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What's On BBC Red Button: 19th June - 2nd July

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John Horth John Horth | 16:27 UK time, Friday, 18 June 2010

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


Glastonbury This year Glastonbury turns 40 and to celebrate BBC Red Button will be showing performances from more than 50 bands.

Leave your wellies on the porch, grab your remote and press red as 6 Music DJs Craig Charles, Cerys Matthews and Tom Ravenscroft guide you through the music and festival delights.

This year we'll be showing highlights from a star-studded line-up which includes Gorillaz, Vampire Weekend, Florence and the Machine, Muse, The xx, Stevie Wonder, LCD Soundsystem, Paloma Faith, La Roux, Orbital, Faithless, Slash, Grizzly Bear and the Pet Shop Boys. More details on the artists and other special interactive features can be found on the BBC Glastonbury website.

And keep an eye out for Tom Robinson who'll be showcasing the most exciting new music from the BBC Introducing stage for the first time.

Sky, Virgin & Freesat:
Friday 25th June, 7pm - 11.20am (26th)
Saturday 26th June, 4.30pm - 11.40am (27th)
Sunday 27th June, 4pm - 2am (28th)

Friday 25th June, 9.10pm - 9.40am (26th)
Saturday 26th June, 10.10pm - 10.50am (27th)
Sunday 27th June, 10.10pm - 2am (28th)

(Multiple streams available on Sky & Virgin, some acts may not be available on Freeview & Freesat)


Wimbledon Multiscreen 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*
Monday 21st - Saturday 26th June & Monday 28th June - Friday 2nd July, 11.50am - 9pm (daily)
(All platforms. Limited court choice on Freeview)

- Highlights†
Monday 21st - Saturday 26th June & Monday 28th June - Friday 2nd July, 9pm - 6am (daily)

(Not available on Freeview)

- 6-Love-6†
John McEnroe and guests present BBC Radio 5live's 6-love-6 tennis programme
Thursday 24th June, 12.30pm - 1pm
Wednesday 30th June, 7.30pm - 8pm
(Not available on Freeview)

World Cup 2010*

World Cup 2010 For the 2010 FIFA World Cup viewers with BBC Red Button will have access to a host of features including interactive coverage during live games, alternative commentaries and rolling highlights. Availability of Red Button content will vary depending on the digital TV provider, but they will include the following: Live coverage of BBC matches, which feature alternative audio options, including the Radio 5 Live commentary team and Radio 1 stars Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave. There will also be full replays of selected matches. At the end of the group stages viewers can choose between live coverage of two concurrent matches.
Highlights from all matches will be available after the final whistle and there'll also be rolling highlights and goal clips to help you easily catch up on the main action.

Sky, Virgin and Freesat viewers can also see a dedicated news channel, updated daily, with reports and information on Fabio Capello's men in Rustenburg, news from Motty's World Cup and other features.

- Live Coverage*
With audio options and rolling highlights
Ghana v Australia: Saturday 19th June, from 2pm
Slovakia v Paraguay: Sunday 20th June, from 11.45am
Brazil v Ivory Coast: Sunday 20th June, from 6.30pm
Portugal v North Korea: Monday 21st June, from 11.30am
Chile v Switzerland: Monday 21st June, from 2.45pm
Nigeria v South Korea Tuesday 22nd June, from 7pm
Greece v Argentina: Tuesday 22nd June, 7.30pm
Slovenia v England: Wednesday 23rd June, from 2.15pm
USA v Algeria: Wednesday 23rd June, from 2.45pm
Denmark v Japan: Thursday 24th June, from 7pm
Cameroon v Holland: Thursday 24th June, from 7pm
Portugal v Brazil: Friday 25th June, from 2.30pm
North Korea v Ivory Coast: Friday 25th June, from 2.30pm

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*
Available following every World Cup game including ITV matches.
(Sky, Virgin & Freesat, limited availability on Freeview)
For an up to date schedule nearer the time, please check BBC Sport's Red Button listings

- How to Watch Football†
Mark Watson's guide to how, where and when you can watch all the BBC's coverage of the World Cup
Saturday 29th May, 6am - Saturday 5th June, 6am
(Not available on Freeview)

- World Cup Focus†
Football Focus' World Cup edition
Tuesday 22nd June, 1.30pm - 2pm
Thursday 24th June, 1.30pm - 2pm
Saturday 26th June, 1.30pm - 2pm
Tuesday 29th June, 1.30pm - 2pm
Friday 2nd July, 1.30pm - 2pm
(Not available on Freeview)

- Match of the Day*
Post-match analysis and debate from the MotD team
Wednesday 23rd June, 10pm - 10.50pm
Thursday 24th June, 10pm - 10.30pm
Friday 25th June, 10pm - 10.40pm†
(All platforms, except Freeview on Friday)

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 the weekend's football tables, fixture lists, sports news and details of upcoming upcoming commentaries on the BBC.

Sky & Virgin:
Sunday 20th & 27th June, 11am - 12pm

Sunday 27th June, 11am - 12pm
(Not available on Freesat)

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)
Saturday 19th & 25th June
(Not available on Freesat )

CBeebies Red Button

CBeebies Red ButtonBBC Red Button welcomes younger viewers and grown-ups with a sense of adventure to a big, bright and fun new world. The CBeebies interactive service has relaunched!
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 24th June & 1st 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...

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.

European Grand Prix, build-up from Thursday 24th June

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.

Silverstone GP from Saturday 19th June
Assen GP from Friday 25th June

Rugby Union: International*
Scotland v Argentina (live): Saturday 19th June, 7.45pm - 10pm

Scotland v Argentina (live): Saturday 19th June, 8.30pm - 10pm

Cricket: ODI†
England v Australia One Day International. BBC Radio 5live commentary with Test Match Special scorecard, stats & photos.
Wednesday 30th June, 12.45pm - 9pm
(Not available on Freeview)

Live coverage of the World Cup rowing from Munich
Sunday 20th June, 8.40am - 12.05pm
(All platforms)

Live coverage of the UK Athletics Championships
Saturday 26th June, 4.15pm - 6.30pm
(All platforms)

Royal Ascot†
Extra Races and post race reaction from Royal Ascot.
Saturday 19th June, 4.45pm - 5.45pm
(Sky/Virgin/Freesat. 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.

    Not available on Freeview / Not available on Freesat

    Is the BBC really on Sky and Virgin's commercial side?

    BBC should never have removed the second channel on Freeview, it is proved time after time. As for Freesat not having access to the SAME interactive programmes that are delivered on the SAME satellite is madness?

  • Comment number 2.

    Please replicate the Red Button on the BBC Download Manager online video player when live TV is made available on it.

  • Comment number 3.

    Next weekend is going to be awful for Freeview viewers with Glastonbury, Wimbledon, F1 and the World Cup - yet you still have play along In it to Win It scheduled! Ridiculous!

    And as ranted earlier, the World Cup interactive text service is appalling this year. Very clunky with you having to go through several menus to get the most basic of info (like tables, fixtures), with a fixture guide that doesn't know what order the days of the week should be in. Very poor in comparison to previous tournaments where it had a simple interface with all key data accessed from one menu.

  • Comment number 4.

    pebbens: the second Freeview video stream couldn't be made available after switchover. Before switchover the BBC has two multiplexes at 18Mbps for a total of 36Mbps; after switchover they have one multiplex of 24Mbps, so they had to lose 12Mbps. This was found by dropping the second red button stream, BBC News Interactive (also a red button stream) and increasing compression on BBC One (which, before switchover, uses 36% more bandwidth than BBC Two/Three/Four, 88% more than ITV1, and more than twice as much as ITV4).

    The second multiplex becomes the HD multiplex. To get HD, you lose the interactive stream.

  • Comment number 5.

    I regularly check the red button to see what is going to be shown on the BBC sport multiscreen and elsewhere
    however the ' sport on BBC ' listings has become useless !
    eg , for the montreal F1 race I checked to see the timings ... no F1 practise on the sports multiscreen ! must be because it is from canada I thought , don't understand why but......
    afterwards I found out that the sesions WERE shown

    this weekend I looked to see the timings of the motogp practise sessions ...none listed ; so I checked later at the time I guessed it should be , and it was being shown !

    don't you wish people to know what you are going to show ? is it secret ? not everyone has 24/7 access to the internet to look at anything you post there , some have no access at all

    what is happening ???

  • Comment number 6.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 7.

    So once again F1 Practice takes precedence over competitive sporting action. It's fair enough to put it on the red button when there isn't anything else to show, but F1 Practice is nothing more than an extra and nobody would expect Wimbledon Practice to take precedence over F1 Qualifying for example.

    Just a shame that despite all the issues set to arise this weekend, there is absolutely no point in complaining because you'll only get brushed off with the same old response about how wonderful BBC HD is rather than addressing the issue at hand.

  • Comment number 8.

    I wish the BBC wouldn't show the same tennis match on BBC 2 and 301. As we've only one interactive stream now on Freeview it would be nice to have a choice of tennis matches to watch. Last night was dire with the same Williams match on both channels when there must have been several other matches available to be shown....


  • Comment number 9.

    Can't believe play-along In it to Win It still gets priority over Glastonbury and Wimbledon tonight on Freeview. People can still play along on BBC1 without the need to press buttons on their remote.


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