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Lisa Dawson Lisa Dawson | 16:40 UK time, Friday, 5 November 2010

Children in Need Donation
Children in Need 2010


To support the packed 2010 Children in Need schedule, Sky viewers will be able to press red and donate to BBC Children in Need via their red button. Last year an impressive £318,417 was donated this way.

The Children in Need application enables viewers to donate to BBC Children in Need using a debit or credit card. It will be available on the days before and after the TV programme on 19th November as well as the during the main appeal show itself.

You can find out more about Children In Need and donate at bbc.co.uk/Pudsey

Mon 15th – after Children In need
(Not available on other platforms)

Top Gear Quiz

Top Gear Quiz


The Red Button Top Gear Quiz gives fans the chance to test their motoring knowledge against the clock.

Pressing red takes the user to a unique application with embedded questions that will tax even the most avid car enthusiast.

Sun 14th November, 7:00pm-5:00am
Mon 15th November, 6:00am-5:00am
Tue 16th November, 6:00am-6:00pm
Tue 16th November, 8:00pm-5:00am
Wed 17th November, 6:00am-5:00am
Thu 18th November, 6:00am-8:30pm
Fri 19th November, 6:00am-9:00pm

Sun 14th November, 7:00pm-11:45pm
(Not available on Freesat)



Press Red after the show to watch extra Miranda clips! Each week Miranda interviews guests on her sofa, from different characters to people that have influenced the writing of the show.

In Episode 1 of the new series we are introduced to Stinky the Head Girl at Miranda's school, and Red Button viewers can watch Miranda chatting to her head girl in real life (aka Clare Balding) on her sofa after the show.

Episode 5 is a special two hander between Miranda and Penny so Red Button viewers will see an exclusive interview with Miranda and her real life mother.

Find out more about the show at bbc.co.uk.comedy

Mon 15th November, 8:55pm-4:00am
Fri 19th November, 9:00pm-4:00am

Mon 15th November, 8:55pm-9:50pm

(Not available on Freesat)

BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms
BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms


This year BBC Radio 2 brings Sir Elton John, Robert Plant and Neil Diamond to the Electric Proms.  From Saturday 30th October, watch highlights from the concerts and exclusive footage from backstage, with a different artist each week. 

In the first week, Elton takes two pianos on centre stage - one for him and one for Leon Russell, who inspired Elton as a young musician.  Elton is also joined by two exciting new names, Plan B and Rumer.  From Saturday 6th November, Robert Plant will be joined by rock group Band Of Joy including vocalist Patty Griffin, and The London Oriana Choir.  Then from Saturday 13th November, Neil Diamond revisits the songs he loves and his own classic back catalogue of music.

BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms will be available on Freeview, Sky and Virgin Cable from 30th October.

Sky/ Virgin:
Elton John:
Sat 6th November, 6:00am-7:00pm

Robert Plant:
Sun 7th November, 12:05am - 7:00pm Sat 13th November (continuous)

EP 2010 - Neil Diamond
Sun 14th November, 12:05am-6:00am Sat 20th November (continuous)

Elton John
Sat 6th November, 6:00am-8:50am

Robert Plant
Sun 7th November, 12:05am-1:25am & 6:00am-9:40am & 8:25pm-11:55pm & 3:25am-6:00am (8th)
Mon 8th November, 4:10am-1:35pm & 5:25pm-7:30pm & 8:25pm-6:00am (9th)
Tue 9th November, 6:00am-1:35pm & 6:25pm-6:00am (10th)
Wed 10th November, 6:00am-1:20pm & 5:25pm-6:00am (11th)
Thu 11th November, 6:00am-1:35pm & 5:25pm-8:45pm & 11:20pm-6:00am (12th)
Fri 12th November, 6:00am-8:45am & 5:25pm-10:15pm
Sat 13th November, 12:45am-9:45am

EP 2010 - Neil Diamond
Sun 14th November, 12:05am-midday
Mon 15th November, 12:40am-5:30pm & 7:10pm-8:45pm & 10:00pm-6:00am (16th)
Tue 16th November, 6:00am-5:30pm & 8:55pm-6:00am (17th)
Wed 17th November, 6:00am-2:00pm & 3:00pm-4:30pm & 5:40pm-6:00am (18th)
Thu 18th November, 6:00am-4:30pm & 5:40pm-8:45pm & 11:10pm-6:00am (19th)
Fri 19th November, 6:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-5:50am (20th)

(Not available on Freesat)

Stephen K Amos Show


Stephen K Amos

The brand new Stephen K Amos Show, featuring original stand –up, sketches, audience interaction and special guest appearances from some of the UK’s finest, rising comedy talent. Red button audiences are treated to some exclusive extra sketches immediately after the BBC2 programme.

Sat 6th November, 9:00pm-4:00am
Tue 9th November, 9:00pm-4:00am
Fri 12th November, 10:25pm-4:00am
Sat 13th November, 9:00pm-4:00am
Tue 16th November, 9:00pm-4:00am

Sat 6th November, 10:10pm-11:55pm
Fri 12th November, 10:25pm-12:35am
(Not available on Freesat)



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

Sat 6th November, 6:00am-12:00pm
Sun 7th November, 4:30am--2:30pm & 9:00pm-6:00am
Mon 8th November, 6:00am-8:30am Sat 13th November (continuous)
Sun 14th November, 4:30am-11:40am & 4:45pm-9:00pm
Mon 15th November, 4:00am-10:00am
Thu 18th November, 7:00pm-4:00am

Thu 11th November, 8:55pm-10:15pm
Thu 18th November, 8:55pm-10:15pm
(Not available on Freesat)

Sarah Jane Adventures Quiz
Sarah Jane Adventures


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.

Mon 8th - Fri 12th November, 7:00am-7:00pm (daily)
Sat 13th November, 7:00am-4:30pm
Mon 15th November, 12:00pm-7:00pm
Tue 16th - Thu 18th November, 7:00am-7:00pm (daily)

Tue 9th November, 5:25pm-6:15pm
Mon 15th November, 5:40pm-7:00pm
Tue 16th November, 5:40pm-7:00pm
Wed 17th November, 4:40pm-5:30pm
Thu 18th November, 4:40pm-5:30pm
(Not available on Freesat or Virgin)

Phill and Noel’s Question Time
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.

Sun 7th November, 9:00pm-4:00am
Mon 8th November, 9:00pm-4:00am
Wed 10th November, 9:00pm-4:00am
Thu 11th November, 10:25pm-4:00am
Sun 14th November, 9:00pm-4:00am
Wed 17th November, 9:00pm-4:00am
Thu 18th November, 10:25pm-4:00am

Mon 8th November, 12:05am-4:00am
Thu 11th November, 10:25pm-11:10pm
Sun 14th November, 11:55pm-12:30am
Thu 18th November, 10:25pm-11:00pm
(Not available on Freesat)

Merlin Quiz


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

From episode 2 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

Sat 6th November, 7:40pm-10:00pm
Mon 8th November, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Sat 13th November, 7:20pm-10:30pm
Tue 16th November, 7:00pm-8:55pm

Sat 6th November, 7:40pm-10:00pm
Mon 8th November, 7:40pm-8:15pm
Sat 13th November, 7:20pm-8:20pm
Tue 16th November, 7:10pm-8:45pm

(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 6th November, 9:00am-11:00am
 (Not available on 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)      
Sat 6th November, 9:00am-11:00am
Sat 13th November, 9:00am-11:00am
(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)

CBeebies Red Button 


BBC 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. 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.

CBeebies Red Button is available now on the CBeebies channel, and via page 5900 on other channels. Sky & Freeview.

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.
Sun 7th Nov, 1:10am - midday
Sun 14th Nov, 2:00pm - 11:00pm
 (*Not available on Freeview)

Friday Focus*
Join Mark Lawrenson and his predictions for the weekend with pundit interviews.
Fri 12th Nov, 6:30pm-6:00am (13th)
(*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 6th Nov, 2:30pm-6:00pm

Sat 13th Nov, 2.30pm-6.00pm

Sat 6th Nov, 3:05pm-6:00pm
Sat 13th Nov, 4.30pm -6.00pm

Midweek Final Score*
Tues 9th Nov, 7:30pm-10:00pm
Wed 910h Nov, 7:30pm-10:00pm
(*Not available on Freeview)

Live coverage of the Championship match between Cardiff & Swansea with audio options.  

Sun 7th Nov, 1:00pm-3:10pm

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.
Coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix from Saturday 6th November
(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.
Qualifying at Valencia from Saturday 6th November
(Limited service available on Freeview)

Rugby Union Highlights*
Matches and Highlights from the day's Autumn International Rugby Union matches.

Sat 7th & Sun 8th Nov

Sat 13th & Sun 14th Nov

Fri 19th Nov
See sport website for times
(*Not available on Freeview)

Live coverage of the Rowing World Championships.
Sat 6th Nov, 1:30am-3:00am
Sun 7th Nov, 1:30am-3:15am

Live coverage from today's action at the International Scottish Open.
Mon 8th - Sat 13th Nov (see sport website for times)

Live coverage of the Amateur Boxing Championships
Sat 13th Nov, 7:30pm-11:00pm

Sat 13th Nov, 8:30pm-11:00pm


  • Comment number 1.

    How many more times will this go unanswered. Why so many "not available on Freesat" when it is available on Sky...

  • Comment number 2.

    The only thing I see is this:
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  • Comment number 3.

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

  • Comment number 4.

    @pebbens: Sky control the EPG service information broadcast on 12441V, which carries 7 out of the 9 red button streams available on satellite. Until they carry the Freesat EPG information as well, and presumably also the MHEG data, Freesat boxes cannot select those streams.

    This is also the reason that a number of other free-to-air channels are not yet available on Freesat. Sky claim it's taking them some time to reorganize it, to ensure that it's interoperable with their own boxes.

    There could also be exclusivity arrangements with Sky, as there are for 4hd, Fiver, Five USA. However, I believe the BBC's Charter prevents this - all channels *should* be free-to-air.

    You might find that you can still view the stream you're after if you use the Other Channels feature to manually select 12441 MHz (or 12.441 GHz), polarization V, symbol rate 27500 Kbaud (or 27.5 Mbaud), FEC 2/3.

  • Comment number 5.

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

  • Comment number 6.

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

  • Comment number 7.

    The BBC talks so much about platform neutrality,
    So why is it taking the BBC so long to get news multi-screen on freesat?
    Why is so much red button content unavailable on freesat?

    I would like an explanation from a BBC member of staff!

  • Comment number 8.

    If kruador is right then the follow on question is simple. Who pays for 12441V? If it is the BBC, then the BBC need to give Sky an ultimatum, either fix it so that Sky and Freesat can use it together, or Sky will lose access.

    The BBC can then put a note on Red Button on Sky that until Sky fix it they will need to purchase a Freesat box to get the Red button.

    If the BBC does pay for 12441V then there is a serious question regarding why this has been allowed to go on for so long.

    Even more simple Sky can find the capacity elsewhere and broadcast the interactive streams for their own subscribers that way no one loses out. They could even encrypt those streams.

    I'll pick this up with the BBC Trust.

  • Comment number 9.

    Dear All,

    The reason we do not have the same level of service on Freesat is simply that we do not have the available resource to build these services for that platform.
    We are constantly reviewing that situation and indeed, we have started to invest effort in delivering Red Button content to Freesat via IP. So those of you with a Freesat HD box that has Internet can see some of these services now.
    In regards to delivering video services to Freesat, I am hopeful that if the resource remains available that we could have something live for broadcast viewers in Q1/Q2 - with so many changes currently underway within BBC I would have preferred to wait until that date was certain before acknowledging it. However, I can understand your frustration at seeing (or not seeing) extra video on Freesat and so I hope this explains why and please bear with us until we deliver this.
    We have no plans currently to deliver the News Multiscreen onto Freesat as part of this work.
    Please do remember for all Sport fans there is up to 6 streams already available on Freesat for you to enjoy.


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