The One Show is live in Morecambe as Team Rickshaw finish the fifth day of their Ride to the Clyde. Plus actor Ashley Jensen joins Alex Jones and Michael Ball in the studio.
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Hello and welcome to a brand
new week on The One Show
with Alex Jones.
And Michael Ball.
It's nice to have you. Nice to be
back, it always is.
Michael, what have
you done with Alfie Boe,
is he hiding under the sofa?
We are on a break, I don't want to
Matt is out on the road
with Team Rickshaw of course
and here in the studio we're
doing our bit too, as we're joined
by some of our brilliant viewers
who've been inspired by the rickshaw
and have signed up to do
their own cycling challenges.
If you want to get involved, all
the information is on the website.
Later in the show the team will be
arriving in Morcambe where Eric
and Ernie are holding the fort.
Are we on?
Don't worry - we're here.
Right next to my statue
because you see I was
born here in Morecambe.
And I was born in Leeds.
Morecambe and Leeds, which sounds
like a cheap day return.
So I shortened my name
from Wiseman to Wise.
To match his height, you see.
Yeah, and there are actually
three statues of us.
Oh, yes, this one of me here.
One of me in Morely.
And another one of his
wallet in Peterborough.
A new one of us together
in Blackpool - famous for fish
and chips and kiss me quick hats.
Whereas here in Morecambe we have
kiss me slower hats.
They've got Blackpool tower...
And we haven't...
So come to Morecambe and do this.
It makes you feel good.
And it's free.
Do we get paid now?
That's a shame.
I thought so.
Thanks Eric and Ern, also known
as Jonty Stephen and Ian Ashpitel.
They are in Bury St Edmunds at the
end of the week.
Our guest tonight grew up
with the real Morecambe and Wise.
And now the star of Nativity,
Extras and Ugly Betty,
has a big BBC One show of her own.
It's Ashley Jensen.
Thank you for having me.
underlies, a big part of your life
I grew up watching 1970s
comedy and sitcoms, Frank Spencer
and Morecambe and wise, the good
life. I didn't go to the theatre,
when I grew up in Scotland it was a
cultural void in the 1980s, we
didn't have a lot of theatre so it
was 1970s sitcoms.
You can only take
one with you to the desert island,
which one will it be?
For me, some
mothers do have them, Frank Spencer.
He is a hero of mine.
We are going
to talk all about your new drama,
Love, Lies And Records in a moment
Sheffield Council's determination
to cut down thousands
of its mature trees is baffling.
Even the Environment Secretary
has asked them to stop.
Now 23 trees planted as a war
memorial are in the firing line.
Andy's been back to the city
to ask if nothing is
sacred there any more.
The battle for Sheffield's trees has
been raging for almost five years
now and in that time around 5000
have disappeared from streets like
this one. The council say they are
felling trees only considered
dangerous, diseased, damaging the
pavement or blocking access for
disabled people. With 400 due for
the chop by March next year
campaigners continue to protest
because they believe healthy trees
are being unnecessarily replaced
with new saplings. On Western Road
23 of these are due to be cut down,
a move that has proved particularly
controversial. These trees were
planted to commemorate 401 former
pupils of the local school who
served or died in World War I and
the trees are now recognised as a
living war memorial.
So today, more than 100 locals have
come together on Armistice Day to
pick up a brush to immortalise on
camera as the Western Road trees,
just in case they don't escape the
attentions of the council. How is
your tree going? Paul Johnson's
uncle is one of the young men who
the trees were planted to
In 1914 he went and
joined up and unfortunately died in
1970, he took a direct hit from a
Carol's relative died during
the Battle of the song.
I came today
The man behind the
event is this artist, who painted
the Queen and the last surviving
soldier of World War I, Harry patch.
I remember Harry patch talking about
memorials and how we treat them in
the future because he'll we have
living trees which embody a sense of
Can a painting helped to
change the council's mind?
have a very strong impact. They are
not allowed, shouting objects.
I was last here ten months ago,
Sheffield's urban warfare over the
trees has only intensified. The case
has been in the High Court twice,
the council winning both times.
Green Party councillor Alison Teale
was arrested, and just this month
another protester received a
suspended jail sentence. Even the
Environment Secretary Michael Gove
has visited Sheffield and described
the scheme as bonkers but the
council say the people of Sheffield
are already reaping the benefits
with improved roads, pavements and
street lighting - part of a £2
billion deal designed with
contractors. Campaigners say the
huge costs involved may explain why
the council is reluctant to call a
halt to the scheme although a High
Court ruling found no evidence of
healthy trees being felled for
profit. I spoke to a veteran
journalist with a rather familiar
name. Why doesn't the council simply
stop this policy?
I don't think they
can. They have tied themselves so
tightly into this contract that is
to pull-out would mean massive
financial penalties for the council.
What kind of penalties we don't know
because they won't let us see the
Why the secrecy?
A lot of
it has been redacted.
said some of the redacted material
will become available if no longer
considered commercially sensitive.
This local council is here today.
Are you embarrassed to be a
councillor in Sheffield at the
It is tricky, isn't it, when
you've got people who come to you as
an elected representative and say
the policy you are putting forward
is not something we want. We have to
run the city in the interests of
everybody in the city.
Can you say
unequivocally that none of these
trees will be cut down?
being treated as a special case, and
they will look at commissioning some
design work of what solutions can be
possible to keep the trees.
is still hope for the memorial trees
but with every week that passes,
more trees are designated for
felling sofa the people of Sheffield
this war is not over yet.
think there's any need to take the
They want to plant them
in another place, it wouldn't be the
Fingers crossed for those trees.
It's terrible, isn't it?
compulsion to chop down trees is not
Marking all things important
is the premise to your new drama,
Love, Lies And Records, written by
Kay Mellor, and it takes place in a
registry office so we were thinking
when was the last time we were in a
registry office. For me it was when
I was registering my son.
For me I
was singing as a wedding because
Miranda Hart rang me up and asked me
to do it as a surprise.
He is so
showbiz! What about you, Ashley?
went for a bit of research before we
did the show to meet with people who
did this job for the living and see
what kind of people they work and
the environment they worked in. It
was amazing to connect with the
people and find out what they were
like. They were very much people
people. They loved people's stories
and listening to people.
particular stick out for you?
was one lady there, I cannot
remember her name but she still got
incredibly emotionally involved in
every birth, marriage and death she
participated in. In one, someone had
died and they really embraced every
event they do.
I suppose they are
present for all of our important
moments in our life.
She went to
register the death of her dad and
then registered a wedding, she
looked around and thought this is an
amazing Place for the premise of a
Because you not only have the
characters who work in the registry
office but all the different
characters coming in.
And that is
what she has done so cleverly with
this script. You deal with the work
environment, then my character's
work environment. She tries to
juggle home and working life.
Another level again.
There's lots of
levels in this show, sometimes there
is injury that takes you on a
journey. Then the writer takes a
sharp left that you weren't
expecting. There are guest actors
that would come in and register the
birth, marriage or death and then
you get closure on their story. It's
quite messy because there's a lot
going on, a lot of relationships and
You mentioned injury.
Let's see some of that. This is your
name on -- nemesis who has just lost
out on promotion.
I don't want this
to undermine you and make you feel
you are not valued because you are,
and I'm really going to need your
help if I'm going to pull this off.
I will do the very best I can, like
I always have.
Yes, for now.
I have seen what happens after that
and it's not very nice, she's not a
She's not very happy
at all, that character. A lot of
people bought because I was in and
Rebecca Front was in it, it would be
a comedy. There is humour in it,
which is what Kay does so well, and
it's nice to have ladies in it that
are not 25, and real women. I was
insistent, let's not have our hair
done and get a manicure, just slap
on a bit of polish. She was a
working mother. Things like that
were quite important, that she was a
real woman struggling on a daily
basis, trying to juggle everything.
You can see Love, Lies And Records
on Thursday at nine o'clock on BBC
One. The rickshaw has crossed many
impressive bridges as it has
travelled across the UK. The next
route will take in the Wear crossing
in Sunderland. They will have to
finish at first though.
These derelict banks were once home
to a shipyard that closed in 1988
making thousands unemployed, but
change is on the horizon. This is
the new Wear Crossing, the
centrepiece of a new £117 million
plan to breed new life into the
area. Tim Sullivan is managing the
design of this mammoth project. Has
it all gone to plan?
All of the
difficult stuff has gone very well.
One of the most challenging parts of
the construction so far has been
installing the pylon.
The pylon is
one massive piece of steel,
assembled in a yard in Belgium. It
was shipped over here on a very
large barge, then two massive hinges
were attached and the whole thing
was winched into the air.
two days to lift the pylon
interposition and they can now begin
the work of supporting the bridge's
load. What is going on on the bridge
You can see behind us the
guys raising cables.
And to see how
it works, Tim has arranged a special
trip for the One Show, 40 metres up.
This bridge is a cables day design
and the way it works is these cables
that they are fitting today will
transfer the weight of the bridge
itself and all of the traffic on it
up onto this massive steel pylon and
that force is then transferred down
the pylon and into the ground in the
middle of the river. The team are
just beginning to string the cables.
It's an enormous job, taking 20
engineers. Tim, what are they doing
This is the sheets for
the cable which will support the
They will be threaded
between 45 and 77 individual strands
of steel, they can take the weight
of seven tonnes, that 16 grand
pianos! When combined, one complete
cable could lift the International
Space Station. How long does it take
to assemble one of the cables from
the little individual strands?
think it's about three days,
probably 100 miles altogether.
well as getting to see the engineers
at work, from here you also get a
real sense of how the bridge will
improve the area. Down here, where
the old dockyards used to be,
there's plans to make a whole new
community. The idea is to replace
these wastelands with new houses and
shops to give this once lively part
of town a new lease of life.
78-year-old Billy has lived and
worked here through boom and bust.
Get industry down here, and
revitalise the area and get jobs.
Bridges so much more than a road
across a river. They allow you to
join communities together. While
this is a gorgeous example of bridge
engineering, by creating that link,
this bridge will allow the
regeneration of the South side of
the river in Sunderland.
All 28 cables have now been put up
and the bridge is on course
to open in Spring 2018.
We're just a few minutes away
from Team Rickshaw's big
arrival in Morecambe.
First, here's how, this weekend,
38 hours of pedal power took them
all the way from Oxfordshire
A cold, wet morning in Banbury, and
even this early, our young
supporters are out wishing us well.
But the rains have come down this
morning, and riding up hills is a
challenge. In through your nose, out
through your mouth. Come on, stay
with me, if you can. Brilliant.
Brilliant. That's how you write a
rickshaw up a hill. Over the
weekend, our plan was to ride the
rickshaw 132 miles, all the way to
Salford. As we arrived to
Shakespeare's County, here at
Warwick Castle, the donations come
in thick and fast. Thank you,
everybody, for coming. Look at this!
We are over that first 100 mile
mark, and the team spirit within
team rickshaw is riding high. In
celebration of the generosity, we
can't but help make a big song and
dance about it for the rest of the
# Boom, boom, shake the room.
# Sweet Caroline...
Heading into Stoke on Trent, not
only do we get a brass band
accompaniment, we also received some
hospitality from the local fire
brigade, who are at the ready with
some local encouragement.
come to Stoke-on-Trent without
sampling some of the delicacies.
That's great. Nice? Having
refuelled, the team take time out
for Remembrance. At 11am, we, along
with the rest of the country,
observed two minutes' silence for
those who lost their lives in war.
Early today, we left BBC breakfast
in Salford, and on this Monday
morning, there's a real
determination as the riders tag team
tackle hill after Hill after Hill.
It's a tough old climb, but there's
always a welcome crowd and a hard
not to far away.
We missed you so
much that we turned up today.
will be surprised when we turn up.
Loot is 17 and from the Wirral. He
has a twin named J. Luke was born
with cerebral palsy, which severely
affects his mobility. He had to have
a complex operation at 11, which
took a long time to recover from.
What do you remember about your
It was to help me become
more independent and to help me stay
healthy for longer. It was so long.
It took me six weeks just to get
back to sitting up, and 12 months of
recovery. I was like, do I really
want to do this? I cried my eyes out
standing up the first time in three
months. It was so difficult.
your brother deal with it all?
didn't like it at all. He's quite a
sensitive guy and he didn't like
seeing me in pain. From where I was
six years ago to now, it just feels
Just talking to Luke there,
and how hard it is for an
11-year-old to feel extreme pain,
and just trying to walk from one
side of the room to the other...
Luke was once a child in need, and
now he is a brave young adult that's
going forward. And the reason why he
feels the way he does is because of
the support he's had in the past. He
is doing all of this so that other
children can get that same support,
go forward, and be brave young
adults. That is what is so
inspiring, to me.
So emotional to be riding next to
such an inspiring team, but the good
news is that we have had our heads
down, and we have been heading to
the town that gave the name to the
taller one of Britain's's best
comedy duo. We have arrived in
Morecambe, everyone! We are here.
All of Team Rickshaw are here bar
one. Stay with us for that. We have
Morecambe and wise here. We haven't
been here that long. What do you
think of the rickshaw so far?
The whole idea of this is
for the general public to donate.
Can I leave that review?
should have the numbers.
got all the right numbers, but not
necessarily in the right order.
fool. What about then? He seems like
a nice young man. Give him the job.
Then, shall we show everyone how
they can show their support? There
are three different amounts you can
support this year.
Those texts will cost your donation
plus your standard message charge,
and all of your donation will go to
BBC Children in Need. You must be 16
or over, so ask the bill payer's
permission. All of our terms and
conditions are on our website. You
can also donate a different amount
online. Thank you.
Our North-west wonder
girl Liv will be riding
the Rickshaw in tonight.
Her family are here.
Mum Adele, brother Alex,
Aunt Dianne and Uncle Jonathan.
Adele, we know that
you lost your husband Roman
to cancer two years ago.
It was last June.
OK, so you lost
him last June. You see so many
characteristics in Liv, going
through what she's going through
right now. Tell us a little bit
about that, and what you see in her
Liv is just fun loving.
She is living every moment through
him. She is just quite dog-eared.
Have you noticed, going up the
hills? She is so determined. Before
this, she hadn't really ridden a
bike, and she wasn't really in to
keep fit. Her dad did teach her to
ride a bike, but she didn't really
take to it.
She's got a real talent
Alex, as a
brother, did you ever keep up with
her on the bike?
Not really. She's
really, really determined, a really
determined girl, and this whole
talent has turned her around, and
given her so much confidence. She
will come back a different person.
Shall be bring her in?
Let's have a huge round of applause
MUSIC: Bring Me Sunshine
by Morecambe and Wise.
Bringing sunshine to Team Rickshaw.
We are in Morecambe, where it is
happening. We will let them have
their moment. Sabah, you are never
one to shy away from a challenge.
When we asked you to do a bit of
time travelling, you didn't shy away
from that either. As far as your
speech is concerned, you went off to
the Children In Need Rocks The
Eighties concert and you did your
speech in front of thousands of
people, in Wembley of all places!
name is Sabah, and we are at
Wembley. I will be doing my speech
in front of 7000 people. I'm not
nervous at all. I'm quite a
confident person. Maybe a bit too
confident, borderline cocky!
Wembley. When I was very young,
cancer was found on both of my
kidneys. The doctors then found
cancer on my lung, and had only
given me a 13% chance of survival.
And somehow, I beat the cancer. Just
a few days after my sixth birthday,
I was given a kidney transplant. But
sadly, it didn't last. In 2013, my
kidneys stopped working properly,
and it had to be removed. It was a
dark time. I felt like my freedom
had been taken away from me. Now,
four years later, I'm still waiting
for a kidney, but I do try to get on
with things. I've been helped by
many people, and I would like to
show my thanks and raise money for
others. That's why I will be helping
to pull the rickshaw across the UK.
And if you are able to donate to
this brilliant cause, then please
give what you can. Thank you very
Sabah, how was that for you?
Amazing. It felt so surreal. I had
so many people chanting my name, for
the first ever time.
As we have had
all the way. Every time you get on
the bike, everybody just calls out
your name. You've been telling us
how dull your treatment sessions
are. Tell us about what happened
I was greeted by a very big
surprise. All of a sudden I had to
people come in my room from the
circus, it seemed. One of them was
like a fire juggler thing, and one
of them was like a real-life
hypnotic thing, like a dancer.
Basically, it was quite confusing.
This is something that will continue
as you go will on with your
dialysis. We will sort out some
entertainment for you. We've got to
travel across the lake District to
Penrith tomorrow night. Goodbye,
Big thank you to Ashley.
Love Lies and Records starts
on Thursday at 9pm on BBC One.
And good luck to all our
Virtual Rickshaw riders too!
See you tomorrow, when
star of Peaky Blinders
Helen McCrory will be here -
and of course we'll be catching
The One Show is live in Morecambe as Team Rickshaw finish the fifth day of their Ride to the Clyde. Plus actor Ashley Jensen joins Alex Jones and Michael Ball in the studio.