BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule through April 16th

The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service through April 16th:

  • The corporation is making highlights from the April 4th and 11th editions of Terry Wogan's new Radio 2 show, "Weekend Wogan," available through the red button. On Sky, the April 4th edition will be available from 6:00AM, April 5th through 11:00AM, April 11th. On Virgin, it will be available at the following times: 6:00AM, April 5th through 9:25PM, April 8th; 4:30AM-9:25PM, April 9th; 12:30AM-8:30AM and 11:30AM-6:30PM, April 10th; and 8:45PM, April 10th through 11:00AM, April 11th. On Freeview, it will be available at the following times: 6:00AM-2:50PM, April 5th; 7:25PM, April 5th through 7:20PM, April 6th; 10:10PM-11:50PM, April 6th; 8:00AM-2:00PM, 3:00PM-7:50PM, and 10:10PM-11:50PM, April 7th; 8:10AM-3:35PM, April 8th; 8:10AM-3:00PM and 1:00PM-3:35PM, April 9th; and 8:10AM-8:50AM and 11:10AM-2:20PM, April 10th. The schedule for the red-button version of the April 11th edition of "Weekend Wogan" has yet to be confirmed, though the BBC says that it will first be available on Sky, Virgin and Freeview at 6:00AM, April 12th. (Note: This red-button service is not available on the UK's free-to-air satellite TV platform, Freesat.)
  • On April 2nd, 9th and 16th, 9:55PM-midnight, Sky and Virgin viewers who are fans of the 80's-themed cop show, "Ashes to Ashes," can press red to access a selection of musical hits from 1983, presented by Gene Hunt. Freeview viewers can access this service 9:55PM-midnight, April 2nd; 10:25PM-11:50PM, April 9th; and 9:55PM-midnight, April 16th. (Note: Not available on Freesat.)
  • Through 6:15PM, April 3rd, Sky, Virgin and Freeview viewers can press red to access the first scene from the new season of the BBC's long-running sci-fi series, "Doctor Who" (premieres April 3rd). However, according to the BBC, the scene will run "intermittently" on Virgin and Freeview. (Note: Not available on Freesat.)
  • During the April 3rd (7:25PM-8:40PM) and 10th (7:00PM-8:15PM) broadcasts of the BBC One talent show, "Over the Rainbow," in which Andrew Lloyd Webber and Graham Norton attempt to cast a Dorothy and a Toto for Lloyd Webber's West End production of "The Wizard of Oz," digital viewers on Sky, Virgin and Freeview can press red to sing along. (Note: Not available on Freesat.)
  • Once an election is called in the UK (this is expected to happen imminently), throughout the election campaign and on election night itself, BBC News plans to offer a special red-button multiscreen devoted to the election. The application will provide live and recorded programming, including highlights of each day's campaigning. The service will be available 24/7 on Sky and Virgin and overnight on Freeview. (Note: Not available on Freesat.)
  • The BBC is making supplemental content for its new comedy series, "Outnumbered," available through the red button. The content includes interviews with the show's stars, Hugh Dennis and Clare Skinner, and with its creators/writers/directors, Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, as well as behind-the-scenes footage and extended scenes. On Sky, the content will be available at the following times: 9:55PM, April 8th through 4:00AM, April 9th; 12:30AM-4:00AM, April 10th; 9:00PM, April 10th through 4:00AM, April 11th; 9:30PM, April 11th through 4:00AM, April 12th; 12:30AM-4:00AM, April 13th; 9:00PM, April 13th through 4:00AM, April 14th; 9:00PM, April 14th through 4:00AM, April 15th; 9:25PM, April 15th through 4:00AM, April 16th; and 9:30PM, April 16th through 4:00AM, April 17th. On Virgin, it will be available at the following times: 9:55PM, April 8th through 4:00AM, April 9th; 9:30PM, April 11th through 4:00AM, April 12th; 12:30AM, April 13th through 4:00AM, April 14th; and 9:25PM, April 15th through 4:00AM, April 16th. On Freeview, it will be available at the following times: 10:25PM-11:50PM, April 8th; and from 9:25PM, April 15th through 2:45AM, April 16th. (Note: Not available on Freesat.)
  • On March 29th, 7:55PM-11:00PM, viewers on Sky, Virgin and Freeview will be able to press red to access a concert from Belfast's Oh Yeah Center. The concert, which is hosted by BBC Radio Ulster's Rigsy and Sarah McGlinchey, is presented by BBC Northern Ireland's Headroom campaign on mental health and by the radio program, "Across the Line." (Note: Not available on Freesat.)
  • On April 3rd (Sky and Virgin) and 10th (Sky, Virgin and Freeview), 9:00AM-11:00AM, digital viewers will be able to press red to access a "visualization" of BBC Radio Five's "The Danny Baker Show." The visualization app presents viewers with video of Baker as he hosts his show, as well as text messages and pictures sent in by other viewers; access to a range of informational content, including the weekend's soccer tables, fixture lists, information on upcoming commentaries, sports news, and details of upcoming red-button content; and a range of what the BBC calls "unexpected content," including "spoof fixtures and unique animations as Danny sets up audience head-to-heads on the phone." (Note: Not available on Freesat.)
  • Sky and Freeview viewers of the BBC's preschooler digital channel, CBeebies, can press red to access interactive TV games based on "In the Night Garden," "The Green Balloon Club" and other CBeebies shows. The offerings available to viewers on each of the two platforms are slightly different--which, the BBC says "has enabled us to offer the best games tailored to each system." (Note: Not available on Virgin or Freesat.)
  • During the April 1st, 7th and 15th broadcasts of the BBC One political panel talk show, "Question Time," viewers on all the UK's main four digital platforms will, as always, be able to view information on the show's panelists and discussion topics, as well as a selection of comments texted in by viewers, on Red Button page 155.
  • On weekdays, around the clock, Sky and Virgin viewers can press red to access Video Choice, a recently launched feature on the BBC News Multiscreen application. The feature consists of a two-minute package of highlights which is billed as featuring the day's best picture stories, and which is put together by BBC News's On Demand team. On weekends, the daily highlights package is replaced by a topical video interview, entitled "Five Minutes with...," or by "OddBox," a show described by the BBC as "a round-up of the week's weird and wonderful videos." (Note: Not available on Freeview or Freesat.)
  • Viewers on all the UK's four main digital platforms will be able to press red to access extended coverage of the US Masters golf tournament. The coverage will be available at the following times: 8:00PM-10:00PM, April 7th; 3:45PM-10:15PM, April 8th; 3:45PM-10:15PM, April 9th; 3:45PM-10:15PM, April 10th; and 6:15PM-11:00PM, April 11th.
  • In the run-up to the Malaysian and Chinese Grand Prix, Formula One motor racing fans on all the UK's four main digital platforms will be able to press red to access coverage of all on-track sessions, including Friday and Saturday practice and qualifying sessions. They will also be able to access re-runs of classic Grands Prix. Then, during the race itself, they will be able to access a choice of three streams featuring split-screen in-car camera feeds, leaderboards and rolling highlights, with the option of listening to either network or BBC Radio 5 Live commentary. Finally, after the race has been run, they will be able to access a post-race analysis show, and, the BBC says, highlights will probably also be available the following day. (Note: red-button coverage of the Malaysian Grand Prix begins on April 2nd and red-button coverage of the Chinese Grand Prix begins April 16th.)
  • On April 10th, 7:45PM-11:00PM, viewers on Sky, Virgin and Freesat will be able to press red to access live coverage of qualifying at the Losail Qatar Moto GP. And on April 11th, 5:50PM-8:05PM, they will be able to press red to access live coverage of qualifying at the Losail Qatar Moto GP 125cc and 250cc races. Freeview viewers will be able to access recorded coverage on the afternoon of the 11th (the BBC has not yet specified a time for this) and on the evening (7:15PM-10:45PM) of the 12th.
  • From 11:00PM, March 28th through 3:00PM, March 31st; from 3:00PM, April 4th through 8:00PM, April 7th; and from 12:00AM, April 12th through 3:00PM, April 13th, viewers on Sky, Virgin and Freesat will be able to press red to access the show, "Rugby League: The Super League Show." (Note: Not available on Freeview.)
  • The BBC is providing live, red-button coverage of Magners League Scrum V rugby, complete with various audio options, to viewers on all the UK's four main digital platforms. The coverage is available for upcoming games between the Ospreys and the Scarlets (April 2nd, 7:00PM-9:00PM), and between the Glasgow Warriors and the Newport Dragons (April 4th, 3:00PM-5:00PM), as well as for a game whose participating teams are still to be determined but which is scheduled for April 16th, 7:00PM-9:00PM.
  • On April 3rd and 10th, from 2:30PM, viewers on all the UK's four main digital platforms can press red to access the weekend soccer results round-up show, "Final Score." And on April 6th and 13th, from 7:30PM, they can press red to access the midweek edition of the show.
  • On April 4th (1:05AM-12:00PM on Sky, Virgin and Freesat; 1:05AM-8:00AM on Freeview) and 11th (1:05AM-12:00PM on Sky, Virgin and Freesat; 8:15AM-12:00PM on Freeview), digital viewers can press red to access the soccer round-up show, "Football League Show."
  • From 6:00PM, April 2nd through 6:00AM, April 3rd, and from 6:00PM, April 9th through 12:00PM, April 10th, viewers on Sky, Virgin and Freesat can press red to access the soccer predictions and punditry show, "Friday Focus." (Note: Not available on Freeview.)
  • On April 5th, 3:00PM-5:00PM, viewers on all the UK's four main digital platforms can press red to access live coverage of a soccer game between Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City, complete with audio options.
  • On April 11th, 6:00AM-7:45PM, viewers on Sky, Virgin and Freesat can press red to access highlights of the Grand National horserace from Aintree. (Note: Not available on Freeview). This coverage, and all the sports coverage listed above, is offered through the BBC Sport Multiscreen, a 24/7 red-button application that provides up to five screens of extra coverage as well as round-the-clock headlines.

 

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