Matt Baker and Michelle Ackerley talk to Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson. Sheena Easton explains why she's finally agreed to tread the boards of the West End.
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Hello and welcome to the One Show with Matt Baker
We don't want to make a song and dance about how
good tonight's show will be, but these guys
APPLAUSE APPLAUS That was amazing.
That was the cast of the classic West End musical, 42nd Street.
We've lots more fancy footwork coming up from them
Plus, we'll be chatting to their leading lady -
Sheena Easton is going to be here. There she is. Are you ready?
First though, prepare for lift-off because we're kicking
things off with the stars of the new sci-fi blockbuster, Life.
Please welcome Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson!
Nice to see you, are you well? Come and have a seat. Lovely to have you
here. Lovely to be here. Jake, you have taken time out of your Broadway
schedule to join us tonight. You are in a new musical. We didn't realise
you were a singer as well. We heard your voice. It's fantastic. We have
footage. Have you been singing since you were a young lad? Yes. It's
better on stage live every night than it is there. I have been
singing since I was a kid. Impressive. How was opening night?
Amazing. We opened the show in a new theatre, the oldest newest theatre
on Broadway. We reopened it after 50 years. It was pretty amazing. Two
opening nights. A theatre where Elvis Presley would perform and
Barbara tries end performed for the first time ever. Iconic. I'm in
crazy company. I don't know how far you are into this filming process.
I'm completed they are continuing. It's with Hugh Jackman. The first
ever circus. I play the Sweding Nightingale. Singer. Performing for
the first time. Nerve-wracking. She's Swedish. Amazing. There
weren't recordings back in the day. I couldn't hear what she sounded
like. It's maybe a good thing. Right. Modern music, written by Paul
and Justin who got the Oscar for La La Land. That's my world. Ryan
Reynolds was meant to be with us today but he's been caught up in
that storm on the east coast. Is that him just frozen there? Does he
have a gun, too? What is that? Who knows. He didn't even wear shoes on
his appearance! You are here to talk about this new sci-fi film called,
Life, later on in the show we will do a One Show first. We will cross
live to this cinema in Dorset where more than 300 unsuspecting movie
lovers will be waiting for the 7. 50pm screening, not of your film,
another film... The trailers before the film. Would you believe it, they
are not showing a thriller of your film. Can you believe that audience.
Shocking. They look so upset. We thought we needed to surprise them
with a live trailer if you are up for it. Amazing. These things are
live. They it is always good fun. Now, there's no doubt
that there are a lot of challenging jobs out there -
being a Hollywood actor might even be one of them -
but at the moment few compare Reports of violence are up,
staff numbers are down and complaints about drug use
are widespread, but one officer has managed to overcome all that,
as Raphael Rowe's found out. Life in Britain's jails is under the
spotlight. Assaults on staff are now at their highest on record, there
are staff shortages and chronic overcrowding. Some critics believe
it's creating a toxic cocktail in a system that's in meltdown. In an
attempt to recruit more staff into the profession, the Government have
announced a pay rise for some officers in London and the
south-east, but with unsociable hours and the threat of violence,
the question is - who'd want to be a prison officer? Someone like
55-year-old Bernadette Hare she works at a prison in Oxfordshire.
Nice to meet you. And you. She has been patrolling the corridors for
ten years and I'm here to spend the day wither had. We have lifers, sex
offenders, drug dealers, burglars. What does it take to be a prison
officer? You have to find your gift, if you like, your special thing.
Mine is my yapping. I can talk. We have the swagger coming now. You
need to be confident. You can't show fear. That is one thing you can't do
in this job. Shut up! Having spent some time in prison myself, I'm
interested to know if Bernie faces additional challenges as a female
prison officer working in an all male prison? You know, a lot of
these I could be their mum or grandmum in some cases,
unfortunately. In all the badness that goes on, there is still the
female staff are more protective than the male staff. By? By the
other prisoners. Really? There is still an ethos of, you don't attack
a female member of staff. I've been saved by prisoners on more than one
occasion. I've had prisoners come to my head aid. The Justice Secretary
is calling for more people to become prison officers they are fearful
because of the violence they expect? What do you see? You see a lot of
stuff you don't want to see. People are high on drugs. They are violent.
Although we are not allowed to directly film any prisoners what
I've seen today is very different. We haven't caught it on camera, I
have witnessed prisoners hugging you. In my day that didn't happen.
Are you all right darling. Are you sure? Yeah. Good. You have to be a
nurse, teacher, psychologist and their mother. You have to be
everything. In fact, Bernie's approach has won the respect of many
inmates. How are you, are you all right? Yeah. Are you all right? If
you treat people the way you want to be treated, then it's resipcle. It's
really a rewarding job. People think it's all violence and everybody
stabbing each other and blah, blah, blah. It's not like that at all. It
does happen? Oh, it does happen. It happens an awful lot, more than we
would like it to happen. That is down to staff shortages,
unfortunately. Not rocket science, they cut staff, violent lens and
self-harm went up because we don't have enough time to spend with
prisoners. For the governor, Bernie is a valuable member of staff. She
has a good balance of being disciplined and friendly with
prisoners at the same time. Prisoners respect her. Most won't
play up around her, they don't want to let her down. What do you say to
people who believe what they read if you come into this job your life is
at risk? Sometimes they are difficult. They are good places to
work. It's a people job. You can have a real impact on people and
help people to change. Two-days later and it's a very different day
for Bernie. The prison has put her forward for an award at St James'
Palace in London. I'm out of my comfort zone. It's not me at all.
She is one of a number of people being honoured for dedication and
skill in her field. She doesn't know is that her outstanding contribution
has earnt her this year's top award. I have great pleasure in announcing
this year's Princess Royal's Prize goes to Bernadette Hare. I was
shocked. Absolutely shocked. I didn't know what to say. I was
shaking so much I thought I was going to drop it. I had no idea. I
was like, wow! Pretty much, wow. For Bernie and her husband, Dave, it's
the end to a perfect day. I actually said, you'll win it. She didn't
believe me. Good job her husband has faith! So lovely. Thank you so much
to Bernie for letting us spend the day with you. A round of applause. I
think she deserves it. Why not. Congratulations on your award. Jake,
you've worked with young people in prisons, haven't you, tell us about
that, what work were you doing? I got involved because I was doing
research for a film, I learnt about the prison system in California in
the States where I grew up. I went to a number of different prisons. I
ended up in a juvenile prison through a number of different people
that I met along the way and started working a little bit with juveniles
there and started working with the programmes going on there. It was
extraordinary. Really extraordinary. I bet. This is the thing with... I
mean both of your approaches to the way you take to acting the research
you do. Thinking of this new movie. It's incredibly real and life like
in one respect because it's life on the International Space Station and
really the broad span of astronauts out there reflects, it's very real
at the moment? Is do you want to start us off? I was listening to
you, the research you do is incredible. Yes. They are sending
drones to rs Mars. We are scraping the surface of this incredible,
vast, not knowing, we have no idea how big the universe is. Science is
remarkably beautiful and lovely. People ask me if I believe there is
life out there. We found water on the moon. If there are parasites
there will be an alien form. It's a realistic sci-fi movie we are
getting closer to what could possibly happen. How do each of your
characters fit into the film, how does it come about? I play Miranda
North, a micro biology gists. A crosser of T's and dotters of i's.
She has to make sure-fire walls are up. She has to imagine the worst
that can happen, the worst after that and after that. They then break
down. Who are you when all the stable routines disappear from you?
In essence it's about life out there. Let's just have a little look
at you in action. This is the moment that this alien life-form starts
showing its more sinister side. Here we go. Lowering oxygen, more carbon
dioxide. Are you sure it won't hurt it It's a very, very low volt age.
Look how fast it's growing. Every single cell is a muscle cell and a
nerve cell. All muscle, all brain. No. It's in between my fingers. It's
not letting go. Can I make a suggestion. Can I go in there and
get him and bring him back out. No of course you cannot. I can do this.
I can. APPLAUSE. It's like a crazy
possessed won ton. He has been stressed out all day. My heart. I
watched this morning, it's done something to me. It really has. I'm
sweating having watched that scene again. You are really are? I am.
He's shaking. I don't mean to laugh, I'm sorry. I was jumping out of my
skin. I know Rebecca we talked about how scary. Did you have the same
affect? Not the sweating. I'm still sweating for it. I saw it a week
ago, I think the music, the sound effects are so important for a film
like this. When we were filming Daniel was having music on whilst
shooting the sequences. So much you don't think about that everyone adds
to this film to create what becomes that effect. Your character in the
film, you seem calm. You are dealing with the situations. You have got,
your character has a fascination with space, would prefer to be in
space than on Planet Earth? He's a medical doctor who is there to make
sure the crew stays healthy and if there is an emergency that needs to
be dealt with medically he can help with it. His first impression is not
Assad a scientists it's in awe of the thing. It becomes a type of
relationship, I think, with every single one of the... The creature
has a relationship to all of us. How we respond to it, it responds to us.
He finds it beautiful. It's quiet. That is what I liked about the
story. That is why you wanted to do it? There is a reason for you
wanting to do their movies there. Is an underlying message?
Yes. The creature does not release speak. I thought we would be
interesting if I did not speak that much either. I think it is
interesting. There's so much tension in movie. And our director casted so
beautifully. We have a character from Japan because the International
Space Station is multicultural. There is someone from the UK, the
United States, Russia. And because of that I think we all interact with
this thing in different way. And also because it is not set in the
future, the deals that could be happening. That is what makes it
scary. I'm all right now! Have some water! You probably deal with things
on the farm and you understand there may be some organisms that are not
always so helpful. That is why you are sweating! I'm fine now. And
let's move on to the bromance you had with Ryan Reynolds. Always happy
to talk about that! Good buddies. He is a wonderful man. I think in our
business it is rare when you meet someone who is a contemporary where
there are literally is no competition. You know. Just that
real love. It is just friends you meet is a certain time in your life.
We met a movie and just became close friends. And for me when I come
abroad there is already this hubristic side and it is very
welcome. It lightens up what could be a tense moment to film in because
it is a hard movie to shoot. But we laughed a lot. One of my favourite
moments was in that scene when Ryan turned around in the middle of a
shot. He was right on the front and we were watching on the back. He
turned around and said, we are all going to die! It just lightened the
mood a little bit. It is strange and dark humour but we know him for that
as well. And it is in the cinemas from next Friday. Still plenty of
time to see it. It is Friday, next Friday. And of course the latest in
a long line of great alien movies. We asked Lucy to boldy go
and seek out the good, the bad and the ugly
of our favourite on screen Here we go.
In our quest to explore the universe we have launched chimpanzees into
space, landed men on the moon and hurled a satellite out of the solar
system. But it is only thanks to a love the movies that we have been
introduced to a whole new universe aliens.
One of the cutest aliens to visitors did not have a bad bone in his body.
I'm not so sure about the finger. Because he is designed to look cute,
ugly, hideous, likeable, every single feature is maximised to be
cute. That is one of the reasons why he appealed so much to children.
These are shrouded in mist and they communicate in an non-linear form of
language transcending space and time. That is a proper introduction.
But have they got friendly intentions? We spent the whole film
trying to communicate with them and understand them, what they are
actually saying and the language they use. Things are more
straightforward with the aliens in the day the earth stood still.
Language was not the problem. We were the problem.
I took to the streets to find out what your favourite movie aliens are
and why. Mine is ET. I would quite like to wrap him up in a blanket. I
like the Klingons in Star Trek the pub they combine scariness with
slight sexiness which is kind of weird. The aliens in toy story. It
takes me back to when I used to watch it as a kid and great
catchphrase as well. Men in Black, that surprise when you expect the
dog to bark at its peak. That is freaky. Not all aliens are cute,
some are just born bad. This is the three times made things
from another world, well known for doing awful stuff. Infecting all
humanity. Tom Cruise met another deadly species of alien hidden
inside a machine in War of the world. We reached a point in cinema
history where we have the special effects know-how and technology to
detect the kind of large-scale devastation of the planet that we
all expect from interstellar wars. Pretty impressive. So I figured I
would take a look and see how it is done. These computer wizards are
responsible for creating the visual effects of the new sci-fi film,
Life. What qualities do you need question not something that you can
relate to. Talk about how you develop the creature filled up when
you get the character you add physicality, you take the parameters
for the kind of materials, some kind of fleshy skin. And you add stiff
ill it is or how stretchy. CGI is pretty but if you need scary aliens
you need to go back to the rubber suit and slime technology that
creates the alien from the alien franchise.
I think I prefer ET. Thanks, Lucy.
I just keep checking our new! We have got a Scaryometer. Calvin is
the name of the alien in your movie. So this is the scale. From nice to
be be evil. To be fair I'm kind of over here. Would it not be a
process? I think. That is true. When he is named. I think that we start
there. He has multiple personalities. He is basically an
actor. Put in there for the majority but actually he goes off the scale!
We will put that down there. We like playing that game! No. Anyway...
Samuel L Jackson sat here a few weeks ago and we were speaking about
Kong and he was so surprised by size when it came out. How surprised Wii
U at what Calvin looked like when you saw him? -- how surprised where
you. Pretty surprised. I loved that we did not have anything to work
from when we shot the film. Why was that? I think that Daniel the
director wanted us to use our own imagination and be afraid of what
ever we were afraid. I think that was what is so great about Daniel,
he did that all over the place and allowed us to interact with the
alien the way we would be actually afraid. And in the end he created, I
considered actually the creature to be a bit like Daniel sometimes.
Because he was speaking to us in the scenes all the time, saying, it is
moving up to you. He would direct you where to look. So he was
manipulating us in that way. And sometimes you could see Calvin
through the eyes of other people. My character, as he has behind glass
because she's always behind the firewall. I'd also she would see the
beauty. Loving this creature. I think she experienced beauty through
seeing what others thought in Calvin. You can attack it from
different angles. As actors I think you've both been involved in very
physical films, Mission Impossible, Jarhead, you really have to dedicate
yourself to learning the lines but also your bodies. How was the
training for Life? It is hard-core, wire training, acrobatics. We had
this incredible movement coach, Alexander Reynolds. What is hardest
is creating your own personal movement. You were part of this
spaceship was a much longer than my character because she came last. I
could be a little bit bumpy and graceful and that would be accepted.
You are very graceful and athletic. She made some pretty strong moves.
One of the interesting things about the movie, the women in the movie
are incredibly strong. Physically and intellectually, emotionally. It
is rare in a movie when you really, it is unfortunate but it is more
rare than having a man be like that. And to watch the women be the
strongest characters really, is awesome. And all some to play! An
interesting fact about you, Rebecca, and I imagine in this film there are
confined spaces for filming but you also get claustrophobic. And you
have a fear of heights. Bring it on! Arachnophobia! We have an
interesting guest in the studio tonight and we think you will be
impressed and could potentially use him as a stunt person in future
films. Adrenaline junkie Fraser Corsan will
attempt to break for world record in the extreme sport of wingsuit
diving. And he is here to tell us why on earth he is doing it. So
first of all, he he is obviously suspended from the studio roof. Are
you all right up there? It is a real joy. Well we have the ability with
the camera to get underneath, give us an idea of how you fly in his
suit and how it works. So I'm inside the wingsuit, it acts purely as a
wing so I put tension into it at the moment. The leading edge is
high-density done so it is efficient because naturally the arm shape is
not efficient. It is also pretty huge. I will be travelling around
160 miles an hour. For every metre fall I will go forward is about
three meters. That is the glide ratio. But I'm doing 164. Foreword.
I'm going to hold onto your chest like this. You guys will know all
about this getting people in and out wires.
Just give us an idea of these world records you are trying to break.
We're going for four records, time, distance, speed and altitude. The
longest time in freefall freefall flight, around ten minutes. And then
going for speed, as fast as I can go, we aim for about 250 miles an
hour. How much of a concept of speed to you get when you are up there,
obviously at a great height. Because you're not passing things. Well
we're pushing the limits for just about everything. If the clouds I
can see fields and general topography flying by. I have
previously raced cars on motorways and you can pass the cars. So after
the speed and then distance. That is glide path so maximising that and
going as far as we can. But it is a huge workload on the body, your arms
start to tire and fatigue comes in. You need to keep strong. A huge
amount of core strength, shoulder and arm strength so a lot of gym
sessions and endurance. Why are you doing this, is it just because you
love it. I love to fly. But fundamentally there is fantastic
charity, the armed forces charity, and we are raising awareness and
funds for them. And these guys look after 60,000 people a year in terms
of treatment. Whether X or serving. We are targeting ?1 million. People
can see the details of how to support it online. And we're doing
that to raise awareness. You must have a very understanding family. We
wish all the best. Very impressive. That was cool.
Superhuman. He is. And he has style, too. He looks like a monk. Back to
earth now, this weekend is the anniversary of an event that
threatened to change the Cornish coastline beyond recognition. Here's
Miranda. On the 18th March, 1967, our shores witnessed the worst
environmental disaster in British history. A supertanker, the Torrey
Canyon, carrying nearly 120,000 tonnes of crude oil, hit rocks off
the coast of Cornwall and started sinking. No-one was prepared for
this kind of disaster or its aftermath. As the oil spread to the
beaches, Charles Brett, now 97, the surveyor for a local council, who
was one of the first people to deal with the clean-up operation. How did
you feel seeing that sight? These beautiful beaches? It was quite
appalling. One of the most beautifully areas, the sea was
covered that looked iebg chocolate moose. The authorities decided to
spray the oil with strong detergent in an attempt to clean-up the
coastline. Charles was a keen amateur film-maker and has footage
of the operation. That is horrible. I spent all my time walking
up-and-down the coast advising on what quantityies were required.
Nobody questioned me about how much to use. The detergent is a quick-fix
to get rid of the oil, that has a long lasting effect on the wildlife?
Yes. After a week, the Tory canyon, which was snagged on rocks, began
breaking up, leaking out more oil. A decision was made to sink it, bombs
were dropped, rockets were fired and even kerosene was used to burn off
the oil. Stephen Hawkins, aged 11, remembers watching the TV coverage.
It was quite exciting but at the same time it was quite scary. The
bombing seemed to be a neat solution. It probably made matters
worse in the long run. He is a professor of natural sciences and
has been studying the damage the clean-up operation had around the
shores of west Cornwall. These detergents weren't like what you use
to wash up at home, they were quite toxic solvents they killed the
grazing organisms. This has a damage being effect on the whole ecosystem
and can take an enormous amount of time to recover. It was not all bad
news. The Torrey Canyon was the grubby start of something beautiful
for ex-soldier Paul and cafe worker Petunia. We tried to clean the
beaches. We didn't know how to to. Nobody advised us how to do. We were
told to spread detergent as best we could. It brought the two of you
together, tell me how you met? I sold him an ice-cream. He came back
and had a coffee and said, can I ask you out? The cleaning came to an end
for us. Paul said, I'm leaving tomorrow and I want to take you with
me. So I said, is that a proposal in a roundabout sort of way? That was
it, we got married. Five months later. Five months later. Since then
the Torrey Canyon disaster lessons have been learned. Stephen's
research and that of other scientists has showned that the
beaches took over 10 years to recover when detergent was spread on
them. For those who didn't, it took two years. If oil comes ashore the
best thing to do is let nature take its course. Waves are good
dispersants. Crude oil is a natural compact. Oil will naturally get
degraded and the shore will get back to normal after a couple of A
two-days of years. Bombing the Torrey Canyon sank. Spillages still
occur on a regular basis all around the world. Thankfully, now a days we
are better equipped at dealing with this disasters than all those years
ago. For the sake of our coastline and our wildlife I dearly hope we
never have to see this sort of thing again. Thank you very much indeed.
Miranda. Earlier on in the show we saw this cinema in Christchurch in
Dorset. These unsuspecting movie fans. We will look inside. They are
all waiting to see a film in just a few minutes time. There are people
there, apparently! The thing, is the cinema wasn't planning of showing a
trailer of your new movie, Life. Some people are getting great
advertising. The house lights rum. It's packed. We will crash the
trailers and it's over to you two to convince them to watch your film.
Wow. Shall we do it now? Let's crash the cinema, in 3, 2, 1. Here we go.
Hello to you all at the rowing end centre cinema in Christchurch, you
are live on the One Show. There you go. APPLAUS Very nice. We are sorry
to be interrupting your night out tonight. There is one key trailer
missing from tonight's proceedings. We wanted to rectify that mistake
everyone. We did us. With us in the studio tonight are two very special
guests who have a film they would like you to see. Give a cheer and a
round of applause for stars of the new sci-fi thriller, Life, it's Jake
Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson. APPLAUS You have the audience in the
palm of your hands you can get them to do whatever you want. Do you have
thoughts, what do you fancy? Maybe we should give them a taste of this
film. Do you fancy doing that. What a great idea. Let us roll the
trailer. You take it away. Here we go. Coming soon to cinemas across
the UK, including the rowing end centre in Christchurch in set we
bring be you. Life A terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of
scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of
discovery turns out to be one of primal fear. They discover the first
signs of life beyond Earth. The rapidly changing life form is more
intelligent than imagined. It quickly evolves to threaten the crew
and the future of humanking Assad we know it. Fr those of you who ever
warned if life exists beyond this planet BE WARNED! Please be warned.
Take a cushion, you will be sweating by the end of it. Ask Matt, if you
want to get sweaty, go. Thank you. Thank you to our lovely cinema
people. Thank you, enjoy your movie. Thank you for being involved in the
One Show. Good night to one and They seemed a all. Bit confused, I have
to say. When you said us they were like - OK. You did good. Sheena
Easton will be here in a few minutes to tell us about her new musical.
First a fellow Glaswegian a photographer with a habit of getting
up close and personal. I've come to Glasgow, I joined the
army straight out of school. When I left I sold cars then I got into
photography seriously ten years ago. I read about how the life expectancy
in Kensington Chelsea. But in Glasgow it's 54 for men. I took the
pictures of people in both places catching them at traffic lights,
shooting through the window. Knightsbridge is like another world.
The people in, there the money floating about. It's unreal. The
average asking price for a property around here is about ?2.5 million. I
mean ?2.5 million quid. You read the statistic about London property
prices and it's boom time again. That is what they tell us again. If
you go to Glasgow and tell them Britain is blood blooming they laugh
their heads off at you. I think Dougie is the best street
photographer working at the moment. Worldwide. A street photographer
needs to be very curious about people. Although they are taking
pictures that are sometimes a little cruel, they are not doing it out of
cruelty. They are actually doing it out of curiosity. As far as
photographers go my, I had a big influence from Martin. Nice. Very
sharp that, isn't it. Crikey. Double flash arrests it a little bit.
Double flash. Yeah, one at the top and one at the bottom. There aren't
any shadows, really. Seven skins he is wearing. Crikey. Do people say,
I'm going to call the police and all that stuff? You get that sometimes.
I give them the number, 999. It's an occupational hazard, isn't it?
Definitely. The first thing you have to be when you are going so close to
people is absolutely bold and confident. You know, it's street
life, isn't it? They are always here. Watch my toes. It's in your
face, brash, loud therefore it's absolutely appropriate for the times
we live in. The new money people in the Ferraris they seem to hate
getting their picture taken. They don't stop to chat. Some of the old
eccentrics I snap, they don't seem to mind so much. Do you like the
photograph? I'm not telling you. You are showing it as it is. The
arrogant English people who went there. That generation is dying out
now. Now it's a different wealth from different countries, isn't it?
It's an art format. Do you kiss a dog? Oh. Look it
doesn't want kissed, look. A great photographer. An interesting person,
and someone I think who will be around for a long time. Hello. Can I
take your picture? That would freak me out, do you
reckon. It's a bit much, isn't it? Wow. You can see more of Dougie and
his portfolio of photos in What Do Artists Do All Day tomorrow night at
8. 8.30pm on BBC Four. Now from bond themes to duets with Kenny Rodgers
and Prince, our next guest has truly made her musical mark.
# My maybe baby catches the morning train
# He works from... # My one and only...
# Who needs tomorrow # We've got tonight, babe
# You've got the hook # Cooking in my book
# Your face is jamming # Your body is slamming
# If love is good # Let's get... #
We are head popping or swaying. What a selection, please welcome to the
one show, Sheena Easton. APPLAUSE. What a collection. What a
collection. Which brought back the happiest memory when you were
watching that? It wasn't the bad perm and the boiler suit one. When
people show these montages they show it. I had a few other bad choices
back then. You were happy with that, that was all right for you? That was
better than some you could have shown. It started back in 1980. You
were on a reality T V show called Big Time presented by Esther
Rantzen. With reality TV shows they are ten a penny. It was so different
then. Do you think it kick-started your career? Oh, totally. Back then
it wasn't so. A reality show it was a documentary.
It was a one hour documentary. It was part of six. The concept was -
let's get a young girl, take her to a record company if she passes an
addition you can make a single. We will show the public how a single is
made. It ended up the record company signed me on-the-spot for a
long-term deal. It totally changed my life. Honestly, I think we all
know that you can practice your craft. I was in drama school,
working on my craft, singing in bands at night. No matter how much
talent or ability you have, you need the first thing that opens the door
that gives you your shot. That was such a huge blessing for me.
And I then did you have a plan, you have done an eclectic mix of music.
What was the thing for you, music in a band, rock? It was one of those
things, I was the youngest of six and I used to sneak in and steal
everyone's records to play on the record player. They all had
different musical styles. My brother was listening to Genesis, my sister
was listening to Joni Mitchell, someone else listen to Shirley
Bassey and Mike dad had another collection. So I grew up absorbing
all those styles. Of course when I first joined my first band H 17 at
drama school, I was supporting myself and I just sang anything to
pay the rent. I just kind of listen to Radio 1, of course! Then I would
just practice it. Someone would yell thing, whatever, and you just had to
go into it. It was good training but it left me with a lab for every
style of music. And to this day I perform with my band and go out and
do my shows and do the hits. But I spent a lot of time working with
symphonies. I do a varied programme with different symphonies and all
kinds of music. You are in Las Vegas at the moment. I've lived there 12
or 13 years. It was not a plan to go and live in Las Vegas, I went there
and did eight shows a week for two years. My babies were aged five and
six bed and started school and then when I decided the cake, I can leave
now, they did not want to give up their friends at school. So of
course you go for Ukip want to go and I stayed in crazy Las Vegas and
watched it grow into what it is today. It has changed so much. And
now you're back in London to perform 42nd Street. What is your role and
tap dancing? Well I had a vague idea about the show but I looked it up on
Wikipedia! That is great to do! When I read about the show it described
my character as an over the hill diva who has not had a hit in ten
years and is legendary for her ability -- inability to dance. I
thought it has got my name all over it! Who could turn that down, do not
even need to act. So she's fabulous, she comes in and she flounces around
and sweeps across the stage, a bit like a darling, Darling cut the
person. I'm surrounded by these beautifully talented dancers. I
think the largest number of dancers ever, 42. The producers made a
commitment to make it one of the biggest spectaculars that has ever
been on the stage either here or back in New York. They put so much
into the set and the costumes and every part of it. We are rehearsing
right now getting ready for the previews on Monday. Instead of
sitting having a cup of tea I cannot tear myself away from the wings, I
need to see these other scenes because there's just this beautiful
stuff forming in front of me. I wish I could be out in the audience one
night watching it. And just have physically and mentally exhausting
is it? I'm told I'm pretty mentally exhausting to be times! But for the
dancers, it is very demanding. When you see them, their athletes, they
can do this easily without breaking a sweat. We spoke about them think
the Argentine tango and that is a love of yours. It is and I've also
tried tap dancing. It was not really my thing. But I think body awareness
and acting goes hand in hand. But it is hard and exhausting. The
Argentinian tango is very essential and it really tells a relationship.
Have you tried it? No one would ever ask me to try it! You are no
stranger to a bit of a work-out. I am just sweating! But to be fair
some of the physical roles that you have taken on in the past, fitness
just must take over your life. You made that sound like it was such a
tragedy! To me it always starts from a place of what is this skill set,
what is the thing you're doing and can you learn something. Then
eventually obviously if you work hard enough you end up that your
body and your persona, although things are shaped to it. It is the
physical world display shows you you can get in shape but my mind, even
in like that, I believed stupidly that I was in fact a boxer in that
period of time. So you take yourself there or do you have people around
you that they get up, go for a jog, or are you very dedicated? I put in
a little -- put on a little shirt and I can run for ever. That is the
truth. You can put on a little shirt any time! Are you enjoying being
back in London? I'm loving it, I had forgotten so much about this city. I
lived here when I first started out, I had an apartment for a year and
I'm enjoying having Sundays off and walking round inevitably in the rain
and getting to know the areas again. I'm really looking forward to
spending some time and getting to know the city again. Lovely to have
you here and Sheena is in 42nd Street from Monday at the Theatre
Royal in Drury Lane in London's West End.
We've talked lots about aliens on the show tonight and some
of you will believe and some of you won't.
Which is why we'd like to show you this film from George.
For all you naysayers out there, maybe it's time to take a look
at what's moving around in your back garden?
Humankind has always had a fascination with the unknown.
Haunted by visions of the Apocalypse, they have taken many
forms. But killer plans that move, preposterous! Or is it?
Ever since the ancient Greeks botanist have observed how plants
grow and also how they can move independently, it comes from a Greek
word, tropism meaning to turn. Everyday plants can display
extraordinary movements. The Venus fly trap is activated by trigger
hair is along its traps shutting its deadly leaves tight. This
sensitivity is rather less threatening in the shame planet.
Here the slightest touch of a finger causes areas of the stem to release
water displacing compounds and the affected cells collapse. And another
tropism has fascinated scientists from thousands of years ago. The
tropism. Here the toad Flax starts off as is sun-seeker and then hearts
-- then heads towards the dark crevices to planted seeds. And stems
of the funds are tracks unlike during the day, turning with the
light. Doctor Jim is a science historian from the University of
Sussex. Everyone knows if you keep the plant as a windowsill eventually
it moves toward the sun. How does that happen? The plant produces a
hormone which is diffused down the stem and causes cells on the shady
side to grow longer. And so relative to the other side that makes it
curve. And only in the 20th century we have really seen that because of
voter lapse photography that they developed mechanisms over the course
of evolution to find light quickly. So even the growth of plants fits in
with the Darwin theory of everything. Darwin spent more time
on plans than anything else and published six books just on
botanical topics. He was fascinated by plants. In 1880 Derby that Darwin
was at a disadvantage because without time-lapse photography how
could he record the movement of plants. At the original glass house
here in Kent we challenged Gardner Christina to track the movement of
the Pelargonium replicating the exact experiment that Darwin did
write here over a century ago. He did not have all this sophisticated
technology we have today and had to rely on basic tools. He placed a
glass element on the leaf blade and that is the point I will trace as
the leaf is moving. The plant is then placed behind a sheet of glass
with a fixed reference point. Christina will mark a doctor for
every hour of some Ides over the next 24 hours tracing the daily
movement of belief. I have proposed Dollman technique, a time-lapse
camera set to track every movement of the plant at 2.5 minute
intervals. So while Christina sits and watches and marks, I'm off and
we'll come back later to see what has happened. How will 24 hours of
observations compare using the Darwin methods and my own? OK,
George, so finally with a piece of paper over the glass sheet we can
trace the movement of the plant after connecting all the dots. We
can see that belief was busy moving all day today, hunting for the
light. You can see the loop it created. This corresponds to the
results that Darwin himself had. It is quite a special thing to think
that Charles Darwin sat here doing exactly this. It is quite special.
We've seen the work of Darwin in action but what does Mike time-lapse
show? Ready for this? I am indeed. Look at that. Fantastic. Now we can
see in real time what Darwin never could. Plans are on the move. Not
science fiction. Science fact. Thank you, George!
Thanks to our guests Jake and Rebecca -
And thanks too to Sheena - 42nd Street starts
Tomorrow Dan Stevens, the star of the new Beauty
and the Beast film, will be our guest.
But now, it's over to 42nd Street to play us out in style.
Good night, everyone. # Those dancing feet.
# I am taking you to 42nd Street. # They're side by side,
they're glorified. # Where the underworld
can meet the elite. Hello, I'm Sangita Myska
with your 90 second update.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson tell Matt Baker and Michelle Ackerley about their terrifying new sci-fi thriller. Pop legend Sheena Easton explains why she's finally agreed to tread the boards of the West End. And a tap masterclass from the cast of 42nd Street.