Alex Jones and Ore Oduba hear viewers' stories about the weather from across the country. They also talk to Vicky McClure and Tom Davis about their comedy crime drama Action Team.
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Hello and welcome to The One Show
with Ore Oduba and Alex Jones.
Hope you at home are keeping warm
where ever you are -
the good news is that it's
almost the weekend!
It's a "what were you thinking"
hello to big Paddy from Renfrew
who couldn't resist a go
on his kids' snowy trampoline.
LAUGHTER Hallow to these villages
who went into action when the
council failed to turn up. True
gritters all of them.
Dorset have invented snow canoeing!
And hello to Rachel's grandad John
whose secretly loving it! We haven't
seen you since you've had your new
arrival, congratulations. How is it
It's great. My wife is doing
incredibly well. He's a new blessing
to the family and do you mind us
giving a birthday shout out? It is
Portia's Mum's birthday tomorrow, my
mum's birthday today.
Our guests have made it through the
How are you enjoying the weather?
I'm over it.
Tom, you were a scaffolder before
becoming a comedian,
so you must have worked in some
extreme weather conditions?
I hated the job!
LAUGHTER When the
comedy started kicking off I
thought, do I want to be a scaffold
or do I want to be on TV? In this
weather it was horrible. I used to
do some mad jobs to get off working
on a building site.
worked for the RSPB.
Vicky, you were once sacked
from a job because you
refused to get a tan.
I worked in a tanning shop and they
were really pale, get on the beds
and I was like, I'm not doing it.
What really annoyed me was people
would come out and go, it's hot in
LAUGHTER It's going to be
Glad you found out early.
wasn't there for long.
We'll be talking to you about your
latest project "Action Team" later.
And UB40 will be warming up with
their new single before we head off
All week we've been hearing from BBC
reporters on the latest
on the snow and ice.
At the end of the week we're
changing that around a bit
and asking people on the receiving
end of the weather to report for us.
Let's start with the Buckle family
from Barrass in Cumbria have been
snowed in on their family farm,
the gas has run out and the firewood
is under 12 feet of snow.
They opened their front door to
How's things today?
Yes, frosty but better
than yesterday! Yesterday was the
worst day we've seen for 30 years on
our farm. Unbelievable.
very pretty, it looks like you're
living in Narnia. But in all
seriousness you have a farm that has
to keep going. How has that been
going? Keeping it operational must
be a huge challenge in this whether.
Yes, it was a very big challenge. We
have 100 cattle and 150 sheep. My
three kids had to walk down. I
thought, if I went I might not get
Matthew it looked like he was
surrounded with snow. How did you
get out?! Or have you?!
It took a
while to get anywhere, rarely.
Friday night, hot bodies all round.
-- hot toddies. All round.
on a farm, is it like that?
I feel a
bit like Cameron Diaz in The
LAUGHTER Proper farmers
don't pose for Instagram pictures!
It's a good look on you.
It's a good look on you.
Next we go
to Nicolas. Tell us what you were
doing yesterday at 4am.
We were very
busy last night and all this morning
as well. We ferried critical staff
into the hospital in Newry. I want
to thank the Chris Gard and the
hospital management and staff for
their cooperation. -- I want to
thank the Coast Guard.
one of the hardest shifts you've
We average about 40 per
year and they are very busy and
arduous jobs. This was extreme, the
weather conditions were really very
unusual for this part of the world.
We had to pull out the stops. We got
up into very remote areas and it
stretched the team.
No doubt your
help and the others has been
critical to the hospitals. Thank you
for being with us tonight.
Not only have the emergency
services, mountain rescue
and military personnel been working
round the clock over the last few
days but countless people have given
up their time to help friends,
neighbours and complete strangers.
Thank you so much for
what you have done.
If your pipes have burst
or your boiler broken down though
there is only one person you really,
really want to see on your doorstep.
From Cardiff, here's Dan.
It's early morning and Cardiff lies
under a thick blanket of fresh snow.
It looks like most people have
heeded the red weather warning and
the streets are deserted, but some
people have to go out to help the
rest of us. When it's -4 outside and
your boiler packs in...
located the reset button?
the people you want coming to your
rescue. The roads are almost
impossible but I'm in a four by four
with engineer Ricky Morris on our
way to help an 80-year-old lady with
no heating and no hot water.
people are panicking because they
are facing the prospect of no
heating and hot water especially of
the weekend is coming up. They are
usually quite thankful to see
someone turn up. Good morning.
Yes. The boiler started to
make a rattling noise and I thought
it was going to explode, so I was a
Ricky quick to diagnose
is the problem and it's all too
common in freezing weather.
the noise of the water backing up
inside the boiler which is
suggesting the pipe is blocked.
can do this by ear?
a piano tuner! LAUGHTER
Ricky can't get to the
frozen pipe so he diverts it into a
bucket underneath her boiler.
get so used to having a heated house
that when it's cold, by God it's
cold. I got the electric blanket
out, put that on.
Like the old days!
We are going to turn the boiler
on and fingers crossed it fires up.
Has he got the boiler working again?
Fantastic. How does it
Wonderful! Perhaps I can get
warm, because I'm frozen.
weather worsening we had our next
cool. -- our next call. A widower
with a very cold dog. Henry has been
without heating and hot water since
the early hours of the morning.
just felt like jumping into bed!
What are you hearing apart from the
Nothing at the moment. It
sounds like it's trying to fire. A
gurgling sound is a giveaway that
the pipe is blocked.
This is the
There's going to be
a solid block of ice in there.
solution? A kettle hot water to melt
the ice in the condensate pipe.
Hopefully we will hear a roaring
sound. The cattle seems to have done
the trick so we'll run the hot tap
and see what happens.
let's give it a go. Is that a
Thank you so much. I was so
glad to see this man at the door
because I was getting really cold.
Ricky and the boys have already come
to the rescue of some very cold
pensioners. With the weather like it
is, they are in for a lot of long
shifts this weekend.
Boiler engineers - we salute you!
Ben Rich joins us again tonight -
are we over the worst?
There's a dent in
Ben Rich is having the
time of his life! He's on the one
show every day. You've built this up
something awful. To be fair it has
come to fruition it turns out.
first thing you asked me on Tuesday
was is it going to live up to the
hype? I think we can probably agree.
We weren't sure... It turns out you
were right. Are we over the worst?
Sort of. We've got 50 centimetres of
snow near Cardiff, about 40
centimetres near Glasgow. If you
watch this chart, we start to bring
the winds in from a southerly
direction and the colours are subtly
changing. They aren't as blue as
they have been so the air is going
to get a bit less cold. No more
Beast from the East. All of that
snow is going to take a very long
time to melt. Even when it does, it
could give us some flooding.
is spring coming?! LAUGHTER
to know. To be honest, next week
it's still pretty chilly. Beyond
that we may have to wait a little
The beast is a fluffy
pussycat now. Tom, you know all
about burst pipes.
Our pipes in the
house we were going to buy burst. It
destroyed the house, really. Now
we're renting a farmhouse which is
Now I'm an
string I wanted to my bow was
Vicky, we have a picture of
you yesterday dressed for the
weather. It turns out not that
extreme. It was the coldest day on
record or something like that.
the moles on everywhere. I was
feeling quite good about things --
thermals on everywhere.
We are going
to have a full forecast from Ben at
the end of the show, thank you for
the teaser and the update.
continue our snow patrol.
Someone who ended up sleeping
on a train last night
after getting stranded is Nicky.
That is one way to use that
apparatus! Hello? Good to see that
It's nice to be home.
Tell us what it was like. 15 hours
you were stuck on board that train?
Most of the people were stuck for 14
hours but we were lucky enough to
get off after ten hours. We had been
to an exhibition and we knew the
weather was bad, but we got on the
train at about 5pm and headed
towards Southampton. We got to
Brockenhurst and the train came to a
halt. We could have waited a bit
longer. After two hours we realised
the train wasn't moving. Nobody knew
what was happening. Then all of a
sudden the lights went off and we
lost all power and heating. The
drivers were trying their best but
we try to keep everyone in good
spirits. One girl had gloves on her
It was getting quite
You can see the cold in
the faces of that picture.
times did the buffet cart, round?
Zero is the answer!
Unfortunately. There was nothing
open around and all the hotels were
booked. The only thing we had was a
vending machine. We stocked up on
water and some guys had Kit Kat is.
We all shared.
It's a good story.
I'm glad your home safe and thank
you for joining us tonight.
you, take care.
Sunday night is Oscar night,
and among all the hype
about Three Billboards,
The Shape of Water and The Darkest
Hour is a British film
about a four-year-old deaf girl
which has been nominated
for Best Short Film.
It's called The Silent Child.
And to get our own insight
into that world here's
a remarkable lad called Reuben.
My name is Reuben
and I'm 13 years old.
I was born deaf. I'm just like
another teenager. I like sport,
technology and cars. I go to the
same school as my sister. She's not
deaf but she signs. This is my mum.
Pasta and tomato
Reuben has been very
insistent about being in a
hearing children has been very
important to me, learning how to
communicate and work with them in
He is determined to have
the same opportunities as any other
teenager. He makes it more difficult
for himself because he's facing
everyday challenges that your
average teenager doesn't have to put
My first lesson
today is one of my favourites, PE.
This lady is employed by the school
to help me understand what's going
on in the classes by signing what is
being said. It's quite difficult for
her because she can't hear
everything that the group are all
saying because they are all talking
over each other. But I'm very lucky
as most deaf kids don't have this
kind of support in a mainstream
It definitely keeps me fit.
You have to run around in your
boots. Next time bring proper
I'll learn one day. Reuben
is a very intelligent child. He's
very independent and he can pick up
a lot of his own accord. But he does
need the support in the lessons.
When I'm not in class, I want to be
able to chat with my friends like
everyone else. When I first started
at the school it was hard to get
involved, so I started -- I decided
to do something about it. I felt
quite lonely at break time. I
thought why not set up British sign
language club? I can talk to people
in my language.
I said that I am teaching them.
do not expect that from a year a
I now teach around 20 people,
that means, how to sign.
that means, how to sign.
never met such a child with such
determinations. Generally, we don't
do a lot. It is fantastic. And they
are all keen.
And it Reuben is a
really good teacher. And he is
I used to see
Reuben but I was never able to talk
He came to the school is the
only deaf child and he is flying so
high. Such an achievement.
the one show is helping me connect
with even more people at my school.
They have organised a screaming or
-- a screening of the
Oscar-nominated film, The Silent
Child about a four-year-old deaf
girl called Libby. The film is quite
similar to me because she felt
lonely and she couldn't open the
barrier to communicate. I think it
will help my friends understand what
it is like to be in school, well you
shouldn't be left out, you should be
a normal person. You should be in
group discussions. Not to be left
alone, or sad. The film seem to have
had a positive effect on everyone.
We are seeing a different side of
It is important to
talk to him because he might be
upset and lonely sometimes and if he
has no one to talk to, it might get
The signing looks really cool
and feels really cool, as well.
hope that the film will let me try
and help the group out.
Reuben, Maisie and Mum
are here with Russ,
You must be so proud of your boy.
Having gone to the school is the
only deaf child, and he is now
teaching British sign language to a
big class at lunchtime. That is
incredible, isn't it?
think of what he is achieving, to be
the only deaf child, to have no
communication around him and, for
him to take the onus upon himself to
teach people to be able to sign, it
is a massive achievement for any
Give this guy a
round of applause.
Because, to go out of your way, and
in your lunch break, to be teaching
all of these kids. Were you
surprised that some of your friends
wanted to come and join you?
wanted to come and join you?
told my friends, they were all quite
excited about it.
excited about it. It is the
anniversary this Tuesday. About ten
people on the first sign language
club and now it has grown up to 20
people coming to the club. So it is
really the people who come to the
club. They make the club. So thanks
to all the people who come to the
Congratulations on the first
year. What an achievement. Anyone
watching that film would agree that
you are a completely natural
teacher. You looked so at ease in
front of the class. Is that what you
want to do when older?
I don't want
to be a teacher, because I've done
Been there, done that,
and got the T-shirt!
I would like to
be an aeroplane engineer in the
future. How did you start it? Will,
you can watch the same thing, but at
the very start and at the very end,
also, there are lots of people I
know who work at Rolls-Royce, so it
makes me feel excited, and that I
have a perfect dream in the future.
Well, you will be a valuable asset
to the engineering world.
you do, buddy, you're going to fly,
absolutely. Thank you.
Let's look at your new show, Action
Team. It will leave I was shaken and
Logan, what you think? I
think that you got 15 minutes to get
in and out of there I spend another
7 euros parking.
Let's take this
out, Action Team style.
you so long?
I'm sorry. I was
waiting for a toasty.
We have never
seen anybody walk away from an
explosion and be that cool. You were
born to be Bond, Don.
from the age of 13 that I would be a
great Bond villain, which is not a
great thing to delicate.
I wanted to
be a suave, secret agent, so I sort
of did it myself. A lot of it was
just my own ego.
This looks like an
amazing show. Essentially, you and
It is silly. It is kind
of like Bourne. It is fun, it is a
bit of escapism for half an hour,
just to be surreal and mess around,
it is like messing around with your
mates, to be there.
It reminded me
of The Naked Gun.
That is one of our
You have made it,
then, well done. Vicki, your
character can be summed up with one
That was kind of the idea.
Then we start to have a bit of fun
and I don't think that you can
compare the two. He has become quite
an evil character.
We have seen you
playing lots of brilliant rolls over
the last couple of years. You have
been in Line Of Duty, The
Replacement, which I felt was
absolutely fantastic. This is very
difficult, although as Stern are
some of those characters, but was
see a lot more fun to play?
We thought we would improvise and go
again and do something completely
different. Take it a little bit too
far, and that is what made it fun.
But you do not see Rhys smiling a
lot. He was, like, you are going to
have to get it together.
using all the money putting the show
together, having too much one.
was hilarious, so it hard.
do suffer for your art.
Yes, I do
all of my own stunts. Like any Bond
If I ever meet Tom Cruise I
can say I know what it was like to
go on a train at 80 mph through
Bulgaria on a train. The guys put
the strap on me and I was, like,
will it be safe, they were saying,
we will find out when the train
goes. Their health and safety laws
are not the same as over here! I
broke a couple of minutes, turning.
I turned really quickly, and
something cracked. -- I broke a
couple of my ribs.
I am so gullible.
He is always winding up. I said to
Vicki that we were going to be
filming in Greece. Until the last
day of filming and then I was, like,
argue looking forward to Greece? And
then we didn't go. This is the first
time we have spoken about it.
will get you to Greece eventually.
And, Tom, the last thing we saw you
in was Paddington two. Excellent
film. But it is fair to say that
this is not for the same audience.
would not let the kids stay up and
watch this. Until they are a little
bit older. Both a lot of fun to do.
They will enjoy it when they are
Thank you, guys, we
cannot wait to see. It is on ITV2 at
10pm on Monday.
We'll be talking more to Vicky
and Tom in a moment after we've
heard from our hard-working history
man Dan who's been weighing up
behind a natural disaster.
All we really know for sure
is that it started....with ice.
On April nine, 1912, the day before
the maiden voyage of the Titanic,
the second officer of the ship David
Blair was signed off the crew and
scent of the ship. In his pocket was
the key to a locked box on board
containing a pair of binoculars.
Some say that this was the key that
sank the Titanic.
sank the Titanic. Ten years ago,
that he sold at auction for £90,000.
But can it really have been
responsible for the most famous
shipwreck in history? The fate of
the Titanic and the 1500 who
perished when it struck an iceberg
still fascinates history
researchers. I'm meeting writer
Gareth Rubin at Southampton docks.
David Blair was taken off the ship
because they wanted to put on
someone more experienced and either
got to hand over one thing, the key
to his locker which contained the
binoculars. So you had the men in
the crows nest as the Luke Gallows,
but they did not have their
Can we be sure that they
would have spotted the iceberg
We can rely on the word of
one of the Luke Gallows in the crows
nest at that point. He was asked in
the New York inquiry into the
shipping disaster what would have
had if he'd had the binoculars and
he said, we could have seen this a
bit sooner. How much sooner? Well,
enough to get out of the way.
Blair's oversight is frequently
blamed for the tragedy of that
night. But would the binoculars make
up such a difference?
expert believes that the ship was
the victim of a rare Mirage.
the classic mirage. You would think,
I will go over there and fill up my
water bottle. Your brain makes you
think that it is water but in fact
it is this guy on the ground.
desert air bends light from the sky
in a way that makes it appear like
in the ground. He believes that the
opposite was happening in the cold
north Atlantic on the night the
The service is very
cold, not hot like the desert and
that makes things that would
normally be hidden below the
horizon, it has the effect of
raising them up so that you can
actually see them, you are seeing
around the curvature of the Earth.
You are blowing my mind. The effect
is a bonus strip of false horizon
above the real horizon which might
just have camouflaged the iceberg.
We will try to see how it happens
using a beam of laser like in
different densities of water
representing colder and will more or
less dense air. This is the cold
air, that is next to the Atlantic
Ocean and that is the warmer air
That is actually right
down. I am going to turn the laser
on, are you ready? As we will ever
be. That is the normally reflecting
air, with the light travelling in a
straight line through it. You are
now moving it down towards the cold
air by the seed's Circus. As it gets
into the more dense air, -- this
seat 's circus. You can see bending
now. I never thought that it would
bend that much.
That is a serious
bent. Tim is convinced that the
horizon affected by this like
bending crucially affected the
Titanic even at night. That Hayes is
what affect the contrast and means
that they see the iceberg a few
seconds later than they otherwise
would have done. Would it have made
a difference if the Luke Gallows had
They would have to
ring the bell as soon as they saw
anything they picked up with the
naked eye. Not getting the
binoculars out and wasting time,
that was the job of the officer.
for Gareth, the story of the missing
binoculars is testament to our taste
for mythologising trepanning. Over
100 years on it is hard to pin the
fate of the Titanic to either human
error or natural phenomenon. What is
more likely is a vast sea of
coinciding factors. What we do know
is that the myths surrounding the
Titanic will continue to fascinate
writers and scientists for many
years to come.
If you lived on the same street as
done in the snow he would definitely
clear your driveway with a spade!
He's very handy. You know Belfast
very well because Line of Duty has
been filmed there. When can we see
this back on the TV?
He put on
Twitter the other day that he
writing it and that's all I know.
Jed, if you're watching, we need
more details! Next year?
I film it
this year, towards the end of the
year. We can't go and any later than
Tom, Murder in Successville.
The rate and star in it. It's like a
mock murder investigation. It's a
lot of fun. My agent wouldn't allow
me to do it! LAUGHTER
me to do it! LAUGHTER Ask me again!
I'll do it as soon as you ask!
LAUGHTER Who is the most surprising
guest you've had on it?
guest you've had on it?
Meaden. She was incredible. We
wanted to do a spoof and she came
along and said I want to solve this
case. I was messing around and
playing about and she was literally
like... If you watch it you can see
slowly she loses her mind with me.
She was like, I don't see why you
find this so funny! I love her to
pieces. She was literally, I think
two of my favourite days in the
business was with Deborah.
be an amazing series to film to have
these different celebrities come in
and interpreted in different ways.
But hard for them to keep a straight
face when DI Sleet is dressed as a
What you want to do is
try and throw people and get them so
they are a bit uncomfortable. I
thought let's get him dressed up in
drag and see what happens. He
literally came in and he was wearing
this dress and heels and he was
loving it. He was like, this is so
He really got into it!
didn't force him to put the pink
lipstick on either!
been a pleasure to have you boast on
the sofa. Thank you for popping in.
Safe journey home and we look
forward to Action Team. Plenty more
to come including UB40 playing for
Now an update on what's
going on out there with the BBC's
Joe Campbell from just outside
Winchester. Bring us up to date
The snow is heavy on the
ground. We've just had some sleet.
Look down there, that's the M3.
Normally that would be nose to tail
with commuters heading home. Also
people heading to their second homes
in the new Forest. Frankly people
have been staying off the raids and
it's been quiet all day after those
huge jams we saw last night. The
trains you are talking about earlier
on as well. It looks as though
people have heeded the warnings. In
Wiltshire Police have said to people
don't go outdoors unless you have
too. It's not just the roads that
have been quiet although they have
been working with gritters. At one
stage it got down to just one lane
here at on the M3. Normally on a
Friday it would be full of people
out getting their food in for the
weekend at the supermarket. They've
just not come out tonight and
neither have many of the staff. As a
result certain parts of the
supermarket have had to close down.
There's no pitches, no delicatessen
and most crucially they haven't got
enough people to keep the hot food
counter open -- there's no butchery
We are now heading to the Vale of
Glamorgan to speak to Sian Lloyd.
Normally this road would be
extremely busy. Many people use it
to get to the airport but this
county recorded the highest level of
snowfall anywhere in the UK last
night. It's led to this huge
drifting. There's a car under here,
would you believe it. It's actually
frozen. Earlier today three people
had to be dug out of eight car in a
similar drift not too far away after
an SOS was put out. Local people
came to help. There has been a
rescue operation going on down the
lane behind me. Our four by four was
able to pull somebody out from here
earlier as well. The roads across
Wales are treacherous. Many of them
have been closed, the M4 and the
main arterial roads very difficult
for people to get through. South
Wales Police have said they've had
to deal with an awful lot of
weather-related incidents. Lots of
people's travel plans have been
thrown out of the window because
public transport has been cut back.
We note tonight we've got a Yellow
Warning for ice. It's bitterly cold
out here and there is probably more
disruption to come.
Thank you, Sian.
If you're travelling over
the weekend, Carrie is here with us
with updates on all things planes,
trains and automobiles.
I wish I could bring you some good
news. Network Rail, we spoke to them
today and they said the situation is
bad. Every operator is affected.
It's widespread disruption. Make
sure that you have a look on Network
Rail before you leave home. With
flights, Cardiff airport is
currently shot. We've got Edinburgh,
Glasgow, East Midlands and Bristol
now open but all the airports are
saying there's going to be delays
and cancellations. Check with the
poor before you leave home. If your
flight is cancelled you need to
contact your airline.
have thought it would have got
better at this point.
Edmund was here talking about the
roads last night. We got in contact
with him today and he said the
biggest problem now is ice and black
ice. We heard about a 40 car pile-up
in Devon today on the A38. Some of
the back roads are more treacherous.
The most important thing is to
research your route before you leave
home. Listen to the BBC local news,
they always have the notices of
where the roads are shot. Make sure
you've got petrol, all your
essential supplies like water,
blankets and food.
And a flask.
Kit Kats like Nikki said!
Weekend plans are disrupted, aren't
Gigs and stuff.
cancelled their gig at Glasgow
tomorrow night. They've postponed to
Monday. Stereophonics did their gig
but they've had to put a tweet up
saying for all those fans who, we'll
be doing something for you. We don't
know what exactly but keep your eyes
Sport is going on.
Premier League games going ahead.
They are more worried about the
trouble than the game itself. West
Ham have got to get to Swansea. The
Scottish ski and board Cross has
been cancelled. Who would have
Winter sports can't handle
To win truth of the
Down in Devon and
Cornwall we've got people skiing in
That is hysterical.
Winter Olympic medals being one as
Thank you. Safe travel.
Forgive us if you are sick of the
stuff but we have a beautiful film
from Richard Taylor Jones.
Snow transforms any landscape it
touches. Its arrival even has an
effect on some of the UK's hardiest
snow living specialists such as the
mountain hare and Ptarmigan who
respond to its arrival by turning
from some brown to winter white for
camouflage. The Scottish Highlands
are one of the few places guaranteed
snow in the winter. It impacts on
everything here yet there's more to
snow than first meets the eye. It's
easy to forget in this vast
snow-covered landscape that this
stuff is actually made up of tiny
individual and unique snowflakes
that started their lives high up in
the clouds. Each flake starts as a
super cooled water droplet. As it
evaporates it turns into freezing
water vapour. When that vapour meets
a tiny dust or pollen particles it
begins to crystallise into a
snowflake. As it falls it continues
to grow and as each flake encounters
different atmospheric conditions, no
two snowflakes are alike. However,
snowflakes, in types and the first
person to try and classify them was
a Japanese scientist in 1954. He
identified seven major groups of
snowflakes which subdivided into 41
different types. I want to take a
closer look at the snow in the
Highlands. A few weeks ago I came
across an amazing blog by a Russian
photographer who, by using an
inexpensive camera and old lens,
takes spectacular snowflake images.
I want to do the same. It's not much
of a looker but I hope that once I
put my version of her camera
together I'll get those beautiful
and intricate shots of snowflakes
that I am after. How does it work?
It's rather simple. If you take a
normal camera lens and turn it
around, it becomes a magnifying
glass. If you zoom in on the
magnified image, you magnify the
magnification. So with the camera
set up I'm ready to shoot. I'm going
to dab the glove around in this
fresh snow, try and pick up some
snowflakes on the wool. The
conditions in the Scottish Highlands
are far from ideal. I've got to be
honest. Just trying to find a nice
individual snowflake is a bit of a
challenge. I do finally managed to
get some photographs, proving the
technique works for me. But the
flakes are nowhere near as clean as
I'd like. But as my time in the
Highlands comes to an end, I've
really got the bug and desperately
want to get some better photos. As
luck would have it, a couple of
weeks later I get my chance. I've
come on a family holiday to Lapland,
and of course how could I not bring
with me the snowflake camera? I
can't think of a better place than
this to start improving my shots.
The snow conditions for me are much
better than they were in Scotland,
and it shows in my photographs.
In the end, perseverance and the
right kind of snow really pays off.
You know what? I'm actually getting
quite close. I've got it technically
sussed. I just needed better
snowflakes. Still, I'm really happy
that I've used some really simple
equipment to get some really complex
images of snowflakes.
We've had loads of pictures in.
one is almost as good as Richard's.
This one is from a snowstorm in West
Yorkshire. It looks like jewellery.
Laura from North Devon says there is
still plenty of beauty around. Look
at those icicles.
honours, look at this one from the
Isle of Bute. That is absolutely
And the snow in Poldark
country from Karen. That's stunning.
Our snow experts Helen Scerzny
and Mike Dilger have joined us.
We had so many questions for you so
we had to bring you back.
So much to
know about snow and ice!
we are an hour today! Nick has asked
is the grit we put on the roads salt
and how does it not the snow?
you've got a salty road waterfalls
onto it. When it mixes with the salt
you've got salty water. That has a
lower freezing temperature and if
it's not cold enough to get down to
that temperature you've just got
liquid salty water instead of ice.
John is hoping you can explain the
phenomenon that is freezing rain.
In very rare atmospheric conditions
you get rain that is liquid as it
comes down and then it falls through
cold air, and then it becomes colder
than the freezing temperature but
because there's nothing for it to
stick to, it can't freeze, so you
have supercooled water that is below
As soon as it hits the
windscreen of the side of your house
the whole thing freezes instantly.
So it is not frozen on the way down
but as soon as it touches...
when you're driving it just feels
On the side of your
face. It is awful, isn't it? Jack
was to know the science behind black
Allsorts of interesting stuff.
Some people just use it for ice that
you can't see on the roads but it
has a technical definition. The road
on a small scale as bumpy with a lot
of these shapes, and the water
doesn't fill the top of the B shape,
you stand on top of the point of it,
but if that ice freezes, it expands
and points upwards. Then, when you
stand on if you are standing on ice.
Like when you have ice cubes in the
tray and utility up, then you have
little bumps, then you're walking on
those little bumps, and that is what
Black ice is, but it is almost
transparent and you can't see it.
are all sitting here as if
everything 's normal, but Mike is
dressed as a rapper.
I'm dressed as
a naturalist who has been filming
slurry wildlife. I have been filming
in the Yorkshire words. We have been
filming Winter Wildlife sitting in
the snow with barn owls at night,
and how do you film those hares in
snow, you have to dress yourself
like this. I cannot tell you how
cold it was. Minus six. The others
in that picture were perfectly
white. When a long white out, you
run, then they can't see you in the
snow. I got 30 metres from a brown
hare, and I was dressed like an
idiot but it was worth it for the
Who are the wildlife
winners and losers at this time of
It is pretty tough and can
cope with most things, but any
frogspawn that has been put into
ponds already if it freezes a lot
the embryos might die. Birds will
struggle if the weather continues to
stay below freezing at the moment.
It is right at the end of the
freezing season -- feeding season,
they are coming into gardens, they
are very hungry, the birds become so
tame they are super hungry. Things
like barn owls, they are hunting at
night, they cannot find little voles
running under the snow, so they
could struggle if the snow stays.
And the winners... The polar bears.
In the Yorkshire wildlife Park, they
are having the time of their lives
right now. This is just ridiculous.
He's thinking, this is the tropics!
And things like the Penguins in
Edinburgh Zoo, having a great time.
Ali G, we're going to say thank you
very much. That work is flying off
the shelves all over again.
thank you for coming in, your
programme, From A Stiff Wire is on
the BBC iPlayer right now. -- from
ice to fire.
Now the latest in our series
in which people return
to the street they grew up in.
Tonight, Hairy Biker Si King.
My name is Si King and you will know
me as the Geordie heart of the Hairy
Bikers. Today I want to reveal the
little lad behind the beard, and a
place that made them.
place that made them. This is Birtle
near Gateshead and this is where I
grew up from the age of four. I
haven't been back for years and I
wonder if it has changed me. That is
Your mum was a remarkable
lady. She was incredibly bright and
intelligent. She wanted to be a
But my grandma insisted that
she stayed in the house. To help
with the men. And my dad, he was in
the Royal Navy, on the Russian
convoys in the Second World War,
then he travelled the world as part
of the merchant service, brought
back some fantastic ingredients that
we started to cook with, even in the
50s. It was remarkable. That was
where my love of food was born. Now
I am back in our cold kitchen to
cook a childhood favourite from my
mum was my crispy. This is one of
her recipes. She was a fantastic
cook on a budget. But there was
always a twist. She adored spices.
We've spent quite a lot of time
together in the kitchen. It was our
way of connecting.
way of connecting. Oh, that takes me
back. What a privilege to come and
cooking this kitchen again. But some
memories are painful. My dad had
been on dialysis for a couple of
years when he was rushed to hospital
for a double kidney transplant. I
was stood in the kitchen. And my mum
was sat down and my sister was
there. And they said that your dad
has passed away. His body had
rejected the kidneys because the
drugs then were not as
sophisticated. And that was a big
loss. We were really tight family
unit, you know? Yes. There were some
real happy times, actually. It was
great being brought up here, but
there were some sad things as well.
But that is what makes a house. That
is what makes the spirit of the
house, isn't it? After my dad died
mum and I consoled ourselves and
comfort eating and by the time I was
eight years old I was eight stone.
So you can imagine life at school
was not much fun. I was a bit of a
fat lad. In any school environment
if you had a little point of
difference you got picked on. My mum
and I thought we should pull
ourselves together and we should
govern a diet. By the time I go to
secondary school I was a lot
thinner. Besides food, music was a
big passion of mine and at 18 I
joined a band as a drummer. Today
I'm meeting up with an old friend
and band-mate, Kevin, to talk about
those old days.
those old days.
Yes, I remember the
ripped jeans you used to always have
I always thought that it would
work, but it didn't, really. Shall
we have a jam for old times sake?
think we should.
think we should.
The band didn't
exactly pay the bills so after
having a baby with my girlfriend I
knuckled down on a media course at
the local tech college. One day on
the wall of the tech I noticed an
advertising for a new children's
drama series and they wanted
runners, and I got the job and it
turned out to be here, Byker Grove.
Who would have thought it? Working
behind Byker Grove was the start of
a film and TV career that would
eventually take me around the world
with my mate Dave, as a Hairy Biker.
But no matter where I roam, I will
always be a Geordie boy, at heart.
That was a lovely film.
That was a lovely film.
backed the weekend forecast. Hit me
If you're in the Midlands,
Wales or Northern Ireland you can
expect a bit more snow tonight. A
bit of a top up. It will be
increasingly like an patchy. That
rain you can see coming into
increasingly like an patchy. That
rain you can see coming into the
South West, that to be freezing
rain. Temperatures will be around
freezing. There could be ice
wherever you are across the country.
The weekend is turning slowly,
slowly less cold. Still some wintry
showers, issue of rain, sleet and
snow, but not
showers, issue of rain, sleet and
snow, but not as cold as it has
been. We're back on Monday. And now
from their album paddle gets labour
of love, UB40 with She Loves Me Now.
# She loves me now
# And that just means
I can't complain
# She loves me now
# And I must admit I feel the same
# Listen now
# Early one Sunday morning
# As I took up my paper
and decided to read
# The phone rang with
a little voice saying
# "You might not remember me
but I had one dance with you
# And ever since the night we met,
I must tell you true
# You danced into my life,
drove me out of my mind
# Now between and me
and my man it's all over"
# "I just want us now to get closer"
# She loves me now
# That just means I can't complain
# She loves me now
# And I must admit I feel the same
# I knew something special
would have to come out
# Cos the way with the woman
there was no doubt
# We would have to see each other
and it would not be long
# Before we'd hit it off with a love
that's strong, strong, strong
# And I know someone out
there is hurt, but got to get it on
# It's natural that we were
meant for each other
# If you run your life
the way you dance
# I'd be proud of that
night I made my advance
# She loves me now
# And that just means
I can't complain
# She loves me now
# And I must admit I feel the same.
# Oh yeah
Alex Jones and Ore Oduba hear viewers' stories about the weather from across the country. They also talk to Vicky McClure and Tom Davis about their comedy crime drama Action Team. Plus there's music from UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey.