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What's On BBC Red Button 1st September - 8th September

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Tess Foster Tess Foster | 06:00 UK time, Saturday, 1 September 2012

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Doctor Who

Matt Smith as The Doctor

Matt Smith as The Doctor

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?

This prequel is followed by a new series of Doctor Who which begins tonight at 7:20 on BBC One.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Sat 1st September, 6:00am-11:45am, 3:00pm-7:20pm

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

Last Night of the Proms

Hyde Park Stage

The stage at Hyde Park

Watch Last Night of the Proms concerts from around the UK, live on red button.

Excerpts from these four concerts will be available to watch from 7.30pm on Saturday 8th September:

• Hyde Park, London. Presented by Terry Wogan and featuring Kylie Minogue.
• Titanic Slipways, Belfast. Featuring the Ulster Orchestra.
• Owain Glyndwr Playing Fields, Caerphilly, Wales. Presented by Alex Jones and Tim Rhys-Evans and featuring the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.
• City Halls, Glasgow. Presented by Jamie McDougall and featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Freeview viewers will have one Proms red button channel - which will show highlights from all four concerts.

Sky, Virgin and Freesat viewers will have two Proms red button channels - which will show highlights from all four concerts.

You can also watch all four concerts in full, online at iPlayer from Sunday 9 September, for seven days.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Sat 8th September, 7:28pm-11:30pm

Sat 8th September, 7:28pm-11:00pm

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
Sun 2nd September, 6:00am-11:40am
Sun 2nd September, 4:00pm-6:00am
Mon 3rd September, 6:00am-6:00am
Tue 4th September, 6:00am-6:00am
Wed 5th September, 6:00am-6:00am
Thu 6th September, 6:00am-6:00am
Fri 7th September, 6:00am-4:00am

Sat 1st September, 9:10pm-5:50am
Mon 3rd September, 12:00am-5:50am
Mon 3rd September, 7:10pm-5:50am
Tue 4th September, 10:10pm-5:50am
Wed 5th September, 9:40pm-5:50am
Thu 6th September, 7:10pm-5:50am
Fri 7th September, 9:10pm-4:00am

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
Sun 2nd September, 6:00am-11:40am
Mon 3rd September, 6:00am-7:00pm
Tue 4th September, 6:00am-7:00pm
Wed 5th September, 6:00am-7:00pm
Thu 6th September, 6:00am-7:00pm
Fri 7th September, 6:00am-7:00pm

Sat 1st September, 6:00am-9:45am
Sun 2nd September, 6:00am-9:50am
Mon 3rd September, 6:00am-9:50am
Tue 4th September, 6:00am-2:50pm, 6:10pm-7:00pm
Wed 5th September, 6:00am-1:35pm
Thu 6th September, 6:00am-7:00pm
Fri 7th September, 6:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-2:50pm, 6:10pm-6:50pm

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 1st September, 8:10pm-9:00pm
Sat 8th September, 8:25pm-9:15pm

Countryfile Photographic Competition

Hyde Park Stage

Jo Brand, John Craven and Chris Packham

Earlier in the year, Countryfile asked viewers to submit original photographs under the title "Walk on the Wild Side". The theme was open to interpretation but sought images featuring wildlife, wild landscapes or even wild weather.

As selected by the judges, the final twelve photos will appear in the 2013 Countryfile Calendar to be sold in aid of the BBC's Children In Need appeal.

The overall winner, voted for by Countryfile viewers, will be able to choose from a range of the latest photography equipment to the value of £1,000.

The judges will also choose their favourite entry. This photographer will be able to choose equipment to the value of £500. Last year's calendar raised more than £1.2m for Children In Need.

Press the red button after Sunday's programme to view the twelve finalists and details on how to vote for your favourite.

Available on all platforms

Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Sun 2nd September, 8:25pm-4:00am

Sun 2nd September, 8:25pm-11:50pm

CBBC Extra

Press red on the CBBC channel this week and join Chris and Dodge T. Dog as they introduce exclusive clips from a wealth of CBBC goodies including a 12 Again Summer Special, Stepping Up and a sneak peek at all new Goodbye Year 6.

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 Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media:
Sat 1st September, 7:00am-10:00am
Mon 3rd September, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Tue 4th September, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Wed 5th September, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Thu 6th September, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Fri 7th September, 7:00am-10:00am, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Sat 8th September, 7:00am-10:00am

Tue 4th September, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Fri 7th September, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Sat 8th 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.


  • Formula 1 - Live coverage of the Belgian Grand Prix and post race analysis and debate presented by Jake Humphrey.
  • Cricket - Test Match Special Commentary.
  • Rugby Union - Cardiff Blues v Edinburgh with alternative commentary options.

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


  • Comment number 1.

    Tess, really looking forward to BBC's coverage of the Asian Melas... Tommy Sandhu is an excellent presenter! I think my only disappointment over the next couple of weeks is the unfortunately poor coverage of the inspiring Paralympics by the BBC. I imagine it's too late for London 2012 but one can only hope that enough people complain to BBC to make a difference for the next Paralympic games in Rio.


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