Matt and Alex are joined by the UK's best-selling classical artist, Russell Watson. Mike Dilger reveals all about great crested newts.
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Hello and welcome to The One Show with Alex Jones. And Matt Baker.
Now, prepare to be roused, because joining us tonight is a man who's
looking to inspire the nation with his new album Anthems. Having
performed everywhere from working men's clubs to palaces, he's the
UK's best-selling classical artist. Please welcome Russell Watson!
not want to talk about Sunday, I am devastated. Actually I did not get
to see the game. This is true, I was walking down the hallway of
Television Centre, and I was told, United have done it, City have lost.
And just as I got into my dressing room, they had scored two goals.
was the most unbelievable few minutes. It was extraordinary at
the end. Do you want to talk about me now?! 1999, that was a much
better year for us. We won the treble, and I went to sing at the
end of the season, I was invited to go and sing in Barcelona. It was
absolutely amazing. We beat Bayern Munich 2-1. Is it hard singing in a
football stadium? No, it is fantastic. There is usually that
much noise going on in the stadium, you cannot hear people bowing.
will be hearing about Russell's new album very shortly, and we will be
talking about an experiment to find out exactly how rising -- how
rousing the album is. Back in April, we met a couple whose radio show
had just been nominated for a prestigious award, the biggest
award the radio industry can devout. But our relationship with Beryl And
Betty did not end, because they invited our cameras along to join
them for their big night out. David. Hello, David. Plucked from
obscurity by David Reeves, they have become a smash hit with
listeners all across the north-east of England. Do you like a bit of
Michael Buble? At 86 and 90, they are the oldest of nominees for the
award in its 30 year history. How does it feel to be on the red
carpet? Exciting, I think I am dreaming. Do you think it will be
hard to win? Do you think we can win it? Well, we could do it.
course we could. With tension mounting, the girls got their first
chance to meet their celebrity admirers. There's a lot of single
men on the prowl, I just want you to know. Having read you two, I am
thinking, I have got another 40 years. We will be out partying
tonight, will you hit the dancefloor? You must be joking!
there was one familiar face to put them at ease. Huge guests of honour
this evening, two ladies, Beryl And Betty - shall we go and say hello
to them? Come on! Hello, girls. How are you? How are you doing?
Chris, and thank you very much. What do you think your chances are
of winning this evening? Oh I would not like to say, we can keep our
fingers crossed. We can now officially begin, because Beryl And
Betty are here, ladies and gentlemen. Then, the announcements
began. Ladies and gentlemen, this features you know who, for the Best
Entertrainment Programme category. And the winners, Beryl And Betty!
Thank you to everybody, and good luck to you all tonight. Yes, thank
you very much for this award. We are both absolutely overwhelmed.
May I just say, thank you very much to David, who nominated as for this
award. Thank you all very much. never thought six years ago when we
started with David on the programme that we would be going up those
steps to get this. Absolutely on top of the world. We are.
Brilliant. How about that? As Beryl And Betty would say, that must be
better than chicken dinner. Do you remember your first musical ward,
Russell? I do, it was Picadilly Radio search for a start in 1990. I
won a gold disc. Really? Not a real one. I sell Neil diamond's Love on
the Rocks. You like Neil diamond. do, that's another story. Anyway,
you're here to talk about your new album, Anthems - Music To Inspire A
Nation. What inspired you? I did not write it, I know I did not
write Land of hope and Glory and God Save The Queen! I know I look
old, but not that old. I have been singing this repertoire up and down
the country for the past seven or eight years. I have not got round
to recording it until now. Probably more predominantly so because the
eyes of the world around the United Kingdom this year, the fact that we
have got the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and of course we are the
host nation for the Olympics. I just want to instil a bit of pride
in us before it all gets started. It is brilliant, there is nothing
like performing that kind of repertoire, with an orchestra.
Let's have a look at you in full # He knows he can turn the key once
more... I did not realise that that piece
of music has words. Yes, it does. I do not take the credit for that. It
is relatively new, but I just heard the song and it is so incredibly
inspiring. I made a real connection with the music, that was one of the
songs which got me going. It is a perfect soundtrack for the Olympics
and for the Jubilee. Are you hoping it will be used during some of the
coverage? I was fortunate enough to do the Opening Ceremony of the
Commonwealth Games at the City of Manchester Stadium, and there was a
worldwide audience of 1 billion people, that was absolutely amazing.
So, of course, any involvement with the Olympics would be fantastic.
am doing the lunchtime bits, so I will see you. Anyway, we decided to
put the songs to the test to find out which one is the most inspiring.
We wanted to see how much people's him -- performance would improve
when they were listening to these songs. Earlier today, these guys
ran flat out for 60 seconds without musical stimulation. But now,
engages in gentlemen, it is time for the main event - which stirring
anthem will inspire the best performance from our fitness
fanatics? Straight out of the box, and off to a flyer, Land of hope
and Glory. Coming through on the second track, Swing Low. On the
third track, We are the Champions. Jerusalem comes next. Next, Danny
Boy, which first burst onto the scene back in 1939. And finally,
Flower Of Scotland never fails to rouse the spirits. With only a few
seconds left to run, it is tough to call. It is going to be a photo
finish. They are going for the line! Now, I have the results. Who
do you think has won? I don't know, but I love the pictures on the
front, particularly as I am like that. Most of the pictures ever
taken of me, I am like that! In order to get recognised walking
down the street, I have to do this. You might be feeling the same when
you find out the results. Third, Jerusalem. Then, tied for the
silver medal, Swing Low and Danny Boy, but the winner, on 36%, it was
Flower of Scotland. There you go! # Flower of Scotland!
# When will we see your like again? # We were hoping you would give us
a bit of that. Now, you have had an extraordinary recovery from two
brain tumours. Truly remarkable. consider myself to be very, very
lucky. It is this incredible story about how it has changed your voice,
is that right? It has changed everything, my outlook on life, on
the people around me, everything. A lot of it is not very pleasant to
talk about at this time of the evening, but the tumour had got so
big that it had grown into my nasal package so it was causing a
blockage. When they removed it from that particular area, it opened up
a whole new vocal world for me. But I feel so good at the moment, I am
loving life, I am happy. It is a great feeling, it is the key to
life, happiness. You look very well. That album is out on 28th May. Now,
they are only 15cm in length, and they give architects nightmares.
Yes, Mike Dilger entered the world of the great-crested newt. Numbers
of the great-crested newt have dropped dramatically in recent
years. Consequently, they are among the most protected animals in the
country. Not even builders and their bulldozers are allowed to
move them without a licence. But here at the University of Kent,
they are not considered a nuisance, in fact, they are positively
encouraged. So I have come along with my special licence to find out
exactly what is going on. Great- crested newts have naturally
colonised the artificial ponds which the professor has created
here. This species has been declining right across Europe...
monitoring the whereabouts of every individual, and working out how
they move, a picture has been built up of what makes their perfect home.
I am here to help Richard and his students lay traps. Dusk is the
perfect time to set the traps. Great-crested newts are active at
night during the breeding season, and they will often get trapped in
a pot until the morning. How are that? Being the impatient
naturalist that I am, I cannot wait until tomorrow morning. It is now
10 o'clock, and Richard has brought me to a special spot to try and get
a glimpse. They do not spend much of their lives actually in water.
In fact, they spend most of their lives on land. When you're doing
conservation, it is crucial to think not just about the pond, but
There is one right there. He has a distinctive very big crest. And if
the mouth. Yes, his crest is to impress the female. He can probably
see her and smell her. It is lovely. He is very interested in the female
and he has started to weave his They do this amazing display, it is
thought to waft the newt equivalent of Chanel perfume to get her going!
It is delightful news there are so many newts tonight and that bodes
well. Fingers crossed we will catch the bottle tops tomorrow and then
we will see them up close and personal. Good morning, Richard.
Everyone is out bright and early. We are starting to find a few newts.
This is a smooth newt, very abundant in the area. Let's fish
him out. What a beautiful, beautiful animal! It is a fully-
grown male. The Crest tends to flock down when they are out of the
water, and this lovely white flash on the tail. If we turn him over,
we can see the very striking black and orange belly, which through
World Wildlife basically says, I do not taste very nice. This is like a
newt fingerprint which enables Bichard to identify specific
individuals in an unusual identity parade. I think this one might be
Adam. That dot is very distinctive. Once caught it is a good
opportunity to do a general health check and take a look at their life
history. The scissor ridiculous!
Some individuals live for up to 15 years, while others take gap years
in their breeding season and it has also been found that they
continually move between bonds. This is valuable data which
provides the bigger picture for newt Conservation everywhere. Today,
they have recorded a brand new newt, and they have them reap kindly name
to after me. Say hello to Michael - - they have very kindly named him
after me. Hopefully thanks to this project, the future of that newts
will be a lot brighter. It is a marvellous thing to have a newt
named after you. It is the highlight of my career! Michael
newt. You know that they are barely is as unique as a human fingerprint.
Look, we found that there was a number one. For the One Show. We do
not want Russell been left out of the newt chat. The Wildlife Trust
has very kindly arranged... thought that was real for a minute!
I have an association with newts. Usually after a bottle of champagne.
Congratulations, you have adopted a great crested Newt. One of the
highest accolades you will probably ever received! It is the highest!
Very emotional! Wire are the great crested newts been predicted?
are being polluted. They spent a lot of time out of bonds as well.
Don't forget, this is protected on the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside
Act and ditties afforded the maximum protection under the eyes
of the law -- and it is afforded. In October, 2010, 1500 homes were
in danger of being flooded but the Environment Agency had to stop
their emergency flood repaired to make sure the newts were protected
in the breeding season. We have got a map showing where the great
crested Newts are. They are very The black bits are where they are.
They are beautiful, beautiful animals. Where were we? They are
around. Yes! Are they more in the South? They are not the only newts
protected. We have three species in the UK. You cannot touch the great
crested Newt. The other two are distributed all over the UK. The
ones on the right have webbed feet and they are found in the West and
the north of the country and you can go and handle those if you are
very careful, catch them and showed children and very carefully put
them back in the water with wet hands. Then? Road.
Getting a decent photo of your child can be a challenge. Jamie
Crawford met a photographer with a Today's children are the most
photographed ever but quantity does not always mean quality. Our
memories are too precious to be captured as blurred pictures. I am
out of step with kids because I am more used to photograph and animals
and landscape so I have come to Devon to pick the brains of a
professional. Helen has been photographing children for over ten
years and I'm really love her work. What are your basic rules for
photographing kids out and about? To be ready for them and move with
them. When that moment comes, you need to grab it. If you have missed
it, you miss it. Yes! It is best to photograph kids doing what they
enjoy. Woody wants to be Superman, which is great, but all of this
crouching is hurting my knees. But download is the right place to be.
It is not so interesting if you asked a duck. You feel right you
are with them in the shocked -- if you are stood up. You meet a fast
shutter speed when you have children running around. Can you
give me your best Superman face? Exactly! Next for some more
composed portraits of older children. There is less running
about but with all of this parkland, I am surprised to find Helen
shooting against a barn door. makes a really funky, different
background. Older children want something they can show their
friends, something that represents them. They look good, professional.
How do you decide where to put them? Some think the photographers
have to do is use the roads, divide the frame in two-thirds and just
off-centre. That can make a huge difference, it makes what you are
looking at that bit more interesting. I often look for
naturally occurring frames. The tree is either side of her so it
leads your eye into her faith. is a great idea. I am really
pleased with these shots. Most amateurs will stick with a zoom
that the camera comes with but there is a cheap way to improve
your portraits. Invest in a 50 mm lens. It is really worth doing, I
cannot recommend it enough. Three months ago, Helen to these stunning
shots of two newborn twins. -- took these. She is shooting a new set
today so I can see where it is done. We are going to their home, where
the photographic environment can be controlled. You can use everyday
items, like a sheet, to replicate We want to make sure there is no
clutter in the background of the shot. You can easily pick up a
blanket and a sheet. You want to focus on the baby, nothing to
distract the eye. With babies and with children, a flash can be very
intrusive and it can make the photos look unflattering. Just pop
the babies in front of the window and you will get this lovely soft
light in front of their faces. Particularly with babies, it is
nice to concentrate on some of the details, like their tiny feet and
their tiny hands, and to capture those moments because they grow too
fast. The portrait of -- portrait Moat can throw the background out
of focus. So just make sure you get the focus spot on. If there is one
thing I have learned today is that you should know when to stop. When
the babies have had enough, but the camera down and come back again
because they will be smiling again and you will get a lot more
cracking shots. You have a great tip... But no time
unfortunately! We will have to save it for another day. Time Out Of a
heart-rending story of one woman's experience of domestic violence.
Victoria Derbyshire met a lady, who we will call Sarah, battling to
This woman suffered years of abuse from her husband, who was also
charged with raping her, so how did he end up walking free world she
ended up in jail? I should have rung the police the first time it
happened. I was petrified that it would not stop and it would get
worse. It took me until after the third occasion to think, this is
not going to stop, so I ran into the bedroom and phoned the police.
Sarah told the police that her then husband had raped her six times. He
was charged and released on bail but under pressure from him and his
family, she returned to the police station and told police of the says
that the story was a pack of lives. We have changed their names and
agreed to keep her identity hidden. His sister to me to the police
station to make a formal statement to say I had made a false rape
allegation against raid and the police up with the third, I think
he has got to you, but they never did anything to pursue that -- and
the police officer said, I think he has got to you. Theroux was then
jailed, not because the allegation was false, because the police
believed she was raped, but jailed because her retraction was fourth.
What was prison-like? -- her retraction was not true.
What hit me more than anything was not having the children around. It
felt a bit like I was living in How can an alleged victim of rape,
whose account the police believed, end up being convicted of
perverting the course of justice? Barrister at Susan Edwards believe
this case shows how many women are still failed by the justice system.
Perverting the course of justice was never intended to be used
against women who were genuine victims of domestic violence, on
the contrary, it was intended to be used against the men who intimidate
the women to prevent them from giving evidence. Only 6% of
reported rapes lead to prosecution, with nearly 12% of all unsuccessful
rape cases failing because the victim retracted, did not attend
court or their evidence did not support the case. In the majority
of cases, women who phone the police want the violence at that
point to stop. Then when it comes to the matter of considering a
prosecution, they are afraid of reprisals. For perverting the
course of justice, cerebral sentenced to eight months in prison.
-- Sarah was sentenced. Do you appreciate that perverting the
course of justice is a serious offence? Yes, but you have to read
between the lines and the good if circumstances. I was weak and
vulnerable. If he had not have been granted bail, I would not be
standing here now. The police told us they deal with reports of sexual
assault with sympathy and in accordance with national guidelines.
On appeal, Sarah was released from jail after 18 days and the judge
said the judiciary had a duty of compassion for a woman who had
already been victimised. The CPS have now admitted they were wrong
to charge Sarah and as a result, have set up new guidance which
means other people in this situation would no longer be
prosecuted without the approval of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The policy we now have in place makes absolutely clear that if a
woman with drawers and retracts out of fear or threats, we would not
prosecute -- would draws. That is our policy for the last year. In
this case, one of the things that was clear in the Court of Appeal,
is that if the current guidelines had been applied, she would not
have been prosecuted. Last month, Sarah went back to court to try to
clear her name. The Court of Appeal accepted she was suffering from
post-traumatic stress disorder at the time she retracted the
allegations but said the conviction would still stand. As for her ex-
husband, all charges have been dropped against him and he has
never been convicted. It scares me every day the fact he could do it
is somebody else and they will have to go through what I did and that
is something I will have to live with for the rest of my life.
Sarah's legal Keane -- team of still waiting to hear if the
Matt and Alex are joined by the UK's best-selling classical artist, Russell Watson. Mike Dilger reveals all about great crested newts, and golden oldie radio stars Betty and Beryl pick up a Sony Award.