21/08/2012 The One Show


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.

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