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Radzi and the Supersized Screen

When the giant screen at the top of an iconic London tower needs changing, Radzi lends a hand.


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-LINDSEY:

-This is Blue Peter. But mini.

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Expect epic adventures,

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makes, bakes,

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badges, pets,

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presenters and your post.

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We've only got five minutes, so get ready for your Blue Peter adventure.

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RADZI: The BT Tower, built from 13,000 tonnes of concrete.

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It's one of the most iconic shapes on the London skyline.

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At a massive 189 metres, it was once the capital's tallest tower.

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First opened in 1965,

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the tower is still a major television broadcasting hub.

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In fact, check this out,

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95% of UK television passes through the airwaves from here.

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Yep, the info's coming thick and fast, people.

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And here's some more for you.

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In 2009, the tower had a 360-degree screen installed at the top.

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To find out more, I'm heading up there...

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And I'm doing so in one of the fastest lifts in the country,

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which is great news!

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With it being such a long journey all the way to the top,

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I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite lift facts.

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So, there was one time... BELL

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-..Lindsey, Barney and me got into a lift...

-Doors opening.

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That's annoying.

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The man who looks after the tower screens is Wayne.

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-Wayne, lovely to meet you.

-Nice to meet you, Radzi.

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What do you think it is that makes the BT Tower so special?

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It's very much in use. It's very much an operational building.

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It's a hub for the UK telecommunications.

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I've noticed a screen at the very top.

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What is that for?

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We actually know it as the Infoband.

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It's used to celebrate UK landmark events.

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And why would it need changing or replacing?

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So, the original one was up there for seven years.

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As you can imagine, being at that height, it gets

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battered by the wind, rain, snow, so it was time for it to be replaced.

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How can I help?

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You're going to come along with us now

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and install one of the new Infoband panels.

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So, kitting you up, full harness,

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getting you over the side with the riggers to install one.

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Over the side of...

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..this incredibly tall building?

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Very much so.

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We begin by heading back down to somewhere called the plant room.

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Brilliant! I get to use that lift again.

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Wayne, I do love the plant room.

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In fact, my top ten plant rooms of all time...

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-Sorry, Radzi, we're actually here now.

-Are we?

-Yep.

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-BELL

-Doors opening.

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Oh. That's really annoying.

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The Infoband is actually made up of lots of small screens

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that work together to create a giant image.

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These all need installing separately,

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and it's here that they're prepared.

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-You hold that underneath.

-Yep.

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That on top.

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Hold it right there and just crank it up.

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-OK.

-There we go.

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Each one of these bolts is holding the screen together above the city.

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So I'm making sure I get this right.

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You might want to go a little quicker,

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because there's thousands and thousands more to go.

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-Thousands?

-Thousands.

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OK...

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Once a panel is put together,

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it's time to fix it to the side of the building.

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OK, Radzi, we're on level T-37, level 37 of the tower now.

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I'm afraid this is the part where I hand you over to the riggers,

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who will take care of you,

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-and they will let you install the panel that we just raised up.

-OK.

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-That's it down there?

-That's the one.

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-That's the one they pulled up now.

-Wait till you see this.

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I'm nearly 190 metres above the ground.

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When I climb over the edge,

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I need to clip my harness to the barrier to make sure I'm safe.

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That goes on there.

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I'm about to help out on a building project

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above one of the busiest cities in the world.

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There's no pretty way to do this.

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I've got the best seat in the house, all thanks to BT.

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Wow. Where my feet are, I can see the road.

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And those people look about the size of very small ants.

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But I'm not here to admire the view. I've got a job to do.

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Let's get this panel into place.

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OK, Radzi, so, that's perfect. Got both your attachments on there.

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-I'm safe?

-You're perfectly safe.

-Good!

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We're going to winch it up now, into position.

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We're going to winch it up? OK.

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First up, I need to secure the bolts that hold the screen.

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I'm not nearly as fast as these boys.

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But I want to make sure,

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if I'm putting a bolt into the tower, that it ain't going anywhere.

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I then attach an extra safety cable, just to be sure.

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This screen will be seen by millions for years to come,

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so it's probably best if I leave the experts to finish the job.

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-Wayne, thank you so much.

-It's been a pleasure.

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And I guess all that's left to do is take the lift down.

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Wayne, did I mention to you that I've got some great facts about...?

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Do you know what, Radzi?

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I'm going to grab the next one, if that's OK.

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Wayne. Wayne, Wayne?

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But I want to see the results of the team's handiwork,

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and I know just the place.

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It's a few weeks later, and we are back in London.

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The only thing is, I can't see the tower from here.

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We need a better view.

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I'm heading to the rooftop of the BBC's West 1 building

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for a very special view.

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Now we just need to find out if all 396 of the panels are working,

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including the one that I helped to put in place.

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Yeah! Look at that!

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The Blue Peter ship on the Infoband of the BT Tower!

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And that, right there,

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is the highest Blue Peter badge in the country.

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Join in every Thursday on CBBC.

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