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Hello. Welcome to your Wednesday hour-long edition of the One Show.
Tonight a full house of One Show viewers and game makers who will be
sharing their thoughts on some of the stories we will be covering
this evening. It is a full house! We have also
got Carrie Grant on stand-by to give a well-deserved treat to a man
who has been a stalwart in his community for years.
We will be meeting Paralympic archers Danielle Brown and Mel
Clarke, who are here to show off their medals.
Also, John Sergeant is about to blow a fuse over the end of the
light bub. Me and him both. Our guest tonight, she has a list as
long as your arm of block busting titles to her name. Harry Potter,
Nanny McPhee. The list is endless. She is the only person ever to win
an Oscar for writing and acting. It's Emma Thompson. It's lovely to
have you with us. Thank you I just love the idea of describing
Howard's end as a blockbuster. have to say, you look absolutely
gorgeous, with earrings to match the theme of the new book.
indeed. Do you want me to tell you now? I have written a book you see.
A new Peter Rabbit book. He is 110. This is it. The dress, which you
might have worried about, because who wears a big kilt on The One
Show, it is the inside of the book you see. It is the same, tartan. It
is designed for Peter. I went into a jewellery shop and saw some very
interesting fruits and I asked the jewellery maker if she would make
me a radish and a carrot, which she has. Which is great, but the only
thing is when I take the book to read to children, they become so
engrossed with the earrings, that they don't listen to the book. I
have to take them off. But they are amazing. It is happening now.
Everyone has been saying let me touch your earrings. Can I touch it.
This is a big part of the story of how it all came about. The radish
is intrinsic to the meaning and depth of the story. It is very
radish-centred. I got this extraordinary, I got a little
little parcel, it was two years ago, and I got a little parcel wrapped
in brown paiper and string, which of course would appeal to my
Victorian side. It was this. I brought it in to show you. There is
a half eaten radish leaf on the top. Inside, the original is not there
but inside was a small coat, belonging to someone that I knew
well. I thought my God it's his coat. Then there was this, a bit of
radish leaf with some radish left on it and saying for the attention
of Miss Emma Thompson hand delivered by Benjamin bunny he is
quir. Inside was a letter my Paul, a letter from Peter to write a new
book. You accepted? Of course. If they had said from the publishers,
I would say don't be so ridiculous, Bearix Potter has a genius. But
because the child part of me thought this is from Peter Rabbit,
this is actually from him, I really believed it, so I wrote back to him.
So all the correspondence about the book has been between me and Peter.
Has he ever been fazed out of the process. I pushed him out when the
numbers went up and then I thought that's cruel. He only wants paid in
radishes anyway. We will find out more about the whole process later.
First up, the latest in our films about people who faced life
changing decisions. Unlike some of the others, One Show viewer Lucy
Gale had almost no time to weigh up her options. When you are watching
this, ask yourself the question, would you have done the same thing?
Two years ago I came across an accident on this level crossing.
Two cars crashed, one was on the track and a a train was coming and
I made my big decision to do something about it. Lucy lives in a
small village in Yorkshire, with her partner Doug and 14-year-old
daughter Rebecca. Two years ago she was work can as a local taxi driver
and one evening in May was taking a regular passenger home, when she
came to a level crossing. Tell me about the particular day of the
incident. As we got towards the level crossing, the lights were
flashing. Meaning a train was approaching. Yes and the barrier
was down and I could see there had been an accident and a car had been
pushed towards the tracks. I just got out of my car and went to help.
The driver of the car on the tracks was pensioner Mary. She had been
waiting at the lights at the level crossing when another vehicle hit
her from behind, pushing her car on to the track. I need today get her
out. She was really, really shocked. Her eyes were wide and she was
shaking. With no time to spare, Lucy made her instinctive big
decision. As she was struggling to free the injured pensioner from the
car, a freight train carrying thousands of tonnes of coal was
hurtling down the line less than two minutes away and heading
straight for them. I needed help. She never hesitated. She didn't sit
back in her car and think it might be dangerous, there is a train
coming. She did none of that. She ran into the situation and she
helped me out. Thanks to Lucy Mary was now safe, but her car was still
on the tracks in the direct path of the freight train now about 40
seconds away. The train driver had applied his emergency brakes and
signalled his horn but the momentum of the train was too great. It was
going to hit the car. So Lucy went back on the track. The worst moment
was getting back into the car to move the car off the track and
looking down the track and seeing the train coming. When I got in, my
feet physically couldn't get to the pedals, the seat was too far
forward. I was fiddling around trying to find a lever in a strange
car that you have never driven before in such a high pressure
situation, with the train coming. That was the scariest moment. I
could still remember the driver waving his arms in the window of
the train. That is how close he was. I could see him waving his arms.
Everybody says what did you think when you could see the train coming.
I don't remember being being scared. I just remember thinking this has
got to be daub. Lucy managed to drive Mary's car off the track just
moments before the train passed. The second the train went past what
was your immediate reaction. Everybody is safe, that is the main
thing. Everybody is safe. You had 60 seconds to move a strange car?
Yes, move a seat, get it into gear. What was it like when the train
rushed by? It feels like the air is rushing flew your ears. What made
you do it It was instinct, human nature to need to help. You see
somebody needs help, you do it. Lucy went straight back to driving
her taxi but it wasn't long before the significance of her actions hit
home. If Lucy hadn't been here that day and done what she z what might
have happened? Potentially averted quite a major crash. We have
tankers, electrical pylons there, can you see there is a small
station, it was a passenger train waiting to come out, there was a
freight train coming through. If that train had struck the cars it
would have ploughed through and reached that passenger trained.
told her on the day she was my guardian angel who just appeared
and possibly I still feel that. is your guardian angel? Yes.
never lost any sleep from what I did. Had I sat back and watched it
unfold, I would never have slept again.
Lucy is with us here in the studio to talk more. You have won awards
after this, you have changed so many people's lives by the actions
you had. Has it changed your life? Has it changed my life, it has
changed by behaviour, but it's not changed my life. I have had some
brilliant experiences from it. still work as a taxi driver, so
when you get to a crossing then, how does your behaviour differ?
Before, because I live in an area where there are freight trains, you
can be waiting up to ten minutes if there is two going to go, before it
was an inconvenience to sit and wait and I used to sit with my foot
on the brake and huff and puff, like you do. Now I put my hand
brake on and I sit and wait. It's not worth it. Do you ever mention
to passengers when you have them in the car, you will never believe
what happened here? No, never. about the passenger you had with
you at the time? Mr HOLMES. I have seen her since and we discussed it
on our way to the airn and she just said I got into a bit of trouble
for getting her home late. After all that? She said her husband
forgiven me now and would allow me to take her back to the airport.
have Matt from Network Rail. You wouldn't advise people to take the
same action? Of course, it was an incredibly brave act, but we
wouldn't advise people to do that. We would advise people to get on
and off level crossings as safely as possible. You end up with quite
a few people on the railway lines not in heroic situations. We have
incredible CCTV footage here. Obviously, you can see the red
light and the lady is choosing with a pram to cross in front of a train
while there is a red warning light telling her not to cross. She
believes that is wosht taking that What happened to that guy? I think,
the train clips his leg and knocks his shoe off. He's vaulted the
barrier there, he broke his leg, he later checked into A&E. There isn't
a barrier in this next footage. Look at that! This is a very, very
near miss. What is the situation of barriers and level crossings then?
98% of crossings, in fact, we have nearly 7,000 crossings, only 116 of
those don't have barriers. They have been assessed as being low
risk crossings. There might be one or two trains per day, low speed
trains, very little traffic there. But we have a project at the moment
to install barriers at crossings like that. We have had a trial in
Scotland, where we have put a barrier on what was an open
crossing. Network Rail have been criticised a lot for not, people
saying they are not doing enough to help people's safety. There is two
issues here and the first is, we have now got a business change
programme, a huge transformation programme. We are investing �130
million over the next 18 months in improving safety. That includes a
whole new operating regime for risk management. At the moment we are
recruiting 100 level crossing managers through England, Scotland
and Wales. We have improved training, processes and alongside
that we have a huge safety enhancement programme that looks
like innovation, technology, enforcement cameras at level
crossings. And education campaigns. We have launched a campaign called
lose your head phones. We are doing a huge amount. We have the safest
level crossings in Europe. Another viewer that we want to celebrate
tonight is Frank Kennington from Grimsby, who has been ringing the
bells at his local church since he was 12 years ol. Since his
retirment, frank has had to ring in a few changes as Carrie Grant has
been finding out. Bell ringing has been my life, but
it is a very sad day today. I am as fit as a 78-year-old can be but
those stairs, they take the wind out of your sail. For the past 67
years the people of Grimsby have heard Frank's bell ringing around
the town during some of the most significant moments of their lives.
Chrissenings, weddings and funerals. Frank rang for my wedding. What did
that mean to you? Everything. Because that was Frank. Frank's
retirement marks the end of an era for his family, the Kenningtons who
have rung the bells here for over 100 years. Frank was introduced to
bell ringing at 12 by his father who showed him the ropes on 8th May
1945. From that day on his life would be dedicated to the bells of
the church. It was full of joy, the end of the war, everybody was happy.
There was my mother, my sister, two brothers. We all came up the Belfry.
All along these walls are boards and the name Kennington appears an
awful lot. This one is from 1905. Charles Kennington, that was my
father. Johnny Kennington was his brother, my uncle. That is 107
years ago. Before my time! Certainly is. How important has it
been for you to continue the legacy? I have no family of my own
as such of the. The only family I have are nieces and nephews. There
are so many other attractions these day. I am the last one of the
Kennington dynasty. Frank has always been keen to pass on his
passion. So I thought I would give Don't be in a hurry. I dropped it,
but not bad for a beginner. You have been married for 54 years.
Does it feel like you have been married to the bells? The previous
rector here said he had heard of golf widows but he knew that I was
a bell ringing widow. How hard was the decision to retire for Frank?
Sundays are very difficult, because I can tell that he is grieving that
he is not up there. He is worrying about his bells, they are his bells.
I know better than stressed that we come into town on a Sunday. Why is
that?. I think it would upset him to hear them ringing. You must feel
immense pride? I have become very proud of him. I sthi that's mainly
because there's only me really knows the commitment that he's made.
A lifetime of bell ringing. Let's go over to Carrie of news of a
special treat. You are up to something, aren't you? I certainly
am. Welcome to St James Garlickhythe in London and the
location of the royal Jubilee bells. Which were cast especially for the
Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. A couple of weeks ago
Frank was reading a magazine and read about these bells. Little did
he know two weeks later he would be here in London ringing them live to
the nation. It is an exciting evening. This place was destroyed
in the great fire of 1666. Then rebuilt in 1683 by Sir Christopher
Wren. It is sometimes nicknamed Wren's lantern because of the way
the light light shines through the windows. It has the highest ceiling
of any of the London city churches. Bell ring something
quintessentially English. We have been doing it for 400 years. It It
seems right we used it as part of the Queen's diamond celebrations.
The lead lead barge had a Belfry built on to it. Inside were housed
eight bells. All of those bells named after members of the Royal
Family and bell ringing on the Thames had never been attempted
before. They had to hand pick the bell ringers very carefully. It was
an incredible feat. The bells went from that barge and are now
permanently housed here at St James here in Garlickhythe. Frank tonight
is going to be playing them, ringing them live to the nation.
More of that later. It's going to be very special. Emma,
you have written The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit. How have you taken
the story onwards from the original? I thought about it and I
thought if he wants a further tale perhaps I should take him away from
the garden and I was in Scotland when I was writing it and Bearix
Potter loved Scotland. She's very interesting, she is the original
bunny boiler, you do know that don't you. She was not soppy about
animals at all and kept rabbits and knew them well and named them and
then when they died would boil them and separate them out and sort out
their bones. So So that is one of the things that attracted me to it.
You don't include that in the in the book? No. Funnily enough I left
that out. There I was in Scotland and I thought Mr and Mrs MacGregor
could be Scottish and maybe Peter accidentally gets into a bit of
luggage and ends up in Scotland. That is what I did. I took him up
north. Would you read some for us? Yes Yes, absolutely. All sitting
comfortably. He's gone to Scotland and he's met his cousin who is a
big black rabbit called Finlay and he is defending his title at the
highland games. He is this huge very big rabbit and Peter is
watching him throw these things and then he gets bored because he has
strong passions. He goes off and he finds a bit of will low fencing and
it goes there, protected by will low fencing lay an unusually large
radish. We have the pictures on the big
screen. It must have measured three rabbits round. It also smelt
delicious and Peter was very hungry. He thought no-one would notice if
he took a little nibble off the end. Accordingly, he scratched his way
under the willow fence and took a bite and then another and another.
By the time Peter had stopped eating, he was inside the radish.
Feeling cosy, he fell asleep. When he woke up the radish was jogling.
Not again thought Peter. APPLAUSE
Is this something you are going to continue on with, now you have
started this relationship with Peter? Well, yes. He has asked me
to write another one, so I started that this summer. I went up to The
Lakes to visit Bearix Potter's old homes. She is an extraordinary
woman because she bought most of the Lake District and saved it from
development. I went to one of her first farms Hilltop Farm and made a
new friend there, who is going to appear in the new book, who is
called William, whose exact nature I am going to keep under wraps for
the moment. Everyone knows that the baddie in Peter Rabbit is of course
Farmer McGregor. Incredibly we have found a farmer in Scotland with
that exact name. You went looking for the enemy. Not only that, he is
standing by to talk to you via Skype.
From Coldstream Mains in Berwickshire. Do you like rabbits,
Colin? I haven't tasted rabbit pie but I can see after this, I am
going to have to try it. Association Rabbits aren't really
that welcome on your farm? really. They can do a lot of damage.
Six rabbits can eat as much as one sheep. They don't eat sheep, do
they, rabbits? We are not big fans of rabbits. Having said that Emma,
they do have a big connection with Bearix Potter because isn't it
right that Beatrix herself has stayed on the land of your farm?
That is right. We discovered recently that, we are farmers here
on Lenel estate, she actually stayed here in 1894 on Lennel House
and so she is known in the area. After seeing Colin's face there,
will you write about farmer ma Gregor in a different light now?
You are much better without the side burns. You are in your office
there and you have a picture behind you, who is in that picture? Yes,
my wife, we were at the farmers weekly awards and it was my wife's
computer. There is a picture of Matt with Jill. All the best Colin.
Lots of love to Jill. Our gardening expert Christine has
managed to grow a long list of famous personalities who invited
her over to have a look around their gardens. Tonight she turns
her attention to Maureen Lipman's back yards. When the time comes to
move home, there is one thing the removal men can't get on the van,
your garden. For most people it is starting all over again. Eight
years ago Maureen Lipman lost her husband, the screen writer jack
rosen that will. The family home began to feel too big so she moved
from the house to a flat and from big garden to, well, let her
explain. I have been here nearly five years. I moved from the big
family family house where Jack and I brought up the children with a
beautiful big garden, a phone box, a post box, a shed to play house in,
and I have come here and this is my little girl flat. You can smell the
fragrance from the jasmines. You have two, this is the false jasmine.
It's like a jasmine and then you have the proper jasmine.
What was the most difficult part of downsizing? Out with the Mahogany
and in with the clean minimalistic lines and that lasted for about 12
seconds. Don't throw that away, oh no, I can't because that was the
time when we... So it's about as minimalistic as I am. Of course
there are things in the garden that remind Maureen of Jack. That is
Jack's rose climbing up the walls. What is with this plaque? That is a
rhinoceros. He needs to be freed. Jack used to collect rhinoceros. I
have I haveen 18 in the flat. My bedroom looks ought on to this
courtyard, so I could sit in bed and watch the birds. I went to the
garden centre and bought worms and fat balls and wild bird food and
all sorts of bird food, not a bird since. Never mind the birds, plants
and small shrubs fill this courtyard like a haven of
tranquility. So we have this tropical lush paradise, but in the
other courtyard, nothing grows. Nothing at all. You will see why in
a minute. It is the beast of W 2. This is warren. Warren is
responsible for this carnage. will eat almost anything that's
below his own height. Of course. is a dear fellow. What could I
plant in here that would be Warren proof. Standard trees and you would
have to put a rabbit guard round the stem. You mean like an oak.
a tree on the clear stem, can be anything from three foot to however,
but if you had a nice fuchsia and standard roses, only this height,
so the the vegetation would be out of the way. Fortunately Warren
never gets near the main courtyard garden where a lovely green curtain
envelopes this place. It is what Maureen had hoped for. I wanted d
to enclose me. That is the big thing, I am on my own and it feels
safe. Now I feel a bit more like the air has come into me and I am
not grieving so much, or just wanting to be in my own word, I am
back in the world and life goes on. I think this garden is very you.
you? I must have done something right, as they say in the song.
In honour of Emma's book, we have brought lots of rabbit-loving
viewers into the studio. They would like to show off their rabbits. You
have started a business. Yes. us an idea. Who is this? He is enor
husband. This is Bruno, a continental giant. How does he fit
into your empire? We have continental giants, mini lops,
dwarfs. Did this come from a love of Bearix Potter? Yes, I like
rabbits, I used to have loads of rabbits when I was younger. I have
had good experience with them. I was read the Bearix Potter books
when I was younger. He is a very gentle soul. Bruno is absolutely
lovely but Emma and I are in love with these two. Richard and Sally
and we have Arty and Galaxy. These are aning gor ra rabbits. Yes.
Angora. Are you showing Galaxy at the minute? I am about to. You are
showing Arty. I am, yes. What makes a good Angora? They should be well-
behaved. Which they are. Two, they should have a long coat, which Arty
has. They should have a really good texture, they should feel like silk.
He's lovely. Most importantly, they should have nice tufts on their
ears and look like a little snow ball. We hear you are called the
rabbit man. I am known by many as either a bunny boy or rabbit man.
think the Angora goes well with your dress. The reason the rabbit
is shaking is because I have been talking about making into some sort
of stole. I don't mean it. This Polish rabbit, it is actually
native breed. One of our few English breeds. We have had them
around since 1880. They are well establish indeed this country. They
have their own club. We nurture them. You have 250 of these?
several species, but yes I do have that many. Hutch cleaning must be
brilliant fun. If anybody wants to help... Do you spend your entire
life shovelling sawdust? Shovelling something, yes!
I have to ask, why do you keep picking it up? Because on his own
he will probably sit down. He likes to know you are there. He has been
trained to kill, you know that. They are a long way from Peter
Rabbit. As well as Peter Peter Rabbit another character who has
delighted children is nanny McPhee. When you need me but do not want me,
I must day. When you want me but no longer needly, I must go. It's
rather sad really, but there it is. We will never want you. Then I will
never go. Is it true, did it take you seven years to write Nanny
McPhee? From door-to-door, from the moment I put pen to paper, it was
nine years actually. It took a long time to develop. It is curious
which is why I have so much respect for Potter. They seem very simple,
they should seem very simple but should go very deep. It takes a
long, long time. To work out what the story is, how to -- I don't
know why it takes so long. The second one was five years, a bit
less. On the nanny theme with Tom Hanks, is it right you are starring
in a movie about the writer of Mary pop pinss? It is most odd because
dad writing The Magic Roundabout and me writing Nanny McPhee and
being asked to write this and one of PLTravers heroines was Bearix
Potter. PL Travers, said she didn't write for children, she wrote to
please herself. Bearix Potter was quite grumpy with children who came
into her garden. It is a particular creativity. The film is about Walt
Disney and PL Travers and their relationship. It was very
belligerent. She was passionate about, she was family in the same
way Mickey Mouse was Walt Disney's family, but they created these
characters to get them away from the torture of their own child
childhoods which were very difficult. It is a film about how
artists are using their art to heal themselves from very painful
experiences when they are little. Staying on the children's theme,
you are working on a brand new remake of Annie, which we are
really excited about, with Jay Z and willow Smith. What stage are
you at? It's still script work and music work. They keep saying we
will make it next year, and that might happen. It will be in the
autumn, but that's been in the works for a year and a bit, because
I wrote it last summer. You have plenty on your plate. Yes. Earlier
we met Frank Kennington who has been ringing bells for 70 years in
his local church. Frank had to retire because his knees couldn't
take the qulim the climb of 69 steps to the bell tower. His story
chimed with us sob tonight we thought we would arrange for him to
ring the royal Jubilee bells live at the end of tonight's show. All
along Frank's wife has been keeping this a secret from him. We have
managed to surprise her. After we found out she's absolutely bonkers
about Matt. A very good afternoon. How are you
doing? How lovely to see you Maureen. Fine thank you. This is my
surprise. I was wondering what would your reaction be if we told
you we have organised for you to ring the the royal Jubilee bells?
We would love it if you would ring them tonight live on the show for
us? Sure! You would do it for us? Yes. Isn't that lovely.
He was shell-shocked. We have word Frank and Maureen have arrived so
we will go over to Carrie Grant and her welcoming party of bell ringers.
I don't know who is more excited Maureen for Frank because Maureen
was very excited about meeting Matt. They have come all the way down
The Roland ringers have been laid on for Frank. The red carpet no
less. Maureen come on down.
What do you reckon to all of this? Amazing, to say the least.
weren't expecting this yesterday when we were in Grimsby. What does
it mean to you to be able to play with the royal bell ringers and
with these bells? It means quite a lot. These are the experts. You are
not going to be shown up. He was talking about this yesterday.
was. This afternoon when they told him he was almost in tears. Let's
get you in, up the stairs for live tonight bell ringing.
A man of few words but full of emotion. Yesterday we saw the first
part of John Sergeant's trip around the sea loches of west Scotland
where he met fisherman and sailed The sea loches of the west coast of
Scotland for an amateur sailor like me. Today I am exploring the
stretch of water between the mainland and the wildly beautiful
Isle of Skye, with a good boat, dramatic scenery and today the
sunshine, what more could you want. My journey starts with a sail past
probably the most scenic castle in Scotland. What a magnificent site.
There has been a castle here since the 13th century. If it looks
familiar, that is because it is. It's been used in television and
films, including highlander and the Bond movie The World is Not Enough.
But time heading for a relatively new landmark in the Scottish
landscape. The Skye Bridge. Sailing beneath the 500 metre
Longbridge is a real treat. But when it opened in 1995, it was
immediately mired in controversy. The link from the island to the
mainland carried a toll of over �10 for a return crossing. And the
islanders protested. A lot of people on the island have criminal
records because they refused to pay, so to this day they have a criminal
record. The campaign was ultimately successful and the bridge is now
toll free. We are part of the mainland, some people would feel
I like gliding screenly along the calm surface of the loch, but there
is a chance to get a glimpse below and is keep your feet dry in a
On deck the seals are popular and I am heading six miles to the north,
to a village which lives up to its guide book description, uncommonly
picture echbleing. -- picturesque. These windless conditions won't do
for a serious sailor, but I just like to enjoy the way the evening
light plays across the seascape. No wonder this is a big draw for
artists and photographers. Miriam came to Plocton 11 years ago and
stayed. She runs drawing and painting classes and is even
prepared to find hidden talent in me. It is a west coast village
facing east so we get light shining in on us, water all the way round.
In the summer we have light at strange times. What time is it now?
It's nearly 10.00. It is very strange. You only have about four
hours of darkness. We hardly have any darkness tonight. We have got
to reproduce this. You are asking me to do this. But just try to see
the blocks of colour, don't worry about it being the right colour,
just keep looking at it, rather than looking at your page. Forget
what you are doing, trust your hands. Look at the sea. You are
getting it right and I am getting it wrong. There is no right or
wrong. It is like dancing, you just enjoy it. I know a bit about that.
Mine looks like a child's activity pad. Hasn't it made you look more
at what you are seeing. It changes your vision. I agree with that. To
be honest, you don't have to look very hard to find beauty in a place
like this. John, that was a beautiful setting. Fantastic. The
weather of course held perfectly. When I went on my normal sailing
holiday, poured with rain, gales in the Westcountry. It is an area you
are fond of as well. That is where I wrote the book. We could have met
up Emma. I was working. Working hard! What's coming up tomorrow?.
We go further north and we meet a community that can only be reached
by boat. It is really interesting. It is a terrific area. I have been
looking forward to our next story because I can't stand energy saving
light bulbs. Last week the traditional 40 40 Watt light bulb
was consigned to the history books. I am incandesceent. You have a
store?. Not a little store, but just enough. I don't want people
running around thinking I have got them all. I have the rest of them.
There is a loophole. We are not allowed to have them because they
are meant to be not saving energy but they do have them for
industrial use. If you go to a shop, which I did in West London,
specialist shop, they are called rough service bulbs. It is not
against the law. And they are the industrial ones. They work just
like the old ones and you can be happy forever. You are feeling
around in the dark for what feels like hours when you switch on.
is a cold light. You can't see and feel you feel cold. What's to like,
nothing. Would you rather write to a candle I do sometimes, we get a
lot of power cuts in our area. These will be contraband and they
will be precious items. You can't get lamp shades to fit over these.
They make dimmer switches blow. Is there much of a difference between
the energy saving bulbs and this one? I can hear people screaming at
the TV. How do you feel about these new energy saving light bulbs? A
lot of people are telling me they're not that keen. But I want
to know if they can really tell the difference between the new ones and
the old ones. I am rigging up a cunning spemplt
to test -- experiment to remain those who need to be convinced by
energy saving bulbs. It is a national debate that gets people
hot under the collar, nowhere more so than here at the Shropshire star
newspaper. Journalist Karl wrote that energy saving bulbs were still
too dim and ugly. It went berserk. It was the most
commented on article last year. People were saying thank goodness
someone else has voiced this. I am not against eco-friendly light
bulbs, but when I want a reading light or when I want a light at the
top of my stairs that becomes bright quickly, I have yet to find
an equivalent to the old-fashioned ones. Time to put them to the test.
Can they tell their traditional bulbs from their low energy
lighting. I have arranged four identical lamps but can they pick
out the traditional 40 Watt bulb? That is a halogen bulb, 30% more
efficient than an old-fashioned bulb?
BulbB, it is the old inefficient one. I am not going to decide until
the end. Bulb C.
. The LED is the longest lasting and most efficient of the bunch.
This is the least appealing light of the three. Bulb D.
That is the compact fluorescent, couragely the most common energy
saving bulb. I wouldn't like to read with that light over me.
Before we let the guys know the results, I want to know more about
the current crob of energy-saving bulbs. What is wrong with these old
style bulbs? This bulb, 90% of the energy is wasted in heat. They are
very inefficient. But what about the new ones. People say the bulbs
are too dim, they don't like the colour. They are coming from the
earlier generation of bulbs. Things have moved on hugely. You could
light your whole house with 200 watts. Our compact fluorescent cost
�2 more than a digsal -- traditional bulb. Which one do you
think is the old style bulb? Bulb B is the correct answer.
Karl has got it wrong. Why did you go for B as the old style.
thought it was brighter. I thought the light was whiter and sharper.
The old was bulb B. Karl, how do you feel about that?
7% of the people who opposed me on the website are probably cheering.
Bulb A and bulb B were the best two. I thought it was a clearer light
bulb A. Maybe I need to change my bulb supply. It would be wrong to
draw too many conclusions from our unscientific experiment but it
seems the debate looks set to shine on. With some people clinging on to
the old bulbs, it will be sometime until they are finally switched on
for good. The debate has been going on and on. We have games makers
Adam and Nathan. You have some strong views, you are divided.
are twins. Your feelings are very similar but what are your thoughts?
It is a constant source of conflict in the house. I am against them. I
am against these ecobulbs. They are so dim. In the morning I need to
make up and they take ages to warm up. I need to wake up in the
morning. They are just too dim. am for them and they last longer.
You are saving money. You save energy, saving the world, bulb at a
time. They are difficult to dispose of as well. We should get you back
on next Wednesday. The GB Paralympic archers Danielle Brown
and Mel Clarke join us now. This is you on the front of the
Times. A beautiful photo. How many copies of this have you bought
today?. We got one each. It's a beautiful shot. Good nails.
Fantastic nails. That picture is very, very beautiful. How does it
feel to be front page of the national newspaper?. It is
incredible. I am overwhelmed with the amount of coverage we have had.
When I won a gold in Beijing and I did two interviews that night and I
have not stopped doing interviews since yesterday afternoon. To be on
the front page of the Times is incredible. During the competition,
you two were going head to head really until the last minute. How
tough was that then? It was really tough, to meet any opponent in a
medal match, but to have a Brit tlrks we knew we were going to have
a gold and silver and it was who was going to keep the nerve. It is
down to the fact it is a home Games but what do you put the difference
down to? It was a fantastic experience, and it was just great
being able to perform in front of my friends and my family, my
personal coach and everyone who supported me on my journey. It's
been a long and hard journey getting here. You are incredibly
young. One of team-mates turned 64 so. The brilliant thing about the
Paralympics, is that we have all learnt so much about different
sports. Things we have never heard about before. But saying there are
some people out there who think I fancy giving archery a go, how do
you sport, because they are things that aren't mainstream. Doing an
internet search and finding out about your local club. I know there
are new initiatives about doing archery in schools. You can lean
towards the sporty type, we have a great shot of you playing volley
ball. Oh, God. It's you in your new film.
Over the summer you were doing a romcom. I was rubbish, I am so bad.
I bought my husband an archery set, that sounds sad, but not a little
thirntion but I bought him that heavy thing and the thing, it's so
hard, but the the thrill of it going, that noise that it makes
when it goes in, it's fantastic. The trajectory of it, I was hitting
lights and everything, it's hard. It is really hard work out how to...
We have good news. We have the volley ball picture.
They are my own teeth. Paralympic medal board is filling up thick and
fast with ten more medals added today. Great Britain are still in
second place. The moment has come for our unsung
hero Frank Kennington to ring the royal Jubilee Bells live in front
of millions. We have come up a lot of steps to
the ringing room here. I want to ask Frank, what does it mean to you
to be about to ring these special bells? Absolutely fantastic. I
never thought anything would like this would happen. It is happening
What does that mean to you seeing Frank? It makes me feel very
emotional. I never thought I would be near to tears, but I am. He has
a big smile on his face. I don't want to turn round, if I see him
again, I will probably burst into tears. He's had a wonderful time
coming up here. APPLAUSE
A lovely way to end the programme. That is all we have time for.
Thanks to our wonderful audience tonight. You have been brilliant.
Good luck to all the athletes competing in the road cycling and
Oscar winning actress Emma Thompson joins Matt and Alex on the first-ever Wednesday one-hour One Show. John Sergeant continues his journey around the Western Isles of Scotland and Dan Donnelly meets some viewers about to blow a fuse over the phasing out of incandescent light bulbs.