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Lisa Dawson Lisa Dawson | 16:00 UK time, Friday, 8 October 2010





New for 2010, this year Autumnwatch fans will be able to press red to view our pick of Autumn nature photos taken by our audience. The images are selected by the Autumnwatch web team from photos the viewers have uploaded on the Autumnwatch Flickr group.

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

To get involved and upload photos or for further information go to bbc.co.uk/autumnwatch

Thu 14th October, 9:55pm-3:00am
Sat 16th October, 6:30am-6:00am
Sun 17th October, 6:00am-6:00am
Mon 18th October, 6:00am-8:30am
Tue 19th October, 4:30am-6:00am
Tue 19th October, 6:00am-6:00am
Wed 20th October, 6:00am-6:00am
Thu 21st October, 6:00am-6:00am
Fri 22nd October, 6:00am-6:00am

Thu 14th October, 9:55pm-11:00pm
Tue 19th October, 4:30am-6:50am &10:10pm-6:00am
Wed 20th October, 6:00am-6:50am
Thu 21st October, 4:10am-6:50am & 7:10pm-10:15pm
(Not available on Freesat)

Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games Multiscreen


BBC Sport's Red Button service will offer up to six live streams of live action from the Commonwealth Games in Delhi each day from October 3rd-14th, with Freeview offering one extra stream on top of the BBC One/Two coverage.  Live coverage starts at around 3am most days and finishes at around 6pm.
Full replays and highlights packages of selected events will be available after live coverage has ended each day.

Additionally, in the build-up to the Games from Sunday 26th September Sky, Virgin and Freesat viewers can watch a special preview programme. For more schedule details visit the Commonwealth Games website

Live coverage
Sat 9th –15th October, 4am – 6:30pm daily

Sat 9th October – 15th October 4:30pm-4am daily
(Limited coverage available on Freeview)

Bang Goes The Theory
Bang Goes The Theory


Get extra ‘Bang’ on BBC Red Button! “Little Bang” will deliver a rich mix of interactive science and features, including outtakes, a quiz and special extras. The audience will 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 will field questions from the audience about anything from what it’s like filming features to the inspiration behind the ideas. Following on from the successful “Ask Yan” feature, the team’s science knowledge will be put to the test by putting him on the spot to answer viewers’ science questions.

Watch Little Bang on BBC Red Button on Freeview, Sky and Virgin Cable from Wednesday 13th October. To find out more go to bbc.co.uk/bang

Wed 13th October, 7:55pm-8:30pm
(Not available on Freesat)

Horizon 'Seeing is Believing'
Horizon Quiz


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 we interpret the world around us. Scientist Beau Lotto explains 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 18th October.

Mon 18th October, 7:00pm-4:00am (19th)

Mon 18th October, 7:00pm-11:00pm
(Not available on Freesat)

Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons


Press RED for highlights of the BBC Radio 1 concert curated by new acoustic heroes Mumford and Sons, performing alongside their contemporaries Laura Marling, The Maccabees and Bombay Bicycle Club.

Mumford & Sons will be available from Tuesday 12th October. More information on the Radio 1 website.

Tue 12th October, 6:30pm-3:30am (13th)
Wed 13th October, 6:30pm-3:30am (14th)
Thu 14th October, 1:30pm-6:00am (15th)
Fri 15th October, 6:00am-6:00am (16th)
Sat 16th October, 6:00am-6:00am (17th)
Sun 17th October, 6:00am-6:00am (18th)
Mon 18th October, 6:00am-4:00am (19th)

Tue 12th October, 6:40pm-3:30am (13th)
Wed 13th October, 6:30pm-7:45pm & 8:40pm-1:20am (14th)
Thu 14th October, 11:10pm-6:00am (15th)
Fri 15th October, 6:00am-12:00pm &1:00pm-2:40am (16th)
Sat 16th October, 6:10am-8:50am &11:10am-2:20pm & 8:45pm-2:40am (17th)
Sun 17th October, 5:15am- Mon 18th October, 6:50pm (continuous)
Mon 18th October, 11:10pm-4:00am (19th)

Sarah Jane Adventures Quiz


Press your red button after the show and test your knowledge in the Sarah Jane Adventures Quiz. Watch clips from the show and answer questions put to you by the Bannerman Road Gang. Test your memory and observational skills and if you make the grade you can go to the SJA website and download a special certificate saying you have the passed the "Red Button" level of the Sarah Jane Academy.

Find out more on the CBBC website

Mon 18th October, 7:00am-7:00pm
Tue 19th October, 7:00am-7:00pm
Wed 20th October, 7:00am-7:00pm
Thu 21st October, 7:00am-7:00pm

Tue 19th October, 5:40pm-7:00pm
(Not available on Freesat or Virgin)

Phill and Noel’s Question Time

This year on red button, viewers get the chance to ask the Never Mind The Buzzcocks team captains anything they like – no matter how daft. Phill Jupitus  and Noel Fielding pick out their favourite questions and debate them until they’ve got a definitive answer.
So whether you want to know who’s the best dressed rock star ever, whether last week’s guests were as nice as they seemed, or you just can’t decide what to have for tea, Phill and Noel are here to help. A bit.
Phill and Noel's Question Time will be available after the show on BBC Red Button. Think of it as a vital public service. Except it’s completely useless.

Thu 21st October, 10:25pm-4:00am (22nd)
Fri 22nd October, 9:30pm-4:00am (23rd)

Thu 21st October, 10:25pm-1:45am (22nd)
(Not available on Freesat)

Weekend Wogan At The London Palladium


This October Terry will be starting his new BBC Radio 2 series with a very special show live from the world-famous London Palladium, all in aid of BBC Children in Need. 
Watch Status Quo, JLS and Imelda May lead this stellar line-up in a highlights programme on BBC Red Button, which will also include Elio Pace and his house band, plus more surprise artists still to be announced.
Available from 4th October on BBC Red Button.

Sat 9th October, 6:00pm-3:30am (10th)
Sun 10th October, 5:30pm-3:30am (11th)

Sat 9th October, 9:30pm-12:50am (10th)
Sun 10th October, 6:40pm-3:30am (11th)
(Not available on Freesat)

Merlin Quiz


Test your knowledge of all things Merlin in the Red Button Merlin Quiz.

From episode two onwards fans will be able to watch clips from the show and answer questions put to you by Merlin (played by Colin Morgan) on his magical medieval world. There will be 3 differently themed versions of the quiz to try: Heroes, Villains and Magical creatures.

The quiz will change every 4 weeks so keep coming back to see how well you remember Merlin's world.

Find out more about Merlin’s world at bbc.co.uk/merlin

Available from Saturday 18th September

Mon 11th October, 7:30pm-3:00am (12th)
Sat 16th October, 7:45pm-4:00am (17th)
Mon 18th October, 7:00pm-4:00am (19th)
Tue 19th October, 7:00am-4:00am (20th)
Wed 20th October, 7:00am-4:00am (21st)
Thu 21st October, 7:00am-4:00am (22nd)
Fri 22nd October, 7:00am-4:00am (23rd)

Tue 19th October, 7:00am-5:30pm
Wed 20th October, 7:00am-1:50pm & 6:10pm-4:00am (21st)
Thu 21st October, 7:00am-3:50pm
Fri 22nd October, 7:45am-12:00pm &1:00pm-2:50pm
(Not available on Freesat)

Danny Baker


Every Saturday morning from 11th September, warm up for the weekend's sporting action with Danny Baker's mixture of the wacky, the whimsical, and the downright strange.

Catch Danny under the BBC Red Button on digital TV, and on the 5 live and BBC Sport websites from 9am to 11am - find out which matches will be covered on the BBC, plus all the weekend's other fixtures.

Every show, viewers' texts and tweets will appear on-screen, and we'll be asking you to send us your photos too.

Follow Danny on bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/dannybaker

Sat 9th October, 9:00am-10:30am
Sat 16th October, 9:00am-11:00am

Sat 16th October, 9:00am-11:00am
(Not available on Freesat)

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?

Sky & Freeview:
(Available during the BBC One show)
Sat 9th October
(Not available on Virgin or Freesat)

Question Time


Take 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)      
Thurs 14th October, 10.35pm - 11.35pm
Thurs 21st October, 10.35pm - 11.35pm
(Not available on Freesat)

News Multiscreen: Video Choice


Each 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*
Sports Multiscreen


Catch 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...

The 2010/11 football season is in full swing and here 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.

Football League Show Repeat*
All the goals, round up and debate from the Football League. Presented by Manish Bhasin.
Sunday 10th October, Midnight-5:00am (11th)
Sun 17th October, 1:00am-12:00pm
Sun 17th October, 1:50am-9:50am

Friday Focus*
Join Mark Lawrenson and his predictions for the weekend with pundit interviews.
Fri 15th October, 6:30pm-6:00am (16th)
Sat 16th October, 6:00am-8:30am
Friday 22nd October, 9:00pm-6:00am (23rd)
(*Not available on Freeview)

Final Score
Gabby Logan and guests keep you up to date with all the day's football news and results.
Sat 16th October, 2:30pm-6:00pm

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.
Japan Grand Prix from Sun 10th October
(Limited service available on Freeview)

BBC Sport will be trackside for every twist and turn of the 2010 MotoGP championship.
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.
Live coverage of the qualifying races from Sepang from Sat 9th October
(Limited service available on Freeview)

Equestrian World Games
Live coverage of the World Equestrian Games, Show Jumping.
Sun 10th Oct, 1:00am – 3:00am

Bowls Highlights
Highlights from Scottish International Open
Mon 11th Oct, 11:15pm-12:15am (12th)

Live coverage of the Men’s and Women's Team Final from Rotterdam.
Wed 20th October, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Thu 21st October, 4:00-7:00pm
Fri 22nd October, 3:00pm-6:00pm

Rugby: Scrum V
Live coverage from the Magners League with audio options. Blues v. Scarlets.
Fri 22nd October, 7:00pm-9:00pm


  • Comment number 1.

    Should these posts really be in the TV Blog instead? It's not *really* about the Internet when it's all about the Red Button now, is it?

  • Comment number 2.

    As far as I can see, there isn't a Red Button home page. There should be a specially designed page for the Red Button showing a nicely laid out schedule for every day of the week, presented just like the other schedule pages you have. If anything, it should be included on the iPlayer section with the Red Button having its own area. I own a web development company so perhaps you can contact me about this project...

    : )

  • Comment number 3.

    I don't know who is responsible for the EPG, but was very annoying for much of the last week the Commonwealth Games schedule on Freeview was 24 hours behind.

  • Comment number 4.

    Bang Goes The Theory
    Horizon 'Seeing is Believing'
    Mumford & Sons
    Sarah Jane Adventures Quiz
    Phill and Noel’s Question Time
    Weekend Wogan At The London Palladium
    Merlin Quiz
    Danny Baker
    In It To Win It
    Question Time
    News Multiscreen

    (Not available on Freesat)

    Freesat is no longer new technology and BBC Red Button ought to be fully on Freesat. Please.

  • Comment number 5.

    Its not right that the full BBC Red Button service is on pay platforms. Freesat is your chance to do things that you can never do on Freeview

  • Comment number 6.

    I agree - why can't the BBC get its act together and restore full red-button functionality to Freesat?

    We can only get Freesat where I live (no Freeview). We switched from Sky, who were trying to charge us to upgrade our Freesat-from-Sky card (grrrr!). But we are terribly disappointed by Freesat's service on the Red Button. I was looking forward to Springwatch/Autumnwatch and Chelsea Flower Show red-button programmes.

    I've complained to Freesat, the BBC, and the BBC Trust, but have yet to receive a response from any of them (although I am waiting for Freesat to call me back...).

    At the very least they could provide these services via iPlayer - but no joy there either.

    It annoys me even more when Freesat air stupid ads asking "What's the catch?" to switching to Freesat. Err... guys... the catch is that you get a much poorer service!

  • Comment number 7.

    OK - just heard back from Freesat Customer Services, who are going to "look into it" for me. But apparently it's down to the BBC and not them (because freesat are not-for-profit organisation, or something).

    So I suggest you all get onto the BBC about the Red Button service on freesat. Maybe I'll start a campaign...


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