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Tess Foster Tess Foster | 06:00 UK time, Saturday, 25 August 2012

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Doctor Who

Matt Smith as Doctor Who

Matt Smith as The Doctor

Dr Who returns to our screens on 1st September but fans won't have to wait until then for their first appointment with the Doctor as a brand new mini-adventure is available on BBC Red Button. En route to visit the Ponds the TARDIS' Helmic Regulator malfunctions, leaving the Doctor popping up everywhere in time and space. Will he ever make it back to Amy and Rory?

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Sat 1st September, 4:30am-11:45am, 3:00pm-7:20pm

Sat 1st September, 6:10pm-7:20pm

Reading & Leeds

Reading and Leeds

Watch continued coverage of this year's Reading and Leeds festival over the bank holiday weekend on the BBC Red Button, BBC Three, Radio 1 and online at BBC Reading & Leeds

Coverage on Red Button continues from 7pm on Saturday 25th August, with acts including Kasabian, Florence + the Machine and The Cribs. Sunday starts earlier at 4pm, featuring Foo Fighters, The Horrors and sets from the entire weekend.

Viewers on Sky, Virgin and Freesat will have a choice of bands from the Main Stage and the Radio 1 / NME stage using the Red Button multiscreen. Viewers on Freeview will be able to see a different band about every half hour on Red Button and channel 301. We'll also be bringing you a selection of tracks from up and coming new bands on the BBC Introducing stage.

From Monday 27th to Friday 31st, catch a different 'best band' each and every day (availability varies on Freeview).

Join in the conversation on Twitter all weekend with #bbcreadingfest

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Sat 25th August, 7:00pm-2:00am
Sun 26th August, 4:00pm-2:00am
Mon 27th August, 6:00am-Saturday 1st September, 4:00am

Sat 25th August, 9:30pm-2:00am
Sun 26th August, 4:00pm-2:00am
Mon 27th August, 6:00am-9:50pm
Tue 28th August, 4:10am-10:20am
Wed 29th August, 4:10am-2:50pm & 6:10pm-7:20pm
Thu 30th August, 4:10am-9:50pm
Fri 31st August, 4:10am-6:50am & 11:40pm-4:00am

BBC Three Comedy at The Fringe

Catch up on highlights from BBC Three's all-night Comedy Marathon which showcased the best of this year's Edinburgh Festival and featured some of the biggest names in comedy alongside the most exciting new talent. MCs Chris Ramsey, Andrew Maxwell and Susan Calman were joined by our presenter Jameela Jamil and over forty different performers across the night including Carl Donnelly, Marlon Davis, Cariad Lloyd, Tony Law, Daniel Sloss, Jimeoin, Jason Byrne, Phil Kay, Nina Conti, Ellie Taylor and Totally Tom.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Mon 27th August - Fri 31st August, 10:00pm-4:00am

Mon 27th August, 10:00pm-4:00am
Tue 28th August & Wed 29th August, 10:10pm-4:00am
Thu 30th August, 10:00pm-4:00am

Deadly 60 Quiz

Are you ready to take on the deadliest quiz ever? Steve Backshall is returning with some more deadly round-the-world adventures. Deadly 60 fans can get a whole lot extra by pressing red to play along with the new Deadly 60 Quiz. Finally you can find out if you've got the world's most deadly mind.

Deadly 60 devotees will get a sneak peek at series 3, through a deadly dozen of quality questions, with Steve helping you along the way. Do you know your Hippos from your Hyenas? Your Humpbacks from your Hammerheads? See if you can get a deadly dozen correct! You can even play again and improve your score.

The Deadly 60 Quiz - play it now if you dare!

Available on Sky/Freeview

Sat 25th August, 7:00am-1:20pm
Sun 26th August, 7:00am-1:10pm
Mon 27th August - Thu 30th August, 7:00am-7:00pm
Fri 31st August, 7:00am-10:00am

Sat 25th August, 7:00am-11:20am
Sun 26th August, 7:00am-9:45am
Wed 29th August, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Fri 31st August, 7:00am-8:45am

Summer of Melas

BBC Asian Network embarks on its seventh year of national Mela coverage and showcasing the biggest acts, key highlights and best performances on the Red Button.

Watch 'A Summer of Melas' by pressing the Red Button from Saturday 1st September to catch highlights from Manchester, London and Newcastle Melas; with exciting and unique performances recorded this summer, all bought to you by presenters Tommy Sandhu and Noreen Khan.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Sat 1st September, 9:10pm-6:00am

Sat 1st September, 9:10pm-5:50am

Tree Fu Tom Spell Along

Get ready for some red button Big World Magic with the Tree Fu Tom Spell Along! Learn the words to the Tree Fu Tom rap and theme tune with words bouncing along the screen in our Tree Fu karaoke, then practice your Tree Fu Spells along with Tom and some CBeebies friends, you can even make your very own Tree Fu Tom magic belt!

ZigZoo has given CBeebies' presenter Alex the magic instructions to make a belt just like Toms, and he will teach you how to make your own. Don't worry if you don't catch the make the first time round - the Spell Along video will play in a loop so you can watch it again! All you need to make the Tree Fu magic belt is: A long tin foil box, 2 mini cereal boxes, a jam tart case, tin foil, orange tissue paper, brown paint, black tape or a black pen, PVA glue or sticky tape. The Tree Fu Tom belt make will also be available on the CBeebies website from Monday 3rd September, where you can also find out more about Tree Fu Tom - bbc.co.uk/cbeebies The Tree Fu Tom Spell Along will be available on all digital TVs between 1st - 7th September, at the times below:

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Sat 1st September, 6:00am-11:45am

Sat 1st September, 6:00am-9:45am

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 25th August, 8:30pm-9:20pm
Sat 1st September, 8:10pm-9:00pm

CBBC Extra

CBBC Extra is the home of exclusives. Watch funny clips, out-takes, star interviews, pop music, backstage previews and episodes from Children's BBC.

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

CBBC Extra website

Available on Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Fri 31st August, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Sat 1st September, 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.


  • Football: Match of the Day
  • MotoGP: Brno qualifying and match 2 & 3 races (including post match analysis).
  • Triathlon: Men's World Cup Series live from Stockholm.

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



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