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What's On BBC Red Button: 17th - 30th July

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John Horth John Horth | 14:47 UK time, Friday, 16 July 2010

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

BBC Proms 2010

BBC Proms This Proms season BBC Red Button brings a variety of new ways to watch and listen to this mainstay of the classical music season with a selection of services available alongside the regular broadcasts.

Player Commentary

In a first for BBC Proms this year we're introducing Player Com , an interactive feature giving viewers a new perspective on the Proms from the musicians themselves. By pressing the red button during the performance viewers can listen to live commentary from two or more orchestral players and hear their unique insights into the music as the work is played.

The service will be available for four Proms, starting with commentary for First Night of the Proms from Violinist Nicole Wilson, composer, conductor and choral director Ron Corp, and trumpeter Alistair Mackie.

Beethoven: Maestro Cam & Commentary

Everyone's heard of Beethoven... and now, during the BBC Four Beethoven Piano Concertos on 23rd July, viewers can press the red button to watch Maestro Cam and see BBC Symphony Orchestra chief conductor Jirí Belohlávek bring the master's music to life! We also invite you to stimulate your stave cells with expert commentary on the performance from conductor Matthew Rowe.

And if that weren't enough, Sky and Virgin customers will have the extra option of watching a Solo Cam of one of today's leading Beethoven interpreters, pianist Paul Lewis.

For more on the season visit the BBC Proms website or follow @BBCProms on Twitter

Available during the BBC Four broadcasts

Beethoven Prom
Friday 23rd July, 7.30pm - 9.20pm
Saturday 24th July, 1.50am - 3.40am

Player Commentary
Thursday 29th July, 7.30pm - 9.20pm
Friday 30th July, 2.20am - 4.10am
(Not available on Freesat)

EastEnders - Exclusive Extra Scenes

EastEnders Everyone's been talking about the recent happenings on Albert Square .

As Walford struggles to come to terms with the loss of Denise Johnson BBC Red Button will be offering fans a unique look at the man in the middle of it all with additional material relating to the week's unfolding storyline.

Viewers will be able to press the red button after any of the week's episodes to watch the exclusive extra scenes, revealing further the dark side of Lucas Johnson.

Find out more on bbc.co.uk/eastenders

Monday 26th July, 8.25pm - midnight
Tuesday 27th July, 7.55pm - midnight
Thursday 29th July, 7.55pm - midnight
Friday 30th July, 8.25pm - midnight
(Not available on Freesat)

BBC Films - Red Button Shorts

BBC Films - Red Button Shorts On the weekend of 17th/18th July BBC Two is celebrating the work of BBC Films, and we're joining in the celebrations by showing two short films exclusively on BBC Red Button. The films have been produced by the BBC as part of schemes involving the UK Film Council and independent production companies and highlight our role in UK film production and developing talent.

Pop Art is a charming comic drama starring Bill Milner as a grieving boy who befriends a new classmate - who just happens to be made out of inflatable rubber. Press the red button at the conclusion of Is Anybody There? on Saturday 17th (also starring the precocious young Milner) to catch this quirky short co-produced by the UK Film Council.

The following night, Trimming the Fat is available under your red button after BBC Two's screening of The Damned United. This hilarious comedy stars Mathew Horne (Gavin and Stacey) as a travelling businessman who bumps into a disreputable school-friend (Tony Way) before an important meeting at a motorway hotel. This short was produced as part of a scheme involving BBC Comedy and BBC Film Network to identify up-and-coming comedy talent.

Look out for more short films on the red button during future BBC Films screenings on BBC Two.

For more on BBC Films and the BBC Films weekend visit the website while details of the BBC's online short film showcase can be found on the Film Network website. You can also follow BBC Film Network on Twitter @bbc_filmnetwork

Saturday 17th July, 11.35pm - 4am
Sunday 18th July, 10.25pm - 4am
(Not available on Freesat)

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).

Sky & Virgin:
Sunday 18th July, 7.55pm - 4am
Wednesday 21st , 9.55pm - 4am
Friday 23rd July , 12.15am - 4am
Sunday 25th July, 7.55pm - 4am
Monday 26th July, 9.55pm - 4am

Wednesday 21st , 9.55pm - 11.35pm
Friday 23rd July , 12.15am - 4am
Sunday 25th July, 7.55pm - 8.30pm
Monday 26th July, 9.55pm - 10.15pm
(Not available on Freesat)

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.

Sky & Virgin:
Saturday 17th July, 9pm - 4am (18th)
Monday 19th July, 9pm - 4am (20th)
Tuesday 20th July, 9.25pm - 4am (21st)
Wednesday 21st July, 9pm - 4am (22nd)
Thursday 22nd July, 9pm - 4am (23rd)
Saturday 24th July, 9pm - 4am (25th)
Sunday 25th July, 9pm - 4am (26th)
Tuesday 27th July, 9.25pm - 4am (28th)
Wednesday 28th July, 9pm - 4am (29th)
Thursday 29th July, 9pm - 4am (30th)
Friday 30th July, 9pm - 4am (31st)

Tuesday 20th July, 9.25pm - 4am (21st)
Wednesday 21st July, 9pm - 9.45pm & 11.45pm - 4am (22nd)
Thursday 22nd July, 9.10pm - 12.05am (23rd)
Tuesday 27th July, 9.25pm - 10.15pm (28th)
Wednesday 28th July, 12.10am - 4am & 9pm - 4am
Friday 30th July, 12.10am - 2.10am & 11.30pm - 4am
(Not available on Freesat)

T in the Park*

T in the Park 2010 Red Button continues with a highlights service until midnight on Sunday 18th July, showcasing our favourite performances from T in the Park 2010.

Post-Festival Highlights

Sky & Virgin:
continues until Sunday 18th July, midnight

continues until Saturday 17th July, 8.50am
then, Sunday 18th July, 4.10am - 9.40am

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.

Sky & Virgin:
Monday 19th July, 6pm - Wednesday 21st July, 4am
Monday 26th July, 6am - Wednesday 28th July, 4am

Monday 19th July, 6pm - Tuesday 20th July, 9.15pm
Monday 26th July, 6am - 8.15pm
Tuesday 27th July, 12.10am - 7.45pm
(Not available on 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 22nd July, 10.35 - 11.35pm

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.
German Grand Prix, build-up from Wednesday 21st July, 3pm
Hungarian Grand Prix, build-up from Wednesday 28 th July, 3pm

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.
Sachsenring GP from Saturday 17th July, 11.50am
Laguna GP from Saturday 24th July, 9.50pm

Cricket: England v Pakistan *
Live coverage of the 1 st Test from Trent Bridge with Radio 5live commentary, the TMS scorecard, stats & photos.
Thursday 29th July, 10.45am - 7pm
Friday 30th July, 10.45am - 7pm

Thursday 29th July, 10.45am - 7pm
Friday 30th July, 2.35pm - 7pm

Golf: The Open*
- Live*
Uninterrupted coverage of the Open Golf Championship with leaderboard, holes 9-11 & highlights.

Saturday 17th July, 10am - 8pm
Sunday 18th July, 11am - 8pm
(All platforms. Freeview only features leaderboard) 

- Highlights†
Catch-up with the pick of the action from the Old Course at St. Andrew's.
Saturday 17th July, 8pm - 6am (18th)
Sunday 18th July, 8pm - 6am (19th)
Monday 19th July, 6am - Wednesday 21 st July, 8pm
(Not available on Freeview)

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

Super League Show
Highlights and round up of all the weekend's Rugby League action.
Sunday 18th July, 10pm - Monday 19th July, 6am - 8.30pm
Monday 26th July, 10am - 8.30pm
(Not available on Freeview) 

Athletics: Diamond League
Live coverage of the Diamond League Athletics from Monaco.
Thursday 22nd July, 7pm - 9pm

Live coverage of the Women's World Championships Triathlon.
Saturday 24th July, 1pm - 3.15pm

Football: Milk Cup*
Coverage of the Milk Cup youth football tournament. Fifty teams are competing from 20 countries around the world - including famous club sides Spurs, Spartak Moscow, Chelsea and Manchester United with national sides featuring Mexico , USA , Japan and China .

- Live
Monday 26th July, 7.45pm - 10pm
Tuesday 27th July, 6.45pm - 8.35pm
Wednesday 28th July, 7.45pm - 10.00pm
Thursday 29th July 7.45pm - 10.30pm

- Highlights
Tuesday 27th July, 12pm - Saturday 31st July, 6am

- Highlights only
Wednesday 28th July, 4am - 6.50am & 7.00pm - 8.45pm
Thursday 29th July, 4.10am - 6.50am
Friday 30th July, 2.30am - 8.55am & 10.35am - 12.55pm


  • Comment number 1.

    As mentioned on the leaderboard with just one stream why on earth do Freeview viewers get the Leaderboard - which is just a 1/4 screen version of the BBC1/2 broadcast with graphics around it - info which can be made available via the text service. Surely the alternate live stream of holes 9-11 or the highlights would be better use of the space - and I'd have thought that was pretty much common sense.

    Also a shame these blogs seem to have just become posts now with replies to perfectly valid questions ignored. It's about time one of you blogged on what the situation is with Freesat for example considering a couple of years ago we were told that in the months after the Olympics it would get a service comparable to Sky's.

    And similarly we all know the situation with Freeview and all despise it (even you I suspect), but would be good to know now how exactly the decisions are made as to what takes priority on the stream as there have been some rather questionable ones of late, notably a simulcast of a BBC1 Lottery show whilst live Wimbledon coverage and live Glastonbury coverage was available on Sky.

  • Comment number 2.

    P.S. And by "on the leaderboard", I of course mean "on the previous blog". Where's the edit button when you need it! (And god, I need it!)

  • Comment number 3.

    Red Button Shorts - I find myself unaccountably annoyed that these short films are being hidden in plain view like this. I haven't watched live television for several years, since the Tivo was introduced to the UK.

    Who is supposed to benefit from this? What tiny minority of viewers are going to be switched on to the "Red Button" by the promise of watching a short film AFTER watching a long film? Or... on Saturday they can just let their apparently technophobic arms rest on their cushions and watch HIGNFY or on Sunday, having watched the superb Michael Sheen in a film about Brian Clough, they can either dabble with the mysterious "Red Button" to watch a random short, or stay with BBC2 and watch a... Brian Clough documentary. Anyone willing to put money on what's more likely?

    I better be able to watch these shorts on iPlayer or I swear I am going to have an epic hissy fit.

    Channel Four has/had the right idea about shorts though it's been a while since I saw one of their mini-seasons, running up to a couple of hours of short films back to back at night. Short films, like short stories, are at once harder to pull off but immediately more satisfying than longer films if the creators get it right. And if they don't, there's the five minute skip-ahead button - another joy of not watching live TV.

  • Comment number 4.

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

  • Comment number 5.

    Yet again, please could you advise when all these streams will be available on freest as opposed to just sky? Also, again, if you won't answer here please direct me to someone who CAN answer the question.

  • Comment number 6.

    Isn't the idea of these blogs that you engage in conversation with the viewers - like you used to before we started asking awkward questions.

    There just seems to be no communication from the Red Button team any more and having absolutely no answers from you to very valid questions is worse than having answers we may not like.

    It really would be appreciated if one of you could find the time to address the most common issues bought up in these blogs week after week after week.

  • Comment number 7.

    Brekkie - that's because the two members of the Red Button team who normally do respond to comments are on leave at the moment. If you are a little patient I'm sure they will respond.


  • Comment number 8.

    These questions though have been going unanswered pretty much since the Freeview streams were turned off - that's about nine months ago now.

  • Comment number 9.

    Brekkie - I'm not involved with any of the scheduling decisions, so I can't give you an answer right now but I'm going to have a chat with the people who are and see if we can pull together an overview to explain why we pick what we do. Alas just as I've come back from my hols, so some of the people I need to talk to have gone off on theirs, so it might take me a week or two to pull together.

    KyleRickards - at the moment the work to add the non-sport video services to Freesat hasn't been added into our workplans. We are only a small team and that means we have to make some difficult decisions on choosing projects - our managing editor John Denton wrote about the prioritisation process on the Press Red Blog. We have done a lot of work on Freesat over the last twelve months, including adding BBC iPlayer. If you have a Freesat HD device and broadband, you can connect them up to see the fruits of our labours.

  • Comment number 10.

    Thanks - that will be appreciated. Another fairly common question whilst we're at it would be is there any sign that a full time interactive channel will be restored to Freeview at a point in the future considering other muxes are continuing to find space for extra channels every few months.


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