John Barrowman joins Matt Baker and Alex Jones on the sofa to talk Torchwood and Tonight's The Night. Plus Dom Littlewood looks at how viewers can curb their fuel costs.
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Hello and welcome to the One Show with Matt Baker and Alex Jones.
Tonight's the night we're joined by two guests. The first is an all-
singing, all-dancing Saturday night dream-maker. The second is an
immortal, alien-chasing captain from the 51st century. Yes, two
guests but only one man. Who else but John Barrowman. Captain Jack
very good friends with before who, but you have become a doctor
yourself? Yes. Yesterday I got my honorary degree from the Royal
Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. There I am. Very smart. Look at
The only thing I was disappointed about was there was no bling on it
or sparkles. I said you some dazzle this for me. You were in a kilt.
Did you go Commando? I certainly did. I - obviously, people send you
the pictures, but there is one of me showing my aunt and uncle that
was true Commando underneath. Like you really wanted to know that
before you had your dinner. We'll talk to a maths genius, Professor
Marcus du Sautoy and to prepare we have a challenge for you. In this
jar, well, the question is how many beans are in the jar? We need your
help. Have a good look. We have been told if we take an average of
all the guesses that you send in, we'll get within a whisker of the
answer. Do we believe this can happen? What if I eat them? That
will spoil it. Can I take a big handful? I think we can do this,
Britain. Send in your guess to us. We'll use as many as we can count
by the end of the show. Dave is poised and ready with his abacus.
This is going to be the hardest sum you've ever done, Dave. Good luck
with it, my friend. Fuel bills. Now, they may not be such a worry in the
height of summer, but it looks like more consumers could soon face
massive hikes which will start to bite come the autumn. We have the
best bloke to turn to when it comes to good energy price advice. Never
mind Torchwood, we've got The sunshine is finally here. The
heating's turned off so the bills are low, but now is not the to
think they'll stay that way. We are on the verge of the biggest hike in
three years and if you don't act now, you could end up paying a lot
more money. Four weeks ago, Scottish Power shocked consumers by
hiking the gas prices by a huge 19%. Electricity by 10%. It's not going
to end there. The other five big energy providers are likely to
follow suit. This is going to hit hard. You tilt companies blame high
wholesale prices and the need to invest. �30 billion in energy
infrastructure. What do you think about the prices going up yet
again? I think it's awful, because it will affect the poorer people.
Heating for old people is particularly important. Around one
third of us pay our bills as and when they arrive through the post,
but it's one of the dearest ways to pay, costing the average household
� 1,131 a year. If prices rise by 20% that would go up by �226. The
energy regulator, Ofgem is planning to shake up the companies. It wants
them to rein in their bills and to simplify their tariffs. If you want
to take control, one way would be to fix your for several years.
Fixed payment plans work like a fixed-rate mortgage, freezing your
tariff for up to three years. It means no price rises for that
period. You are gambling that prices won't fall, but it will save
most people money. We are expecting price rises so fixing now is
definitely the best option. In my opinion, we'll save in the long
term. Mark Todd co-founded a website which is one of 13 sites.
You need a postcode of someone you know personally. Put the Queen.
friend of mine. SW1 A1 AA. watches the programme. If you pay
the old-fashioned way, the average yearly spend for a large property
in central London is �1600, though it's a safe best for the Palace is
a bit more. By switching to an on- line tariff you could save �300
straight away, but that's still a variable rate and liable to
increase. If prices rise your saving could be wiped out. If she
wants to fix? She could spend about �1400 a year and fix it for one
year and she could also get longer fixed prices, about �1500 a year,
she could get a two-and-a-half year fix. The saving now of �100 could
become �400 because they won't go up in price. Fixing does have the
down sides. You'll have to pay an exit fee if you cancel before the
end of the term and you might have to switch suppliers which can take
six weeks to go through. How do you pay your gas and electric bills?
pick up a phone and phone it through to my bank and my bank does
it for me. You just do a transfer? Yes. Do you realise that's one of
the post expensive ways to pay the bills? No. We have been in the
place for 45 years and I'm stuck in my ways. You could fix your tariff,
normally up to two-and-a-half to three years and it won't go up.
Would that interest you? That would be a very good system, yes,
definitely. I'll listen to you and do something about it. I like that.
However much you are enjoying the warm weather, now really is the
time to take control of those bills and I mean before your next
barbecue or camping trip, because as the prospect of the hikes
becomes much more of a reality, mark my words, those attractive
fixed-rate deals with disappear quicker than the British summer.
Dom, we have had some big news today that lots of people are
describing as being in fuel poverty. What is that? We used to always
associate that with pensioners, but what is happening now is obviously
with the recession there are a lot of people who are in that group.
What is defined as fuel poverty is when you are spending more than 10%
of your income on your energy bills and then you are classed as being
in fuel poverty. There are over six million people in this country in
that bracket. They rock on if the prices come in at more than 10%
that will double to more than ten million. The bad news also this
week, Beko fridge freezers? We saw that story about the fire in the
tower block. A lot of people thought it was lightning. It wasn't,
it was a freeze freezer. The condensation got inside the timer
unit and caused a malfunction and there was a big fire. This is the
dangerous thing. There are still 500,000 still in existence. Beko
have written to all the people they sold them to, but they were sold
between January 2000 and 2006, so a lot of people will have had them
and ownership might have changed. People need to check these numbers.
On the fridge door where the hinges are you will see the model numbers.
P they start with any of these -- if they start with any of these,
they are the ones to worry about. People won't remember all of those,
so look on our website or the company's website or the freephone
number: That helpline is available 9-5? Yes. It is fridge freezers?
Yes. There is a Beko fridge in my dressingroom here. I'm not kidding
you. Dave, go and check it. We have checked the serial number! Scott,
check the fridge at home. If you have any consumer problems while
Dom is here, you have been reading more e-mails? We have been
reporting about high street brands going into administration and lots
of people are going to want to know about warantees. We have had a note
from Keith. He had a Moben kitchen with a 15-year guarantee. The
company has gone into administration today. Maureen she
emailed because she had a bathroom fitted by Dolphin three weeks ago.
They've gone bust. Those two companies are owned by the same
company called Home Form and they own another company They are called
Sharpz Bedrooms. You have to contact them. As for somebody who
might have a guarantee I would say to people, if it's one of the
companies -- company's own guarantees it's gone with the
company. If it's underwritten by an insurance company you have to
comeback. You might be kissing your money goodbye. We have a letter
from Peter from Exeter and he ordered a garden bench for �100 for
Focus and they've gone bust. This is the bad thing. He paid by debit
card so he's almost certainly done his money. Had he paid by credit
card and it's over �100 he would have had a slight claim. If he paid
by visa debit he could claim back under the charge-back system. He
needs to check with his card provider. He might well have lost
all his money. Dom, you are back busting builders aren't you on
Channel 5? Tomorrow. One of the programmes we are showing some of
the builders who have been prosecuted as a result. One of them
is from series one. That's David goi mer. He went to court -- Goymer.
He went to court in January. He was found guilty and got a one-year
prison sentence suspended because of his health, but the judge
ordered a consfaition -- confiscation order to pay back his
customers. It's really worth watching. Super job. Channel 5
tomorrow night. If you need further information about any of the topics
there are links on the website. Both wizards and mugles alike will
be getting excited about the premiere about the final Harry
Potter film tomorrow. Tonight, we'll perform some show wizardary
and send one of the stars of the film back in time so she can tell
us all about her chaild hood in Oxford. Ready? Oldhomeium
Reminiscium. -- childhood in Oxford. Ready? Oldhomeium Reminiscium. I'm
Miriam Margolyes and in 1941 I was born on the Banbury Road. I
remember in one of these houses, along here, our doctor used to live.
Dr Gction illett. He -- Dr Gillett. He was a Communist. It was always
said quietly because it was a shameful thing then. It used to be
so quiet here. Not all these cars going up and down. Even though the
house was mine was a horrible little house when we lived in it,
I'm very glad it's still here. My goodness, it's been smartened up.
My mother hated this house. She always called it the hovel. It's
small. I can't believe how tiny it is. Yeah, maybe it was this small.
I feel I want to push the walls back. How my mother would have
loved to have had it like this. I used to help mummy when she fried
fish. I would hold the fish, which had been smeared with egg and dip
it in the meal and mummy used to put it into the frying pan. We used
to have olive oil because my father was a doctor and it was ractioned
but because he was a doctor rationed, but because he was a
doctor we always got more. It was I was terribly close to my parents.
It was like fortress family. It was mummy, and daddy and me and that
was it. Nobody else counted. I was like my mother and so for me, she
was the one that eats my heart that she is not here. I wish she was
here just to remember it all with me, you know, because it was so -
she was so gallant and brave and powerful. She was the sun and the
moon. They really were not well off and they sacrificed so that I could
go to the high school that was and still is the best school.
The garden. This is really where I was a child. I thought of it as a
wilderness to play in. Now, it seems so small. I was innocent, not
anymore. I was spoilt, but it was because my mother wanted the best
possible life for me and so I grew up confident and loved and feeling
that I could do anything. When I come back here and I think this is
what I came from and I'm, you know, I'm strong and well and wealthy and
reasonably successful and I think mummy would be very happy about
that. # You haven't looked at me that way
Ah, I bet your mum was really proud. I love the little trips down memory
lane. You grew up in Glasgow. John, do
you recognise this house? That's the house I grew up in Glasgow. It
is. And that room on the left-hand side was my brother and our room.
Weirdly, we don't have to look at it from the outside, we went
through the door and there's your room!
LAUGHTER And the bed is still the same.
Look at the pillows. LAUGHTER
Isn't that great? That's fantastic. You seriously went in that house?
We went through the window! What is it that you love doing
about the show? The thing that I love about it and the thing that my
business partner and Gavin got together, the reason I wanted to do
it and this is going to sound cheesy, but it is the truth. I'm
someone who is living the dreams that I always dreamt about as a kid.
When I grew up in that sparkly bedroom...
LAUGHTER I always wanted to do something. I
wanted to be an entertainer. I wanted to be in show business. I
wanted to give something back. I want to do something good for
people that made my dreams come true. It is a fantastic show. It is
a fantastic thing to see the expression on people's faces. To
see they are living out that dream. We are not out to make stars, we
are to give them that moment in time they have always dreamt about
and it is a joy to do it. You do a lot of it in disguise. Has
anybody recognised you? We had a hit where I was disguised as a tour
guide and I thought I was brilliantly disguised in a wig and
everything and the person that we called the hit, they walked up the
staircase of the double-decker bus and I tried to put on a phoney
accent and she turned and went, "It is John Barrowman."
The hair and make-up didn't work. I had to play the truth that I was
discovered. You have got some celebrity faces
helping you out. We do.
See if you can guess who this is playing a radio DJ who gets his
guests mixed up. You think the coastline and the
beaches are windier now than they used to be? Oh Mr Richards, are the
coastlines and beaches, are they more windier now? Have you noticed
more wind? Hang on, yeah, we will be right
back. It is the weather. It is coming in. Two seconds we will be
right back on BBC Radio York. I'm not Mr Richards.
I felt so awkward. He was on to talk about his charity work and his
history. We have some celebrity guests doing
hits for us now. They don't know that you are coming in to do this
and they don't know that you are going to surprise them so they
believe that you are somebody else and you still feel really bad and
you are really worried about it because you were really nervous.
Yes, really nervous. But you did a really nice job.
A brilliant job. You are such a busy man, Torchwood
On Thursday. It returns on Thursday, July 14th.
An event will happen to planet earth where no one will die.
It is called Miracle Day. It sounds like a miracle, but it is
not really of a lot of bad things come out of that and it is how we
as a society deal with it. It is dark. If you are into the whole
Torchwood thing and you love Torchwood on Radio 4, there are
three new radio plays prior to the event on Thursday. That's a build-
up? Yes. They are nothing to do with the event on Thursday, but you
get a week of Torchwood. Thank you.
Yesterday we spoke about the allegations that a private
investigator working for the News of the World hacked into murder
victims' phones. Today David Cameron promised to
set-up a public inquiry into the affair and momentum is growing
behind an online campaign to boycott the paper.
We went ut to ask if readers will be leaving it on the shelf this
After what I heard about them, I would stop buying the newspaper. I
would boycott it and look for real news.
I don't think that's enough reason or good enough reason to boycott
because of a few incidents that happened.
If you can't trust the people you are reading then it is not worth
buying. I don't know if I would buy the
News of the World in the future. think I will be changing the the
paper I buy from the the News of the World to another paper P They
are committing a crime and by paying for the newspaper you are
condoning it and supporting it, aren't you? I feel strongly about
the hacking, but it is something to read on a Sunday. No, I probably
wouldn't boycott it, no. Some strong opinions there. What do
you think, John? I don't read the News of the World so that's it.
LAUGHTER It is easy for you then.
Summer Holiday Wildlife Watch Day Three.
During their stay on the Scillies aisles, Mike and Miranda have shown
the Collins family seahorses and and shrews.
Today it is time for bird life. The Isles of Scilly are important
for seabirds with over 20,000 breeding pairs of 14 different
species found throughout the islands, but there is one bird that
likes to arrive by stealth during the night. There is an amazing bird
called the shearwater and every year thousands fly from Argentina
and Brazil in South America to breed on the the Scilly isles and
today we are going to track them down. Are you up for that? Yeah.
These birds have beautifully evolved to life at sea they
struggle to walk well on land. During the breeding season, they
nest underground. This gives Vickie Heaney opportunity to monitor their
population. And she has got an unusual way of counting their
numbers. Have a look below you. What can you
see? It is a tunnel. It is. It is a tunnel and hopefully
there is a shearwater nesting underneath. We have a clever way of
working out if the birds are at home or not? This is a tape
recording of their call. We will play it and see what happens.
If there was a bird down there incubating its egg, it might take
that as a challenge. They lay only one egg a year which makes
estimating their numbers easy. Have a listen to see if they respond.
Give me five! We have a Manx shearwater that
responded to Vicky's recording. We have one lying under Neath Olivia.
How about that? It is making weird noises. I thought for a minute it
was your tummy! It is estimated there are 200 breeding pairs
The the Scillies have one of the lowest crime rates in the country,
but during the summer campsites suffer from food thefts. We set-up
cameras by the Collins' tent and caught a a thief red clawed. We had
a hunch. Let me show you who it was. Oh look at him. Oh look.
Last night he was rummaging in the plastic because I woke you up. You
said, "Why didn't you have a look?" It is spooky in the middle of the
night. Hedgehogs have only been on the
Scillies since 198 0s, their population has grown to the point
that they could become a problem to other wildlife as well as tent
owners. They like to live here because they have a plentiful
source of food. They do it through the year because they don't
hibernate because it doesn't get cold enough here. There we go, it
is Hodge hogs in the dead of -- hedgehogs in the dead of night who
steal your food. Wherever you go in the Scillies,
even when crossing on a ferry from one island to another, there is
always a chance you can witness a wildlife wildlife wild spectacle.
Look at these birds rafting together.
There are only two places in the world where shags gather today.
They feel -- they feed on fish which shoal together. There is not
a single one left and the wings propel them underwater after the
fish. They could dive down to 40 meters
and spend just over a minute underwater feeding before they all
emerges in a different spot. I have never seen that. I'm really
chuffed actually, Patrick. There they go. They are over here.
Tomorrow, there are more surprises in the sea as I help tag a less
than co-operative predator from the deep.
It has ripped through that bag with Tune in tomorrow for more
adventures. It is getting exciting. Yes.
Earlier we asked you to guess how many jelly beans were in the jar.
Here to tell us what it is about is Professor Marcus du Sautoy. The
beans feature in your new project called The Code.
The Code is my new series for BBC Two. It is all about mathematics.
Mathematics is the code which underminutes nature and we can
understand why nature makes things the way it does. We can build the
world around us. Everything depends on maths even Torchwood, I guess.
He is not so sure. Now the idea, Mark, you want the public to get
involved and they can help out with a massive treasure hunt? There will
be an amazing prize which one person will win if they can solve
the puzzles and to warm people up we have a challenge which is to
find prime numbers amongst your environment.
Stop there. You are an honorary doctor now, Dr John Barrowman. So
what is a prime number? We all know Do you? I sing and dance. Something
to do with division. Yeah, fair enough.
Yeah, good. A prime number is a number which is
only divisible by itself and one. 17 and a 53.
I have got 3 because one of my friends have been eaten!
What about 1753? We have to check. It is time for the results of this
experiment. How should it work really? Well, people probably their
guesses are off in either direction. If you take the average, the wisdom
of the crowds will get us close to the number of jelly beans in the
jar. I can't believe this. I can't
believe this. Dave, bring the results in.
What do The One Show viewers say? You said there were 3653 beans in
the jar. What is the correct answer of how
many beans were in the jar? The actual number of beans in the
jar is 4,510. 857 off.
There you go for your prime number. That's all for tonight.
Actor and entertainer John Barrowman joins Matt Baker and Alex Jones on the sofa to talk Torchwood and Tonight's The Night. Plus Dom Littlewood looks at how you can curb your fuel costs and Miriam Margolyes takes a trip back to her childhood home in Oxford.