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Tess Foster Tess Foster | 06:00 UK time, Saturday, 2 June 2012

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The Diamond Jubilee


Follow the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations on the Red Button. There will be uninterrupted coverage from the events (not available on Freeview) during the BBC One programmes, you will be able to watch the events in full without commentary. Over the weekend we will be showing either full repeats of the events or highlights.

Available on all platforms

Sun 3rd June, 1:30pm-10:30pm
Mon 4th June, 12:20am-6:00am until Tue 5th June 4:00pm
Tue 5th June, 5:25pm until Thu 7th June 4:00am

Virgin Media:
Sun 3rd June, 1:30pm-10:30pm
Mon 4th June, 12:20am until Tue 5th June 4:00pm
Tue 5th June, 5:25pm until Wed 6th June 9:25pm
Thu 7th June, 4:30am-8:55pm

Sun 3rd June, 5:55pm-10:30pm
Mon 4th June, 12:20am-1:50pm, 7:10pm-8:45pm, 10:40pm until Tue 5th June 9:15am
Tue 5th June, 5:25pm-7:15pm
Wed 6th June, 12:00am-7:50pm

London Collection


Aerial view of London, looking east towards Canary Wharf

The London Collection is an archive collection that celebrates the people and places of London. Highlights are available on the red button and the full archive collection is available online at BBC Four Collections. There will be various programmes on both BBC Two and BBC Four which are supported by this collection.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Wed 6th June, 9:55pm-4:00am
Thu 7th June, 7:00pm-10:35pm, 11:35pm-4:00am

Wed 6th June, 9:55pm-4:00am
Thu 7th June, 10:10pm-4:00am



(LR) Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Martin Hughes-Games

You can watch the Springwatch webcams for the first time on Red Button this year, as we follow the early lives of the UK's best-loved animals. Also, your stunning photos of spring, direct from the Springwatch Flickr group will be available when the webcams have finished. For more Springwatch content including more webcams and all the photos go to bbc.co.uk/springwatch

Available on all platforms

Sat 2nd June, 6:00am until Fri 8th June 3:45pm
Fri 8th June, 7:30pm until Sat 9th June 7:00pm
Sat 9th June, 10:30pm-6:00am

Sat 2nd June, 6:00am-6:50am, 11:25pm-4:00am
Mon 4th June, 8:55pm-10:30pm
Tue 5th June, 7:25pm-11:50pm
Wed 6th June, 8:00pm-9:45pm
Thu 7th June, 4:10am-6:50am, 7:10pm-10:00pm

Virgin Media:
Sat 2nd June, 6:00am until Mon 4th June 06:30am
Mon 4th June, 10:30pm until Tue 5th June 6:30am
Tue 5th June, 10:30am-2:30pm, 6:30pm until Wed 6th June 6:30am
Wed 6th June, 10:30am-2:30pm, 6:30pm until Thu 7th June 6:30am
Thu 7th June, 10:30am-2:30pm, 9:25pm until Fri 8th June 3:45pm
Fri 8th June, 7:30pm until Sat 9th June 7:00pm
Sat 9th June, 10:30pm-6:00am

CBBC Extra

Press red on the CBBC channel this week and join Chris and Cel as they introduce exclusive clips from a wealth of CBBC goodies including all new 12 Again, Deadly 60 and Horrible Histories.

You can also read Chris and Dodge's blog, answers to some of your questions, read your horoscopes and see if the jokes that made Chris and Dodge LOL will have the same effect on you.

Go on, press red... You know you want to!

CBBC Extra website

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Sat 2nd June, 7:00am-10:00am
Mon 4th June, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Tue 5th June, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Wed 6th June, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Thu 7th June, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Fri 8th June, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm

Sat 2nd June, 7:00am-10:00am
Tue 5th June, 3:45pm-5:15pm
Thu 7th June, 7:00am-10:00am
Fri 8th June, 7:00am-10:00am

News Multiscreen: Video Choice

Everyday the BBC News On Demand team rounds up the day's news to bring viewers a two-minute bulletin of headlines. 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 Odd Box.

  • Five Minutes With... / Odd Box: Weekends (around the clock)

BBC News website

Available on Sky and 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!

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 the Red Button team to offer the best games tailored to each system.

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

CBeebies website

Available on Freeview and Sky only

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.


  • Cricket - Test Match Special and Scorecard of the third Test Match between England and the West Indies.
  • MotoGP - Live coverage of the Moto2 & Moto3 races from Catalunya, Spain.
  • Olympics - Torch Relay: Live coverage of the Olympic Torch relay from Londonderry.

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


  • Comment number 1.

    It is great to see so much content available via the red button, but can someone explain why Freesat has yet to receive the News Multiscreen service? Surely the feeds are available (as the service is available on Sky), so it is just a matter of writing the MHEG code for this? I think that this is a poor state of affairs, as the BBC are one of the main backers of Freesat. As a new Freesat "customer" (coming from Freeview) I was surprised that this service was not available yet.

  • Comment number 2.

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

  • Comment number 3.

    While watching last night's Jubilee concert, I saw a message flash across the TV screen to the effect that the programme was being broadcast in 3D. Rushing quickly for the 3D glasses and switching the TV into 3D mode, I was completely underwhelmed with what I saw or rather didn't. Thinking that there may be a fault with either my new TV and/or 3D glasses, I would like to know whether the producers saw the 3D broadcast experiment as a success?
    Andy Beattie

  • Comment number 4.

    Actuall I watched the River Pageant on Sky. I did turn over to the BBC and found them talking about "Jubilee Babies". Incredable this is not what people want to see. I did try a few times and no sign of any boats. I see there have been thousand of complaints about way the BBC covered this.

    Next up the concert. I was pleased to see they were actually transmiting in 5.1 dolby surround sound. Unfortuatly the sound mixing was so poor there was hardly any sound coming from the rear speakers. Generally the the sound was poor with the wrong microphones being selected at the wrong time. I know this was difficult to mix but the BBC should have used some one with experienced in mixing live concerts. Unfortuanatly the video was also very poorly produced. In particular there was constant fast switching between cameras . I assume that this was some sort of attempt to create excitement but this actually was very annoying. The performances were exciting enough and didn't need any help. As one example was "Our House" which the BBC should have just left as a long shot of the Palace so we could watch the brilliant projections. Again the fireworks was spoilt by constant changes of cameras. The producer needs to be far more restrained in swtching cameras. In fact I would say in a well produced programme viewers should not notice camera changes. Then at the end the BBC really messed up by overlaying the end of the fireworks with the credits.

    I think it is quite clear that the quality of BBC management is very poor. I also fear we are going get similar problems with the Olympics. They need to cut back on interviews and show more of the sport.

  • Comment number 5.

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

  • Comment number 6.

    As a new user to Virgin Media the red button is not that impressive as when you say available on Virgin Media I have now found you actually mean Virgin Media except Tivo as it suffers from a lack of the red button.

    There is a limited red button promised through an BBC Sport App for F1 but anything else is noticably missing

    Despite the red button streams being made available to less advanced and older boxes of Virgin Media these streams not functioning/missing from the tivo lead to userof the jubilee and over 2 weeks has past of the Torch Relay

    After the Olympics the Tivo however will 'excel' if it has the app(s) (hint) as the conventional stream system is to be put out to pasture relegated to 1 stream and favoured towards IPTV solutions

  • Comment number 7.

    It Seems an update being deployed - read my mind?https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/TiVo/BBC-Red-Button-Sports-App-Upgrade/td-p/1249345

    Euro 2012 along with the F1 (Wimbledon later in the month and assumed Olympics after) can be chose however still work to make the app more broad appeal (Football, Tennis results and sport news stories (text) that available on the website.

    Aside from the Sport, Can we Tivo users have an App for the non sport Red Button things!

    Last Week Jubilee and the annual Proms (however not my 100% actual taste) would be a excellent example.

    Idea: CBBC Extra and Cbeebies Interactive could be apps along with play along

  • Comment number 8.

    BBC's coverage of the Diamond Jubilee was shown in South Africa - am so glad I didn't miss it while I'm out of UK. Media, both mainstream and popular South African blogs, had plenty to say on the Queen and the foreign perspective on the Royals was intriguing! Actually loved this Queen's Diamond Jubilee cartoon - the post tied everything together so nicely with current affairs in UK and abroad.

    Thanks Beebs for the great coverage - especially the concert!

  • Comment number 9.

    The news multiscreen will not be made available on Freesat. This service is due to close on all platforms before the Olympics 2102 coverage begins. Please go to DQF website to find out more.

  • Comment number 10.

    It would be an exciting development to broadcast red button content in 3D but this is not yet possible. We'll let you know if you need to grab those glasses for red button 3D.


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