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What's On BBC Red Button: 8th - 28th May

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John Horth | 17:57 UK time, Friday, 7 May 2010

Here's our regular look at what's coming up under the red button...

BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend*

Radio 1's Big Weekend Radio 1's Big Weekend is the curtain-raiser for our summer festival coverage and it returns for the 10th time this month promising a line-up that's bigger and better than ever.

For those not lucky enough to secure a ticket for the Bangor event BBC Red Button will be hand-picking the best of the festival. Digital viewers can press red on any BBC channel from 4pm each day over the weekend to see extended highlights from Rihanna, Cheryl Cole, Florence and the Machine, Justin Bieber and many many more.

Meanwhile Radio 1 DJ Nihal will be backstage to interview the stars and grab the hottest gossip from North Wales.

Sky & Virgin:
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd May, 4pm - 2am

Saturday 22nd May, 4pm - 6.50pm & 9.30pm - 2am
Sunday 23rd May, 4pm - 2am

(not available on Freesat)


Eurovision Following the runaway victory by Alexander Rybak at 2009's contest, this year's Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Oslo, Norway and once again BBC Red Button will be on hand to help make the most of the night.
Press red to sing along with our onscreen lyrics - translations will of course be included! We'll also be showing the red button sing along at selected big screens across the country.

Want to share your own Eurovision experience with us? Send in your pictures and messages and we'll put a selection on screen during the results during the semi-finals and the final itself.

For those looking to whet their appetites before the big night, from May 17th you can find out just how Eurotastic you really are with our red button quiz. Hosts Paddy O'Connell and Sarah Cawood invite you ti test your Europop knowledge with fifteen questions on Eurovisions of yesteryear dating back as far as 1956.

Eurovision Sing-along:
Tuesday 25th May, 8pm - 10pm
Thursday 27th May, 8pm - 10pm
(Sky & Virgin. Not available on Freeview or Freesat)

Saturday 29th May, 8pm - 11.15pm
(Sky, Virgin & Freeview. Not available on Freesat)

Eurovision Quiz:
Monday 17th - Monday 31st May (runs intermittently)
(Sky, Virgin & Freeview. Not available on Freesat)

ZingZillas Zing-along*

ZingZillas Meet Zak, Tang, Panzee and Drum, the new musical sensation on CBeebies otherwise known as ZingZillas!

Red Button viewers young and old are invited to pick up their remote controls and join the gang on ZingZilla Island.

We have six 'Big Zing' songs from the show for you to join in with. To zing-along with the ZingZillas just watch the coconut as it bounces along in time to the song!

Sky & Virgin:
Monday 10th - Friday 21st May, 6am - 7pm (daily)

Monday 10th - Friday 21st May, 6am - 7pm (daily, with some breaks in coverage)

(not available on Freesat)

RHS Chelsea Flower Show*

RHS Chelsea This year BBC Red Button will be joining expert gardeners and garden designers Carol Klein, Chris Beardshaw and James Alexander-Sinclair to bring you extra coverage of the 2010 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

James Alexander-Sinclair presents five programmes which will include tours of this year's show gardens and the Great Pavilion.
The Show Gardens are the traditional highlight at Chelsea and Red Button viewers will be able to take an in-depth tour accompanied by detailed commentary from the designers themselves. The films will also be available on the BBC website.

Meanwhile Carol Klein and Chris Beardshaw will be exploring the vast treasure trove that is the Great Pavilion. They will be speaking to the passionate exhibitors who have been growing and nurturing for weeks, months and sometimes years in preparation for the week-long show.

Sky & Virgin:
Monday 24th - Saturday 29th May, midday - midnight (daily)

Monday 24th - Friday 28th May, 7.10pm - midnight (daily)

(not available on Freesat)

Ashes to Ashes: Remember the 80s

Ashes to Ashes Think of Ashes to Ashes, and you think of music from the 1980s.
Now for the new series digital viewers can fire up their red buttons and join Gene Hunt for a selection of musical hits from 1983. He'll take you on a voyage of musical discovery from Duran Duran to the Human League, Culture Club to Haysi Fantayzee with a short stop off at Ozzy Osbourne on the way.

Tune in to relive the fantastic fashions, oversized hairdos and great, ahem, music from the decade of decadence, with a little bit of your favourite DCI thrown in for good measure.

The tracks change each week so keep coming back for more of those guilty pleasures.

Sky, Virgin & Freeview:
Friday 14th & 21st May, 9.55pm - midnight

(not available on Freesat)

Bang Goes the Theory*

Bang Goes the Theory Get ready to put science to the test with BBC Red Button's Bang Goes the Theory Quiz. From Monday 26th April digital viewers will be able to test their knowledge of the new series by pressing red.

The quiz is bubbling over with an explosive mix of video clips and embedded questions featuring experiments from the show. And it's all hosted by Dallas Campbell making sure that things really will go off with a bang!

Saturday 8th May, 6am - 2pm, 9.40pm - 5am (9th)
Sunday 9th May, 6am - 11.40am & 4.45pm - 5am (10th)
Monday 10th May, 6am - 4am (11th)

Monday 10th May, 7.10pm - 4am (11th)

(not available on Virgin or Freesat)

Over the Rainbow

Over the RainbowBBC One is off to see the wizard to find a new Dorothy and Toto for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End production of The Wizard of Oz.

Digital viewers wishing to follow the yellow brick road need only press their red buttons to sing along with all the hopefuls.

Join in as they try to impress Sir Andrew, his panel of casting directors and the nation.

Available during the BBC One show.

Sky, Virgin & Freeview:
Saturday 8th May, 6.45pm - 8.10pm

(not available on Freesat)

BBC Comedy: Outnumbered†

BBC Comedy: Outnumbered Continuing our commitment to comedy we've been giving the red button treatment to the new series of Outnumbered.

Press red for exclusive interviews with stars Hugh Dennis and Clare Skinner, and creators/writers/directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin.

In addition digital viewers will be able to see behind the scenes footage and extended scenes.

More clips from Outnumbered are available on the BBC Comedy website.

Sky & Virgin:
Saturday 8th May, 6.45pm - 8.10pm (daily)

(not available on Freeview or Freesat)


Luther Idris Elba stars in BBC One's new six-part psychological crime drama as John Luther, a detective struggling with his own terrible demons who might just be as dangerous as the depraved murderers he hunts.

Following each episode BBC Red Button viewers can view exclusive insights into the investigation team's private thoughts.

Tuesday 11th, 18th & 25th May, 9.55pm - 4am

Tuesday 11th, 18th, 9.55pm - 4am
Wednesday 26th May, 12.30am - 4am

Tuesday 11th & 18th May, 9.55pm - 4am

(not available on Freesat)

The National Lottery: In It to Win It†

In It to Win It Dale Winton presents the game show where more people compete for a big money jackpot.

Think you can do better?
Press red during the show to pit your wits against the players on winners' row every Saturday night.

Come the final round will YOU still be in it to win it?

Available during the show (BBC One)
Saturday 15th & 22nd May

(Sky and Virgin. Not available on Freeview or Freesat)

Weekend Wogan*

Weekend Wogan Sir Terry Wogan recently made a triumphant return to the Radio 2 airwaves with a brand new show. Coming live from BBC Broadcasting House's Radio Theatre every Sunday, Weekend Wogan showcases a lively mix of celebrity interviews, music with star guests and performances from Elio Pace's house band. For the first time, the infamous "Janet and John" stories are told in front of a live audience, in the presence of John 'Boggy' Marsh - their hero and inspiration.

Each Sunday the show is filmed, and highlights and special backstage footage are shown on the Radio 2 website from Monday morning.

As a television treat we'll be showing the best bits from the whole series ensuring a great start to the month of May.

Saturday 8th May, 6am - 11am (9th)
Sunday 9th May, 7.30pm - 4am (10th)

Saturday 8th May, 6am - 6.15pm & 8.40pm -11am (9th)
Sunday 9th May, 7.30pm - 4am (10th)

Saturday 8th May, 6am - 9.45am & 9.15pm - 7.50am (9th)
Sunday 9th May, 7.30pm - 4am (10th)

(not available on Freesat)

The Danny Baker Show on BBC Radio 5 live*

Danny BakerJoin BBC Red Button as we bring our cameras into the BBC Radio 5 live studios for a glimpse behind the scenes of the Danny Baker Show.

As well as seeing the man himself (possibly wearing his favourite pirate hat), digital viewers pressing the red button can send in texts and pictures to be shown on screen.
These will be accompanied by all the great content you might expect from 5 live: the weekend's football tables, fixture lists, upcoming commentaries, sports news and details of upcoming Red Button content. Plus, look out for some rather more unexpected content: spoof fixtures and unique animations as Danny sets up audience head-to-heads on the phone.

Brett Spencer, Interactive Editor at 5 live, discusses the visualisation in more depth on the station's blog.

Sky & Virgin:
Saturday 8th, 15th & 22nd May, 9am - 11am

Saturday 22nd May, 9am - 11am

(not available on Freesat)

CBeebies Red Button

New CBeebiesBBC Red Button welcomes younger viewers and grown-ups with a sense of adventure to a big, bright and fun new world. The CBeebies interactive service has relaunched!
Now your children's favourite characters are at the heart of the interactive TV experience. A big, new and bright carousel now greets visitors providing easy access to games, other children's interactive services such as karaoke or quizzes, birthdays and star of the week messages.

Different Games
Reflecting the popularity of games for the young audience, a new range of activities has been specially created. The updated service brings with it brand new games for some of the most popular shows on CBeebies, including In The Night Garden and The Green Balloon Club. These new games replace the old ones, which had become increasingly outdated.

Satellite and digital terrestrial viewers will have slightly different offerings from one another. This has enabled us to offer the best games tailored to each system.

BBC Children's producer Damian Vicary discusses the service on the Press Red blog.

CBeebies Red Button is available now on the CBeebies channel, and via page 5900 on other channels.
Sky & Freeview
(not available on Virgin or Freesat)

Question Time Interactive

Question TimeTake part in the studio debate by sending a text message to the Question Time team.
Each week a selection of viewers' comments will appear during the programme on BBC Red Button page 155 along with details of the panel and the topics under discussion.

Available during the show (BBC One)
Thursday 13th, 20th & 27th May
Sky, Virgin, Freesat & Freeview

News Multiscreen: Video Choice

News Multiscreen - Video ChoiceEach weekday BBC News' On Demand team will be rounding-up the day's strongest news pictures to bring viewers a two-minute package of highlights. On weekends the tone becomes more conversational when Red Button viewers can watch a topical interview in 'Five Minutes with...' or a round-up of the week's weird and wonderful videos in OddBox.

Video Choice: Weekdays (available around the clock)
Five Minutes With... / OddBox: Weekends (around the clock)
Sky & Virgin
(not available on Freeview or Freesat)

BBC Sport Multiscreen*

BBC Sport MultiscreenCatch 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.

Coming up...

F1 on BBC Red Button…*
F1 fans can customise their viewing experience via the red button with access to all on-track sessions including Friday and Saturday practice and qualifying with re-runs of classic GPs also available in the build-up to the main event.

On race day itself a choice of three streams will be available featuring split-screen in-car camera feeds, leaderboards and rolling highlights, with the option to listen to either network or BBC Radio 5 Live commentary. After the end of each race on BBC One there will be an additional interactive programme analysing the weekend's events and picking up views from the paddock with race highlights often available the following day.

For more schedule details visit the BBC Sport website.

Spanish Grand Prix, build-up from Wednesday 5th May
Monaco Grand Prix, build-up from Thursday 13th May
Turkish Grand Prix, build-up from Friday 28th May

BBC Sport will be trackside for every twist and turn of the 2010 MotoGP championship to as Valentino Rossi looks to defend his title.
Qualifying from every race of the 2010 MotoGP season will be available on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website (UK users only).
Across Sport we'll also be showing full coverage of the 125cc and Moto2 races, including qualifying. .
And of course you can watch the race again on our iPlayer service for seven days after it has happened.
For more schedule details visit the BBC Sport website.

Le Mans GP from Saturday 22nd May

Live coverage of Northern Ireland's North West 200 motorbike race.
Saturday 15th May, 2.30pm - 6pm
(all platforms)

Rugby on BBC Red Button...*
- Rugby League: Challenge Cup
Post-match interactive forum.
Saturday 8th May, 4.30pm - 5pm
(all platforms)

- Rugby League: The Super League Show†
Another chance to watch the weekend's Rugby League action.
Monday 17th May, 10am - 8.30pm
(Sky/Virgin/Freesat. Not available on Freeview)

- Scrum V
Live coverage of the Magners League with audio options.
Friday 14th May, 7pm - 9pm
(all platforms)

Football on BBC Red Button...*
With the 2009/10 season football season nearing its conclusion, here at BBC Red Button we won't taking our eyes off the ball until the silverware is lifted with a host of programming to keep fans up to date with the action…
- Final Score*
Gaby Logan and guests keep you up to date with all the day's football news and results.
Saturday 8th May, 2.30pm - 5.20pm
Sunday 9th May, 3.30pm - 7pm

Saturday 8th May, 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Sunday 9th May, 4.15pm - 7pm

- Football Focus Extra
Dan Walker and guests discuss the weekend's football fixtures.
Saturday 8th May, 12pm - 12.50pm
(all platforms)

- Football League Show Repeat*
All the goals, round up and debate from the Football League. Presented by Manish Bhasin.
Sunday 9th May, 12.15am - 12pm

Sunday 9th May, 8.30am - 12pm

- Friday Focus†
Mark Lawrenson's weekend predictions along plus pundit interviews.
Friday 21st May, 8pm - 12pm (22nd)
(Sky/Virgin/Freesat. Not available on Freeview)

- Irish Cup Final†
Live coverage from Windsor Park in Belfast as Linfield take on Portadown in the JJB Irish Cup Final.
Saturday 8th May, 2.15pm - 4.45pm
(Sky/Virgin/Freesat. Not available on Freeview)

Diving: World Cup†
Live coverage of the World Cup Diving from Sheffield.
Sunday 2nd May, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
(Sky/Virgin/Freesat. Not available on Freeview)

Live coverage including Usain Bolt's season debut.
Wednesday 19th May, 10.55am - 1.45pm

Coverage of the PGA golf.
Thursday 20th & Friday 21st May, 6pm - 8pm (daily)
(all platforms)

Tennis: French Open
Live coverage of the French Open Grand Slam tournament from Roland Garros.
Monday 24th - Friday 28th May, 10am - 7pm (daily)
(all platforms)

Cricket: England v Bangladesh†
BBC Radio 5live commentary with Test Match Special scorecard, stats & photos.
Coverage from Thursday 27th May, 10.30am - 6.30pm (daily)
(Sky/Virgin/Freesat. Not available on Freeview)

BBC Sport is available 24 hours a day on
Sky, Virgin, Freesat & Freeview*
(*limited coverage on Freeview, †unavailable on Freeview)


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