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Lisa Dawson Lisa Dawson | 13:00 UK time, Tuesday, 5 July 2011

BBC Red Button Blog

T in The Park

T in the Park takes place over the weekend of 8-10th July 2011 in the iconic setting of Balado, Kinross-shire. BBC coverage extends as always across TV, Radio, Online and Red Button.

The UK's liveliest festival crowd always makes T a spectacle to remember, and performances from Foo Fighters, Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Beyoncé, My Chemical Romance, Coldplay, Deadmau5 and Leftfield are sure to make 2011 a vintage year. Primal Scream's 20th anniversary homecoming performance of Screamadelica should set the party alight on Saturday.

Red Button viewers will be treated to coverage across the weekend with performances from the Main, Radio 1, King Tut's and Introducing stages. Press red from any BBC channel on Friday at 7pm, Saturday from 11am and Sunday from 4pm (check variations on Freeview) for extended performance sets.

Also on Red Button, the very best from T in the Park in the form of daily highlights from Monday 11th July. Press red for fresh highlights each day; check Red Button and bbc.co.uk/tinthepark for the schedule.

Viewers can keep up to date with all the weekend's festivities on: BBC Three, BBC HD & BBC Scotland on TV, Radio 1 & Radio Scotland, on BBC Red Button and live on the T in the Park website at bbc.co.uk/tinthepark.

Sky/ Freesat/ Virgin Media:
Fri 8th July, 7:00pm-2:00am
Sat 9th July, 11:00am-2:00am
Sun 10th July, 4:00pm-2:00am
Mon 11th July, 2:30am-6:00am
Mon 11th July, 6:00am-6:00am
Tue 12th July, 6:00am-6:00am
Wed 13th July, 6:00am-6:00am
Thu 14th July, 6:00am-6:00am
Fri 15th July, 6:00am-8:30am & 11:05pm-2:05am

Fri 8th July, 7:00pm-2:00am
Sat 9th July, 2:40pm-8:00pm & 9:10pm-2:00am
Sun 10th July, 5:40pm-2:00am

Mon 11th July, 2:30am-6:50pm
Mon 11th July, 11:00pm-7:50pm (Tue 12th July)
Tue 12th July, 11:00pm-6:00am- 4:35pm (Wed 13th July)
Thu 14th July, 12:10am-8:50am
Fri 15th July, 12:10am-8:30am & 11:05pm-2:05am

Proms 2011

First Night of the Proms

This Proms season, BBC Red Button returns with a selection of services available alongside the regular broadcasts for selected performances.
Maestro Cam and Solo Cam will focus exclusively on conductors and soloists respectively, giving viewers alternative perspectives on the Proms from the amongst the musicians themselves. By pressing red, viewers can also listen to live commentary from an expert conductor and hear their unique insights into the music as the work is played.
The service will be available for six Proms, beginning on Friday 15th July from 8pm with the First Night of the Proms.
Maestro Cam will feature conductor Jiří Bělohlávek as he conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing music by Brahms, Liszt, Janáček and the world premiere of a new piece by Judith Weir. Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, will be performed by pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and feature on the evening's Solo Cam.
In addition, optional expert commentary will be supplied by conductor Robin O'Neill.
Find out more at bbc.co.uk/proms or follow @BBCProms on Twitter

Available on all platforms
Fri 15th July, 8:00pm-9:45pm


Watch a sneak peek of what's in store for Gwen Cooper and Captain Jack Harkness in the new series of Torchwood. Get a taste of the excitement from the new series as well as an introduction to Torchwood's new recruits. You can also find out what the cast thought about taking Torchwood across the pond and filming in LA. Are you ready for Torchwood - Miracle Day?

Sky/ Freesat/ Virgin Media:
Mon 11th July, 6:00am-6:00am
Tue 12th July, 6:00am-6:00am
Wed 13th July, 6:00am-6:00am
Thu 14th July, 6:00am-4:00am

Mon 11th July, 7:00pm-10:50pm
Tue 12th July, 8:00pm-10:50pm
Wed 13th July, 9:55pm-12:00am

Horrible Histories Quiz

Things get a little gory behind the blood red button with the Horrible Histories quiz!  Viewers can press red to play along with the quiz based on horrible happenings across history.  There'll be gory, funny clips from the brand new series with questions from days gone by.  The quiz is hosted by Horrible Histories regular cast member Martha Howe Douglas in the guise of a Georgian peasant girl.
Have some horrible fun on the Horrible Histories website: bbc.co.uk/cbbc/horriblehistories
The quiz will be available on Monday, 18th July on Freeview and Sky only
Mon 18th July, 7:00am-7:00pm

Mon 18th July, 7:00am-6:00pm

Bollywood Stars

BBC Asian Network will bring all the news, excitement and stars from this year’s Indian International Film Awards to the BBC Red Button with Bollywood Stars. From 18 -24 July, viewers will be able to experience the world of Bollywood from the IIFA weekend, which was held in Toronto last month.

The programme, presented by BBC Asian Network Breakfast show presenter Tommy Sandhu, captures all the stars, the buzz, and glamour that surrounds the Indian film industry. Tommy chats to the stars, goes behind the scenes at the awards and gets up close and personal with some of the biggest names around.

Sky/ Freesat/ Virgin Media
Available from Monday, July 18th  at 6:00am.

Availablew from
Monday, July 18th  at 6.10pm


Press your red button from 6pm on Monday 4th July to watch Blondie in session with Ken Bruce on Radio 2, recorded at the legendary BBC Maida Vale Studios.

The band will be performing a few of their greatest hits as well as tracks from their new album, Panic Of Girls.
The service will play in a loop until Friday night 8th July.
Sky/ Freesat/ Virgin Media:
Until Fri 8th July, 4:00am

Mon 4th July, 6:00pm- Tue 5th July, 4:50pm
Tue 5th July, 7:25pm- Wed 6th July, 1:35pm
Wed 6th July, 10:25pm- Thu 7th July, 6:20pm
Thu 7th July, 8:40pm- Fri 8th July, 8:45am
Fri 8th July, 2:45pm-6:50pm

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 studio contestants every Saturday night.
Come the final round will YOU still be in it to win it?
Available during the show
Sky & Freeview:
Saturday 9thJuly
(not available on Virgin or 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*

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.


• MotoGP: Live coverage from Assen & Mugello
• Wimbledon: highlights
• Football: Women’s World Cup football
• Cricket: TMS England v Sri Lanka
• Formula 1: Classic F1 races & Silverstone coverage
• Golf: Scottish Open & Sandwich Open previews
• Athletics: Diamond League Athletics from Paris & Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix
• Rowing: The Rowing World Cup meeting from Lucerne

*Note all Red Button times are subject to change at short notice


  • Comment number 1.

    Can someone explain the Torchwood thing? Is it one clip looped on all of the days? Or is it all new content? Or a mixture of the two?

    Ie, just recording one of the days' stream on Freeview, will that cover everything that will be broadcast anywhere, or is there lots more content?

  • Comment number 2.

    Are there any signs of any progress being made on improving the service on Freeview and at least reinstating one stream. Although it may require some work it can not be that big a leap to add one extra video stream to the BBC mux when at the moment the BBC offer only 7 whilst the ITV/C4 mux has 8 and the other muxes have 9 or 10, plus radio channels.

    Yes, quality may need to be compromised on some channels but the benefit of the extra channel far outweighs a barely noticeable lowering of picture quality, and yes the BBC have regional issues complicating things (but the ITV/C4 mux and old C5/S4C mux are regionalised too!) but where there is a will there's a way - and us Freeview folk are being shortchanged by the BBC at the moment.

    Indeed by my amatuer ill-informed calculatons I think the BBC could offer four interactive streams for 2012 if they pulled their finger out, using the existing 301, the reinstated 302, BBC Parliament and then removing some radio channels for the period as they do for BBC Alba to create a fourth for the games themselves.

    Along with coverage on BBC1 and BBC2/3 that would create up to six streams on Freeview, which is on a par with the current service on Sky/Cable. It is wishful thinking perhaps, but something the BBC could work towards if they didn't treat us Freeview folk as second class licence fee payers.

  • Comment number 3.

    I remember saying exactly the same thing last year but using 301 for The Open Leaderboard is such a waste of a stream when it could be used for alternative video instead. The Leaderboard info can be delivered in text form - and indeed it still is, though hidden away on the third or fourth page of the Golf menu. When events had dedicated applications it was easy to find from the main menu, and delivered in such a way the picture remained in 1/4 screen without having to an extra video stream on it.

  • Comment number 4.

    damn too bad I missed this already. Wish I could have seen Torchwood during the sneak peaks. Did anyone here get a chance to see it? How was it?


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