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Tess Foster Tess Foster | 06:00 UK time, Saturday, 14 July 2012



Omid Djalili as Hercules and Perry Fenwick as Billy in Eastenders

Billy Mitchell sees his role as an Olympic torch-bearer as a chance to make his family proud but, as the big day looms, his nerves take over and his sleep is plagued by visions of what could go wrong. En route to a promotional event, things go from bad to worse for Billy - and he soon finds himself in a desperate race against time to fulfil his dream. Can cheeky cab driver Hercules and a whole host of sporting legends and celebrities avert Billy's Olympic Nightmare?

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:
Mon 16th July, 8:25pm-4:00am
Tue 17th July, 7:55pm-4:00am
Sat 21st July, 1:20am-4:00am

Dead Boss


The cast of Dead Boss

Holly Walsh and Sharon Horgan, the writers of Dead Boss, talk about the process of making their BBC Three series. Follow Holly as she prepares to tackle her cameo role in the final episode and speaks to the rest of the cast about what it takes to be an actor. Featuring exclusive interviews with Jennifer Saunders, Caroline Quentin, Carl Barât and many more...

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Sat 14th July, 2:35am-4:00am, 9:40pm-4:00am
Sun 15th July, 9:00pm-4:00am
Wed 18th July, 9:00pm-4:00am
Thu 19th July, 9:00pm-4:00am
Fri 20th July, 9:30pm-12:50am

Sat 14th July, 9:20pm-4:00am
Sun 15th July, 9:00pm-4:00am
Wed 18th July, 9:40pm-4:00am
Thu 19th July, 9:00pm-4:00am
Fri 20th July, 9:10pm-1:10am

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 14th July, 8:20pm-9:10pm
Sat 21st July, 8:20pm-9:10pm



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, 10.10pm-4:00am

Sat 21st July, 10.10pm-10:50pm

Andy's Wild Adventures Quiz

Andy and Kip would like to take you on a wild adventure of your own. So join them as they travel on the KipMobile far and wide in search of weird and wonderful animal facts. Along the way, they'll ask you lots of fun questions which you can answer using the coloured buttons on your remote control.

Available on Sky/Freeview

Sat 14th July, 6:00am-1.30pm
Sun 15th July, 6:00am-7:00pm
Mon 16th July, 6:00am-7:00pm
Tue 17th July, 6:00am-7:00pm
Wed 18th July, 6:00am-7:00pm

Sat 14th July, 6:00am-11:40am
Sun 15th July, 6:00am-9:40am
Mon 16th July, 10:10am-1:50pm
Tue 17th July, 10:10am-2:50pm
Tue 17th July, 6:10pm-7:00pm
Wed 18th July, 10:10am-2:50pm

CBBC Extra

Press red on the CBBC channel this week and join Chris and Dodge. T. Dog as they introduce a wealth of access-all-areas, behind-the-scenes exclusives including Friday Download, Shaun the Sheep Championsheeps, Young Dracula and Sadie J.

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 14th July, 7:00am-10:00am
Mon 16th July, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Tue 17th July, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Wed 18th July, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Thu 19th July, 7:00am-8:30am
Fri 20th July, 7:00am-8:30am

Mon 16th July, 7:00am-10:00am
Tue 17th July, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Wed 18th July, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-5:50pm
Thu 19th July, 7:00am-8:50am
Fri 20th July, 7:00am-8:50am

Horrible Histories Karaoke

Fancy testing your singing skills against famous Horrible Histories legends? Press red to sing along with the all new Horrible Histories Karaoke! There are seven sensational new 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 CBBC website -

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Sat 21st July, 7:00am-10:00am

Sat 21st July, 7:00am-10:00am

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.


  • Olympics Torch Relay: Live coverage from Southampton
  • Women's Basketball: Live coverage of Great britian v USA from Manchester
  • Golf Open Championship: Live coverage from Royal St. Lytham

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


  • Comment number 1.

    I enjoyed Under Fire, so I'm looking forward to this new Casualty Red Button episode. However, I did have to rearrange my evening slightly to catch the last one at the start of the loop (I can't actually remember the last time I viewed a programme live that I regularly watch!) only to find out afterwards that it was available on iPlayer. I wasn't happy! Will this new episode be available on iPlayer? Also, would it be possible, in future, to let us know in the blog post whether or not something is going to be on iPlayer?

    Oh, and (a bit unrelated, I know) is there any update on when iPlayer will be available on Sky+ HD boxes?

    With the Eastenders episode(s?), is there just one episode or are there separate ones for Monday and Tuesday? Also, will it be audio described (on Freeview)? I won't be watching but my best friend probably will want to, and while she still enjoys viewing on their main set, which can't do AD, she recently discovered that the bedroom set can, so she might choose to watch it in there if it's got AD.

    Sorry for all the questions!


  • Comment number 2.

    I'd be interested to find out whether AD and Subtitling are available on Freeview LCN 301

  • Comment number 3.

    Oh, and (a bit unrelated, I know) is there any update on when iPlayer will be available on Sky+ HD boxes?

    Yes I'd love to know this too

  • Comment number 4.

    iPlayer is on freeview boxes already!

  • Comment number 5.

    @Sue, I think it's unlikely that the the BBC would bother subtitling content on a stream dedicated to interactive stuff, as, to my knowledge, very very few boxes can display subtitles and an interactive app at the same time—Freeview and Freeview HD boxes, with the exception of the now ancient Netgem iPlayer (no relation), can't even load the prompt, although some will offer to disable subtitles if you press text or the red button; Sky boxes show the prompt, but don't display subtitles while the app is running; Virgin Media boxes behave, I believe, in the same way as Sky boxes; and I don't know anything about Freesat but the platform is quite similar to Freeview so I'd expect the boxes to behave, in this regard, in the same way as Freeview boxes. For this reason, I don't think 301 even *has* a subtitle stream, although I can't give you a definitive answer for that.

    *However*, content that's on iPlayer may be subtitled—but I didn't watch Casualty: Under Fire on iPlayer so I couldn't say either way. Same for AD, I simply have no idea.


  • Comment number 6.

    @Kurt: "iPlayer is on freeview boxes already!"

    HA! Freeview HD boxes were required, from the beginning, to have an ethernet port, but it apparently didn't occur to *anyone* to check whether the boxes were even physically capable of providing connectivity to MHEG apps, let alone require it and test for compliance! So we've ended up with the same situation as we did with Freesat HD, where many (most?) deployed boxes are simply incapable of running things like the Freeview HD MHEG iPlayer, and many (again, most?) of the ones that might be capable will never be updated to support them.

    All in all, a complete fiasco, an utter joke, but there's nothing that can be done about it now.


  • Comment number 7.

    All in all, a complete fiasco,

    bye gum that is grim

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