Matt Baker and Alex are joined on the sofa by Flowerpot Gang member Phil Tufnell. Andy Kershaw climbs Scafell Pike in Cumbria but finds the picturesque view ruined by litter.
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Hello and welcome to The One Show with Matt Baker. And Alex Jones.
Tonight's guest is used to the sound of leather against willow as
one of the BBC's cricket commentary team. He's also used to the hush of
a gallery as the One Show's resident art critic. But he's
clearly new to the world of gardening. That is starting to work
my wrists. Never play the piano again! It's Phil Tufnell! I will
never play the piano again! That was a clip from your new TV show
The Flower Pot Gang in a bit but first you've represented your
country Phil - what do you make of the honours for gold medalists
debate? Wee won so many, it was a fantastic Olympics. Everyone should
perhaps get one, but how do you rate success? Is it two gold
medals? Every athlete trained and dedicated themselves so perhaps
they should all get on it. Would you expect to do more than just
winning at your sport to get an honour? I think so, there is more
to it. You have got to perhaps be an ambassador for your sport and
put something back as well. Mo Farah would be nice, or Bradley
Wiggins. Jade Jones? It will be tricky, plus the Queen would be
there for days! She hasn't got time. I went out earlier today to see
what you think about honours for our Olympians. All British gold
medallists in Beijing were given at least an MBE, but this time around
should all the winners be honoured by the Queen? Or do they need to do
more than just getting on the podium? Do you think these athletes
should be honoured? Yes, I do. It has taken so much work to get there.
He if they have broken a record, then they should get one. To have a
gold medal is an honour enough. what does the name Sir Chris Hoy a
mean to you? He is exceptional. What about Mo Farah? Definitely, he
is lovely. What about Ted McKeever? No, it is like saying snooker it is
a gold medal event. What about Nicola Adams, the first female
boxer to be a gold medal winner? just let her enjoy her gold medal.
What about Bradley Wiggins? For the sideburns alone. Move in these
Olympians around, and it seemed no one can agree whether a gold medal
is enough. One thing is for sure - Loafer, Nicola Adams and Sir Chris
Hoy are firmly in our hearts of people here.
I spoke to one boy who said why not have a sports person of the British
Empire? Top idea. We don't know. What do you think? E-mail your
thoughts and we will read them out later. There is a new question of
sport with an Olympic team. You don't know anything about this?
the questions are top secret, but the Olympians will be there and we
will be having a good time. We know exactly what is in store because we
spoke to your executive producer. And you are recording it next week,
did you know that? Yes, I knew that. Now in honour of Question Of Sport
and your new gardening show we're going to see if you've actually
learnt anything. Because we're going to be playing A Question Of
Horticulture! But first, dog walking DJ Andy Kershaw has been to
Cumbria to find out how England's biggest mountain has been
attracting not just hoards of hikers...but an awful lot of litter
bugs too. Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain, surrounded by a
staggering Cumbrian countryside. People come from all over the world
to climb to the summit. But once they are there, it is not always as
picturesque as they had hoped. Imagine climbing up this beautiful
mountain and getting an eyeful of litter. I might as well make myself
useful whilst I am up here. The hundreds of thousands of visitors
who ascend this mountain every year are leaving more than just
footprints. It has always been bad, particularly in the summer months,
but it is progressively getting worse. People don't understand the
need for keeping the mountains clean. You only need to walk a few
yards from here and you will find litter. As you get further rock,
plastic bottles, cans of drinks, and as you progress to the top of
the mountain where people start to have their sandwiches, that is
where you find the real rubbish. The worst thing is the toiletry
that goes on on the mountain. do you mean? Obviously people need
to pay a call, but a lot of them will go on their path and leave
their droppings and paper on the path. I am wondering - if walkers
can pick it up after their dogs, why can't they pick it up after
them self? If there is litter up there, I will need help picking it
up. Richard and Lynsey are experienced Hill runners. With
their help, we will have the mountain clean and tidy in no time.
I will catch you up. I will be waiting for them at the summit.
More and more people are slugging all Scafell Pike every year. Many
of them are experienced walkers. Some locals are worried that the
influx of people is adding to the litter problem here. They come in
big numbers. I don't think in many cases they realise what they are
doing. They get up there, under little pressure, and they drop
litter. 90% of people are good people. You get a group that come
and don't, and that is what gives them a bad name. I had better catch
up with the litter pickers and look what I found. We won't be picking
that will. Richard was right. These are human droppings all right. Now
it is a race to the summit before the weather closes in completely.
My goodness me, the litter pickers have beaten me to it. How did you
get on? Were have not done too badly. Plastic bottles, sweet
wrappers, banana-skin, flasks. There is always rubbish here.
People sit down, they feel a sense of accomplishment, they have their
refreshments and took everything around. Yes, you find things on the
rocks that didn't get there by chance. I can't believe that people
who like mountains enough to climb them can then scatter them with
litter. Let's get out of this class old and the rain! The National
Trust say it is a never-ending job to keep this Cumbrian treasure
clear of rubbish, but providing bins and toilets is out of the
question. Mount Everest has the same issue and they have the same
approach, providing very little to no facilities in the most beautiful
and natural areas, but providing facilities where people park their
cars. The National Trust has a team of Rangers and volunteers here
throughout the year helping to manage the landscape, going up on a
regular basis to help tidy the mountain. Without their support,
the litter problem would be 10 times as much as it is now. It is
not difficult to carry your litter home with you. I'm doing it for
people that couldn't be bothered, and like me, do try to go before
you go, if you know what I mean. What do you say, old chap?
It is so easy to put your letter in the bag and taken away.
Phil, your new TV show started last Wednesday on BBC1 at 8pm and it's
called The Flowerpot Gang, what happens? Me, Anneka Rice, and Joe
swift turn on wanted plots of land into lovely gardens, it is as
simple as that. Last week was in Sheffield at a dementia care home.
The pass were cracked and so on. We got the diggers in, got stuck in,
the community came down and it was an amazing reaction. A were you
surprised at the reaction? Yes, but all of the mums and dads, husbands
and wives, it was a garden for the whole community because the kids
can come and see people in the care home and get out and about as well.
We left, had a great party and left them with a fantastic garden.
does bring a tear to your RI. It is great for you because you are the
one who meets people and get the stories. You rather chatty man.
and I do a lot of digging. Jo always get me doing the digging and
the shovelling. It is quite hard work, pretty dirty and messy and we
have to get stuck in. Not doing much digging here. The my wrist was
playing up. How close is the beach to the area you are working in?
This is for the young carers and they have got a lot of
responsibility on their shoulders, looking after family members and
what have you so they don't really get time to go and have a childhood.
They have a lot of stress and pressure on young shoulders so we
built this make-believe garden for them so they can get away from the
stresses and strains which they shouldn't be having as youngsters.
Have you found a new love of gardening from this? I am getting
there, green fingers, I don't mind a little bit of gardening. Have you
got a garden at home? I have, and I have a feller who comes round and
does it. I might get out and have a tinker. You must have been blown
away with the amount of response you had? The have a little team
helping us out, but everybody came down. The community spirit that was
shown was amazing, and we couldn't have done it without them.
something that might appeal to you. It is simple - just sit back, put
your feet up and let this little feller do the work.
Over the centuries the British landscape has changed significantly.
Rare habitats like this grass landing Devon have been severely
reduced and are even at risk of being lost altogether. A pair of
experimental engineers have been employed here in the hope they can
alter the landscape for the better. Beavers - nature's top engineers.
There tree-felling down building champions. I am here in a secret
location to meet some leavers who have brought about big changes to
the countryside in one year. Peter Burgess, conservation manager for
the Devon Wildlife Trust explains why something had to be done to
save this grassland. It is very Wildlife rich and it is one of the
jewels and the crown of what we have in Devon. It costs a lot of
money to manage and we are looking at investigating the potential of
the Beavers restoring it. There needs to be a good supply of water.
Two beavers have been released into this and closure and the results
have been dramatic. My goodness me, look at this! It is astonishing.
huge amount of effort to be expanding. They are felling large
chunks of wood here. Has this all been created by them? Yes, probably
over the last four months. You can see they have engineered a wet
London environment. A what is also astonishing is the height of the
water on the dam, nearly a metre drop. Yes, the beavers have
utilised the street which has All of the activity here is through
the beavers. They excavate these be the canals, as they are known.
Understanding their habits means Peter knows the best place to get a
glimpse of our landscape gardeners. Usually nocturnal animals, we
should have had plenty of time to set up all the night time camera
kit. There are bubbles everywhere. Oh, wow. We have just finished
reading ticket, and they caught us on the hoof because it is not even
eight yet, and they are already out and about. I am quite excited! I
cannot believe we are this close. They are much larger than you think.
In the water, they are sleek, but look at the size of its tail.
is an incredible sight in the British countryside. But that was
not the end of our luck for the evening. Two Beavers! It seems both
beavers are getting well stuck into the job at hand. A native species
to the UK, beavers were hunted to extinction in the 16th century. Now
they are back, through reintroduction projects like this
one that enable us to get a better understanding of how they manage
the environment around them. It is exciting to see the beavers going
off and cutting down small birch sapling. They are managing the
grass loans around here. Young sapling growth is one of the
biggest threats to grassland, and the beavers are doing the job for
us. Out of hours, working overtime. Here in Devon, this trial seems to
be going well. It is great that the engineering work is carried out by
these beavers, helping to revitalise this fragile landscape.
Maybe one day, we will see beavers finding a new and more permanent
home in the British countryside. They do make an amazing difference.
But they are not the only spot where they have been reintroduced.
The error projects going on elsewhere in the UK. There are no
plans in Northern Ireland at the moment. In Wales, they are
considering six potential sites for reintroduction of beavers. Pippa
are worried about the fact that they might damage local crops, so
the decision is with the government. In Scotland in 2009, a five-year
project was started. This is footage from that. They introduced
a number of beaver families from Norway to a forest in Argyll, and
they are doing well. They have been breeding in an area that is not
enclosed. They are packed, so they keep an eye on them, but there is
no potential conflict with local farmers. It has been a successful
project. Are they dangerous? What do you do if you come across one?
They are vegetarian! It is shocking, the way they can alter the
landscape. We saw what they could do to a small area of land it in a
year, completely change the environment. Is it reintroduction,
or because these species have been away for so long, is it an
introduction of an alien species? It is a big debate. In Wales, the
National Farmers' Union say it is an introduction and other species
has been extinct for too long in this country. In Scotland, the
Wildlife trusts say this is a reintroduction. Man was responsible
for the demise of this species, and man is putting it back. It is not
unnatural. Engineer Maggie Aderin- Pocock has a more drastic style,
demolition. It in the next of a dramatic series of films for The
One Show, she is at the Red Road flats in Glasgow, where one of the
huge towers is about to come down. But there is only a matter of
metres between the buildings. In the '50s and '60s, tower blocks
were hailed as the answer to Britain's post-war housing shortage.
Now where embrace them more than Glasgow, and none are more iconic
and the Red Road flats. When opened in 1966, the Red Road flats in
Glasgow were some of the poorest -- tallest residential buildings in
Europe. Known as the Super blocks, they housed 5000 people. In their
day, these giants were seen as beautiful and futuristic. But today,
tower blocks are being brought down around the country. One block at
Red Road is next. But this tower is not going down without a fight.
Blast engineer William Sinclair has found a huge challenge inside.
any given floor, we found a complete mish-mash and cocktail of
steel columns. Some of the steel is industrial strength, thick steel.
Bringing down a building made from concrete is relatively simple. The
shockwave from the expression usually shatters the material,
meaning the building can collapse and implode on itself. A steel
structure is so rigid that it has to be knocked over, like felling a
tree. William's solution is to use to types of explosive. One to
topple the steel girders over... The scissor a bomb box, a box with
dynamite sticks inside. That has a charge that will shift the column
out of position. And another explosive to slice the steel in two,
called a cut to charge. They form a modern jet of copper with explosive
inside, which will heat up and fire through the steel and slice it like
a knife through butter. Gwilliam and his demolition team
have another major headache. The neighbouring block is only 45
metres away, and the Tower is 80 metres tall. So how can they bring
it down without hitting the other block? The frame of the building is
made up of steel girders along the front, middle and back of the
building. A third of the way up, Williams will take out the front
and middle girders. On three floors, the explosives will slice through
the steel and blow it outwards. The back Gerda remains to act as a
hinge. The building first collapses down, reducing its height before
toppling it forward. This combination of explosives means
that this building will topple that way, missing that building by 12
metres. Hopefully! A crowd of onlookers have come to see the end
of these famous flat. But it is mixed emotions for this family.
They were home for over 20 years. We had a fantastic time growing up
here. I couldn't say a bad word of the place. I will be sad to see it
go, because it is a link to your past. My parents are now a bad --
debt, so it is one of your final links to your parents. But time is
up for the Red Road flats. A quarter of a ton of explosives is
ready to go. A siren has just gone off. I really feel for the
engineers on this one, because it is a massive building and it has to
come down incredibly precisely. You But as planned, it misses the other
building by metres. Wow! That took me by surprise. It shot across, and
collapsed. I am really proud to be an engineer, seeing that. I don't
like looking at that blank space. Demolitions don't get much bigger
than this, but it marks the beginning of the end of these epic
towers. One down... Several more to You can't see that enough! I want
to keep replaying it. You wouldn't want to get that wrong. We would
all like to press the button. As I said earlier, to honour your new
role in The Flowerpot Gang and A Question Of Sport, we have devised
a game especially for you. It is called... It is not A Question Of
Sport. It is A Question Of Horticulture! But it is very
similar. Behind these squares, there will be a picture of a plant
or shrub, and you have to guess what it is. We start with square
number one. Buttercup. Yes, but for a bonus point, can you name the
Latin? The posh name! What was it? Ranunculus. You can have that!
Square number two. You planted many of these in Sheffield. Lamb's
tongue. It is! Let's roll on with number three. See, I was listening.
What is that? Very common. Geraniums. Yes! What about number
four? That is the wood sculpture of me! An extra bonus point if you
take it home as well! It is in the way, Phil, in the corridor! Four
Marks. I would just like to thank Joe Swift for that. Anita Rani has
done her chef's whites to find the recipe of a happy marriage from a
couple with a record-breaking experience.
This is the temple where I was married in my home town of Bradford.
But today, I'm going to meet a couple who got married a long, long
time before I did. They are believed to be Britain's longest
married husband and wife. They wed in the Punjab region around the
Coen border between India and Pakistan in 1925. By the time they
move to Bradford in the '60s, the couple had already been married 40
years. I am going to take them all the way back to where their journey
together first began, by recreating the feast they had on their wedding
day. He is now 106, and his wife will soon be 100. They speak very
little English, so to find out more, we chat in Punjabi. Even though
they got married really young, she was only 13 or 14. They would get
married, but because the girl was so young and had not come of age,
she would stay at home with her parents. It was only when she had
matured into a woman Thatcher would leave to go to her husband's house.
That happened a lot of. Their villages were not far apart, but he
went on a horse and cart to get his bride. The couple have been happily
married ever since. They have eight children and 27 grandchildren and
23 great grandchildren. What is their secret? Staying with the
family, my sisters and my wife look after them. We want to bring back
their memories with a big family celebration. I am going to join the
daughters in the kitchen and cook up a taste of the 1925 wedding day.
When they were married, meat was still in a tree, so only one of
today's dishes contains chicken. The other car is a vegetarian. As
well as the cauliflower dish, we have a dish of mustard leaves and
Dahl, a lentil curry, although today's is made with chickpeas and
black lentils. This is what they would have had. 87 years ago,
Punjabi cuisine was aimed at sustaining farmworkers, so it was
high on calories, heavy in carbohydrates and fats, especially
Keith. This is clarified butter, which is a key ingredient in
traditional Punjabi cooking. It is ready. The cooking is all done. On
to the best bit, the eating. Lots of family and friends have joined
us, and on the menu, the same dishes they ate 87 years ago in
rural Punjab on their wedding day. It is all good. So what is the key
ingredient to their long life together? She says, I have just
been eating this food my whole life. What a privilege it has been to
cooks at a special meal for them. I hope they continue to have a
healthy and happy life together. I am having curry for the! Who says
Currie is bad for you? They look great. Let's do some e-mails.
you for your e-mails on honours for gold medallists. Kevin says, I
think the system of giving honours needs looking at. Perhaps they
should be given at the end of a career. Does the brilliant
taekwondo Stade Jade Jones need an honour at the age of 20? Luke says,
I believed the team should be awarded the honour, and it should
then be kept in a sporting museum. Cases has what about doctors,
teachers? They contribute more to society, and what about the
Matt Baker and Alex are joined on the sofa by Flowerpot Gang member Phil Tufnell. Andy Kershaw climbs Scafell Pike in Cumbria but finds the picturesque view ruined by litter. Maggie Aderin-Pocock witnesses the demolition of the Red Road Flats in Glasgow. Miranda Krestovnikoff meets two beavers who are dramatically changing the landscape of a small corner of Devon.