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Lisa Dawson Lisa Dawson | 17:50 UK time, Friday, 13 August 2010

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

Radio 4 Comedians Storm Edinburgh*

Radio 4 Comedians Storm Edinburgh Red Button viewers can watch highlights of Radio 4's exciting Edinburgh Fringe showcase from Wednesday 25th for a one-off comedy experience introduced by the marvellous Mark Watson.

This will include a selection from two open-air editions of Radio 4's iconic panel game, Just A Minute, with legendary host Nicholas Parsons on a specially constructed stage on Edinburgh 's Royal Mile. Resident panellists Paul Merton and Gyles Brandreth will be teaching Stephen K Amos and Scott Mills and others how to play the game.

In between Just A Minute comedians Miles Jupp, Doc Brown, Tom Wrigglesworth, Abandoman and Andrew Lawrence and Scotland 's own Susan Calman will perform the best bits of their stand-up. Look out for some familiar faces popping up in the crowd just before the stage show begins.

Find out more from the Radio 4 website

Wednesday 25th August, 6am - 4am 28th August, continuous coverage

Wednesday 25th August, 6am - 7.50am & 9.10am - 3.50pm & 5.10 - 7.50am (26th)
Thursday 26th August, 9.10am - 3.50pm & 5.10pm - 9.45pm & midnight - 8.45am (27th)
Friday 27th August,10.45am - midday - 6.50
(Not available on Freesat)

Edinburgh Festivals*

Edinburgh Festivals This August the best of the BBC's Edinburgh Festivals coverage is coming to your red button! Enjoy extracts from The Culture Show and The Review Show as well as highlights from all the rest of our TV, radio and online content.

For more on all of this year's Edinburgh Festivals visit our website.

Thursday 19th August, 7.55pm - 4am (20th)
Friday 20th August, 7pm - 4am (21st)

Thursday 19th August, 7.55pm -9.45pm & 12.10am - 2am (20th)
Friday 20th August, 11.40pm - 2.10am (21st)
(Not available on Freesat)

A Summer of Melas*

A Summer of MelasBBC Red Button and the Asian Network invite you to be join in this year's Summer of Melas as we bring you the best on stage performances and the biggest artists including Imran Khan, Mumzy Stranger and Preeya Kalidas.

Viewers pressing red on their remotes from Monday 16th August can watch performances from 12 Melas across the UK on a special programme available for 7 days.

Tommy Sandhu, Sonia Deol, Noreen Khan and Murtz will front the BBC Asian Network's activity and throughout the whole of A Summer of Melas programme listeners can enjoy performances from the biggest names in Asian music, international artists and new British-Asian talent.

Our presenters will also give a flavour of the Asian culture that each region is famous for, showcasing stories, people, trades, sport and food from each Mela they've visited this summer.

Find out more about BBC Asian Network Summer of Melas on the website

Monday 16th August, 6am - 4am Monday 23rd August, continuous coverage

Monday 16th August, 6am - 7.50am & 9.10am - 11.50am & 5.10pm - 9.45pm & 11.10pm - 6am (17th)
Tuesday 17th August, 6am - 7.50am & 9.10am - 11.50am & 5.10pm - 8.45 pm & 10.10 - 6am (18th)
Wednesday 18th August, 6am - 7.50am & 9.10am - 3.50pm & 10.10pm - 6am (19th)
Thursday 19th August, 9.10am - 3.50pm & 5.10pm - 7.45pm & 2.10am - 6am (20th)
Friday 20th August, 6am - 7.50am & 9.10am - midday &10m - 3.50pm & 5.10pm - 7.20pm & 9.30 - 11.30 & 4.25am - 6am (21st)
Saturday 21st August, 6am - 7.50am & 9.10am - 2.20pm & 10.10p - 6am (22nd)
Sunday 22nd August, 6am - 7.50am & 9.10am - 3.50pm & 5.10pm - 7.45pm & 8.40 - 4am (28th)

(Not available on Freesat)

Reading and Leeds Festival

Reading and Leeds Festival This festival season music lovers can press the red button on digital TV to watch coverage from the Reading and Leeds weekend. Viewers will have a choice of up to three streams of music recorded live from the festival, plus we'll be showing extended sets from more than 30 bands including Blink 182, Arcade Fire and the long-awaited return of The Libertines. As well as performances from the Main and NME/Radio 1 stages fans will be able to feast on performances from breakthrough artists playing the BBC Introducing Stage.

And join us from 6am on Monday 30th August for highlights of the very best performances of the festival.

Find out more about the Reading and Leeds festival on our website.

Friday 27th August, 7pm - 2am
Also on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th August, with highlights on Monday 30th August

(Not available on Freesat)

Get Baking for Children in Need*

Get Baking for Children in NeedDigital viewers can press red after the BBC Two series The Great British Bake-Off , for Get Baking and help raise money for Children in Need.

After watching judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood challenge the contestants to bake some of their best recipes on BBC Two, Red Button viewers can watch the judges bake each of these recipes to a winning standard and learn how to do it themselves.

This is a part of a BBC Learning campaign to get the nation to learn how to bake and go on to raise some money for Children in Need.

Get Baking at bbc.co.uk/food

Tuesday 17th August, 8.55pm - 4am
Saturday 21st August, 5.35pm - 6.10pm
Tuesday 24th August, 8.55pm - 4.am

Tuesday 17th August, 8.55pm - 4am
Tuesday 24th August, 8.55pm - 4am

(Not available on Freesat)

BBC Proms 2010

BBC Proms 2010 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.

Maestro Cam Prom
Press the red button during the Prom to watch a close-up camera on conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.  Listen to commentary from Peter Stark, Series Consultant from BBC Two's Maestro series.

Red button is also available during the late night BBC Four repeat.

Player Com Prom
Press the red button during this National Youth Orchestra Prom for Player Com.

Listen to live commentary on the performance from leading orchestral musicians.  Hear about music from the players' perspective - as you watch the concert.

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

Maestro Cam Prom
Friday 20th August, 7.30pm - 9.20pm & 2.20 - 4.10am (21st)

Proms Player Com
Saturday 21st August, 6.40pm - 8.30pm
(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 15th August, 7.55pm - 4am
Monday 16th August, 7.55pm - 4am
Sunday 22nd August, 7.55pm - 4am
Monday 23rd August, 7.55pm - 4am

Sunday 15th August, 7.55pm - 9pm
Monday 16th August, 9.55pm - 11pm
Sunday 22nd August, 7.55pm - 8.30pm
Monday 23rd August, 9.55pm - 10.30pm

(Not available on Freesat)

Mistresses Quiz*


The new series of Mistresses will be enhanced by a quiz with a difference After the show viewers can press red to be presented with a series of dilemmas that the Mistresses face in series three. Katie's Mother (AKA Joanna Lumley), will ask the viewers how they would react to the situation if they were in the character's shoes. At the end of the quiz viewer will then get to find out how alike the Mistresses they are.

The quiz will be available via the Red Button on 12th August immediately after the second episode of Mistresses.

You can find more on the mistresses and their men over on the BBC website

Thursday 19th August, 9.55pm - 4am
Thursday 26th August, 9.55pm - 4am

Thursday 19th August, 9.55pm - midnight
Thursday 26th August, 9.55pm - 11.50pm

(Not available on Freesat)

That Mitchell and Webb Look Extra*

Mitchell and Webb The new series of That Mitchell and Webb Look is upon us, so 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 14th August, 9pm - 4am (15th)
Sunday 15th August, 9pm - 4am (16th)
Monday 16th August, 9pm - 9.55pm
Tuesday 17th August, 9.25pm - 4am (18th)
Wednesday 18th August, 9pm - 4am (20th)
Friday 20th August, 9.20pm - 2.20 am (21st)
Saturday 21st August, 9pm - 4am (22nd)
Sunday 22nd August, 9pm - 4am (23rd)
Monday 23rd August, 9pm - 4am (24th)

Tuesday 17th August, 9.25pm - 10pm

(Not available on Freesat)

Tracy Beaker Quiz*

Tracy Beaker returns and she's still in trouble! Tracy Beaker

Tracy's all grown up now and back at the Dumping Ground but have you been with her through thick and thin? 

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!

Sky & Virgin:
Saturday 14th August - 15 August, 7am - 7pm (daily)

Saturday 14th August, 7am - 11.40am

(Not available on 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.

Sky & Virgin:
Monday 16th August, 6am - 4am 18th August (continuous coverage)
Monday 23rd August, 6am - 4am 25th August (continuous coverage)

Monday 16th August, midday - 3.50pm
Tuesday 17th August, midday - 3.50pm
Monday 23rd August, 6am - 7.50am & 9.10am - 3.50pm & 5.10pm - 9.45pm & 10.40pm -7.50am (24th)
Tuesday 24th August, 9.10am - 3.50pm & 5.10pm - 8.45pm

(Not available on Freesat)

CBeebies Red Button

CBeebies Red ButtonBBC Red Button welcomes younger viewers and grown-ups with a sense of adventure to 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)

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*

Sport Multiscreen ascotCatch 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...

Football: New Season
The 2010/11 football season is just getting under way and on BBC Red Button we'll be providing a host of programming to keep you up to date with the action from now until the silverware is lifted in May.

- Final Score*
Gabby Logan and guests keep you up to date with all the day's football news and results.
Saturday 14th August, 2.30pm - 6pm
Tuesday 17th August, 7pm - 10pm
Saturday 21st August, 2.30pm - 6pm

Saturday 14th August, 3.05pm - 6pm
Saturday 21st August, 2.30pm - 6pm

- Football League Show*
All the goals, round up and debate from the Football League. Presented by Manish Bhasin.
Sunday 15th August, 1.20am - midday
Sunday 22nd August, 1.20am - midday

Sunday 15th August, 1.20am - 8am

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.

Belgian Grand Prix build-up from Wednesday 25th August, 3pm*

For more schedule details visit the BBC Sport website.

(Some services not available on Freeview)

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 as well as post race analysis and debate presented by Jennie Gow.*
And of course you can watch the race again on our iPlayer service for seven days after it has happened.
Limited coverage available on Freeview.

Brno GP from Saturday 14th August, 11.50am*

For more schedule details visit the BBC Sport website.

Swimming: European Championships†
Live coverage of the European Championships from Budapest.
Saturday 14th August, 2.30pm - 4pm

(Not available on Freeview)

Cricket: England v Pakistan†
Live coverage of the Test series between England and Pakistan with BBC Radio 5live commentary, stats, photos and the TMS scorecard.
3rd Test:
Wednesday 18th August, 10.45am - 7pm
Thursday 19th August, 10.45am - 7pm
Friday 20th August, 10.45am - 7pm
Saturday 21st August, 10.45am - 7pm
Sunday 22nd August, 10.45am - 7pm

4th Test:
Thursday 26th August, 10.45am - 7pm
Friday 27th August, 10.45am - 7pm

(Not available on Freeview)

Rugby: Super League Show†
Highlights and round up of all the weekend's Rugby League action.
Sunday 15th August, 7.30pm -10.30pm
Monday 16th August, 5pm - 9pm
Sunday 22nd August, 6pm - Monday 23rd August, 5pm (runs continuously)

(Not available on Freeview)

Youth Olympics*
Highlights of the Youth Olympic Games from Singapore.
Saturday 14th - Friday 20th August, 8am - 9am & 4pm - 5pm (daily)

Saturday 14th August, 9am - 2pm & 5pm - 6am (15th)
Sunday 15th August, 10am - 4pm & 5pm - 11pm
Monday 16th August, 9am - 4pm & 6.30pm - 6am (17th)
Tuesday 17th August - 9am - 4pm & 5pm - 6am (18th)
Wednesday 18th August, 9am - 4pm & 5pm - 6am (19th)
Thursday 19th August, 9am - 4pm & 7pm - 6am (20th)
Friday 20th - Thursday 26th August 9am - 4pm & 5pm - 6am (daily)

Saturday 14th August 8am - 9am & 6pm - 7pm
Sunday 15th August, 8am - 9am & 4pm - 5pm
Monday 16th - Friday 20th August, 8am - 9am & 4pm - 5pm (daily)
Saturday 21st August, 8am - 9am & 9pm - 10pm
Sunday 22nd - Thursday 26th August, 8am - 9am & 4pm - 5pm (daily)


  • Comment number 1.

    Another action packed week of exciting interactive content. Unfortunately my excitement is tempered somewhat by the near universal use of the words "not available on Freesat". This is getting ridiculous. Why doesn't the BBC at least make some attempt to make this material available to the 1 million users of the satellite service it part owns?

  • Comment number 2.


    Totally agree. I sense a Trust submission to try and resolve this.

  • Comment number 3.

    Actually if freesat was intended to be a service for people who couldn't receive freeview in their area, surely they are now being disadvantaged by not even having an equivalent red button service? (forgetting the sky argument for a moment)

  • Comment number 4.

    I'm wondering, as a digital newbie, why I have to scroll through a mile-long blog in order to see what is on and when - why isn't there a normal style listing for each type of receiver? (A small advantage would be to highlight the lack of Freesat output, which I imagine makes this blog a frustrating read for those viewers.)

    If the EPG on my TV would show what's on, then presumably I could record things like the Weekend Wogan highlights, which are shown when I'm at work. Otherwise I'm not too sure how to record what I want to see!

    I now have to resort to iplayer, which is a painful experience only because you can't download WW and I live in a low speed broadband area that doesn't rise to the challenge of streaming video.


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