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What's On BBC Red Button 30th August - 12th September 2011

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Lisa Dawson Lisa Dawson | 17:16 UK time, Tuesday, 30 August 2011

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First Click

BBC One’s smash hit genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? is encouraging computer novices to go online and research their own genealogy as part of the BBC’s First Click campaign.

The series delves deep into celebrity family ancestry, uncovering a host of hidden pasts and shock revelations. 

Larry Lamb presents three fascinating films, available on the BBC’s Red Button, in which experts explain how viewers new to computers can use some of the key resources available to the amateur family historian.

Each film features examples and stories from the current series highlighting how passenger lists, birth, marriage and death certificates; census returns, Army Service records, foreign records and Poor Law records can all be accessed online.

A special family history guide for new computer users offering advice, tips and encouragement to get online is available at www.bbc.co.uk/firstclick and at venues running the popular First Click beginners courses.

Available on all platforms

Sky/Freesat/Virgin Media:
Wed 31st August, 9:55pm-4:00am

Wed 31st August, 9:55pm-10:50pm

BBC Last Night of the Proms

Watch all Proms concerts from around the UK on red button.

On the night of Saturday 10th September - Sky, Virgin & Freesat viewers can watch all four concerts live in full.

Those concerts are:

• Hyde Park, London from 1930-2300

• Caerphilly, Wales from 1930-2300

• Caird Hall, Dundee from 1930-2300

• Bangor, Co.Down from 2000-2300

Freeview viewers can watch excerpts from each concert live on red button.

All four concerts will be available to watch on iPlayer from Sunday 11 September, for 7 days.

Find out more at bbc.co.uk/proms or follow @BBCProms on Twitter   

Available on all platforms
Sat 10th September

Mercury Prize

For the first time there will be additional coverage of all the nominee performances available on the Red Button and BBC HD channel from 10.30pm on Tuesday 6th September.

Available on all platforms

Tue 6th September, 10:25pm-6:00am
Wed 7th September, 6:00am-6:00am
Thu 8th September, 6:00am-6:00am
Fri 9th September, 6:00am-6:00am

Tue 6th September, 10:25pm-6:00am
Wed 7th September, 6:00am-2:05pm & 3:10pm-7:45pm & 9:00pm-5:50am
Fri 9th September, 9:40pm-5:20am

Virgin Media:
Tue 6th September, 10:25pm-6:00am
Wed 7th September, 6:00am-6:00am
Thu 8th September, 6:00am-1:45pm & 3:30pm-7:25pm
Fri 9th September, 4:30am-6:00am
Fri 9th September, 6:00am-6:00am (10th)

Hyde Park Concerts

Watch highlights from Radio 2's Live in Hyde Park concert.

Featuring hits from Will Young, Imelda May, Bellowhead, The Pierces, James Blunt, Jonathan Jeremiah and Lenny Kravitz.

The concert takes place on Sunday 11 Sept.  You can press red to watch highlights from 6am Monday 12 Sept.


Available on all platforms
Times to follow soon

Summer of Melas

BBC Red Button and the Asian Network invite you to join in this year's Summer of Melas as we bring you the best on stage performances and interviews from artists including Jay Sean and Mumzy Stranger.

Viewers pressing red on their remotes from Monday 5th September can watch performances recorded at the Leicester, Manchester and London Melas.

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

Find out more about BBC Asian Network Summer of Melas at bbc.co.uk/asiannetwork

Mon 5th September, 8:00pm-6:00am Fri 10th September

Mon 5th September, 8:00pm-10:45pm
Tue 6th September, 4:10am-6:45pm
Thu 8th September, 6:00am-2:05pm & 3:10pm-7:45pm &11:00pm-6:00am
Fri 9th September, 6:00am-8:45am

Virgin Media:
Mon 5th September, 8:00pm-6:00am
Tue 6th September, 6:00am-7:25pm
Wed 7th September, 4:30am-1:45pm & 3:30pm-7:25pm
Thu 8th September, 4:30am-6:00am
Thu 8th September, 6:00am-6:00am (all day)
Fri 9th September, 6:00am-6:00am (all day)

EastEnders Extra Scenes

EastEnders viewers are in for a special treat. As a prelude to Amira's return to Albert Square you can watch special scenes on the red button which answer some of the questions posed by her dramatic exit from Walford in 2010.

As he plans his life together with Christian, Syed's frustrations begin to grow as his attempts to re-connect with Amira and seek a divorce meet with no success. It is only with help from an unexpected source that his hopes are revived and Amira's controlling father Qadim is left with the decision as to whether he brings Syed back into his daughter's life once more.

Two mini red button episodes will disclose Amira's world away from the Square and the repercussions that these events might bring to Syed and Christian's relationship. Caged in her father's home, hidden in disgrace…what secret will she reveal?

Part One is available on Tuesday 6 September on the red button, and  Part Two is available on Thursday 8 September. Both episodes can also be seen at bbc.co.uk.eastenders.

Available on all platforms

Sky/Freesat/Virgin Media:
Tue 6th September, 7:55pm-4:00am
Thu 8th September, 7:55pm-4:00am

Tue 6th September, 7:55pm-10:15pm
Thu 8th September, 7:55pm-10:50pm

The Marches

Watch two specially-made films, to accompany these Radio 4 Afternoon Plays.

Man in a Wheelbarrow: Wednesday 7 September: 2.15pm - 3pm

Fearless Librarian Saves the Day: Thursday 8 September: 2.15pm - 3pm

Press the red button from BBC One.

Over the past year, BBC Radio Drama has worked in partnership with the Rural Media Company and the Herefordshire communities of Kington and Ewyas Harold to create The Marches - a highly innovative project that combines the mediums of radio and film with community participation.

The project gave each community the opportunity to be part of the creative process behind two original Afternoon Plays as well as two accompanying films. Over 150 people aged from 7 to 85 from rural Herefordshire have taken part in the project over the past twelve months. The Marches captures the sounds and images of contemporary rural life, together with the voices, lives, stories and histories of the rural border regions of England and Wales.

Rural Media undertook the research and community development to help create the radio plays. The communities shared local stories and their experiences of the towns with award-winning writer Sebastian Baczkiewicz, who in turn used these accounts as inspiration for two original Afternoon Plays for Radio 4.

In January 2011, BBC Radio Drama recorded the two radio plays in Kington (Man in a Wheelbarrow) and Ewyas Harold (Fearless Librarian Saves The Day) with a cast of professional actors, and with walk-on roles played by some members of the community.

In June 2011, Rural Media Company shot two films that accompany the plays. These films enrich the imagery and story-telling of the radio plays, and were created with the participation of the local communities.

The film that accompanies Man In A Wheelbarrow was directed by John Humphreys. It is a lovingly crafted visual exploration of Kington and the locations, places and events of the play. It features the Kington Festival's famous Wheelbarrow Race as well as stories, ideas and themes gathered from across the market town.

Adrian and Rachel Lambert directed the film that accompanies Fearless Librarian Saves The Day, inspired by the community of the village of Ewyas Harold. Taking the idea of the village hall fete, the film required 120ft of trestle tables and the creation of twenty carefully composed visual re-interpretations of the radio drama, complete with turf, gravel, a freshly caught salmon and mass community participation on the last day of filming!

You can also watch the films online at bbc.co.uk/radio4

Available on all platforms
Wed 7th September, 2:15pm-3:00pm
Thu 8th September, 2:15pm-3:00pm

Reel History

The Reel History of Britain retells the fascinating stories about how life in Britain used to be, through the film collections of the British Film Institute and other National and Regional Film Archives.

The BBC Two series will focus on a different aspect of British life, highlighting the hardships and simple pleasures, as well as the enormous social changes that took place from the 1900s onwards.

Each film explores how ordinary British people worked, loved and lived in the 20th century, as seen through social documentaries, tourist information films, newsreels, and government propaganda films.

These films have now been carefully restored by Britain’s film archives and are available to be seen again for the first time in generations. They showcase the people and places of Britain; their preoccupations, lifestyles and ambitions for the future. They reveal a forgotten Britain that has since changed forever.

Available on all platforms

Mon 5th September, 6:55pm-4:00am
Tue 6th September, 6:55pm-9:55pm

Mon 5th September, 6:55pm-7:50pm
Tue 6th September, 6:55pm-7:45pm

Virgin Media:
Mon 5th September, 6:55pm-10:25pm
Tue 6th September, 6:55pm-9:55pm

Reading and Leeds Festival Highlights

Following the August Bank Holiday weekend, press RED each day for highlights from the Reading and Leeds festival. A different band will feature each day so don't forget to keep coming back to check out the action.

Find out more about the Reading and Leeds festival at bbc.co.uk/readingandleeds

Available on all platforms

Sky/Freesat/Virgin Media:
Mon 29th August, 6:00am-6:00am
Tue 30th August, 6:00am-6:00am
Wed 31st August, 6:00am-6:00am
Thu 1st September, 6:00am-6:00am
Fri 2nd September, 6:00am-4:00am

Mon 29th August, 6:00am-6:20pm & 7:40pm-10:45pm Tue 30th August, 6:00am-7:45pm & 9:00pm-06:00am Wed 31st August, 6:00am-9:45pm & 11:00pm-06:00am Thu 1st September, 6:00am-10:00am & 12:40pm-06:00am Fri 2nd September, 6:00am-9:20am, 12:55pm-4:50pm & 9:10pm-04:00am

Dragons’ Den

It’s a new series and there’s a new Dragon in the Den – logistics tycoon Hilary Devey.  A new raft of keen entrepreneurs are about to enter the Den and make a pitch for an investment that could make their business – and change their lives.
Here on the Red Button we get to peek behind the scenes and get the inside story on the investments made in the Den each week.  What attracted the Dragons to the business?  What did the other Dragons make of the deals? And why did the entrepreneurs take the deal they did in the Den?

Available on all platforms

Sky/Freesat/Virgin Media:
Tue 30th August, 7:55pm-4:00am
Thu 1st September, 7:00pm-4:00am
Fri 2nd September, 7:00pm-4:00am
Sat 3rd September, 7:00pm-4:00am
Sun 4th September, 8:55pm-4:00am
Wed 7th September, 7:55pm-4:00am
Fri 9th September, 7:00pm-4:00am

Tue 30th August, 7:55pm-8:50pm
Sun 4th September, 8:55pm-4:00am
Wed 7th September, 7:55pm-8:50pm

Secret Fortune – Play Along Quiz

A new for Saturday night game show: The National Lottery "Secret Fortune" BBC1, hosted by Nick Knowles.
By putting your general knowledge to the test, and taking a couple of chances the studio contestants can win big cash prizes. Most digital viewers will be able to press their red button during the show to play along and answer the questions at home.

Available on Sky and Freeview only
Sat 3rd September, 2:30pm-8:35pm

Sat 3rd September, 6:00pm-8:35pm
Sat 3rd September, 7:45pm-8:35pm

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)

Available on Sky & Virgin only

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.


• Football: Midweek and Final Score
• Basketball: Live coverage of EuroBasket matches
• Cricket: TMS England v India
• Rowing: World championships from Bled, Slovenia
• Rugby: Scrum V (Ospreys v Leinster Magners League match)
• MotoGP: Misano 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP qualifying sessions
• Formula 1: Italian Grand Prix
• Athletics: Live coverage of the World Series Triathlon from Beijing

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


  • Comment number 1.

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

  • Comment number 2.

    Error 404 on the Eastenders link.....

  • Comment number 3.

    Can you confirm the news I read elsewhere that for the 10 F1 races not live on BBC 1 in 2012 there will be full race reruns on the Red Button, next to the 90 min highlights on BBC 1?

  • Comment number 4.

    Hiya.Thanks for the blog. Firstly blimey i never realised there was so much on the Red Button so thanks for that.i should check things out more! Secondly on my Freeview box it appears channel 301 gives me the equivalent of Red Button F1 coverage so is channel 301 the equivalent for some of us for red button coverage for everything if that makes sense?Thirdly i was wondering the same as Piet @3.Have read similar in a magazine today and wondered if you could confirm it?Lastly you mention Italian GP Highlights will be on red button.Does this include the two free practices as well as did for Belgium?Just wondering.Sorry for all the questions!Thanks.

  • Comment number 5.

    @4 GrassRootsF1Fan: Yes, on Freeview, all red-button video content can also be accessed through 301 directly (unlike on satellite where there are no EPG entries for red button streams). There used to be a 302 for the secondary red button stream, but there is no secondary red button stream any more. And BBC News Multiscreen was inaccessible through a channel, but again, that stream doesn't exist any more.

  • Comment number 6.

    @5 Thanks for the help! Sorry for the dappiness, know this not very technical - but these areas not my skill!Cheers.

  • Comment number 7.

    Lisa, can you please confirm the widespread reports today that the 2012 Formula 1 season will include FULL race coverage on the red button?

  • Comment number 8.

    I am Italian, and I live in Italy, I wonder how it is possible that traits bbc so her viewers!
    Considering that F1 is an English product with a lot of teams based in England and the wonderful work he is doing the bbc, I'm really disappointed by this news, who assumes the responsibilities of an anti choice so popular???
    I really hope for all the English that they can continue to follow the f1 in free-to-air!

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi - have you changed anything regarding how the red button prompt operates on DSat. Since yesterday I have been getting the press red prompt on all BBC channels as soon as I turn over to them. The prompt itself does not time out, I have to press green to get rid of it. Before yesterday the prompt only used to appear occasionaly, I think on programmes where additional content was available behind it and then it would time out after a certain period. I've checked with other DSat users and it's not something unique to my box make/model so I assume it's something the BBC has done?

  • Comment number 10.

    could someone advise as to who i can contact regarding finding out what will be shown on the bbc news channel red button and to enquire if a certain event will be shown on it


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