The One Show is in Northern Ireland. Martine McCutcheon joins Matt Baker and Alex Jones as they kick off the Big Causeway Crawl at Carrickfergus Castle.
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We are live at Carrickfergus Castle in County Antrim. What are we
waiting for? Fire the cannon! We have left our studio for the whole
week as we explore what is a spectacular Causeway. Not many
people know about this in the UK. It is quite something. Absolutely
gorgeous. We have a plan. We will be travelling 85 miles along the
Causeway Coastal Route and this is the scenery you are looking at.
Earlier today we arrived in Belfast and made our way to Carrickfergus.
Tomorrow we'll be heading off to Cushendall in
On Wednesday we stop at the coast in Ballycastle,
before travelling on to the seaside resort of Portrush, and finally on
What are all of you up to on your holidays? We want a bit of evidence.
Send us your photos or your holiday highlights, a little video clip.
Send it in and if it is about ten seconds long we can put them
together. We will give it a go. We have got some very special guests.
We have the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor. Nice to meet you both. Thank
you for the welcome. You say this is the happiest place in Northern
Ireland. Yes, indeed. Just look around you. You will see the scenery
here. It is fantastic. We are delighted as Mayor of mid East
Antrim to welcome your programme here and this area is steeped in
history. You have postponed your evening meeting for us this evening.
What was on the agenda? Once we got the invitation for your show it was
a fantastic opportunity to have as here, not only for Carrickfergus,
but for Northern Ireland. We hope you have a fantastic week. We are
having a lovely time already. Thank you for having us. Shall we
introduce our guest? This is an actor and singer who has been away
for a while. We are going to let some of the locals introduce her.
Hello, my team, welcome to Carrickfergus. Next stop is her new
single. Say I'm Not Alone. # Nothing is as long as my
imagination. # Say I am not alone, I can't
believe it. You are not alone. You are not alone. You are not alone. Do
you need three new back-up singers? We are available.
# Say you are not alone. Well, maybe not.
You are super first guess for our road trip. How exciting is this? We
are in these beautiful surroundings, but also your mother and father are
half Irish. So half and half makes youthful Irish. I like to think so.
Jack Butland as is your husband, a strong Irish name. His family are
from Limerick and mine are from Waterford. Do you spent a lot of
time here? Yes, I do, it is warm, and so friendly. I am not very sober
when I am in Ireland. Maybe you could give us some tips on the way.
You are back with the new single and we will talk about that a bit later
on. We have got to take you back to 1999. You released this. A song so
romantic that it has accompanied many newlyweds on the dance floor. I
love that song! Is it right your mother ended up getting married to
that song? Yes, it sounds so awful. I was the last person she wanted to
walk down the alt or, one of my songs. It was supposed to be You Are
The Sunshine Of My Life, but she won't, oh, I have forgotten the CD.
A friend of mine said, we will have to put your song on. As I am walking
down to my own son behind her eye and cringing. It was a bit
self-indulgent, but it did the trick. It is a perfect story for our
first film because here is the story of a newlywed couple and how they
managed to achieve their perfect moment. Steven Wynne and Philippa
Merricks have known each other since their early 20s, but it was only
when they began working together that romance blossomed. Last year
when they were running a half marathon in Uganda Steven decided to
pluck up the courage to ask Philippa to marry him. The wedding plans are
on the way and one of their wishes is to surprise their guests with a
memorable first dance. But it will not be easy because neither of them
have danced before. That is because both of them were born deaf and have
no real interest in music or dance, but they have an appreciation for a
well choreographed routine and thought something of that level
would come as a shock to their guests. Brian Argerich is signing
and interpreting. We are not big fans of music and dancing, so we
grabbed the opportunity to impress everybody and it is a challenge for
us as well. Hopefully something like that. She wants to be thrown around.
I will try my best. We have enlisted the help of one Briton's top street
dancers. He has been teaching dance for nearly four years and is the
perfect instructor for the pair because he is dead. A lot of people
assume that deaf people cannot hear music. But there are lots of
different ways you can access it. It is about feeling the beat.
Understanding the lyrics is important before he starts to
choreographed routine. To tap into the rhythm he uses what is known as
a base Pack which helps to feel the rhythm of the music. Are you ready?
Yes, I am ready. That is amazing, you can really feel that. When
Stephen and Philippa arrived he hands them a pack to see if it helps
them feel the music. What do they think? You can feel it. The sound.
It feels really different, like you are in a nightclub. It is good.
Chris has suggested Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud as their first
son. Without the music he takes them through the steps of the routine,
but for non-dancers getting to grips with coordination can be tricky.
When they put the music on the challenge is can they get the right
arm and the right leg, which is not the same for every human being. Over
the next few weeks Chris helps them, but for the actual day a base pack
might prove a bit impractical for the wedding dress, so Chris has the
answer, a discreet wristband version, allowing them to feel the
beat through their arm instead and this means they can practice at
home, work or just about anywhere. Nine weeks on and it is their big
day. Celebrations are well under way. And as they go into the
evening. It is time for the first dance. As their bewildered guests
look on, no one is quite sure what to expect.
To be honest I was so shocked. It is not like either of them. My first
dance was nothing like that. I have never seen them dance like that
before. It was really good. Wow, it was so amazing. I love everybody's
reaction. Everybody went nuts, it was so lovely. And so after all the
preparations in their first dance was a massive success, but they know
it would not have been possible without Chris's help. That song and
the choreography, it was so wonderful, I am so happy with it.
Chris gave us an opportunity to be so happy with for ever. A big
congratulations to Stephen and Philippa, they are off on honeymoon
now. That was a good effort. What was your first dance? Mine was Paul
Williams and the Carpenters. Did you practice it? No, Jack has got two
left feet. We were asked to do some reality thing and dance together and
I said, do this with me. I thought afterwards it would be the end of my
career if he did that with me. Did you have a choreographed dance? No,
we definitely did not. We just went casual. That is the best way. You
have had a break from music and we have not seen you for quite a while.
Why the break? I basically got very well with any and Lyme disease and
it is quite a debilitating illness. It is misunderstood. Both of them
are misunderstood unfortunately and I was lying on Richmond Green and I
got bitten by a tick and it poisons your system and you feel like you
cannot lift your arms up or your legs. Some days I was bedbound. How
quickly did it come on? Within days. But I did not realise. I only found
out at the beginning of this year that that was what was wrong with
me. I thought I had shingles or something. I have worked really hard
with what I have done, but I pushed myself beyond my limits. You just
never know when the next opportunity is going to come and you have to
make the most of it. So I did and I burned out. I had a baby, but my
body was so weak. My main aim was to become a mother. During those
difficult times my husband said, it costs nothing, just pick up a pen
and paper and write the music down. Even if you are not well enough, do
it for you. That is how you started in this industry as a kid, you loved
it. You must love it again. Bit by bit I wrote all this down thinking
nobody would ever hear it or if I would be acting again. It was years
later that somebody from a big radio station who was a friend of Jack's
who was in the industry who writes and produces who said it is
brilliant. A lot of people will relate to it. Her struggles are not
just her struggles, a lot of people go through this and they will relate
to what is on the album. When I thought all this stuff was going to
be out there I thought, is this what I want? Then I thought why not?
Music is one of the most honest things ever. I am thrilled you are
back, but how does it feel? It is quite a big deal coming back with an
album. My baby is not a baby any more, he is a year and a half. It is
wonderful. Before I did not have my husband or son to balance things out
and it was quite lonely sometimes because you would have these
glorious times and awards and working with the most amazing people
and then you go back on your own and it is a bit odd. Now I have got that
amazing life away from what I do, that balance. It is important. It
can be so hard to find. That is why I kept working so hard, but he
helped me write it down and the album is released and out on Friday.
And the single is called Say I'm Not Alone. It relates to what you are
saying. Jack, your husband, who is a singer songwriter himself, he has
been a big part of this as well. He has worked with all these different
acts over the years and it was all going on around me, so it was a bit
difficult. I was so close to it, but not well enough to do it. We had a
studio at home and I could see all these artists coming in and out of
the house. He said he saw it was killing me and I had to do it. So I
did. He would go away to work in LA or Nashville and it was affecting
him as well what was going on in our lives. He would write things down as
well and before we knew it we had a body of work and a label signed up
and now I am out there doing it and I feel so blessed and grateful to be
doing it, feeling well and having a lovely life away from it. It sounds
corny, but the lost and found title is so apt for this album. A friend
said to me, this sums up that difficult time, but get back out
there and do it again, it is your time again. It all happened
naturally, I It out on Friday and it is lovely
daddy back. Good to see you. Out on the day that we finish the Causeway
Paul Wood has been meticulously planned. We have had the guidebooks
out for a while. But we realised there is so much to see we needed a
bit of help so here is Angela. I'm starting my journey at Titanic
Belfast, a world-class visitor attraction.
# You open the door # And you're here in my heart
# And my heart Will go on and on. # Where's Leo when you need him? As
with all journeys into unfamiliar territory, I need a guide so I've
enlisted the help of a local and an old mate. That's him. Oh, don't be
fooled by the look, he's not actually a sea captain. Joe Lindsay.
Hoy, my darling! Nice fat. It's a good look, a strong look. It is in
you will be my guide? Absolutely, I'm going to take you a few -- on a
few details on the cause of error, so it -- show you some alternative
Ulster. Are we going in a boat? No. Come and see. Is that a DeLorean? It
is. But why? Number one, this was as you probably know, built in Northern
Ireland. Didn't know that. Number two, Back To The Future featured it
and we are going back to someone for history. And three, it is so cool!
It's got wings, I'm in, but I'm driving, that is my condition. OK.
Take that look off your face! You are in good hands. Hang on. OK, Joe,
where are we going? First stop, Carrickfergus Castle. Let's do this.
They have arrived! You can come out! That wasn't my fault! 'S greeting to
hold. Do you like my wheels? This is something, what is it like to drive?
It's like driving a tractor, there's no power steering. Did you feeling
inside fans? I never doubted her for a second. Good. -- did you feel
inside fans. This issue is about driving around it and you are from
the south and you from the North Savtsova as the Brexit board is
potentially concerned, how complicated will it be if you want
to go and each other? We don't know yet, if it is a hard border, it is
310 miles, going across some people's Farms, some people might
need a passport to get to their barn from their house. We hope it works
out well for everyone. Everyone is looking for the best resolution so
fingers crossed. Let's get to this route you have been driving and the
road, because it is a must, the airport taxi driver said, "This is
the road to beyond!" Why is it so good? Its majestic, and I'm from
down south and I've come up and it feels like a different place. You
have mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, it is so green
and you see some of the most spectacular engineering, archways
through cliffs, at the time, very pioneering work and it looks
staggering and beautiful. If you are into telly-macro, this is the place
to be. But is it? It's a bit of a sore point around here, Alex. It is
but we're going to try to put it right right now.
Stefanie McMullen is the resident archaeologist here.
Let's it's these marks, has this place got a violent past? It
certainly does, it was built with defence in mind and this is one of
the defensive features, the Gatehouse, you would have been met
if you got this far with a pretty nasty welcome, the murder hole
above, you would have been rained on with rocks and hot oil and whatever
they had. Murdered hole, perfect for telly-macro! Have you got a medieval
banqueting hall where you could do mass poisoning is? I can't comment
on the catering standards but we do have a banqueting hall directly in
front of us, the great keep, and that is where a lot of entertaining
and feasting would have happened. It has never been an telly-macro but
plenty of warring clans have been fighting and trying to capture the
Castle. 750 years of constant siege and attack by Irish and Scots, a lot
of turbulence. And a female queen turned up on about, I mean. Queen
Elizabeth herself turned up in 1961. We were very fortunate that the
crowd came out to welcome her and still very warmly welcomed, in the
community. She did not bring dragons but she brought Prince Philip. We
are just waiting for the phone call now. We have set it up. If you are a
Game Of Thrones ban, we have got a special on Thursday from Portrush.
-- fan. But being here is the real reminder of the dramatic maritime
history that is along the coast. This is Belfast Lough, and
everything coming into Belfast has to go past us here but as Dan Snow
has been finding out, sometimes you have to go beneath the waves to find
the real goal. -- gold. This is Portballintrae on the north
coast of County Antrim. It is fairly calm inside the harbour but out
there, are the merciless waves of the Atlantic Ocean. This jagged
coastline is littered with the wrecks of many ships but the most
famous has to be the Girona, the greatest battleship of the Spanish
Armada, which went down near the giant's Causeway during a storm in
1588. 1300 lives were lost it all. But it was a report that the ship
was laden with gold and jewellery that created the birth of a legend.
Today, I'm going to be diving beneath the waves, having a look at
the area in which the Girona sank. 50 years ago, no one had a clue
where the ship for its gold would be found. Over the years, the promised
bounty of the Girona has inspired hundreds of divers to scour the
North Antrim coast for the elusive wreck. Among them was keen diver
Alan Wilson and his friends, seen here in 1967, on their way to hunt
down the Girona. We searched between here and Portrush, and down here. So
you guys were a bunch of young optimist, you thought you would bump
into a great big ship lying on the bottom of the sea? We thought it was
full of gold! The gold was there but not where they were looking. At the
same time, a professional diver from Belgium dropped anchor near the
giant 's Causeway. It was not long before he and his team struck gold.
Did you not want to get a piece of the action and get diving on it when
you discover the ship was down there? We came over but he followed
us around in his boat and one of the boys had lifted something off the
bottom and we took it off him. While you were diving? While he was down,
yeah. So things got a bit heated? It did, yeah. The sea bed scuffle even
make the newspapers added -- added a statement from the local MP
condemning the looting of the Girona by so-called frogmen. But as the
find of the site, they were entitled to the hall. Nowadays it is illegal
to dive on the wreck site but I have been granted special permission
under the watchful eye of government marine archaeologist Rory McLeary.
Fairly near logo I'd now so only about five or six metres of water
underneath us but it is still a challenging place to dive and you
can see the swell from the north-west and if you're not
careful, you can get bashed against the jagged rocks.
When they came here, the timbers of the Girona had long since rotted
away, hidden under boulders or in crevices between rocks, they found
the gold of the Girona and there was lots of it.
Although they were entitled to keep the Girona gold, it would soon find
a new home here at the Ulster Museum in Belfast. Greer Ramsey is the
director. How are you doing? Good to see you. It is a big achievement
keeping the collection together because it would have been sold off
around the world. A lot of money came from the local people in
Northern Ireland to try to ensure the objects would be kept on
display. In 1972, Stenway was paid over a half million pounds in
today's money to keep the Girona horde in Northern Ireland. But the
real value of these artefacts is in the human stories they tell. What
about this delicate ring here? A beautiful piece, hard to believe it
was on the sea bed for 400 years. In many ways, I think it is one of my
favourite rings from the Armada, actually engraved in Spanish, "I
have nothing more to give the those great. It is a sentimental message
and it adds to the idea of the tragedy of the Armada. -- to give
the. And for the 1300 men who died, there were many more back home whose
hearts were broken and they would never know what would happen -- what
had happened to their loved ones. You can carry a bit of the Girona
around these shores because there is a beautiful picture of it on the ?10
note. Get yourself a fish supper on the way home! As we are here for the
week, Joe has come back onto the sofa and we are going through some
lingo that we could use, maybe come out and about. Your family are down
salto up north it is quite different so some phrases you will have to
use, two variations of one phrase, what's the craic, which means what
is happening, or the easy one, 'bout ye. That sounds a bit like Geordie.
You have really got it down. This is like Professor Higgins in My Fair
Lady. Sentence Macro Show -- so which the reply would be, then one
macro. -- maul. Sticking out was helpful for a while. -- was popular
before a while. Wanna poke means do you want an ice cream? Sorry it's
before the watershed. It was funny when you said that and that big
bloke said, "Yes, please. Someone says wee buns and that means how was
it for you? We put wee in front of a lot of things. Does it mean little?
We use it for something like that but wee buns particularly means it
is easy. Just come with us, make it easy. Martine, you might not want a
wee poke but you might want to get because we have employed the use of
the local cross to make gifts for our guess as we are here. And we
have got one for you. -- local craftsmen.
Have a look at this and see what Laura McClure
First we take a sheet of sterling silver and cut up the rough shape to
use the rest the process. Then after adding in the delicate wire work and
laying the fine details onto the rough cut, we take it all and press
it together. We are soldering the fittings now but that certainly is
not the end yet. Now we use a tool straight from the middle Ages, the
flail to add texture and scratches to the surface, giving it the
perfect imperfection. Finally, using electrolysis, we secure the final
golden touch, from the headlines to the shore.
And if you're still wondering what it is, here it is -
Wow! That is lovely, Laura. Thank you, it is beautiful. It is yours to
keep. Thanks, guys, that's so nice. I'm coming again! Thank you for
joining us, and your album, Lost And Found, is out on Friday. Great to
see you again. Shall we have a look at the plan for the next 24 hours?
This is the route. We are heading up the coast and our next stop is
Cushendall in the Glens of Antrim and we hear them lighting the
barbecues as we speak. I'm delighted because it is a food festival, free
cheese, here we come. The sausages on the griddle. It's going to be
tasty! Let's have a wave, good night, thank you one and all, team.