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What's On BBC Red Button 21st - 28th July

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Tess Foster Tess Foster | 06:00 UK time, Saturday, 21 July 2012

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London 2012 Olympics


Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London

From Wednesday 25 July you will be able to watch up to 24 streams of Olympic content on Red Button (satellite and cable) and Connected TV.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Connected TV:
Wed 25th July, 15.50pm onwards

Full details are available on the Olympics schedule website.

BBC Sport Multiscreen

During the Olympics you can catch up on all the latest in other sports via the BBC Sport multiscreen. Headlines are available around the clock with up to five 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.


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Jane Hazlegrove as Dixie and Matt Bardock as Jeff in Casualty

As the Holby riots rage on, paramedics Jeff and Dixie find themselves trapped in the middle of the chaos. It's against every instinct they have to stay put, but that's what their orders are. Jeff's misgivings are soon proved correct when a fleeing rioter JJ hides from the police in the back of their ambulance. As Jeff and Dixie attempt to protect themselves from the tearaway kid, Jeff is injured. Trapped, and expecting major trouble to kick off at any moment, Jeff is forced to face the grim reality of his own family situation...

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Sat 21st July, 10.05pm-4:00am

Sat 21st July, 10.05pm-10:50pm

Horrible Histories Karaoke

Fancy testing your singing skills against famous Horrible Histories legends? Press red to sing along with the Horrible Histories Karaoke! There are seven sensational songs available, including the new Olympic special song 'Flame!' Not forgetting the heavy metal Luddites, eccentric Queen Mary 1st, Pilgrim Fathers, Charles Darwin, boy-band Fighter Pilots of World War II, and 'The Thinkers' of ancient Greece. Take your pick!

The Horrible Histories Karaoke - only here on CBBC, just press red!

Printable song words plus more Horrible Histories goodies are also available on the Horrible Histories website

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Sat 21st July, 7:00am-9:30am
Mon 23rd July, 7:00am-10:00am & 3:00pm-6:00pm
Tue 24th July, 7:00am-10:00am & 3:00pm-6:00pm
Wed 25th July, 7:00am-10:00am & 3:00pm-6:00pm
Thu 26th July, 7:00am-10:00am & 3:00pm-6:00pm
Fri 27th July, 7:00am-10:00am

Sat 21st July, 7:00am-9:50am
Mon 23rd July, 7:00am-8:50am
Tue 24th July, 7:00am-8:50am
Wed 25th July, 7:00am-8:50am
Thu 26th July, 7:00am-8:50am
Fri 27th July, 7:00am-8:50am

Secret Fortune - Play Along Quiz

The National Lottery: Secret Fortune - The ultra-tense quiz show with lots of twists returns to BBC One, hosted by Nick Knowles.

Studio contestants compete to win their Secret Fortune, anything from £100 to £100,000. Press the Red Button during the show to play along at home with the contestants. What would your Secret Fortune be?

Available on Sky/Freeview:
Sat 21st July, 8:20pm-9:20pm

CBBC Extra

Press red on the CBBC channel this week and you can read Chris and Dodge's blog, get 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

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

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


  • Comment number 1.

    Tess, looking forward to the Olympics and the BBC coverage... think the layout for the online pages, especially with the new 'favourites' addition is great.. The horrible histories karaoke not so much! The 2012 Olympics buildup has been amazing... especially enjoyed this Olympics post I spotted on a South African blog last week... looks like the excitement is definitely global!

  • Comment number 2.

    The BBC schedule sounds comprehensive - can't think of anything more I would need... really looking forward to an exciting couple of weeks of sport (and lots of medals for the UK!)

    @Craig Smith - lol, loved the Olympics cartoon link... looks like the hype has certainly spread worldwide!

  • Comment number 3.

    Actually the Horrible Histories Karaoke sounds like way more fun than the Olympics... quite frankly can't wait for them to be over so life can get on back to normal in London.

  • Comment number 4.

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  • Comment number 5.

    For all the news stories that the BBC spouted about security and other problems. How about getting their own house in order. Red button shambles. Wanted to watch some of the footie last night and NONE of the Red Button channels were working properly. And, radio times tells us that Olympic Radio is on Freeview Channel 723, it isn't Talk Sport are still there. Or, do we have to do ANOTHER rescan on Saturday

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  • Comment number 8.

    Just curious, watching Olympics on red button but i would like to know what is that wonderful print they are showing of the London skyline? Where can I get a print of that? It's gorgeous!

  • Comment number 9.

    I am extremely disappointed with the lack of coverage on Freeview. After getting an on screen message telling me that I wouldn't be able to benefit from the extra Olympic channels unless I retuned my TV, I of course retuned immediately. The result? No extra channels whatsoever? Not one! How on earth can you justify that? I thought the whole point of digital channels was that you could have more channels across the same bandwidth? Just one or two of the Olympics channels would be better than nothing.

    Then, to have all the presenters tell me that I can see other sports just by pushing the red button just adds insult to injury. At the very least ensure that they add that this isn't available to Freeview viewers. How much effort does that take?

    This has completely soured the Olympics coverage for me.

  • Comment number 10.

    Very little of what you advertise is NOT available unless you have satellite or cable - your presenters do NOT say this.
    Pleasae make sure you give us the correct information

  • Comment number 11.

    im a bit confused. we dont have cable or satellite and we are getting all the extra channels on our box with red button

  • Comment number 12.

    It is utterly scandalous. Your rubric does not mention what you get on the Red Button on Freeview. I retuned all channels three times and still whenever I select the red button I am offered two Olympic events on the menu plus the other BBC channel (BBC1 or BBC3). when you select the BBC channel it changes, but you can't get any other sport choices. It says "loading..." and then simply stops. IOW you get what's on BBC1 and 3 and nothing else on Red Button except text. This is extremely disappointing. What is most frustrating is that it very much looks as though the BBC is embarrassed by the lack of coverage on Freeview Red Button and therefore isn't mentioning anything about it. The simple truth would have saved me a lot of time.

  • Comment number 13.

    @9,10, 12

    My Freeview TV has channels 302 and 304 as documented here that have additional olympics coverage.


  • Comment number 14.


    Thanks for the info. :-)

    I had noticed (yesterday evening) that channels 301 and 302 had reappeared and now we occasionally get 4 choices on the red button instead of only 3. However, 2 of those choices are still BBC1 and BBC Three so they aren't really extra channels at all.

    In addition, one of those channels often just gives a text message which tells me how to use the red button to get extra content, and selecting a specified sport from the list only rarely (about one time out of three so far) actually gives me the sport I wanted to watch. There was one point this afternoon when instead of the Live Tennis advertised I ended up with Live Judo. Which I wouldn't have been quite so upset about if the Judo wasn't also on one of the other channels. I can only assume that someone at the BBC is a complete Judo nut because it seems to be the number one favourite Olympic sport at the corporation.

    I will just have to reconcile myself to the fact that if I will not be seeing much of the sports that I actually enjoy these Olympics as I cannot afford the £70+ it would cost for a Freesat box to make it possible. I suppose I ought to just switch the TV off and go and do something more productive instead.

  • Comment number 15.

    Why can't I get the 24 streams on Freeview or BT Vision?

    Unfortunately, due to platform capacity issues we are unable to offer the 24 streams on Freeview or BT Vision. We have an Olympic stream available all day on channel 301, and we have added a second stream for the duration of the Olympics on channel 302 from 7pm each evening. In addition, for Freeview viewers, the channel 301 output is available in HD on channel 304.

    More details are available on BBC Director of London 2012 Roger Mosey's blog here https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/rogermosey/2012/04/more_choices_announced_for_bbc.html


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