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Sorcha Clifford Sorcha Clifford | 06:00 UK time, Saturday, 15 December 2012

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We've got lots going on this week, including extensive coverage of the biggest-ever Sports Personality of the Year ceremony, a preview of this year's Christmas Doctor Who episode and festive treats for kids from CBeebies and CBBC. Throw in some top-notch sporting action, including live NFL and World Cup dressage, as well as a festive bonus for Casualty fans, and you've got the makings of an outstanding week on Red Button.

Here's a look at what's in store - and if you want to stay updated on Red Button throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Twitter.

Sports Personality of the Year 2012

Clare Balding, Gary Lineker and Sue Barker

Clare Balding, Gary Lineker and Sue Barker host this year's ceremony

On Sunday night the Red Button is the place to be for extensive coverage of the BBC's biggest-ever Sports Personality of the Year ceremony, which takes place at London's ExCel Arena - the venue where Nicola Adams, Luke Campbell, Jade Jones and Anthony Joshua struck gold this summer.

Our coverage starts at 6.15pm, as Helen Skelton and Olly Foster report from the red carpet ahead of the big night. We've also got enhanced coverage of the SPOTY ceremony from 7.35pm, featuring additional information about the nominees and the opportunity to tweet your thoughts about the show, and we round off the evening with a look back at the big talking points immediately after the show finishes.

Available on Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:

Sun 16 Dec, 6.15pm-11.30pm

Doctor Who

Madame Vastra

Madame Vastra has a mystery to solve

The Doctor returns to BBC One on Christmas Day - and Red Button viewers can get ready for this year's festive adventure by watching a mini-episode.

Madame Vastra, accompanied by her loyal companions Jenny and Strax, is called upon to investigate a Victorian murder mystery. But where is the Doctor?

Available on Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:

Thur 20 Dec, 7.30pm-8.55pm, 10.30pm-6am
Fri 21 Dec, 9pm-6am
Sat 22 Dec, 6pm-6.30pm, 7.55pm-8.50pm, 10.05pm-1.25am

CBBC Extra Christmas Cracker

CBBC Christmas Cracker

Enjoy a feast of festive fun with CBBC

Get into the festive spirit with the CBBC Extra Christmas Cracker! Press Red on the CBBC Channel to join Ben and Dodge as they get ready for Christmas and serve up some exclusive goodies. See what happened when Hacker visited his hometown of Wigan to spread his very own seasonal greetings and join Dodge as he spends Christmas time with his buddies at a dog kennel. Plus we have a sneak peek of the 12 Again Christmas Special and a look behind the scenes of Friday Download.

Available on Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:

Mon 17 Dec, 7am-7.30pm
Tue 18 Dec, 7am-3pm
Wed 19 Dec, 7am-11am, 3pm-7.30pm
Thu 20 Dec, 7am-11am, 2pm-7.30pm

CBeebies Christmas Karaoke

If you love Christmas and you like singing then press red for the CBeebies Christmas Karaoke. You can sing along to songs from a whole host of CBeebies Christmas specials including Mr Bloom's Nursery, Baby Jake and Mike the Knight. Why not get your family and friends to join in too and follow the words as they appear on your screen?

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

Available on Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:

Fri 21 Dec, 6am-2pm
Sat 22 Dec, 6am-2.30pm


It's Christmas Eve in Casualty and the nurses from Holby ED are heading out to party. But Fletch dreads all the stress that the big day brings... Join us on the Red Button for this special mini episode of your favourite hospital drama with a festive feel.

Available on Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:

Sat 15 Dec, 10pm-1am

Strictly Come Dancing

The semi-finals have arrived, with five couples still in the running for the title - but only four can make it through to the final. Press red during the live show to hear Karen Hardy's expert analysis of their efforts, as the well as the views of 2011 contestant and BBC football pundit Robbie Savage. Watch this video for five great reasons to press red.

Available on Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:

Sat 15 Dec, 6.30pm-8.15pm


We welcome rock stars and Olympic soundtrack creators Muse on to the Red Button for highlights of their spectacular gig at the BBC Radio Theatre for Radio 2 In Concert. The ever-energetic band play classic tracks and speak to Jo Whiley backstage.

Available on Freesat/Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview:

Sat 15 Dec, 6am-2.30pm
Sun 16 Dec, 11.30pm-6am
Mon 17 Dec, 6am-7am, 7.30pm-1.25am

BBC Sport

Catch up on all the latest Sport here on the Red Button.

This week's highlights include:

  • Live World Cup Dressage from London Olympia on Tuesday night
  • Live NFL on Monday night, as the New York Jets host the Tennessee Titans
  • Relive all the action from the final of the Club World Cup on Sunday afternoon

For the latest information refer to the BBC Sport website.

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

Have your say on BBC Online and BBC Red Button

The BBC Trust carries out an in-depth review of each of the BBC's services at least once every five years. This time the Trust is looking at BBC Online and BBC Red Button Services.

The Trust wants your views and suggestions on these services and how they can be improved. There is also space in the consultation to raise any other points not covered by our questions. The consultation is open until 23rd January 2013.

To find out more about the consultation and how to take part, visit the BBC Trust site: BBC Online and BBC Red Button Service Review

If you would like a paper version sent to you, email onlineandredbutton@bbc.co.uk or call 0800 0680 116.

To request the questions in audio or braille please call 0800 0680 116 or textphone 0800 0153 350.

Large print is also available to download via the BBC Trust site: BBC Online and BBC Red Button Service Review

CBeebies Red Button

CBeebies 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.

Visit the CBeebies website to find out more.

Available on Freeview and Sky only

If you'd like to stay up-to-date with more news from the Red Button, follow us on Twitter.


  • Comment number 1.

    How do these traditional red button offerings fit into your strategy for the connected red button service I get on my tivo box?

  • Comment number 2.

    I'm currently watching the dressage feed on Red Button - what would be useful is if you could get the red button content up on iPlayer for Smart TVs as well..

    I understand there are plans to get more of the archive and web content presented to STB playout - seems VERY annoying at the mo...


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