05/09/2012 The One Show


Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson joins Matt Baker and Alex Jones, and John Sergeant continues his journey around the Western Isles of Scotland.

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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.

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