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-And I'm Lauren.
-And this is The Dengineers.
The show that puts you in charge of building your very own dream den.
Dens for adventure.
Hello, trap door.
Hanging out with your friends and family.
This den is the best thing ever.
And dens built to fulfil your dreams.
-It's more than he could ever want.
Whatever your ideas,
the Dengineers team are here to transform your inspiration
-into amazing spaces.
-Built especially for you.
-This den is done!
Hello! KIDS SCREAM HELLO
Yes, you, Lola...
Let's do it.
That is epic.
Today is an extra special episode of The Dengineers.
It's our best bits.
As well as looking back at some of our favourite bits,
we'll be flying high with some never-seen-before exclusives.
And taking a look at when things didn't always go to plan.
We've seen it all on this series of The Dengineers.
Mega-surprised faces, check.
Mind-blowing engineering, check.
That's why an arch is so much stronger.
Mega-famous celebrities, check.
-I'm going to come to the ginger den when it's ready.
And most importantly, we've built loads of amazing dens.
Oh, my gosh, it's amazing.
-Do we like it? ALL:
We had thousands of applications for this series.
That is a lot of wannabe Dengineers.
And surprising our lucky ten to tell them they were going to be
getting their dream den was a tricky job.
I tell you what, you lot are clever, you know.
Yeah, there were a few times when we almost got caught, but, luckily,
we were able to keep the secret and deliver the good news
-to our Dengineers.
-That's what we do.
Before a Dengineers hit can go down,
we need to set up our super-sneaky hidden cameras.
But sometimes, they're not quite hidden enough for our eagle-eyed
Dengineers, like when we went to surprise
superstar DJ Joshua at his home in Cardiff.
Oh, Daddy's friend came round this morning,
he's thinking of doing some security system.
-I don't know.
-Good save, Mum.
And that's not the only close shave we've had on this series of
(That was close.)
It's fine, it's fine.
After all the sneaking around is done,
it's surprise time, and we have had some belters this year.
How are you doing?
If this series has taught us anything,
it's that surprised faces come in a range of styles.
Eleanor, how are you?
There's the "smiley surprise" face.
The "is this actually happening?" face.
No, this isn't true.
And don't forget the
"I can't believe Mark and Lauren just popped out of a recycling bin"
But the title of most shocked-face of the series goes to Lola
when we surprised her at school.
We're here to tell you - yes, you, Lola -
that you're going to be building your very own
dream Hollywood cinema den.
Oh, I tell you what,
it's nice to be able to just sit back and relax sometimes, isn't it?
Do you know what, it is pretty good, isn't it?
But it's not always like this.
There has been some serious graft on The Dengineers.
Yeah, you're right. Hard-working bunch, the old Dengineers.
-Salt or sweet, Loz?
Oh, I'll go for salted please, I think.
SHE LAUGHS WEAKLY
Our Dengineers team work mega-hard from the second they arrive on-site.
Dengineers have landed.
And when the build gets going, no job is too big for the Dengineers.
We've said "see you later" to a ceiling.
It's coming. Yes!
We've carried a roof weighing over 220kg around a house...
-Watch this corner here, though - it's really, really tight.
..through a garden, and up onto the structure of a den.
But the biggest challenge of the series was in Manchester,
when the Dengineers had to dig up not one,
but two sections of a community centre.
The team started by ripping up the ground in one area of the build
and digging a massive hole in another.
And the result of all this hard graft was the creation of an amazing
running track and an awesome sunken trampoline.
And the hard work doesn't stop there.
The Dengineers team only have four days on-site to build each den,
so we have to work our socks off every single second.
And there were times this series when we cut it really close
to the wire.
I'm a bit worried, but if Dengineers can't do it, nobody can.
I'm going to drop it, I'm going to drop it!
And the most dramatic finish of the series was in Cardiff,
where it was a race against time to get Joshua's DJ den done for
the Big Reveal.
This was a huge ask and the whole team had to put in a massive shift,
including me and Loz.
That's it. Perfect.
-I'll pull, you pull that.
Joshua's friends and family arrived at the house and,
despite work still being done on the den,
the team had no choice but to set for the Big Reveal.
But Dengineers work hard and never give up
and we all made one final push for the finish line.
And after a monumental effort, the DJ den was complete.
I tell you what, I'm getting a sweat on just watching that hard work.
We did loads, didn't we?
Oh, we did. It was a hard run, but it's safe to say, along the way,
we had a lot of fun. Wahey! SHE YELPS
Us Dengineers work hard, but we also love to have a laugh.
There we go, right? Here's for a ten.
One, two, three, four.
Oh, it's gone over the fence!
-It's not rugby!
-No, I know, mate. I know.
What Sege lacks in footballing skills, he more than makes up for
on the dance floor.
Right, I'm starting to dress it up now.
# Got to dress it up
# Dress it up got to dress it up
# Na-na-na-na Na-na-na-na-na-na-na. #
And he's not the only one who caught the Dengineers Come Dancing bug
We've seen some brilliant Bollywood moves.
-Go on, then.
-Ready for this?
-Yeah, yeah, go on.
# Never gonna give you up never gonna let you down... #
Oh, dad tune!
We've seen some less-than-brilliant dad dancing.
# Da-da-da da-da. #
This is how all the cool kids dance.
Oh, I've done it wrong!
And, as you can see, I'm not afraid to throw some shapes, either.
Almost did a fall!
Yeah, I...I've got other talents.
Dancing isn't one of them.
Whilst Lozza was showing her limited skills on the dance floor,
I was showing my prowess with, well, let's just say, a wind instrument.
A lot's been done, to be fair. We got the old chalkboard done.
-Um, did you hear that?
I just farted as I said "chalkboard".
It came out by accident!
Cor, that's bad. Can you smell that, Jay?
-Do NOT start - I ain't got time for this.
-Mark, I honestly...
Jen, Mark's doing you-know-what again.
-Was that what think it was?
-That was my foot.
'Sorry, Loz, but it is only natural.'
'That, Mark Wright, is one thing I certainly will not be missing.'
Why am I spinning?! Why? No!
'But I have loved dancing,
'laughing and having loads of fun with the best den building team
'in the world.'
And as well as doing all of that really cool stuff,
we met some amazing people along the way.
Oh! Talking about me again, are you, Mark, eh?
Yeah(!) No. We're talking about this lot.
It's been a celeb-fest on this series of The Dengineers.
We've met superstar names from music, radio,
TV and only, like,
one of the biggest authors in the world.
Yeah, budding writer Eleanor got the surprise of her life when she got to
meet her hero, Jacqueline Wilson.
It's lovely to meet you, sweetheart.
-You are getting an actual signed copy
of Jacqueline Wilson's new book.
-How does that sound?
I don't think Eleanor will forget that experience in a while.
And who can forget Joshua's face
when he found out he was getting
VIP access to his favourite radio station?
What if I told you that we're going to take a little tour
around the Radio 1 studios?
-Yes. Would you like that?
-Shall we go for it?
-Come on, let's go.
On his tour of the Radio 1 studios, Joshua met not one...
Nice to meet you, Josh. I'm Greg.
..but three mega-famous DJs.
-Hi, I'm Annie.
One of which was his fave DJ, Annie Mac,
who gave him an extra-special music lesson.
And then, bring this fader down.
MUSIC VOLUME DECREASES
-You did it!
-DJ in the place!
DANCE MUSIC PLAYS
Did you enjoy that, Josh?
These den day outs were great,
but my fave famous meet of the series has to be when Carrie got
VIP tickets to see Jess Glynne perform at Wembley Arena in London.
# Darling, hold my hand
# Oh, won't you hold my hand?
# Cos I don't wanna walk on my own any more
# Won't you understand?
# Cos I don't wanna walk alone
# I'm ready for this There's no denying
# I'm ready for this You stop me falling
# I'm ready for this I need you all in... #
-Can you believe how close we are?
# So, darling, hold my hand. #
And our Carrie didn't just get to see her favourite artist
perform live, she also got to meet Jess backstage to tell her about
her amazing gingerbread house den.
So, Carrie, meet Jess, Jess, meet Carrie.
-I like the colour of your hair.
What have you got to say about the colour of your hair?
What are you doing with The Dengineers?
-Well, people used to tease me because of my hair colour...
so I wanted to, like, do a den to, like, be proud of it
and to be positive and stuff.
-Oh, yeah. Can I come?
-Would you let Jess into your den?
-Oh, that's exciting.
-I'm going to come to the ginger den when it's ready.
'Imagine that -
'Jess Glynne popping round your den for a cup of tea?'
Tell you what, Mark, you wouldn't catch any of them lot getting things
-I know. Unlike you, Lozza.
Uh, what? I think you'll find you're the person getting things wrong
all the time.
I'll say again - what's my surname?
Mark Wright, not Wrong.
It is day one of Whitney's eco-den build and the Dengineers
have arrived. And when they arrive, they arrive in style.
I think I'd better go give them a hand.
Oh, that was not the end of the van!
On this series of The Dengineers, things haven't always gone to plan.
I mean, I think it's great that you're such a good loser.
Oh! Sorry, you've got a line there, haven't you?
-Out-take. Crash. Let's go again.
-There he is.
I like a good quote.
-Makes you feel inspired.
-What's your favourite quote?
Um, I like...
-YOLO's not a quote!
-You just confirmed.
That's what you put in a text message.
-Of course it's a...
Of course it's a quote!
You only live once.
Yeah, put that as the quote - "You only live once" -
-don't put YOLO across the top!
-No, YOLO's the short version
of the quote.
So it's the day of Whitney... HE SIGHS
So it's the day of Whitney's big den reveal.
'And it's not just me and Mark who struggle with our lines.'
OK, this is the fun bit, this is...
I'll start again. OK, this is another one of those fun...
No, no. Sege! Pow!
OK, Rufus, what I've got for you now is a really cool upcycle idea.
-Not a hi-dear.
And the thing is, even when we get it right, things can still go wrong.
You'll be wearing goggles after that.
Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh.
That couldn't have gone any worse.
Thing is, they're all helping each other, I'm here on me own.
-Yeah, don't touch the plywood.
What am I going to do?
I don't know, Mark, it's broken, mate.
We do make a good team, don't we, Lozza?
Yeah, we do, actually. We really do.
And it's great that you don't mind that I beat you
-at everything as well.
Well, I...I think it's great that you, you know,
you're such a good loser. It's amazing.
Seems to me that you've got some kind of, like, selective memory loss
or something, Mark. Better...better get that checked out, mate, yeah?
MARK: One, two...
'Me and Lozza have pitted our wits against each other at, well,
'pretty much everything this series.'
'But, whatever the challenge, you can be sure of one thing -
'Mark likes to think he's the best.'
Beat that! Yes!
'But after months of den building,
'we finally found Mark's Achilles heel.'
There is no better painter on the Dengineers than moi.
Quick. I've painted the red.
Unlucky, Marky boy.
Speaking of challenges,
there's been one this series that has been totally
out of our control...
Yeah, we've had our fair share of rain this year.
We had showers in Surrey when building our plane den.
We had bucket-loads of rain in Manchester on our community den.
And in Cardiff, we had torrential rain storms to contend with
when building Joshua's DJ den.
These downpours threatened to wash out our builds,
but it was in Leeds, at Carrie's gingerbread house den,
where we faced our most dangerous weather challenge.
If the wind gets too strong,
we'll have to just stop doing the shingles today, cos it could
genuinely get quite dangerous.
There's stuff we can still be doing inside,
so we've not really thought about that yet. As you can see,
it's really windy.
Fortunately for the Dengineers, though,
the fierce winds eventually died down
and the team were able to push on.
Building complicated dens
comes with loads of engineering challenges too
and this series, we've had plenty.
We've seen the engineering behind a retractable dome in the style of the
Taj Mahal in India.
We've found out how wind turbines work.
And we've seen how a staircase can support the weight of 20 people
despite looking like it's floating in thin air.
But our favourite engineering explanation had to be on
the plane den when Sege used a couple of bricks and some card
to show me why a curved roof is stronger than a flat one.
This is your flat top - that's not your roof, OK?
But if I place that brick on there...
-..you can see what happens to it.
-Very, very weak.
-It has no support of its own to speak of, so it just caves in.
However, if I take this card and bend it into an arch,
into the shape of a Nissen hut,
and then I place this half-brick on top.
-That is really clever.
And that's why an arch is so much stronger.
Ah, that's fascinating.
So that's what it's going to be like on Philip's den.
-Without the half-brick.
-Let's take the bricks away.
-We'll take the bricks away.
-We don't want the bricks.
-So Philip's den's going to look like that.
We have made some absolutely brilliant dens this series.
-They have been amazing, haven't they?
-They've been so, so good.
But imagine one great, big, huge,
Our dream den would have to have the size and scale of our amazing
community den in Manchester.
Well, there's no doubt about it - it's got to get finished.
We're not even going to consider a backup,
we're just going to get it done.
And for the outside of the den,
we'd have to go for the colourful retro exterior
of Soibi's journalism den.
We'd cover the roof in the stylish shingles from
Carrie's gingerbread house den.
And on said roof,
we'd have the solar panels and wind turbine from Whitney's eco-den
to allow our den to make its own electricity.
The inside of our super den would have the laser effect lighting
from Joshua's DJ den.
The mega-cool hidden desk from Eleanor's magical library den.
And the pilot's chair from Philip's plane den.
This den needs extra seating for when our mates come round,
'so we'd take Aaron's magnificent throne from his Bollywood den.'
Oh, this looks ace! Look at that!
And there would deffo be a place for the
humongous projector from Lola's cinema den.
'And last but not least,
'we'd have the awesome trap door from Rufus' adventure den.'
-Hello, trap door!
Now, that, Lozza, really would be the ultimate dream den.
None of our brilliant dens would have been possible without our
Yeah, we've had five of the top creative minds in the world
-working on our dens.
-And, boy, did they do good.
Our five awesome designers have been responsible for producing
some of the most complicated and ambitious builds ever.
You just want it to move that way slightly, towards Greg.
And they each bring a unique style and creativity to their dens.
She's a master of designing huge-scale dens
which make her builds stand out from the crowd.
-What do you reckon?
-You like it?
-You like the colours?
And Olga's not afraid to take a risk,
as we saw on the journalism den when
she decided to use a material so delicate
that one false move with a drill would spell disaster for the den.
I'm looking a bit worried cos this is the most important part
of the den.
So, literally, every single screw can damage the acrylic and it can
snap. And if it snaps, we have nothing to replace it with.
And when she's not designing and building dens,
our Olga loves to throw some shapes on the dance floor.
This is the best bit.
With over 30 years' experience in the building industry,
he's the daddy when it comes to designing dens.
Easy! Easy! Come on, let's get cracking.
Do you think that one needs to go back...?
Sege's attention to detail is legendary,
as we saw with the plane den,
when he combined Philip's two favourite World War II planes
into the den of his dreams.
-You like it?
-This looks incredible!
-It's cool, isn't it?
Sege is a busy man on his builds and likes to keep his energy levels up
-How many of them have you had?
-I love these.
-I've had one, they're lovely, but that is ridiculous.
She's an awesome architect who loves to think big with her designs.
I've started looking at your ideas and I've come up with
a woodland theme den.
Maral's got loads of creative flair, as we saw in Lola's cinema den
when she turned a fun photo shoot into personalised film posters
for the outside of the den.
Maral loves getting stuck in, but she also runs a tight ship.
Lauren, you can't be eating all of the popcorn!
And last but not least, we've got the tremendous twosome.
The great thing is, it's all made out of recycled materials,
or reclaimed materials.
And the other thing we've done is, we've got a wind turbine
on the corner that captures the wind...
-..so that will help to power it.
These architects and lecturers have over 40 years' experience designing
These guys love pushing the boundaries of den building
and showed this with their crooked and wonky designs for Carrie's
gingerbread house den.
I think the wonkiness, like, really paid off.
I think it looks amazing.
Proper wonk factor, innit?
As well as designing some amazing dens,
Tony and Satwinder have also given us some mega LOLs.
This naughty little knob won't go on!
-I'm just going to stamp this one.
These five awesome designers all bring different styles and skills
to their work, but they all have one thing in common -
they produce amazing dens.
We have absolutely loved building these fantastic dens.
But it's not what we think that counts.
Let's see what the Dengineers and their friends and family thought.
Guys, are you ready to see your den?
Five, four, three,
What do we reckon?
Oh, my gosh, it's amazing!
What do you reckon, Whitney?
Oh, it's so cool, I love it.
That is epic!
That's so cool.
Do we like it?
-Have a look round, come on.
Go, go, go, go, go.
I think it's so good! Oh, my gosh,
it has so many different colours,
Welcome to your news den.
Oh, look, "Lola's Cinema"!
Wow! It's incredible.
That is so cool.
It's just absolutely brilliant.
More than he could ever want.
I'm really happy with my den.
-Thank you, Sege.
-Oh, my pleasure, it's been fantastic.
It's been just as much fun for me as it is for you.
I've had a great time.
Welcome to DJ JJ Josh's club.
-Come on in.
-Come on in!
That is amazing!
Oh, Carrie, this is well good.
This den is, like, the best thing ever.
Well, we are nearly done, Mark.
I know, Lozza. We've seen the great surprise hits.
The masses of hard work.
The bits that didn't go so well.
And all the amazing people that made this such a fantastic series.
There's only one thing left to see...
-The finished dens!
This has been an absolutely incredible series,
and if you want to see more Dengineering action,
then visit the CBBC website.
And, of course, there is only one way to say goodbye.
-This den is done!
The presenters look back at all the amazing dens we've built throughout the series and reminisce about the great kids, the tense surprises, and the big reveals.