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Hello and welcome to The One Show with Matt Baker.
For a little while longer. It is starting to feel real now. It is
exciting, but later, I have arranged for someone to give you help and
advice in what is to come over the next few weeks. This is Sarah-Jayne.
She shared her Labour win over a quarter of a million strangers.
Brave. She did this online. She is there to answer any queries you
might have. I have a long list of questions. How long have we got? We
have a lot of excitement here because the guests have promised to
arrive in style. They are coming in pairs. We are
looking for the Hairy Bikers, of course. Hang on a minute. Where are
Si and David? Nice to see you. Are you well?
Lovely to see you. Have we ditched the bikes? No. This is just a
transgression. Is it because you are doing comfort food and you are
trying to keep the calories of? I don't know. We will talk all about
the series in a little bit. It has not necessarily been a happy New
Year for those using the railways this week.
Fares have gone up by an average 2.3% and passengers have been hit,
Dom has been to see if concerns over driver only trains stack up.
You probably don't travel on Southern but spare a thought for
those who do. They have faced repeated strikes, staff shortages
and cancellations. The bill for lost fares and compensation is ?38
million and it is affecting their well-being, mental health and
ability to make a living. I resigned on Friday. Every day I have had
delays. I have not got home for my son. I have been crying on the train
because I have had to say good night to him on the train. What is the
dispute about? The company running the franchise wants to convert
guards into on-board supervisors, which means responsibility for
opening and closing doors moves to train drivers and if the supervisor
is not available, the train can still run. The unions say it is not
safe. There is a need for a guard on the train, to ensure you do not rely
on one person to look after passengers on trains that are more
and more overcrowded. But if you travel on other parts of the
network, you will know that is exactly what happens. 30% of the
network is driver only including this train travelling to London
Liverpool Street. You are on a train without a guard, did you know that?
Does it worry you? Yes. Because I feel they should have won in case
someone is ill, somebody with children. You need someone in charge
of who is coming and going. The driver? The driver, yes. It would be
nice if you saw a guard walking up and down, particularly, I think, of
an evening. Do you know if it has wanted a? I have no idea. Do you
feel less safe if I tell you there is no God? It does not matter. The
rail safety and standards board said the Southern proposals are safe.
They have been used since 1982. They are used all the time in London
underground and on international networks. Is it all about safety? I
spoke to the board and they seem not to think so. It is and the Railway
safety and standards board is paid for by the employers. They produced
a report that says how you can get rid of the guard off each train
which for a safety board, called independent, is pretty worrying. An
independent expert says the RMT safety fears are valid. The concern
now art nouveau using one person may be a 12 coach train with platforms
that are crowded. The drivers said the camera provided are not
necessarily good enough to spot that. The guards said there is
nothing as good as a pair of eyes. If the RMT is objecting to driver
only on Southern when it has accepted it elsewhere, some ask if
there is a political reason for the strikes. The union will lose its
ability when drivers are controlling the doors. The great newspaper The
Times did spread the other week where they talked about the left
trying to bring the government down and it had the shop stewards network
and the RMT, left wing organisations, coordinating to bring
the government down. Shock horror, we bloody well. Is it about safety
or politics? Solly about safety first and last. 100%? 110%. If you
spit on your own they wipe it away but if we split together we can
drown them. It is politics, surely. Your president is singing a
different him. It is fantasy to say our members on Southern are part of
a left-wing political conspiracy to take on the government. They are
ordinary working people. I tell you what our members say, ordinary
working people seeking to keep a guard on the train because they
believe it is not safe. The members vote me in every five years and the
executive. You have the wrong president because if members say it
is about safety and they vote the strikes, and your president says no,
and it is about bringing the government down, your president...
This is a dispute led by ordinary working people seeking to defend the
role of the guard and ensure trains are safe. This is what the dispute
is about first and last and will continue to be about. As you said in
the film, 30% of trains are driver only and the unions seem to have
signed off on them and there is a reason they are now disputing?
Southern are not laying anybody. There are no pay cuts. They said
they will use driver only when circumstances dictate. The drivers
union stated they never supported driver only trains but agreements in
place, they could not argue the point. They say trains are not safe.
Today, the Office of Road and Rail said following inspection of the
trains they are satisfied suitable equipment, competent procedures, it
is a safe method of working. On the flip unions emphasise the warnings
like equipment and procedures in place. It is all arguing still.
There are more strikes planned but measures being put in place to ease
the pressure? There are strikes coming up but at the moment the
Confederation of passenger transport say they will lay on 200 coaches
paid for by Southern. Priority will be given to key workers like nurses,
police, firefighters, TV presenters! National Express will put on a
service on certain lines like Brighton to London. Coaches versus
rail. Exactly. Nothing more depressing when they say get off and
get on the bus. Even more depressing for commuters, it may spread across
the country. It is not looking good. Merseyrail said they plan to bring
in driver-only operated trains. Also London Midland, South West Trains,
also reporting they might. The RMT says if that happens you might be
looking at more strikes. Not good news. Thanks.
Now, it's the time of year when lifeboat crews across the country
In just the last 48 hours, 16 lifeboats have been launched,
with strong winds and rough seas to contend with.
Recently, it was the 50th anniversary of one of the RNLI's
most dramatic rescues, and we've been given
exclusive access to the brave volunteers who were involved.
50 years ago this winter, RNLI cruising Wales were called out to
one of the most treacherous and daring rescues to date. A Greek
freighter Nafsiporos was sailing between Liverpool and Belfast when
storms hit and her engines failed. The ship and crew were stranded. It
was very nasty. Things are getting drastic. The Holyhead lifeboat was
the first on the scene. It was blowing an absolute hurricane. It
was out to 100 mile per hour storm. I had no clue what would happen. I
was the new kid on the block but I learned quick. Unbelievable. It was
like climbing mountains. Up one and down the other. You could not drive
through them. The second officer was on board the Greek freighter. The
vessel, because of the rolling, the chain. Visibility was reduced,
making it a struggle to locate the ship. The waves were pushing us. The
strong winds, to the rocks. The rocks look like knives. Big knives.
Time was running out. When we got to the casualty, when we got alongside,
I knew straightaway what to do, it is instinctive. You had to get these
guys. The lifeboat from the Nafsiporos was detached and hanging
off the ship, making the rescue more dangerous. The lifeboat is quite a
big thing. You went back and forth. The rowers came through the cabin.
Most of the people... The Greek sailors, that is their
life. We had to drag them off. The crew managed to get five of the
Greek sailors aboard before having to pull away because of damage to
their boat. Another Anglesey crew had arrived and were able to
continue the rescue. Both lifeboats returned to Holyhead together. You
don't think of the danger. You get on with the job. If you are going to
go, you are going to go. It is quick. I was never frightened. Our
job was to go there, get the crew off the ship and bring them ashore,
which is what we did. In a mission lasting 24 hours, the volunteer
lifeboat men managed to rescue 15 Greek sailors. And, thankfully,
despite appalling conditions, no lives were lost. All the lifeboat
men were honoured with medals at the time for their bravery and to mark
the occasion 50 years later, the RNLI are resenting the surviving
crew men with special commemorative awards. Although unable to travel
here today, the second officer from the Greek vessel has sent a message
to express his gratitude. We achieved something, to save those
lives. Because of us he is a grandfather and a happy one. It is a
nice thought. Not many people say that. There has never been a thank
you. We take it for granted. It is a job. We do not do it to be
recognised. We do it because we are members of the RNLI. I am proud of
my career and would do it tomorrow if I had the chance. Thank you,
thank you. Dave, we were talking about the RNLI and the fact you had
a place of Roa Island. It is half a mile off Barrow in Furness. I lived
there are about ten years. Just up from the lifeboat station and a lot
of my mates were lifeboat men. Especially Chunky. We have a
picture. That is not in his lifeboat man garb. He is going to kill us! He
was great. I would go for a cup of tea and we would ask advice. We
would set out for the Isle of Man but because of the prevailing wind
would turn up in Whitehaven! To be fair, you ended up in Fleetwood
once. That was thanks to Chunky. It is like ballooning, you're sailing.
Abstract expressionist sailing. We were supposed to be in the Isle of
Man because we were filming. We were supposed to take the catamaran from
Roa Island and we had a crew and it started to get rough and it was
awful. He popped his head up above the cockpit and said Will you get me
off this flaming thing? We went, shall we go to Fleetwood, Dave? We
called the lifeboat man and said what do you reckon? He said you daft
beggars, get into Fleetwood. We have the crew on the Isle of Man and hat
to phone them from a chip shop in Fleetwood.
You have got a programme all about comfort food. It is the perfect time
of year for it in January. Who doesn't like a bit of comfort food?
It is all about nostalgic food, isn't it? What did you grow up on?
We have pictures of you as little boys here, which are very sweet.
That is you, Dave. That is me, my dad and my mum at Christmas. Very
posh around yours! What were you eating? That is me on my dad's
scooter. We had a sugar basin which fit a tin of salmon, butter, brown
bread. If you make the tin last a second day, my dad would mash it up
with a boiled egg and make spread. Look at this picture! That's me dad
standing there really proud! That was in... Which one is you! I got
two types of nits. One of the monkey and one off the flaming parrot!
That's the first time on a motorbike. That is my dad's Phantom.
I would hold the handle bars when he was up the back street, coming back
from work. You like mince and mash. Anything with gravy and mash. You
two have... We have dirty, guilty secrets! I don't know about everyone
watching... In the series we cook beautiful food. The best we have
ever cooked. We have gone back in the minds of our mind and I came up
with this one, it is Marmite and marmalade. So, you see it is sweet
and sour. I like both separately. But never together! It works. Some
we made earlier. As pregnant woman, who knows. It may be the best thing
ever! Yes! It's good! I love it! That is
delicious. Then it goes a bit quirky! What do you mean? This is
good student food. It is meaty sweet! What about the cheese and
biscuits then? A bit of a guilty food pleasure, this. I mean I've
gone a bit posh because I'm not just squeezing it into my mouth now and
eating pineapple chunk, I have it on a biscuit. Now according to the
Dicktry... Can you do healthy eating with comfort food? You fluctuate,
you go as dieters one minute and then comfort food the next. We are
normal people. One of the most comforting things I love is a roast
chicken dinner. I have to cut down on the spuds. That is because you
have to. One of the... One of the stuff that my mum used to do, it was
flat rib broth. It is healthy. There's no fat in it.
Full of goodness as well. Quickly, mean you've got chefs and people
from all over the world involved as well. So who do you think does the
best comfort food? Is it us? Yes. It is. And it's great because we the
multi-cultural nature of our society has brought all that together.
Comfort food, there is so much and so many. We hope so, because we're
going to do a new series! Put in the Marmite and the
marmalade. You can see it every weekday afternoon. It is pub grub
tomorrow. Yes. Very nice. We are sticking now with nostalgic dishes
because the latest instalment of Ricky's A to Z of British food is up
next. We are up to F. We have not gone far! See what you think!
I'm on a journey across the country to discover Britain's best regional
food. And I'm using your suggestions to
guide me. We map the A to Z of brilliant British food.
You sent me loads of suggestions for F. Stuart Evans wasn't the only one
to suggest to me to head north. Loads of you suggested fish and
chips. I headed to Harrogate to try a fats aal. Dozens of -- dozens of
you tempted me with faggots. They were popular in South Wales, during
rationing after the Second World War. I have come to a food market to
meet fifth generation butcher, Chris, known for his faggots: Come
on in. Our faggots are made to a traditional Welsh family recipe. My
grandmothers, and it is all fresh ingredients. What is in it? Onions,
belly pork. My secret ingredients, fresh liver and some dry bread. Have
you ever changed the faggots to make them more modern? We have changed
them in the past, but we always keep on coming back to this simple
recipe. It is fool-proof. Years ago it was a waste product. It was all
the waste from the pig. The only waste on a pig is its squeal.
Once the ingredients have been mixed, Chris rolls them into balls
and pops them into the oven. While our faggots cook away, I will speak
to the people of Carmarthen and see what they think about one of the key
ingredients - ofal. Awfully good or bad? Awful!
Awful! It is terrible! It is wonderful. You
like it? Especially faggots. Faggots It is bad. I am a child of the war.
You made use of any bits. Do you think we should make more use of it?
The animal is dead, why waste it. After a while the faggots are there
for me to taste. Oh, really good. They are moist. They are like a
meatball. It is fat-free, just about. We could modernise the way
they look maybe a little bit, maybe we would get people to fall in love
with ofal again. Let's do it. All they need is a makeover. I am going
to dress them up, using the best Carmarthen market has to offer. I
have been around the market, got my ingredients, now time to jazz up my
faggots. For my new-look faggots I need salad, caramelised onions, some
bacon, the mixture, of course and a slice of blue cheese, before serving
in a brioche bun. Now for a taste test. What will the people of
Carmarthen think of my modern, boutique faggots. Would you like to
try one? No, thanks. What do you mean, no! Ladies, come on? I could
eat and eat it. It is really nice. I am on a diet. Tell them that!
Yeah. Would you be prepared to try one for me? No. OK. This character
here would. I am not feeding these to the dogs! How could you say, no!
? Maybe if nobody tries them. And I have some left! Chris, we have heard
what everyone else thinks. You are the man who matters. Tell me what
you think of the job I have done with them?
To die for! I think a lot of chefs around this
area will catch on to this now. They will be copycats. It is good, isn't
it? Exceptionally good. Chris, will you do me an honour of sticking
these faggots on my map of A to Z of food. That is F ticked off. Where
will J take me on my A to Z tour? That sticker they stuck on South
Wales was not particularly attractive!
LAUGHTER I mean! I am so glad you say that,
Alex! I mean, I apologise to everybody watching from the area.
You are fans of faggots, aren't they? You? You could do the hairy
faggots! There's a certain following we've
got, you know! So many programme ideas! It is incredible. Ricky is
still on the hunt. You will lose it again, like last night, if you are
not careful. It is your last show, isn't it? The last show tonight.
As many of you will know, I am off on Fridays because I do Countryfile.
This is really our last show together before... We will obviously
see each other. Yes. Will you be at the birth, Matt, or not? I don't
know. I will see what I'm doing. With all of this in mind we have
found somebody to give you a little bit of last-minute advice. I
mentioned her at the top of the programme, but this lady, two weeks
ago gave birth in front of 250,000 people. You are joking! Sorry it was
her labour. The labour! I have juice arrived at the
maternity wing. The contractions are coming every
five minutes or so. Definitely ... I am in the hospital being monitored
at the moment. Can somebody else do this? I don't want to do this bit!
It will all be worth it! Hi. It's SJ and baby!
Sarah-Jayne joins us live now from Richmond. We have time for a couple
of questions. Sarah, Jayne, massive congratulations. The baby is
gorgeous. On a scale of one to ten, how much did you want to jump out of
the window? Definitely a nine-and-a-half. I did
it all on gas and air. It is fine! What kind of reaction did you get
and how far afield were people watching you from? Well it was
shared on the channel Facebook page, which is an on-line village for
mums. Positive from them. As it got wider I think more and more, that we
were so shocked so many people watched it. People who thought we
shared the actual birth live thought it was crazy. It was just the pre
early labour and the birth announcement. Very positive. What
did your husband say about all of this? Was he OK with it?
Yeah. He was very happy and supportive. The whole family watched
from Sweden and in the UK. He was just, we didn't want to share the
birth. Even he was not too keen on watching that bit of it. Yeah, he
was very supportive. Listen, all the best with everything. Thank you for
joining us live here. I know you want your birth to be as private as
it can be, but apparently the radio times and BBC One have got together
and I mean this is quite extraordinary... To be honest with
you... This is birth live on BBC! And we have commissioned these now,
Call The Midwife now! And planet birth, and I'm I'm a celebrity get
me out of here. That is all we have time for now.
Serious comfort food every weekend afternoon.
Paddy Kielty's with me tomorrow, and we'll be joined
we've run at almost completely 100% capacity.
We've got lots of patients now competing. There's no beds.
Presented by Matt Baker and Alex Jones.
The Hairy Bikers tell why they have temporarily hung up their helmets to enjoy a few of their favourite home comforts. Plus the woman who gave birth in front of 260,000 strangers!