BBC Unveils Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule through March 11th

The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service through March 11th:

  • Fans of the BBC One school drama, "Waterloo Road," can press red to access a new spin-off series called "Waterloo Road Reunited," which is also available on the BBC's Web site. According to the BBC, "Waterloo Road Reunited" is a cross-platform project that uses "a combination of scripted episodes...fictional social media networks, audio and interactive fan sites...[to allow] the audience to extend their relationship with their favorite characters." It will be available on Sky, Freesat and Virgin Media March 2nd and March 9th, 8:55PM-4:00AM, and on Freeview March 2nd and March 9th, 8:55-10:20PM.
  • On March 5th, 6:00-8:50PM, Sky and Freeview viewers will be able to press red to play along with the BBC One game show, "The National Lottery: Secret Fortune," and answer questions at home.
  • Fans of the Cbeebies children's show, "Nuzzle & Scratch," can press red to play a quiz "hosted" by the eponymous duo of "sponge finger-loving alpacas." The quiz features 10 questions based on moments from the latest season of the show. It will be available on Sky 6:00AM-7:00PM daily, through March 4th; and will be available on Freeview at the following dates and times: February 28th and March 1st, 6:00AM-7:00PM; March 2nd, 6:00AM-2:00PM and 3:00-7:00PM; March 3rd, 6:00AM-7:00PM; March 4th, 6:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00-2:50PM.
  • The vampire-themed series, "Being Human," is offering a companion drama, entitled "Becoming Human," through the red button. According to the BBC, the companion show features two new characters (vampire Adam and werewolf Christa) and a crossover character (Matt) from the main show, who together attempt to solve a mystery. Viewers can either "sit back and watch" the eight episodes of the companion series or can "get more involved in the story as it unfolds, with extra clues and materials posted online at bbc.co.uk/beinghuman," the corporation says. "Becoming Human" will be available on Sky, Virgin and Freesat at the following dates and times: February 28th, 11:25PM-4:00AM; March 3rd, 1:40-4:00AM; March 6th, 9:55PM-4:00AM; March 7th, 9:00PM-4:00AM; March 9th, 9:00PM-4:00AM. It will be available on Freeview at the following dates and times: February 28th, 11:25PM-1:00AM; March 3rd, 1:40-4:00AM; March 6th, 9:55PM-1:00AM; March 7th, 11:10PM-1:20AM; March 10th, 2:10-2:50AM.
  • A video version of Radio 5 Live's "Christian O'Connell Show" will be available through the red button, March 5th, 9:00-11:00AM, on all the UK's four major digital TV platforms.
  • During the March 3rd and 10th broadcasts of the BBC One political panel talk show, "Question Time," viewers on all the UK's four main 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" 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."
  • Sky and Freeview viewers of CBeebies can press red to access interactive TV games based on the channel's shows. The offerings available to viewers on each of the two platforms are slightly different from each other--which, the BBC says "has enabled us to offer the best games tailored to each system."


The BBC has also released a schedule of the programming that will be available through March 11th via 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:

  • February 28th: 10:00-11:00PM: Cricket World Cup highlights--West Indies vs. Netherlands; Zimbabwe vs. Canada.
  • March 1st: 1) 7:30-10:00PM: "Midweek Final Score," which the BBC says will allow viewers to "keep up with the evening's football action...from a selection of commentated matches." 2) 10:00-11:00PM: Cricket World Cup highlights--Sri Lanka vs. Kenya.
  • March 2nd: 10:00-11:00PM: Cricket World Cup highlights--England vs. Ireland (note: the latter program is not available on Freeview).
  • March 3rd: 10:50-11:50PM: Cricket World Cup highlights--South Africa vs. Netherlands; Pakistan vs. Canada.
  • March 4th: 1) 7:00-9:00PM: Live coverage of the Leinster vs. Scarlets Rugby game, with commentary options. 2) 10:00-11:00PM: Cricket World Cup highlights--New Zealand vs. Zimbabwe; Bangladesh vs. West Indies.
  • March 5th: 1) 2:30-6:00PM: "Final Score," in which the BBC says "Gabby Logan and guests" will keep viewers apprised of all the day's soccer news and results. 2) 10:00-11:00PM: Cricket World Cup highlights--Sri Lanka vs. Australia.
  • March 6th: 1) 1:10AM-12:00PM: a round-up of Football League action, presented by Manish Bhasin. 2) 10:00-11:00PM Cricket World Cup highlights--India vs. Ireland; England vs. South Africa (note: the latter program is not available on Freeview).
  • March 7th: 10:00-11:00PM: Cricket World Cup highlights--Kenya vs. Canada.
  • March 8th: 1) 7:30-10:00PM: "Midweek Final Score." 2) 10:00-11:00PM Cricket World Cup highlights--Pakistan vs. New Zealand.
  • March 9th: 10:00-11:00PM: Cricket World Cup highlights--India vs. Netherlands (note: not available on Freeview).
  • March 10th: 10:00-11:00PM: Cricket World Cup highlights--Sri Lanka vs. Zimbabwe.
  • March 11th: 1) 7:00-9:00PM: Live coverage of the Wales U20 vs. Ireland U20 Rugby game, with commentary options. 2) 10:00-11:00PM: Cricket World Cup highlights--West Indies vs. Ireland; Bangladesh vs. England.
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