30pm & 10pm - Tuesday 13th July, 8pm
Wednesday 14th July, 6am - Saturday 17th July, 6am

Saturday 3rd July, 11pm - midnight
Sunday 4th July, 11pm - midnight
Saturday 10th July, 6am - 9.45am
Sunday 11th July, 6am - 12.10pm

For an up to date schedule nearer the time, please check BBC Sport's Red Button listings

- World Cup Focus†
Football Focus' World Cup edition
Saturday 3rd July, 12.30pm - 1pm
(Not available on Freeview)

- World Cup Extra†
All the best moments from the 2010 World Cup
Monday 12th July, 8.30am - Tuesday 13th July, 8pm
Wednesday 14th July, 8.30am - 8pm
Thursday 15th July, 8.30am - 8pm
(Not available on Freeview)

F1 on BBC Red Button…*
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.

For more schedule details visit the BBC Sport website.
British Grand Prix, build-up from Friday 9th July

BBC Sport will be trackside for every twist and turn of the 2010 MotoGP championship to as Valentino Rossi looks to defend his title.
Qualifying from every race of the 2010 MotoGP season will be available on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website (UK users only).
Across Sport we'll also be showing full coverage of the 125cc and Moto2 races, including qualifying.
And of course you can watch the race again on our iPlayer service for seven days after it has happened.
For more schedule details visit the BBC Sport website.
Catalunya GP from Saturday 3rd July

Cricket: ODI†
One Day Internationals with BBC Radio 5live commentary with Test Match Special scorecard, stats & photos.
England v Australia: Saturday 3rd July, 12.45pm - 9pm
England v Australia: Thursday 8th July, 12.45pm - 9pm
England v Bangladesh: Monday 12th July, 12.45pm - 9pm
(Not available on Freeview)

Live coverage of the World Cup rowing from Lucerne
Sunday 11th July, 9.45am - 11.15am & 12.30pm - 2.30pm
(All platforms, second session not available on Freeview)

Athletics: Diamond League*
Live coverage of the Diamond League Athletics
Eugene: Saturday 3rd July, 9pm -11pm
Lausanne: Thursday 8th July, 7pm - 9pm
Paris†: Friday 16th July, 7pm - 9pm
(All platforms. Except Paris which is unavailable on Freeview)

Golf: Scottish Open†
Delayed coverage of the Scottish Open.
Thursday 8th July, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday 9th July, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
(Not available on Freeview)

Golf: The Open*
- Live*

Uninterrupted coverage of the Open Golf Championship with leaderboard, holes 9-11 & highlights.
Wednesday 14th July, 4pm - 6pm
Thursday 15th July, 9am - 8pm
Friday 16th July, 9am - 8pm
(All platforms. Freeview only features leaderboard)

- Highlights†
Catch-up with the best of the day's action from the Old Course at St. Andrew's.
Thursday 15th July, 8pm - 6am (16th)
Friday 16th July, 8pm - 6am (17th)
(Not available on Freeview)

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


  • Comment number 1.

    Some good coverage lined up for T In the Park festival

    Was very disappointed that this year's Glastonbury coverage was limited by Wimbledon

    At one point the BBC had the Tennis on BBC1, BBC2, BBC HD AND five or six screen on the red button, making it a total of 8 or 9 possible feeds, however 3 of them were exactly the same.

    Glastonbury was massively sidelined, and when the red button coverage did get going it was the same 3 or 4 acts on an endless loop, like the the rest of the whole festival didn't exist.

    The red button coverage was appalling compared to previous years

  • Comment number 2.

    The Freeview list as frustrating as ever, especially the sport.

    With apparently no progress on the issue of finding the space to reinstate the channels (despite minority channels such as Russia Today being able to find the space for a 24/7 channel!) is there any progress on two issues which could hep Freeview offer more in it's existing bandwidth - firstly, having the alternative audio options directly on the BBC1/2 stream, and secondly, for things like In it to Win It and other play-a-long type simulcasts having the service overlayed on BBC1/2 rather than using a separate video stream.

  • Comment number 3.

    Simple comment/question: Why is the majority not available on Freesat but the same programmes are happily allowed on the same satellite through Sky?

  • Comment number 4.

    #3, good question. Everytime the skiing is on and they say press the red button now for more coverage I press it and nothing happens, save a Teletext style index on half a split screen. As you say, it must be because I'm on Freesat but I can't fathom how it's different to $KY.

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi paul_greaton - to get to the skiing you need to press red and select the "Sport Multiscreen" option (alternatively you can enter page number 3001) This will take you through to the Sport Multiscreen menu where you should see an option for skiing.

    Anyone with Freesat gets the same red button options for sport services as our users on Sky and Virgin Media.

    Andrew, BBC Red Button

  • Comment number 6.

    (Not available on Freesat)

    Always very disappointing, can you not the same satellite feeds as sky? perhaps a generic mheg layer similar to the sports multiscreen

  • Comment number 7.

    #1 - Totally agree. This year the red button streams have been seriously less quality. Glastonbury was a shambles compared to other recent years, all the staff and crews and hours of VT not shown. Tennis, tennis, tennis, and not a decent british player still in it.
    And the MotoGP has been abismal all year. F1-- Brilliant, so the ability is there just failing in management.
    Come on Beeb, there are 7 days in a week and many stream channels so get your act together and show some decent footage.
    Some of us don't have 9-5's 5 days a week and the time to be couch potatos.

  • Comment number 8.

    And what about putting Goodwood FoS on red next week please.

  • Comment number 9.

    Any chance of replicating the Red Button Satellite service online for those of us deprived by Freeview's limitations.

    The ideal vehicle would seem to be the Desktop player when channels are added to it shortly. A simple overlay would be great.

    Or are we to wait for Canvas.

  • Comment number 10.


    Further to your reply, and I have asked this some time ago, whilst the sports coverage on the button may match Sky, what about the other services/streams that are missing? Is this being worked on? Are there plans? Surely it can't be right that the only way to get all these BBC streams is to sign up to Sky?

  • Comment number 11.

    Why don't Freeview and Freesat get the same as Sky etc on the Red Button. I've just moved to an area that has Freeview from one that didn't and expected to able to view so much more on the Red Button. Surely you shouldn't have to pay a Sky subscription to view BBC Red Button coverage when you have already got a TV Licence?

  • Comment number 12.

    @Jake (and Paul_Geaton, and Captjackass):
    Always very disappointing, can you not the same satellite feeds as sky? perhaps a generic mheg layer similar to the sports multiscreen


    From my understanding, the Red Button interactive services, are just handy interactive wrappers around the FTA feeds. On my Freesat TV, I have tuned manually the "Sky" "Red Button" feeds as extra channels, so when the Beeb refuses to offer the Red Button services on Freesat that they do on Sky, I just manually tune to the feeds myself.

    Andrew (Bowden), approx one year ago, someone from the Red Button Team responded to my question then about "when on Freesat?", and said that they would get round to writing the MHEG stuff for Freesat eventually, but provided no timescales. Any news on that? (it's a very frustrating state of affairs, right now! (still) :( )

  • Comment number 13.


    Is there somewhere we can ask to get a definitive answer about the services being inferior on Freesat as opposed to Sky please?

  • Comment number 14.

    Bit of a waste of the only interactive stream on Freeview only using it for the "leaderboard" - a 1/4 screen simulcast of BBC2 with the leaderboard around it. That sort of thing could easily be done in MHEG (indeed it used to be when the BBC did a dedicated interactive text service for such events), allowing a completely different video stream on 301 - and from what's online looks like there is only one alternate video stream.

    The BBC used to lead the way with interactive TV - but now it seems even the Americans are getting a better deal.

  • Comment number 15.

    Brekkie, it would seem it's also a bit of a waste of time commenting on this blog, as nobody seems to be reading it at the Beeb... (or are reading it but won't comment/answer questions).

  • Comment number 16.

    I disagree i think most people do actually read but only some comment


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