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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


creature. MUSIC


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


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