Matt Baker and Michelle Ackerley chat to Ardal O'Hanlon and Josephine Jobert about their hit show Death in Paradise, and Lorraine Kelly talks weddings.
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Hello and welcome to
The One Show with Matt Baker.
And Michelle Ackerley.
Outside it may be cold and grey
but in our studio this
evening love is in the air.
We have three special couples
who by the end of the show will have
renewed their wedding vows live
on the show.
Get your tissues and confetti ready!
They are very nervous, it will be
marvellous, do not worry.
marvellous, do not worry.
Our best man Dan is here to talk
about a girl's best friends -
diamonds - specifically those
belonging to her majesty the Queen.
And our wedding guests tonight
certainly don't fall
into the category of people that
you just want to invite
to the evening do.
The first puts the ding into wedding
- our very own master of ceremonies.
It's Lorraine Kelly.
And swapping murder for matromony -
from Death in Paradise it's
Ardal O'Hanlon and Josephine Jobert.
It is a special night. It is all in
honour of you, Lorraine. Are you all
feeling the love in the studio? I
wish I had brought my confetti.
have only been to one wedding.
you not a fan? I don't have that
many friends I guess. I went to one
and it was a lovely wedding and they
were two good friends of mine. What
I did is I made them a surprise. I
filmed the wedding and gave them a
video as a souvenir.
You will be
inundated with offers now. Lorraine,
recently you have been to 12
weddings in your new programme. But
let's talk about your wedding. What
atmosphere did you have yours?
was a lot of Titan, lots of pipers
and whiskey and dancing. We even had
friends of mine who do a
re-enactment of a battle and they
did a Braveheart thing. You know
when the bride and groom go away to
get their pictures taken and it
takes ages. We got people something
to do. They did a re-enactment of a
battle. It is very romantic.
quite an unusual wedding.
Well, we hope everything
goes without a hitch
with our ceremonies tonight,
but if your wedding day didn't go
quite to plan or something went
wrong and you captured the moment
on camera, send us a snap
and we'll show the most
embarrassing ones later!
Now, it's fair to say that it
certainly isn't a marriage made
in heaven when it comes
to the relationship between rail
operators and commuters.
Not only have fares increased,
today the UK's biggest rail
franchise has been officially
named the worst.
The National Audit Office branded
and Great Northern poor value
for passengers, with 900,000
travellers a day suffering the worst
disruption on the network.
Dom Littlewood spent the first
strike day of 2018 with passengers
on the London to Southampton train
who found themselves on a bus.
There are five train companies
affected by strikes, which is why I
am ditching the train and going on a
coach. Hello, there. This coach is
travelling from London to
Southampton is an alternative to the
train service and is a coach with a
difference because there are
questions that need answering. So to
pass the time of day we are going to
play off the rails, a quiz about the
railways. Last year what percentage
of trains were on time?
That is low.
done. 25, you don't catch a train
very often. Why are you on this
code? I just went to visit my mum in
Yorkshire for Christmas and New Year
and I am on benefits and it is
cheaper than the train. Who controls
the price increases, the government
or the train operators? The
government. The train operators. The
government. Spot on. If they do not
address this now, the prices will
keep on rising. Can I ask why you
are on the coach? We intended to go
by train but there was a problem.
How do you feel about that?
annoyed because I am not used to my
plans being in disarray.
there a first union dispute about
driver only operation?
I would say
more recently, so 2007.
actually 1981. That surprised me as
well. Personally I love train rides,
this is just fine. If you love train
ride, why are you on the coach? We
are a couple and wherever he goes I
follow. This is tough. In the year
1900, how many tickets were sold by
The first one.
year train operators paid more money
to the government than they received
in subsidies? True or false?
Spot on. How much does a
one-month season ticket from London
to Southampton cost? 80,000? £451.
How can you say AT ground? It
probably will be soon! Some of that
was tricky. Normally we are used to
seeing you on TV in the morning. How
are you enjoying this?
unashamed good fun, it is completely
crazy, it is over the top and it
makes you smile in January when it
is a bit miserable outside and you
need to have a laugh. We laughed our
heads of doing it, but we cried as
well. When it comes to the end of
the show there are two weddings and
it is really emotional. I tried so
Amongst all of the fun and
games, at the root of this are real
people and a real love story and
they care about each other so much.
And the audience is very involved
because they are the guests you
would have at your wedding.
There are two brides and
grooms and they have got their
family and friends and you are up
against one another to win a
fantastic honeymoon and the chance
to get married and to have the
wedding shown. But the runners up
the mini honeymoon and they get
married as well. I have been to 12
weddings and every single one is
different and joyful and I cried at
every single one. What is not to
like about two people who love each
other standing up and telling people
they love that they want to say we
love each other for the rest of our
lives? But it is crazy as well
because there are games.
going on here?
Everybody had a pad
they sat on and bounced up and down
and buy some jiggery-pokery and
electronics they popped a massive
champagne corks and they won a
prize. Did you not do that at your
wedding? Everybody will do it and it
will catch on. It got everybody
warmed up. Some of the girls were
happy to hold on because they were
I noticed that.
so competitive and they went for it.
Did you have a favourite of the 12
To be honest I really did
love them all, they were all
amazing. The two boys who got
married was very special. It meant
so much to them. Of course it means
so much to everybody, but for them
to have their friends and family
together and they said they thought
they would never see the day. And
their dogs came down the aisle with
them, beautiful black labradors.
They had bows and flowers on and it
In the news today they
are talking about same-sex marriages
in Australia now which is great.
about time as well. But it was great
and that was a very special one. But
every single wedding is special and
there is something so lovely about
It chokes me up.
Everyone has their idea about what
their dream wedding would be. What
would yours be? Would you keep it
low key or go all out?
simple one, very intimate with my
closest friends and family.
would not be jumping up and down
dressed in a wet suit is trying to
make a cake whilst on stage is going
Would it be a Caribbean
Probably, on a beach with a
live band or something like that.
it right that you wore a wig in the
second series of Father Ted because
of your wedding?
Yes, it is true.
This is a major revelation. I got
married during the Christmas period.
We shot the video inserts, so all
the locations for the second series
of Father Ted just before Christmas.
Just after Christmas I got married
and I was feeling pretty rough on
the day of my wedding. My best man
had taken me out the night before
and I went to a barber and I got my
hair cut. I went back into the
studio, two weeks after filming, and
we are back in the studio to shoot
the whole series but I had no here,
so they had to make a special week
at very short notice. I was
I was feeling rough
and I went and I shaved off all my
I remember the look of horror
when I went back into the studio and
we were filming for eight weeks and
it didn't match. It could not have
been more different. They had to
manufacture a wig at very short
notice and it was the budget for the
second series! During the entire
second series it is a wig to match
my own hair.
We are now joined by
somebody who you know very well. She
is part of the programme, registrar
Kate Tremain, who will be helping us
tonight. A lot of people are
renewing their wedding vows. More
and more people are doing this, why
do you think it is a trend?
hard to put your finger on it, but
it is a jolly good excuse for a
It is all about the knees up.
Yes, and you can invite your best
man and your bridesmaids back ten
years on, it is a wonderful record
Is it a legally binding
No, not in the same way as
signing in the register, but vows
are binding in as much as they are
things that you say to each other
that mean something to you and they
are repeat of the vows that you made
to your wedding is a good
As we will see very
shortly, these vows are very
personal and they mean so much.
It's time to meet our first couple,
Carol and Rohan, who will be
renewing their wedding vows shortly.
Here's your story.
We met in our hometown in Paignton
in Devon whilst out walking and we
just started chatting to each other.
We arranged to go on a date.
have been married ten years in
August. We thought about renewing
our vows on our ten year
To have all our family
and friends with us.
I lost my dad
about ten or 11 weeks ago and he
would have enjoyed it.
So very much
Louise and Aidan, you met on this
very day 14 years ago and you are
here to celebrate ten years of
marriage together. When you married
you promised to care for each other
and share your lives. Today, you are
going to demonstrate your continuing
love for one another and renew the
vows you made. Louise and Aidan,
please, would you like to join
hands? Tell us your vows and we will
start with you, Louise.
will love and care for you always,
whatever our life brings, I know we
will always be happy. You will
always be by my side, making me
smile and making me laugh. I will
love you for evermore.
and it is your turn.
Louise, you are
my falling star come you fell from
the heaven and stole my heart. You
made me the man I am today and I
thank God I am privileged enough to
be ready. You are my world and I
would have married you every day.
Gosh, thank you. Aidan, Louise made
the love that joins your heart never
fail but grew deeper and stronger
with every passing year. You have
now made a very public pledge to
your continuing commitment to each
other. So very big congratulations.
Needed tissue, are you all right? If
you have been watching BBC One over
the past few days you may have seen
this trailer for a documentary
featuring Her Majesty the Queen
sharing memories of her coronation
and explaining the symbolic meaning
of the Crown Jewels?
I have seen one
coronation and been the recipient in
Dan will be here in a
moment after Ruth reveals the role
the Royal made daily-macro mail
played in bringing the diamonds to
A South African spotted something
what looked like a shard of glass.
He dug out a rough gemstone. It was
the biggest diamond ever found. They
called it after the minor who sold
it to the local Transvaal government
for £150,000, which in today's money
is 16.8 million. It is believed the
miner who found it was paid enough
money to buy a herd of cattle. The
Transvaal government gave the
diamond to King Edward VII as a
birthday present, a goodwill gesture
after the ball war. And that is when
the challengers began. The rough
diamond had to travel over 8000
miles from South Africa to London
without being stolen. Jeffrey has
the details and a replica diamond.
Moving valuable things around
requires all kind of stratagems and
the decoy is the best.
How did they
They gave the impression
the diamond was to move by the sea
and in the Captain's safe on-board
and all the focus and public
attention was going there, if
anybody knew about it. The diamond
was popped into the registered post
The ordinary post,
Maybe people were
cheering on their nails anticipating
It gets back to England
in the post, what happened to it
It gets shown to the king and
the job is to convert it into
something more beautiful.
earlier, the world's second biggest
diamond had been cut, and he was
chosen to cut this one, but he was
based in Amsterdam. One of the decoy
was based on two and naval ship to
Holland well the real one was in a
pocket. Cutting such a precious
gemstone, that was going to require
great skill and accuracy. They have
been cutting gems since 1890 and
they will show us how it is done.
This is a rough diamond.
formed crystal. Stuart Beckley
studies the diamond to see how best
to use it. Using a modern 3-D
scanner, you can check for any
imperfections in the diamond and see
a visual representation of how it
should look when it is finished.
Next, we are shown how the diamond
is gently sawn to the correct size.
Would this have been how the other
diamond was cut?
No, they had to
find the grain of the diamond and
they would hit it very hard.
it broke the wrong way?
Then you are
equipment, the diamond cutter's
skill was key in cutting one of the
hardest substances on earth. His
first blow broke his steel blade,
rather than the diamond but his next
attempt was successful. The stone
was then faceted and polished over
nine months. Clive does this with a
spinning diamond encrusted
This is where we are
getting the maximum life out of the
diamond and this is what makes it
sparkle and look pretty. Now you can
see all the lustre.
diamond was cleaved into nine major
stones and 96 smaller fragments.
This is a replica of the largest
stone which is called The Star Of
Africa. This is the second one, it
is in the front of the Imperial
State Crown, worn by the Queen at
the State Opening of Parliament. And
this was used at her coronation. Two
more stones were brought out and be
replicas here. The Queen wears them
because she inherited them from
Queen Mary and they are called
They don't look like
my chips. The diamonds are now kept
in a tower of London, 8000 miles
away from where the original stone
was discovered. I wonder if the
minor who plucked the diamond out of
the rock, had any idea how many
stories and myths would grow up
around it? One thing is certain, the
diamond will be a lot around a lot
longer than of us. Am amazed that
diamond made it to the post but is
not the only one that's gone through
the Royal system?
There is another
diamond but it went through the
American system. The Hope Diamond.
Look at the blue, it is rare. It
will go very nicely with your dress.
Ask if you can borrow it. It was
owned by Louis XVI when he had his
head chopped off in the French
Revolution. It was stolen them
popped in the post the $2 from New
York to Washington. $140 for
insurance and arrived at the
Smithsonian, where it has been ever
And we heard about part of
that other diamond in the Queen's
crime. How many diamonds are in the
140 objects in the crown
jewels. My favourite story, there
would be a lot more if King John
hadn't lost them in the wash. Just
before his death, he has distantly,
his empire has collapsed, the French
have invaded, he goes across the
watch, the tide comes in and he
loses the Crown Jewels. Medieval,
lots of them lost. My dream is to
find them in the ocean.
I am coming
There has been a new
collection since then?
Yes, they had
to get new Crown Jewels. Guess how
many gemstones there are in the
Are there for?
Go higher than that. 140.
More than that.
A lot more than
Go big. 500. 23,500 gems in
the Crown Jewels. Amazing. In fact,
I have got...
The real thing!
is not the real thing. This is the
replica used in the TV show, The
There are a few of the
Yes, the one we
have just seen and this is the
Queen's favourite, the Prince's
Ruby. It is a spindle, but it is
like a Ruby, still very precious. It
was given to the Black Prince, one
of the great warriors in British
history by a Spanish king that was
fighting his brother for the Crown
and the Black Prince helped him
defeat is brother. Then it belonged
to the Royal family, Henry V wore
it. Apparently a French axe hit it
and got knocked off. That is the
Queen's favourite part of the Crown
which she wears at the opening of
What is the father?
fur around the edge. All them
precious diamonds and you have asked
me about the fur. This is a saint
Edward Safire. This is allegedly,
1000 years old. It is allegedly
Edward the confessor, the king that
received a sainthood. That is very
old, if it is true, which I am sure
it is. Then we have the Stuart.
Let's turn it around.
James II took that with him
when he escaped in 1688 when he was
kicked off the throne. His
son-in-law and nephew invaded
England, and he took that as an
insurance policy as he was leaving.
The pearls are hanging down?
lovely and they apparently belonged
to Queen Elizabeth. She wore them
has England but she wore them in
their hair and on her clothes. We
love history. This is it.
so much and there is a special
series of programmes, part of the
Royal collection season on the BBC
starting with the coronation on
Sunday at 8pm on BBC One. This is a
special thing for the Queen to be
I have never seen the
Queen speak like that about her
memories so it is a special and
historical record in its own right.
Make sure you leave back round
behind, don't go sneaking it out.
will go with anything.
with your digging in Norfolk. In
honour of the rain's BBC One
programme, we are renewing vows.
Carol and Rohan are here today
to renew the vows they made to each
We met at a nightclub. And then we
arranged to meet and I stood him up.
We have been married for 30 years in
We said every ten years we
would renew our vows. We went to
Vegas, and we said we couldn't go to
Vegas without meeting Elvis. We tell
each other we love each other every
day, so why not do it in front of
Carol and Rohan, as you start
a new phase in your life together,
You celebrate your continued
commitment to each other and
together you have experienced joys
and sorrows. Have shared tears and
laughter and have given each of
comfort and support. Carol and
Rohan, you are very welcome to hold
hands if you like. As you join hands
I will offer you the floor first to
read your vows.
I have stolen my
words from Queen, but I will not
sing them to, I will not even try to
form the tune. You are the best
friend I have ever had. I have been
with you such a long time. You are
my sunshine and I want you to know
that my feelings are true. I really
love you. You are my best friend,
you make me live.
Lovely, thank you
very much. Are you ready.
married 30 years ago I said I would
love you for ever. Nothing has
stopped me from feeling the same
today as I did then and I hope you
feel the same. I will love you
always and still we have a groovy
kind of love and you are still my
I was just going to say
congratulations on the affirmation
of your love. Well done.
You could have warned the Crown,
Carol. That was magic, thank you
both very much. Very brave.
We have sent somebody new to the UK
to learn about our British cultures
My name is Hassan and two years ago
I risked my life in an overcrowded
dinghy to flee the war in Syria. I
now call the UK my home but I have
only experienced London and still I
have a lot to learn about this
country's culture. Pantomime, what
Men dressed up as women...
They say traditional
British values of fairness and
justice, but that is not always the
And what life is like the
What is it like?
depressing, no work. I have taken my
camera on the road and The one Show
have sent me to the seaside in the
middle of winter to a place called
Lowestoft. It is absolutely
freezing. I need to get some
breakfast. Morning. You all right? I
would love a cup of Coffey. And an
egg roll. OK?
This is the most
easterly point of Great Britain.
is the fishing industry?
In the old
days, going out for the herring and
you could walk from one side to the
other but now it is down to 12 or 13
fishing boats in the whole fleet.
Have you got brown sauce?
I had never heard of
brown sauce until I came to this
country. Stunning. I have heard
reports of people like me not being
made welcome in places like this.
Although I am an outsider, people
are happy to chat, even in the
freezing cold. The beach is
beautiful. Are you happy?
happy. Not a lot of the children to
do around here.
When your children
grow up, will you encourage them to
I will encourage them, but I
like living here.
My parents are in
Syria and my brother is in Iraq and
we miss that time, it is the best
times. Really good to meet you.
Seems like there is a community
centre here. The 60 plus club. It
looks very interesting.
really cute. When I walked in I saw
you guys playing something.
our Christmas raffle today.
not have this where I come from.
raise money. Four tickets for £1.
They are quite cheap! I am about to
try this for the first time, so wish
me luck. And that is 32.
No, sorry. 200.
Hurray. I will leave
with something from Lowestoft.
Lowestoft is not an easy place to
get to. You do not pass through it
on a journey elsewhere. You have got
to want to be here and a lot of the
people I have met really do. Hello.
What restaurant is this? Indian,
great. Indian is quite big.
like an English cuisine now.
are you from?
been here for a while?
Does it feel like home?
feel British like everyone else, but
my roots are in Bangladesh and it
feels like a special place.
relate to that because Syria and
Damascus is a special place for me,
but now I am building my life here
and it feels like home. Cheers.
Hello, guys. I am from Syria. Is
that OK? That is great. Some fellow
out-of-towners have asked me to join
them for dinner. Pleased to meet
you. Cheers, guys. The town is on
the edge of Britain at the seaside,
what is so special about them?
are normally run down. Nobody goes
to the British seaside for holidays
these days. It is probably cheaper
for a family in Manchester to go to
Whether they are visitors
like us who call Lowestoft home, I
have asked pretty much everyone here
about British values and no one
seemed to give me a clear answer.
However, people gave me a warm
welcome and they did not care where
I came from. From my experience
these are what the British values
From Syria to Lowestoft is very much
I am looking forward to
seeing more of that.
As a French
national, what would you say is the
strangest thing culturally that you
During series six
we came to London to fill a few
episodes and I experienced something
called pork scratchings. It is
horrible. What is it? And the beer,
the Guinness. I don't drink alcohol
and I have a glass of champagne
It is very bitter.
the seen my character drinks beer.
And she goes yuck. I was not acting.
You don't drink it? No, not really.
Do you promise to tell the truth? Is
it right that you told somebody in
an interview that you did a musical
with Frank Sinatra to see what would
happen M it is true.
I felt the
interviewer was not paying much
attention to my answers, so I threw
It was not me.
No, it was
not Lorraine. She asked me what I
was doing and what my last job was
and I said I was in a musical in Las
Vegas with Frank Sinatra, and her
years picked up. She said, oh,
really? And then I said I was in a
camel and he played the years.
us your best poker face.
features in the next episode. You
have spent five months out there
filming the new series, how has he
fitted into life in the Caribbean as
Pretty good. He knows
it. He is a real actor. I know what
it is like to be the new guy in a
show because I arrived in series
four so we did our best to make him
feel comfortable. I think he did a
great job. It was not easy for you
because in the last series you had
to understand your character.
were involved in two episodes?
was a little handover in the second
half of last series and we had a
transition period where Chris's
character was leaving, he fell in
love, and then I joined in. I
suppose it was easier this year to
start from scratch in the series we
have just done.
We can see how you
are settling in in tomorrow's
Some point during the final
hour killer was able to get the
froggy poison onto this card with
anybody seeing. How is that
They play for 90 minutes,
the debt was shovelled, the cards
pass from player to player, hand to
hand, so how come no one else was
Was it definitely meant
for Bobby alone?
We have to assume.
Why was he the only one who died?
How can our killer know that this
exact card, the ace of spades, would
wind up in Bobby's and?
It has got a
poker storyline been going through
it. You are quite a good poker
player yourself. Did you chat with
Not really. It is a
great episode I have to say. A big
international poker tournament comes
to the island and one of the players
died at the table. How did it
happen? I did play poker all right I
was younger. I used to spend a lot
and I got the name, the nickname,
pockets O Hanlon. I used to leave
the table with my pockets full. But
I used to love poker, so I was into
I enjoyed the first
episode. I did not get it. I will
not say anything in case anyone has
not seen it. As far as life is
concerned out there and the filming,
how does it fit into your normal
life? Where do you live normally? I
live in Paris. How long do you go
over there for?
It is five months.
It is a long time, do your family
My family came over to visit
for two months. It is a very long
time, so it is good to have people
It is a great opportunity to
experience a different lifestyle and
it is a great privilege for the
families to be able to join in. We
should during the summer so during
the holidays my teenagers can come
out and my wife and they have a
great time and they get to know the
place. It is a different pace of
life for them and it is all outdoors
and it is great.
Would you ever
fancy a part in this, Lorraine?
sounds fantastic. This is you as a
detective. That was hilarious, that
was great fun. Yes, I would love
that. Can you put a word in? But
everybody is clamouring to be on it.
There are so many guest actors.
Jennifer Lawrence next week!
Yes, he is in this
episode and he plays one of the
poker players. A genuine hero of
mine. That was the show more than
anything that inspired me to get
into comedy when I was a teenager. I
was glued to it on television. To
meet him was great and to work with
him is doubly brilliant.
talk more about the Caribbean and
hopefully we can go live there
shortly. You were there during the
hurricane season. What was it like
when the weather was like during
filming for you guys?
A few weeks
before the hurricane arrived it was
very hot, more than it normally is.
And it was a bit scary of course,
but the production handled it very
well. We had what sap group and sent
messages to each other to make sure
everybody was OK. We started filming
in the morning and then the police
came on the set and said we had to
stop and go home. That was at your
place? So we came back to our villas
and waited until the next day.
was a very long night. It is the
uncertainty. You do not know what
you will face the next morning and
whether you will have water or
electricity. Or whether you will
have food. So you are not quite sure
and you have a long and dark night
of the soul because it puts it into
perspective. We are just making a TV
show, but for people living in the
Caribbean they live there all the
time and it is something they have
to contend with once in a
Hopefully we are about
to go live to the Caribbean to the
Death in Paradise is filmed
on the Caribbean island
of Guadeloupe, which along with much
of the Caribbean, was ravaged
by hurricanes Irma and Maria
towards the end of last year.
In the aftermath, Angellica brought
us a series of films from Dominica.
So we thought we'd revisit
the island to see how
they're getting on in 2018.
We have Emerline Anselm on the line.
She's a local school
teacher on the island.
Thank you so much for joining us.
Tell us first of all how everyone
was affected by hurricane Maria.
Hurricane Maria devastated Dominic
Raab. It left most homes without a
roof. It left the island turned
upside down. It left most schools
without a roof, the police station
destroyed, churches destroyed. There
was no water on the island,
absolutely no connection could be
made with the outside world. There
was no electricity, we were
devastated by hurricane Maria.
did you react to that? What did you
do to help out other islanders?
I woke up the next morning I was
speechless, I could not believe it
was Dominic Raab. I could not
believe that Maria did this to my
beautiful island. The place looked
so pale, all the greenery was gone.
Then I decided to take to the
streets and I went from village to
village and try to make connection
with relatives and friends near and
far. I went to villagers, I took
names, contacts and numbers and
output messages onto my notepad and
I put it on Facebook so that family
members would know it was OK.
was amazing work. How is life now?
Are things turning back to normal?
There is some sense of normality.
Schools have opened. There were 200
passengers who came to the island a
couple of weeks ago. We have
communication back. We have water in
most villages in Dominic Raab. And
also the road network is much
We are here with the actors
who have been filming on the
neighbouring island of yours. They
just said how beautiful the island
We had a week off in the middle
of the summer and myself and my
family visited your island and I
have to say it was the most magical
place I have ever visited in my
life. It is so unspoiled and the
people are so independent and
wonderful and self-sufficient. When
the hurricane hit we were so
devastated. I would like to ask is
it open for tourism again? Are
people welcome and wanted?
are welcome. Now they are clearing
the site and the trails and they are
fixing up different areas. You can
calm biplane and boat and visit the
island. Now the green is coming back
and it is still beautiful.
so much. Thank you so much for your
time and all the very best with all
the work you are doing and send our
love to everybody out there.
We've been on board all week
with Mike, who's been braving
the elements around our islands.
He's searching for the giants
of the sea - whales.
Tonight his journey takes him
to the Minches, the area
between the outer Hebrides and north
Scotland where he's in for a treat.
I am two weeks into an epic
three-week journey, passing through
some of the richest marine life
areas in British and Irish waters.
Aboard the Celtic Explorer I am with
a world-class team of oceanographers
as they use cutting-edge technology
to assess the abundance and
distribution of life within our
oceans. Along the way, my mission is
to find and film marine life that
would normally be out of reach. We
are watching seven or eight
The main objective of the survey is
to assess the abundance of fish such
as herring, horse mackerel and
others. Assessing all levels of the
marine ecosystem is hugely
important. Starting at the bottom
involves some unique equipment. This
high-speed machine is a remotely
operated device that incorporates a
fine net to catch plankton.
Basically, this high-speed sampler
is towed off the back of the boat.
Really, it is a plankton net inside
a steel torpedo. I am manually
controlling the Sam Powell right
You are fishing for plankton?
That is the main game of the
Small things matter?
play such a huge part of the marine
system on a global scale.
step in the food chain, plankton
consists of tiny animals like
crustaceans, fish larvae and
jellyfish. That is see soup.
full of plankton. They are the base
of the marine food chain. They feed
of fish and the fish feed larger
whales, sharks and dolphins.
only way to truly appreciate these
ecosystem energy providers is
through the microscope. That is
absolutely beautiful. What is it?
This is called Asego Jewsbury. It is
different from other jellyfish
because of these lines. They move
together in unison to help it move
in the water.
It is only when you
look through the microscope that you
realise they are miniature works of
Absolutely, the diversity and
complex a TUC in these plankton is
overlooked a lot of the time. And if
you take plankton out of the
picture, you have nothing else. You
don't get fish, you don't get any
higher organisms that we love and
Plankton feed quail and
then they feed bailing Wales. Which
is what I hope to see. After a few
days with no sightings, the weather
is looking good for spotting. We've
just come round the butt of Lewis,
so we are in between the outer
Hebrides and North Scotland. An area
brilliant for whales and dolphins
and the conditions are perfect. It's
not long before... There it is. I
saw the snout. Beautiful Axel we
spot Menke Wales. Menke Wales can
grow up to ten metres in length and
weigh in at nine tonnes. Twice as
heavy as an elephant. It is really
close to the boat. Like all filter
feeding whales it has two blowhole
is to maximise the oxygen needed to
support its huge body. Personality,
it is an introverted whale and
incredibly difficult to get on film.
Despite being one of the smallest
filter feeding whales, they can
consume 300 kilograms of food a day.
Finding the Menke Wales is an
incredible experience but I will
have to go deeper if I want to find
the real giants.
Lorraine, you were lost in that.
was, I have been lucky to see Menke
Wales and Scotland and I have been
to Antarctica. I would go back
It is a very special thing
It makes you feel
very small, that is a good thing.
Was that part of your wedding
It was, we were married
the 25 years and we went to
Antarctica. We followed Ernie
Shackleton's journey and it was
What a cool thing to do
for your anniversary.
husband shares my passions, or that
would not have worked out.
leads is beautifully done for the
Time to meet our third and final
couple Valerie and Mark
who are going to renew their vows.
We met in a single club. We have
been married 20 years.
arranged to renew our vows last year
on our 20th anniversary.
We had an
accident in Dubai. I was off work
for several weeks. Without Valerie's
support, I don't think I would have
got through it. I would like to
thank my son Ian, my boss who has
given us the day off to come here
today. Thank you very much, Ian.
No doubt Ian will be watching. Kate,
it is over to you.
Valerie and Mark are here today
to renew the vows which they made
to each other when they married
20 years ago.
Over those 20 years their marriage
has grown richer, today
they demonstrate their continued
commitment to one another.
Valerie and Mark please join hands
and share your vows.
Valerie, is it OK if we start with
Mark, I love you because you made me
smile, when I almost forgot how to.
I feel everything in life
has led us to this...
Choices, regrets, heartbreak...
We've fought hard to
overcome so many obstacles,
but always together.
A strong marriage doesn't
always have two strong
people at the same time.
As we we know, it's a husband
and wife who take turns being strong
when the other feels weak.
I look back over our life together,
the houses we've had,
the cars we've drove,
the things we own that really
don't matter at all.
What matters more than anything,
is our family, and that I've got
you and you've got me.
Well done. Are you ready, Mark?
Valerie, you have been my friend, a
wonderful wife. Which I cherish so
very much. I will be forever
grateful for the years we have been
together and hopefully, spend many
more years together. Thank you, I
May your hands be forever
clasped in friendship
and your hearts be joined in love.
May your life continue to be full
of kindness and understanding,
thoughtfulness and joy.
You have renewed your vows,
congratulations to the both of you.
There isn't a dry eye in the house.
Congratulations. Thank you both very
We have are going somewhere now that
is thanks to our industrial past. At
the height of the mining boom, Wales
was one of the largest coaling
countries in the world.
These black diamonds have
fundamentally change the way people
live around here. There's virtually
nothing left of mining any more in
these valleys but it has left an
indelible mark the landscape.
Dockyards, stately homes, even
entire villages owed their existence
to Cole, ripped from the Earth and
the valleys are littered with what
mining left behind but the most
inescapable reminders are slack
heaps, massive man-made hills, built
from the waste product of mining.
Not so long ago, slack heaps was
seen as nothing more than a dirty
blot on the landscape or a
dangerously menace, at worst. But
today, there are people who actually
like them. Leah is an entomologist
who studies insects on slack heaps.
One of his favourite locations is
this tip in south Wales. Lee, it is
unbelievable looking at this place,
how fast it is.
It is a fantastic
You can see fresh water
down there, wetlands and then you
have this almost lunar like expanse
in front of us. We couldn't design
You couldn't, and we will
never get anything like this again.
It is unique in the way it has been
tipped. Nothing like it anywhere in
the British Isles, so fantastic for
it into perspective how much they
did mine here.
Supposed to be 1200.
This is like scaling Everest as
well. Liam has found 50 varieties of
bumblebee as well as other
endangered insects, but the most
exciting news is a millipede,
unknown to science has been
discovered on a nearby tip.
the species known to science,
nowhere else in the world.
He is the
Usain Bolt of the millipede world. I
have never held a species new to
science in my fingers at all. It is
awesome. We are here in the valleys
on a waste product of an industrial
age that did so much damage to the
environment holding a species that
wouldn't be here at all if it wasn't
for the coal tips?
It shows how
special these sites are and we
should be preserving them.
miles away, this is an example of
what can be done with mining's
legacy. It has been turned into a
park for everyone to enjoy and
features a massive pit pony, carved
out of the coal waste by a landscape
artist. How long did it take you to
It was done in a
six-month period and the whole
purpose was to create a windbreak
for this arena.
You can almost see
the muscle in this light.
you do it? 60,000 tonnes of coal
shale, two excavators and someone
helping me with the marking out.
do have to come on it to see it at
its best. What has the reaction been
from the local people?
positive, people standing on the pit
pony and they said, you know what
this should be called? It should be
called Sultan, a prize-winning pony
from a local pits.
And it has stuck
ever since. There we are, we will
see your creation from the air. It
is awesome. He looks pretty happy,
running free on the side of the
The sunlight is perfect.
Mining may have been dangerously and
destructive, but it was once
massively important. It is good to
see its legacy in the landscape has
been totally swept away. People are
trying to keep the heritage alive in
a positive way, that looks to the
Earlier we ashes to send in photos
of your photo mishaps.
Laura had the
Fire Brigade turn up when the candy
machine set up a smoke detector.
Cheryl from Ayrshire and her nephew
Logan who had a wardrobe malfunction
as he came down the aisle.
sister-in-law crashed into her car
on the wedding day. Husband told as
they were walking up the eye.
thank you all couples. We will see
you tomorrow Gordon Ramsay.
Presented by Matt Baker and Michelle Ackerley. They chat to Ardal O'Hanlon and Josephine Jobert about their hit show Death in Paradise. Lorraine Kelly talks weddings and in, a One Show first, three couples renew their wedding vows live on air.