Chris and Alex are joined by the actor Michael Sheen and broadcaster Kirsty Young. Includes the viewer photography exhibition, the man who fell 2400ft and an escaped lemur.
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That's why she'll never do that again.
Hello, friends, and welcome to The One Show with Alex Jones.
And Chris Evans. Now across the country tonight
reunions are taking place to mark the 30th anniversary of one of the
most important weekends of the Falklands War.
We asked anyone who had pictures of that time to send this in. We put
them in a very special One Show exhibition.
So tonight with the help of many of the families who sent in their
pictures we will be opening the first ever One Show public photo
exhibition. But now let's meet tonight's guests.
Desert Island delight - Kirsty Young.
And footballing film star Michael Sheen.
As you heard, we are putting together our very first One Show
exhibition, very exciting. Will you do the honours of opening it...
the public? I would love to. Have you opened anything before, Kirsty?
Probably a supermarket way back in the day. Really? How much did it...
Probably more than you could afford. How about you? A packet of crisps
in my time! No, I opened a youth club in Port Talbot, any home.
you're both good with a ribbon and scissors? Yes. Was a ribbon
involved? It was. It's so Carpet Warehouse. We'll be speaking to
Michael about his celebrity Old Trafford event in a bit And how
Kirsty will be honouring the emergency services in a ceremony.
In April we introduced you to daredevil Gary Connery as he
prepared for the stunt of his life. He was planning to jump out of a
helicopter and attempt to be the first person ever to land without
using a parachute. And then it started to rain and
rain and rain. It's taken almost two months for conditions to be
perfect for the jump, but this week Gary finally took the plunge.
going to be exiting the helicopter at 2,400 feet. We fly approximately
a mile. Outwardly I am calm and obviously I don't step off the edge
until in my head I am ready. It scares me for sure. Yes, I am very
excited and nervous. When he goes up in that helicopter... How will
Come on, Gary! Come on, Gary! Gary!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE It was so comfortable, so soft. My
calculations have obviously worked out - and I'm glad they did. I am
relieved it's all over. The bird man! Congratulations, Gary,
first of all. Thank you. But how close were you to opening that
parachute? Not at all. Seriously? Seriously. I - straight out of the
helicopter, I knew this is it. I'm going for it. I did have the backup
of a parachute, but I had absolutely no intention of
deploying it. What about the seconds before you leapt out of the
helicopter, the final checks - you were checking the path will, you
had the right angle of descent, whether you the right wind and
thins like that? Yeah, myself and my wing man Mark was helping me out
where we should leave the helicopter. He was the guy shooting
the footage. Thank you to Mark. He was excellent. Once we had spotted
and done some test jumps earlier in the day, we had spotted where it
was. Thankfully for your wife and children you were completely
unharmed in this. And any future children. Any future children.
LAUGHTER Weirdly, the only person... Sorry.
- that was harmed was our director Dan. Here's a look at what happened.
I guess I haven't really digested myself what's happened. You all
right? Yeah, fine. Someone's just fallen over. Go on, Gary. You
didn't fall over. I have fallen from a much greater height than
that. Typical One Show - this guy leaps from a helicopter, not a
scratch. Our director falls straight over, nearly breaks his
leg. The poor bloke - no-one was interested. You cared about him.
Thank you so much. They were all just in the moment. You had the
extra capacity, didn't you, to think about other things? You would
think with all of that preparation, someone would have cleared up all
of those boxes. Let's talk about those because you want a special
mention for the box people, don't you? Yes, I would like to say a
huge thank you. We had support from a bunch of people we didn't know.
We put it out in forums on base jumping forums.
Some gave me a nice watch to wear. Everybody just pulled together.
Without them, it wouldn't have happened. When you hit, what speed
were you doing? 70mph, something like that? Mark?Ish! About 65.
apologise. So when you hit box at 70mph, how does it feel? In truth,
because of the preparation and sizes of the boxes we were using I
felt absolutely nothing. scrapes? Nothing at all. You're
lucky it worked. Is it time now to pack up the suit in a box and call
it day? Absolutely not. I have some other things in the pipeline.
what? They're top secret. OK. Not necessarily this suit related - I
am going to get fired as a human firework.
LAUGHTER All right.
But obviously I've got to convince people it's going to work. But I am
hoping this is a springboard to allow to to happen. And convince
your wife. Oh, she's all right. She's not going to be in the
firework. We heard a story that you carry your flying suit with you
wherever you are in case there is a flying opportunity. Absolutely.
Come on. That can't be true. I have a rig with me plost of the time.
rig? Yes, a base rig. I think we have some footage of
Beachy Head and the Eiffel Tower. Were these opportune moments?
Surely you must have realised with the Eiffel Tower - you didn't drive
up and go, oh, there's the Eiffel Tower? No, we drove up specifically
for that. Beachy Head? That was another day trip. Did they know you
were going to do that or did you go up as a tourist? No, I had my
parachute in a backpack. Was that naughty? Did you get arrested?
exactly. There is a long story. I won't bore you with it. Bore us
with it afterwards. A round of applause for Gary. Safe and well!
Now, Michael, you actually get a mention in this next film, a film
we think you're going to love. Are you thrilled?
I am. Let's find out. Ruth Goodman's been to your home
town to learn all about one of your heroes. In this house in Port
Talbot lived a man as Welsh as they come.
And with a voice to match. Hush, the babies are sleeping, the
farmers, the fishers, the tradesmen, pensioners, schoolteacher, postman
and publican, the undertaker, fancy woman, dress maker, preacher, the
web-footed cockle women and the tidy wives. That valleys bread
voice could only belong to the actor Richard Burton, and he first
learned its full power out here on the hills above the coal and steel
town of Port Talbot, but when he first roared into life in 1925, it
was not as a Burton, but a Jenkins. Richard was born one of 12 into a
mining family. When his mother died later in childbirth, he was sent
away from an alcoholic father to his sister, Cecilia. Here, sis gave
him the attention he craved, but this didn't go down well in his new
home as his friend Betty remembers. The postman didn't get on well with
Ritchie. I think there was a bit of jealousy. I think her wife made
more of Ritchie than he did. That's what we thought at the time.
Richard left home, and at 16, he was taken in by his English teacher
and mentor Philip Burton, from whom he'd take his name. It was Master
Burton that helped him develop that extraordinary voice here in the
parlour. Used to bang on the door and go, will you be quote, boys? He
used to give him classes to get rid of the Welsh accent. When it was
all a bit too much for the neighbours, the hillside - what a
better way to learn voice projection? From the Welsh hills to
the Hollywood hills via a rave success on Broadway Richard signed
to 20th Century Fox and became one of the highest-earning movie stars
of the '60s. To cap it all, in 1964, he married the other big star of
the decade, Elizabeth Taylor. Two years later in Warner Brothers'
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf, their fiery portrayal of a marriage
hitting the rocks hit the big screens, much of it inspired by
their offscreen romance. Liz won an Oscar, but Richard would be
nominated seven times during his career - a far cry from his life in
the steel and coal town of Port Talbot.
Richard's diaries, held in the archives there, show he was already
ready for bigger things. I was struck by the character that came
out of the pages. He was interested in drama. There is about 40
mentions of Richard going to the cinema. He's going almost every
week. I think the cinema was an exciting window to the world for
Richard. Despite his later stardom, Wales never left him.
Well, by God, James Joyce was right. There is one place you do belong to,
and it is in my case where I came from, Wales. Stick for stay, stone
for stone, blade of gra, blade of grass were exactly the same as when
I was a child. The coal that once poured out of Port Talbot has all
but stopped but it still churns out great actors. Antony Hopkins is
from here, and so too the young Michael Sheen. Who is to say
whether there will be more - mind you, it would be rather hard to
match THAT voice. Burton died at 58. Vodka and 60-plus cigarettes a day
hadn't helped. He was buried in a Welsh red suit with Dylan Thomas
poems by his side. There is talk of a blue plaque in
Connault Street to this Welsh legend. Here's one to be going on
with. Come on. What did you open? You
just opened something. See on that blue plaque there - there is one on
the first house Richard lived in in London in Hampstead, which I was
asked to unveil on the morning I opened in Hamlet, a port that he
had played as well. How apt. Do you have a blue plaque in Port Talbot?
I don't. He's not dead yet. LAUGHTER
I have some paving stones. That's the main criteria for that. I see.
Yeah. OK. Let's move on, anyway. How much of a hero... Got a blue
shirt on. Yeah, I have drawn a little blue plaque and stuck it on
myself! Yeah, he was a huge, huge unfluence coming from a town where
Antony Hopkins came from as well. They have produced some gems.
some incredibly successful, talented people as well as Rob
Of course you're a friend of his, so you can say that. A massive
influence not just as an actor, but someone who came from a that town
and did very well, because coming from Port Talbot, not necessarily
feeling confident about people being interested in there, so
someone coming from there like Richard Burton, a massive influence.
Surely you must have had mentions of playing a biopic of Richard
Burton. I was saying to Kirsty it's a tough thing playing someone who
does what you do, but better. don't mind. I don't, but can I say,
that voice. Michael just did the voice while that film was on. It
was unbelievable. Will you do it? That charisma - that - no. It's
just - you hear - "You hear those tones. It's very hard to replicate
that." Is somebody writing the script?
believe there is a script. Honestly, I would like to develop something
myself, one day. I also think something that affected Richard was
coming from a town like Port Talbot and then going to Hollywood. Once
you have left a town like Port Talbot, it is very hard to feel
like you totally belong again, once you have done other stuff. You also
feel you don't belong in somewhere like Hollywood because you came
from somewhere like that. I identify with certain aspects and I
would like to explore that. He went back to do The Passion. You came
back to talk to us about that. 2000 people came to take part with you.
It was a non-stop 72 hour performance. One performance lasted
for three days over the Easter weekend, over 2000 local people
were involved. It began with about 200 people watching what happened
on the beach, Good Friday morning, at about dawn. It ended on Sunday
night with 15,000 people standing around a roundabout watching the
end of the show. It was a life- changing experience. You were
incredibly supportive. It was amazing, how could you not be? You
like to push the boundaries. What next in your crazy mind? It is hard
to know where to go. You were playing football in 90 degrees on
Sunday. 15,000 people were not enough, I'm going for 70,000 at Old
Trafford. Kirsty, you are here to talk about the brand new BBC 999
Awards. Very special people are being honoured for these. There
will be a special award. I'll tell you about them, the reason they
came about, it is the BAFTAs on Sunday. People on television and in
movies and good at giving themselves awards, but we know that
what we do doesn't matter that much. So many people work in the
emergency services. 999 has been going for 70 years. The phrase
unsung heroes is such a cliche, but it really does apply. We are giving
them out to people including 999 operators, who often save lives. On
the night, it is going to be a swanky celebration. How do people
qualify? Well, they have been judged not just by their peers, but
people that they work with. We have been to people and said, can you
tell us about these people? They perform the most extraordinary
tasks every day, most of us would run in the opposite direction from
them. We ask their peers, they have been judged by the people at the
top of their profession, the chief of the fire service and police
operations. When it comes to the special One Show award, those
people are going to be nominated and they are just members of the
public. They don't work for the emergency services, but we want
people to vote for a member of the public that has done something
extraordinary, above and beyond what most people would do. There
are going to be tears? It will be a roller-coaster of emotions. I'd
been reading through the nominations, and I'm already crying.
You know, when you have kids... People say, mum, why do you watch
the news, you get so upset? Now you know. I cried at Ground Force, at
somebody's decking. But the stories are incredible. I suppose the great
thing about the 999 awards is that it is an absolute celebration. Out
of some of the very distressing and tragic stories, there is a triumph
at the end. A lot of people are scared of watching them because
they don't want to be upset. But it is the right kind of being upset,
isn't it? It is more of a celebration of their work. As you
say, it is to honour these unsung heroes. Sometimes, it can make you
feel tender. I work on Crimewatch and every month you go through the
roller-coaster of watching very constructions, talking to the
senior investigating officers and you think that D world is a hellish
place. Every month, the calls come in and we get the most
extraordinary Leeds. The 999 Rewards is similar. You think that
terrible things happen to people, but there are many people out there
willing to do more than the right thing. We'll see if you feature on
that after this football match! The blue plaque might be needed.
legs are creaking a little. Last week we had the Olympic flame.
week what we have done is we have Setting fire to the Christmas
pudding. Is this all has become of the flambe in this country? Don't
bet on it. Gerry Wray is an expert in the art of flambe. He is the
master cook at Simpson's-in-the- Strand in London. Today he is
concocting a flambe spectacle for a group of diners well used to
dealing with a bit of fire. Meet the firefighters of Surrey. At 63,
Area Commander Mythe -- modern styles is believed to be Britain's
oldest full-time firefighter. His dedication will be honoured when he
becomes an Olympic torch bearer. A lifetime dealing with flames, and
yet lunchtime at the station rarely gets more fiery than beans on toast.
But all of that is about to change as the firefighters arrive at the
restaurant. Jerry is hard at work in the kitchen. Why do we flambe?
For the spectacle. Alcohol goes in and a huge flame flicks off the pan.
It is a moment. Our starter today is flambe langoustines, in sambuca.
The flames are produced by heating liqueurs or spirits and setting
We are burning the alcohol off and taking it back to the natural
sweetness. The reduced alcohol sweetness makes a big impression.
It's beautiful. It really does bring out the sweetness. While we
steady ourselves for the next course, I am keen to grab a word
with Malcolm about his Olympic torch duty. I'm honoured and proud
to be carrying the torch. Presumably there are fewer health
and safety issues when you are running with the naked flame?
had much banter from people at work. Time for the main course. It was
something that was in the mid- 80s. It was quite a big thing. He has
cut one piece of steak without alcohol and the other with a brandy
to see if the firefighters can This is the one that has been done
without brandy. It is lovely, but this one is far more tender and
sweet. The first bite you take is very sweet. Considering the branded
that went in there, it's quite delicate. I know you cook at home,
have you ever attempted to flambe? No, I don't want to set fire to my
kitchen. That would be a bit embarrassing! Some believe that it
was invented in 1895, when a clumsy French waiter set light to a plate
of pancakes For the Future King Edward the 7th. Whether they were
ever serve to King Edward or not, Craig Cizek is certainly on the
firefighter menu. They are cooked with orange liqueur. It's a big hit.
So, better than beans on toast? Certainly. Burnt toast, at that.
It's beautiful. I have a sweet tooth. The orange flavour is
beautiful. The best I had, really. Clearly, there is a lot more to
flambe than just Christmas puddings. It doesn't just make the food
looked terrific, it makes it taste terrific as well. Please, do as
they guys say... Please don't try this at home! Not even in the
Olympic year? You can have a flame in the kitchen. Not that big, you
They loved that, there. They did. What was your favourite? Crepes.
It's a classic. The marvellous liqueur, sugar, alcohol. Brilliant.
It doesn't happen enough in restaurants. Bring the theatre into
the dining room. Them are health and safety issues. You have some
experience of the catering trade. My old mining is in the catering
business. Have you heard of any health and safety issues? Not in
his restaurant, they just get on with it. One chef was saying that
they couldn't do it because their ceilings were too low. I'm just
passing on what I know. Should we get down to a Olympic news? We have
had a preview of what the prices could be for food and drink. A Test
That had better be a good hot dog. Is it a real dog? The most
controversial, and these were just the once at the Test event, one
pound 60p for a bottle of water, especially seeing as you cannot
take it on to the site in amounts of more than 100 mm. They do seem
to be able to stow controversy, even when they don't need to.
Augusta, the Majors, the golf tournament, they do the opposite.
It is $1.50 for a beer. They are good reasons for doing it, we know
why the tickets cost so much. Perhaps once you get into the
ground you should not have to pay �1.60 for a bottle of water.
Tickets, there have been more tickets discovered? They found 3000
more. Down the back of a very large sofa? I put in for an enormous
number, knowing it would be difficult. I got two, beach
You won. You know they are not going to be wearing bikini is this
year? That is why I am not taking them, I'm going on holiday so we
will have to pass them to somebody else. This Olympics, the last time
it was in London was 1948 during rationing. We have had a look at
what the athletes hand. We have a board showing what they had. This
was then in 1948. The average adult ration was 2600 calories. The
athletes had 5500, made up from a lot of fat and carbohydrate. Six
ounces of meat, 1 and a half pounds of potatoes. We had Michael Price,
the Olympian. His big memory was eating potato sandwiches. Its
carbohydrate squared. The luxury, he remembered, was bits of
pineapple. Some of the foreign countries competing, they were a
bit concerned about their athletes. The Chinese were sending bamboo
shoots. The Mexicans were sending in offal and the French sent a
refrigerated train full of French wine. Red wine? I would assume so.
They're very hot summer. We just want to welcome the whole of Wales
that have just joined us. It's Michael Sheen, your very own.
were they not with us before? been to Wales. Congratulations. And
you came back! They got you back out again... War back in again?
of the reasons the audience is so packed is that many of them are
here for the opening of the first ever photo exhibition made up
entirely of pictures sent in by viewers of The One Show.
Falklands anniversary exhibition has some amazing pictures. This is
Tom Chater and his pals playing during the occupation. He is here
I mean, this is one of those photographs that sort of doesn't
need any explanation. I know you're going to give us one, but you can
tell it's so important and dramatic and poignant. I presume that's you
climbing on the boxes... That's me and my brother Bill on the right,
who has cheered up since then and my friend Simon on the right and my
other friend David with his back to the photo. My mum and dad had
opened a shop a few months before the conflict, and the various boxes
that the stock came down in and presumably a few old motorbike
wheels and so on - we used to make HMS Invincible or Hermes. We used
to argue over which ones the. Our bikes were Harriers. We'd have
wooden guns we'd use to shoot the Argentine soldiers as they'd walk
past. My mum tells me about this but you experienced this in the
'80s. You were occupied at the time. Were you scared? If you were, did
your family protect you from things you didn't need to know about?
I think mum and dad didn't sleep much. I remember being very scared
that morning. An Argentine patrol went around. I guess they went
around every house doing a census checking for any Marines that might
have been there. That must have been - Suddenly, you go from a
quiet existence to having armed soldiers with machine guns on the
door questioning why dad has just put the BBC on. They couldn't
understand why dad turned the radio on, and this is the BBC News - we
have reports coming in - the Falklands have been invaded. They
said "Why are you listening to this?" He said, "We're British."
was literally in your front garden. Yeah. You have your little four-
year-old. That's why you're here. You're here because of your son.
Tell thus story. Yes, we always lived in the Falklands, born and
brought up there, only came over here for college, training, so on.
Few weeks before this guy was born, we discovered there was a possible
problem in the Falklands - you get a scan at 32 weeks just in case
there is something that has been missed, and there had been, so over
we came, and he is waiting for a kidney. He should have had mine a
week ago on Wednesday, but the surgeon was sick, unfortunately.
(Murmuring) But a big thumbs-up to the staff in
Bristol, they have managed to reschedule us for a week on Tuesday.
So you're four years in the waiting. Well, knowing we needed a kidney
for the last four, but we had to wait for him to get big enough.
Thank you for that. APPLAUSE
Fantastic. Right. Last week - got to go over here I
am afraid. I'll tell you why when we get to the VT - can't dell you
now. Last week an animal was reported missing from a zoo in
Devon. Miranda went to meet the brave men who caught the fearsome
A wild animal on the loose sounds like something from the movies.
But for 12 hours last week, it was reality for this quiet little
corner of Devon. Thankfully, it was less a case of
Jurassic Park and a bit more like Madagascar. Has anyone ever told
you that you look like a supermodel?
As cheeky as King Julian from the kings' animated film, this lemur
saw an opportunity to expand his horizons and took it. This is the
naughty Sambava, who got out. He's a local celebrity. They have free
range of the park. How big is the park? It's 28 acres, and they think
the actual whole of the 28 acres is their territory. They have started
venturing outside the parks which is where we have a problem. Look at
those eyes. How could you resist those eyes? If that was to land in
your garden, you would want to keep it they're very mischievous animals.
What sort of things do they get up to in the park? They're very
naughty. We were a bit surprised to see them trying to aggravate the
lions. The lions weren't too happy. They go and annoy the pigmy goats.
We have seen them jump into the enclosure, and the goats try to
head-butt them, and they box them in the face. Did he get out on his
own? They tend to go out in a group of all five of them, and being the
only male in the group, whether he got fed up with nagging females and
decided to get some time out, maybe that was his choice. I like that
idea. They went across all of these
fences... Right. Because it is in that direction. And they can leap
across that quite easily? Well, easily. Now, we're here, and
Sambava eventually got picked up here over 12 hours later the next
morning a full two or three miles away.
And in doing so, he would have had to have crossed two roads, gone
through three areas of woodland and also crossed a couple of streams.
Potentially, dangerous for our little chap. The rumour is some of
the land around here is owned by Damien Hirst. We all know about his
track record with shark and cows. Whatever route he took, thankfully
he ran into someone friendly. The Denvers live in the village where
he ended up. Hi, chaps. It's not an everyday okurns finding a lemur in
your front garden? We were on our way to work and we saw a lemur.
Did he hop up on here? He waited down here for a little bit and then
jumped up on top of the porch. safely back home, the wildlife park
are considering a roof for their enclosure, but I have another idea
to make these cheeky chappies stay put - maybe some celebrity company.
Now, what about that? There is Chris, and there is Alex. Look.
She's very nice. Oh, Chris, you I know! OK. Kirsty got whipped by
the lemur's tale then? I did. calm, gentle. He just knocked my
photograph over in the cage! Really? Yeah, in the film. He's
just chewing up a few leaves. He's absolutely harm louse. It's Friday.
It's Foody Friday. It's lemur Foody Friday! He's a beautiful ring-tail
lemur called Curtis. He was born in captivity in Oxfordshire.
Unfortunately, he's the bottom of the pecking order. The females rule.
I know, Chris! Can lemurs survive in the wild? Certainly not in
Britain. He's born and bred in Britain. That's all he knows. The
climate here is kind of mild and wet - apart from at the moment.
Over in Madagascar, it's hot and humid and cool and dry - no chance.
Predators - he doesn't know what the predators are. He could be
picked off at any time. He'd probably get beaten up on the roads,
and he's imprinted on humans as well. He thinks we're our his
friends. And Madagascar, it's tough for the lemurs. It's tough to say
what's going on there - the problem there, deforestation. Most of the
lemurs live in forests. What's happened here is all the trees have
gone. Basically, they can't soak up the water when it rains. It runs
off, floods the whole area. Look at these massive plantation where the
rain should be. Unfortunately, the crops and plantation are done for
them. Unfortunately, as well, the Madagascar people love to eat
lemurs. Such a shame. How could you eat this lovely little beast.
one of the loveliest creatures I have had on television.
Right. Now, other escapees we might want to hear about? We have amazing
footage here of an imaginative Golden Eagle called Goldie that
escaped from Los Angeles Zoo in 1965. Look at this. The dog gets
easily as good as it gets, and eventually the Golden Eagle was
retrieved by the keeper after 12 days with a long line of rope and
Golden Eagle. Bear in mind this is an imagine that lives in the wilds
of Scotland and would normally be - - not be in the centre of Scotland.
Finally, in Longleat safari park in 1988 apparently one of the keepers
did a head count and couldn't find this seal. She swum 30 miles down
the loch. They tried to lure her back, wasn't bothered about her
kids. They managed with food, like I'm doing, to entice her down to
the culvert and recaptured her. Thank you very much. And thank you
to Curtis. Whipping her in the face - shame we didn't get that on
camera. Was it a whip or a waft? Was there pain? But I liked it.
That was my next question. Now, we all remember Boris Johnson
claiming that ping pong was coming home after the last Olympic Games.
The wait -- wait is nearly over, and for one family it will be like
the return of a long lost relative. Ping-pong is the fastest racket
sport on the planet. China might have claimed it as its
national sport in the 1950s, but ping-pong is as British as lawn
tennis. In fact, it started here over a hundred years ago.
Since 1795 the family business Jaques of London have been making
some of our favourite games. From Snakes and ladders to Snoop, they
have an eye for spotting a great game.
In 1851 the founder won a gold medal for croquet.
But he had another ingenious move. 1877, Wimbledon hosted its first
lawn tennis Championship, and the upper classes were hooked. Soon,
they brought it indoors. After dinner, the plates were cleared,
and cigar boxes became the bats, and they played tennis on their
tables - table tennis. In 1890, Jake Foster patented a game of
compendium, but one year later Jaqueffects would go one further,
he brought about another version of the table tennis game called Gosima.
He got it patented. The modern-day version of the game was born. At
the company museum, I am meeting Joe Jaques. Two bats and a very
light feather-weight gaul, feather- weight ball being named after the
light-weight goes imer Are the rules inspired by lawn tennis?
but it's not really tennis indoors. It's a whole new game.
Then they aced it, renaming their game ping-pong, the name inspired
by the sound of the game in play. It was when it was launched in
conjunction with Hamleys it really took off. Ping-pong went global
with a little help from Parker Brothers, the people behind
Monopoly. In competition it became the official-sounding table tennis,
and in 1926 London hosted the first tennis World Championships.
Tell me how the bats have changed. The early bats were Velum covered,
like with leather, like a drum. Then we had sand-covered paper bats,
moving into a cork phase, then eventually the rubber material we
see today, so they have a lot more power, a lot more spin. I doubt
without that progression it would have ever became the Olympic game
it is today. This secondary school will be the official training
centre for the Olympic Japanese tennis team.
Over 300 million people around the world now play table tennis. Only
football has more players. One man who knows his way around a table is
Douglas Dennis. Ranked suchth in the world at the height of his
career, this is a man who knows his ping from his pong.
Why is table tennis so popular? It's a rhythmic sport. You get
mesmerised by it, the sound. You start to sweat a bit. The heart is
really pumping. So you were ranked seventh in the world - that's
pretty good. Not too bad. Shall we here's hoping our Olympic team fare
I think Angellica did a good job. love ping-pong. Who doesn't like
ping-pong? I love it. Show me a person who doesn't like ping-pong,
I'll show you a person who doesn't love life. But you were telling us
Susan Sarandon has a ping-pong club. She does. She has a ping-pong club
in New York. There is one in Los Angeles as well, but I was in the
one in New York a few weeks ago, and I played table tennis, ping-
pong, with Chandler from Friends. How showbiz is that. More
importantly, who won? He beat me, but I kid you not, he has a machine
at home that plays table tennis with him. That's so LA. He's not
busy then! Shall we subtly bridge from one sport to another? Oh, look.
It's the football tactics map. Beautiful. Tell us what's going on
on Sunday? On Sunday, there is the biggest pro-celebrity football
match ever in the world all for Soccer Aid all for the greatest
children's organisation in the world, UNICEF. All money raised
goes to UNICEF to save children's lives around the world. We have a
team - England versus the rest of the world. England's captain is
Robbie Williams. Captain of the rest of the world is me, and here
are my celebrities... Here is the rest of the world. Here is the rest
of the world. We have half ex-pros, half celebrities. You have some
massive names - yourself, Will Feral. I don't know what Gordon
Ramsey is doing in goals! Mike Meyers, Gerd Butler. How were these
people convinced to come over and take part? Will Farrell is the
biggest film star in the world. Partly because two years ago Woody
Harrelson came over here. Woody Harrelson didn't have a lot of
football form, I have to say, hadn't played a lot of it, hadn't
seen lot of it, hadn't kicked a lot of it, yet stepped up to take a
penalty. I had run out of players to take penalties. It was sudden
death. I thought, right. Woody, off Even if you can barely kick a
football, you can still beat Jamie Theakston in goal? Apparently so.
But Woody Harrelson goes around showing everybody that on his
telephone. He convinced Will Ferrell and Edward Norton to take
part. Robbie Williams is apparently still sour that you won the last
one? Absolutely, he is out for revenge. What are the chances of
the Rest of the World winning? Apart from the celebrities, which
are obviously all brilliant, we have ex professionals like Roy
Keane, Jaap Stam, Edwin Van der Sar, Hernan Crespo, Freddie Lundberg, we
have incredible players. I think what we lack in the celebrity area,
we make up for in the professionals. Playing at your age, with your
level of ability... Of Union my mid-twenties? It will be really hot
on Sunday. It's going to be 90 degrees pitch-side. You've
genuinely got to be careful? have. The match will take place in
the evening. It will still be hot. Baking all day. My legs are
creaking a little bit already. It will be a bit cooler in the evening.
As you approach middle-age, having a game of football, as a kid you
run for the ball time. You have to select your runs. The other day we
went on to the training pitch and we had been training all week. We
got out there and they have loads of footballs hanging around. You
saw everybody trying to kick the ball into the goal. Roy Keane said,
it doesn't matter how high up you are, or you want to do when you get
onto the pitch, you just want to shoot for goal. Patrick Kielty is
in goals and we are just kicking at him. You turn into an eight-year-
old. How can they only have it every two years? You must be
chomping at the bit for an annual competition. It takes that long to
recover! This is the 4th one, and UNICEF raised �7.5 million. It's
incredible. For the first time, the Government are going to match every
donation. Please watch on Sunday, 6 o'clock. Donate and the Government
will double your money. We want to make as much as possible. I'm never
enthusiastic about programmes for the enemy, but this one is a belter.
Let's look at another one of the photographs that are part of the
Falklands exhibition. Let's go over here. This is a picture of Stephen
Smith, also known as Smudge, returning home from the Falklands
to his two daughters. This is one of my favourite photographs. We've
had lots of really good ones, Smudge. Can I call you that? Give
us the background. How vividly do you remember that? We flew to Brize
Norton. An aircraft was pitched to come in separately. Prince Charles,
for when they came down. We were unaware of what was happening. We
thought we would just come back, get on at the bus. It was
overwhelming. Friends, family, everybody was there. Waving flags.
How relieved were you to see your girls? They are all grown up now?
Totally relieved. We had no contact since we left to, throughout the
campaign. As the first time I'd seen them since I left in
Southampton with 42 Commando. there a moment during the conflict
way you thought you might not see them again? No, I kept my mind
focused on what I was doing, trying not to think what was happening in
the UK. I knew that her indoors would be looking after them.
real general is at home, as always. Michelle and Kelly, that is the
right way round? You are of the -- obviously overwhelmed by the
occasion. I would have thought you would be so happy, but you are
bursting into tears, almost like a wife would? You haven't had contact
with your dad for so long. You didn't know where he was going,
what he was going to do. You are hearing lots of stories, your man
is telling you not to worry. To have him presented in front of you,
all of the emotions, no matter how old you are, they poured out. There
were smiles afterwards. There are sceptical people in the world that
might not believe you are the real deal. I think we need to recreate
the programme. You have both got to A round of applause, please.
Another important memory from the Falklands war. HMS Coventry, 30
years ago today, Joe Crowley met up with one survivor to hear his story.
In the spring of 1982, HMS Coventry was returning from exercises in the
Mediterranean. On board were 300 young sailors looking forward to
their Easter leave back in Britain. One of them was electronic warfare
intelligence officer Chris Howe. were looking forward to going back
for Easter, a nice feeling, to get back to your families. On the 2nd
April, things changed. Argentina invaded the Falklands. Mrs Thatcher
underlined her determination to use force. We are assembling the
biggest fleet that has ever sailed in peacetime. A taskforce headed
for the Falklands. Would it went HMS Coventry, leaving Chris's wife
at home with the boys. Very worried, very upset. We were looking forward
to him coming home. All I could think was, I don't know what I
would do if I lost Chris. A month later, Coventry was in the
Falklands. Air raids were frequent. This is the operations room, the
centre of any ship. We are on the HMS York. How similar is this to
HMS Coventry? They were from quite a similar time? Very similar.
would you have been? Exactly here. By 25th May, troops were landing at
San Carlos. Coventry was stationed near by to provide cover. Being so
close to land made radar less effective. We knew that we were an
easy target. We would know the threat was coming, but it was too
late to engage them with missile systems. What was the captain
response? It must have seemed like a suicide mission? He was not happy,
but we obey the order. We did our job. But the attack they had
anticipated soon came. There is this dull thud. Everything seemed
A massive force just hit me in the face. On to my side, followed by a
rapid heat, a fireball whooping around the operations room. After
that, I remember coming to. All of the screams were fire, melting. I
could hear the water lapping into the port side. I was tied down with
headset wires. My arm was on fire and I thought that was when my life
would end. I could see my wife and my boys. I ripped out the why and I
started to make my way towards that starboard door. I came across my
colleague, Sam. I'd lost most of my clothing. Very little was left on
and we came to the ladder. But it was disintegrating, it was gone. He
had to push me from below. I decided my life was not ending them.
This is where you made your way out onto the deck? At this stage, I
really realised how badly burned I was. It felt as if there were
blowtorches on my back and my face. I have some pictures that were
given to me some years later by the surgeon commander. 27% burns in
total, the way they SST it. Just terrific, isn't it? It shows my
ring, the St Christopher, that I still wear today, that survived.
took just 20 minutes for Coventry to capsize. 19 of the crew perished.
I was stunned at the kitchen window with a baby in my arms. I had to
see the neighbours talking to a man at the door. She pointed across to
our house. When he turned around, I saw that it was a vicar and he was
making his way across to my house with what I thought was a Bible in
his hands. I just felt my knees buckling. He came in and said, your
husband has serious injuries. We do When I finally got back to the UK,
it was complete relief that the episode in my life was at amend. To
get back and see Margaret and the boys again was fantastic. My mother
said when he came home, Chris, your guardian angel was watching over
you that day. She was right. was right. HMS Coventry played its
part in retaking the Falklands. 30 years ago, her crew did their duty.
Today, they remember friends that Thank you to Chris Foy making that
film. Thanks for sending your photos from the HMS Coventry
reunion tonight. 120 former crew members, this is from Chris Clarke
We have so many brilliant photographs that we decided to have
a real public display. You can come and see this for the next week at
White City. Then it moves to TV Centre. It is not on tour, I don't
think. There is a journey involved. It is only 500 yards, but you can
see it. We have special guests to open it. If you would like to make
a speech, you are very welcome to. I declare this were done well and
Just time to have a look at a couple more of our favourites. With
us now is Trevor, Joe and Kirsty. Trevor, this is a picture you tap
when you went back to the Falklands? I went back with an
organised trip. It was a contrast to what happened in 1982, when I
served on the Exeter. A great picture, thank you very much. Who
do you have? Hello! You are very welcome, but we just need to be
able to see this photograph. Good evening, you featured in his
photograph? We thought we would bring you over here. Tell us about
your Falklands photo. This was taken 30 years ago this week, on
board HMS Fearless, the Met Office. That is me and my boss, Lieutenant
Commander. We are in San Carlos and we are just getting some Met Office
charts through. That was a couple of days after that when we started
getting attacked by Argentinian aircraft. All of the smiles had
gone. The calm before the storm? Thank you so much. We will send the
photographs back once the exhibition is over. Let's say
goodbye to Michael, Mandy. Details of how to see the photographs for
Chris and Alex are joined by the actor Michael Sheen and broadcaster Kirsty Young, who'll be opening our first ever viewer photography exhibition. We also meet the man who fell 2400ft and lived to tell the tale, track down an escaped lemur and learn the secrets of great flambé food.