Update: BBC's Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for the Coming Weeks

Last Friday, [itvt] reported on the line-up of content that will be available through the BBC's red-button interactive TV service over the coming weeks. The BBC has since announced a few other upcoming red-button offerings:

  • As part of the BBC's coverage of the June 4th European Parliament and English council elections, BBC Red Button will offer a real-time results service. According to the corporation, results for most of England's 27 county council and seven unitary authority elections are expected to be available on the service on June 5th, and results for the European Parliament elections on June 7th.
  • On May 30th, following the BBC Two program, "The Birth of British Music," and as part of an ongoing celebration of the 200th birthday of composer, Felix Mendelssohn, digital viewers (except on the UK's free-to-air satellite-TV service, Freesat), will be able to press red to access a fully staged production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" which will include incidental music that Mendelssohn composed for the play, performed on original instruments by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. The play, which will be directed by the Royal Shakespeare Company's Tim Carroll, will be staged in London's Middle Temple Hall, which is where the first performance of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" was staged in 1602.
  • Following BBC One's May 25th and June 1st broadcasts of the 1980's-themed "Life on Mars" spin-off, "Ashes to Ashes," digital viewers (except on Freesat) can press red to watch music videos from such seminal 80's bands as Duran Duran, Human League and Dexy's Midnight Runners.
  • The BBC Sport Multiscreen service will offer a range of supplemental sports coverage through the red button, including live coverage of the French Open tennis championship (note: this is the third year in a row that live coverage of the event has been available through the red button) from May 24th through June 8th; live coverage of cricket One Day Internationals on May 24th and 26th; and previews (June 5th and 6th) and highlights (June 7th and 9th) of the 2009 Epsom Derby.

Digital viewers will also be able to access regular, ongoing red-button services for the political panel talk show, "Question Time" (the "Question Time" service, located on Red Button page 155, provides details on each week's panelists and discussion topics, as well as a selection of comments texted in by viewers); for the quiz show, "1 vs. 100 (the "1 vs. 100" service allows viewers to play along with contestants); and for the CBeebies children's channel (the CBeebies service's offerings include a rotating selection of games based on the channel's programs).

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UK/Ireland