Helen and Barney go back to their home towns as they compete against one another to raise money for Children in Need. They also chat to blogger Charlie McDonnell.
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Coming up: The science behind a laugh and why the more you do it,
the better you feel. When you do it at somebody, they copy you, it's a
weird thing but it's amazing. From Harry Potter, Neville Longbottom
will be baking a difference for Hello. Hello. How you doing? A busy
show today but it's not as busy as our showbiz pooch down here. That
is the right term for Barney theing to. Sometimes we have to remind him
that he's dog. This one's been on the front cover of magazine, hangs
out in restaurants and has even been known to stay in hotels. This
week, has been no different. Legally Blonde, the film, they
turned it into a musical. That went on tour. When the show came to
Manchester, Barney went along to say hello.
Barney is one very important dog. He's on the go from the moment he
arrives at work and doesn't stop all day.
He always likes to make sure he looks his best on TV.
Let's face it, he is the King of the studio. But it's not just
showbiz circles Barney moves in. He likes to get out and meet other
working dogs. Today, Barney is out and about in
Manchester. He's on his way to see a dog with a rather interesting job.
This is Breezy. Her handler is Hayley. Breezy is a chihuahua jack
Russell cross and how cute, even if a little noisy. She's no strange
tore the limelight because Breezy is an actor. This is Legally Blonde
the musical based on the movie starring Rhys Witherspoon. He is
one of two dogs who plays the dog in the show. Barney will join
Breezy at the opera house in Manchester to see what it's like to
be a dog on stage. First to Breezy's dressing room. It's
Hayley's job to look at her every need. So, Barney, this is breezy's
dressing room that she shares with Pringle. We have brought along her
suitcase, everything that she needs while on tour. Everything of
Breezy's has to be pink. She's a diva so she's got a pink lead that
sparkles with its bones on. We've always got to have sparkles. Her
favourite collar which is her pink one with the sparkly B on it.
She's got lots of costumes in here. Her fauf rit one is this one --
favourite one just because it glitters. We are off on stage to
meet Breezy's co-stars. I'm playing Elle. And I'm Sophie. We are lucky
enough to work with the dogs in the show and we'll show you what tricks
they can do. This is the first trick and it's complicated so watch
carefully. Bruiser. Doesn't have an engagement outfit. She was totally
freaking out. She responds to hand signals. Now it's Barney's turn to
have a go. Good boy. Where's Elle? You are meant to bark. Now! She's
totally freaking out. Now! She's trapped in the old valley mill.
Never mind. Sorry, the mill. Come on, good
boy... The cast decide to tell us about life in the theatre. Working
with the dog is so exciting and lovely for them to kind of know us
and go to venues with us. They understand that they're doing the
job and we are doing ours and we are all together there as a family.
The training process with the dogs was very specific at first when we
were in London rehearsing. We would just have sessions getting to know
the dogs and them being comfortable with us. Trick two, you have to
jump on to the bed and then into the bag. Come on, Barney, you can
do it. Nice outfit, mate! Come on, Barney. No, don't think he's quite
got the hang of this acting business, has he? The dogs are so
spoilt on tour. They get loads of treats and loads of fuss all the
time. Obviously, the dogs that are chosen to be Bruiser in the show
will have to be very special and hopefully they'll be happy and will
be able to do eight shows a week. We get tired, they must get tired.
That sounds like a lot of hard work, Barney, you just lie there, look
cute and stick to telly. You shouldn't give up your day job just
yet. But he can do some tricks. High five! Yeah! There you go. That
bag he was meant to get into. was tiny. And pink and for a
chihuahua. He's a big dog. Here we have a suitcase. You can redeem
yourself, Barney, if you go down and at least look like you are
going to get into it. Prove to the nation that you can do it, OK. Look,
Barney, come on. Let's get the drum roll. Here it is. Just chuck him in.
His head's in it. Doesn't that count? He gave it a go. He's a star
of our show. Let's move on from dogs and theatre for a moment.
are you doing?! What are you doing? Can you see how you are laughing.
It's a technique I learned at a laughter yoga workshop. Laughter is
food for your health. It's true. Watch this, it will all make sense.
Where are you off now... How much do you love to laugh? This
much? Or this much? Laughing feels great. But have you ever wondered
why? Well, I'm going behind the giggles to find out what really
happens when we laugh. OK, now it's time for the serious bit. This is
where the science comes in. We are about to go inside the human body.
My human body to be precise. We are going to find out what happens to
us when we laugh. Consultant ear nose and throat surgeon Iain is
about to give me an endoscopy, it involves putting the scope up my
nose. It's to examine problems with voice or swallowing. Today we are
using it to see what a laugh looks at inside. Not something you should
try at home. Looks hairy. That will be my nostril hair. The
camera is going down my throat into my larin ex, also known as the
voice box. It contains muscles which vie brait to make sounds like
talking, singing and laughing. -- vibrate. The lower the note, the
more vibration. This might look like an alien, but it's my vocal
cords in action. As you can see on the monitor, if you give us a
laugh... That's pretty amazing. can see when you are laughing that
the cords are opening and closing like they're clapping for each
other and that gives you the rhythmic laughing sound that we
know. There you have it from, not from the horse's mouth but from
inside MY mouth. That is what happens when you laugh. So why is
laughing good for us? The theory is the act of laughing releases
natural chemicals endorphins. Endorphins are a kind of happy
hormone produced in the brain by a gland. They're released into the
blood stream where they help your body cope with pain or stress, so
endorphins make you feel good. As well as laughing, all kinds of
things can get the endorphins flowing, everything from exercise
to roller coaster rides and extreme thrills. These happy hormones sound
amazing. Wouldn't it be great if you could have some whatever you
wanted. Apparently, you can! Cathy runs laughter yoga workshops
for children. She believes you can exercise your laugh whenever you
want and even fake laughing counts. What We do some special laughing
exercises designed to get people laughing, to create endorphins, get
more oxygen in their body and to exercise their muscles. I'm going
to help Cathy run her next laughter class, but first, she's going to
show me 2 ropes -- me the ropes. The laughing hand shake.
THEY LAUGH Now, something that isn't really
there. But it's still funny. And finally, my favourite, the
motorbike. Third time. Still nothing. But the fourth time is
going to work. Wooooo... And you're off! I've got my techniques and now
it's time to test them out on a real laughter class. Let me get one
volunteer for this. You are the smiliest person ever, you can go
first. We are going to shake hands. OK. OK. Uh-oh. That's more like it!
OK, give me your other hand. Remember, even pretend laughing
gets the endorphins going because it uses the same mullsles and has
the same physical effect on the body. I have got the funniest thing
I've never seen so many happy hormones! If you laugh and do it at
somebody, they copy you, it's a weird but amazing thing. What's
really strange about this is that it's exhausting. This next one, we
are going to have a bit of fun, ride our bikes around the hall,
carefully hofbg because we don't have helmets. When it starts, it's
going to go ha-ha -- carefully of course. The motorbikes are a hit.
But I think my endorphins need a rest. One of the wheels fell off.
So I think it's fair to say we've learned that laughter can make us
feel good. But can it help us when we are not feeling well?
Well, I've come to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital where they are
convinced it can. Children here are enkrgeed to laugh,
it's those endorphins again! -- encouraged to laugh. The hospital
has its own laughing specialists, but not the medical kind. Meet Dr
Faffy. Hello! Hello. Julie is a clown doctor and for one day only
she has an Assistant. Call me Dr Fluffy. We are in business. Let's
do it. Dr Faffy is one of a team of clown doctors who visit the wards
three times a week, 156 times a year. You are officially a clown.
Hello... You happy with that so far? Brilliant, OK. We can try that
again. The theory goes, make 'em laugh and the endorphins will kick
in, a kind of natural medicine. Abracadabra... Of course you can
press my nose. There you have it. Is laughter the best medicine? I
think so. Did you have some fun today? Yes. Are you going to look
after Eric for us? Yes. It's working, keep going! That's it,
nearly there. That made me laugh. You being
chased out. Did the camera down the nose hurt? No, not at all, it
tickled. It was fascinating, like a Doctor Who bad guy. Hope you
weren't eating your tea while that was on. It was gross but
fascinating. Yes. Take a look here. These are what's known as mascots,
which you will find at most sporting events. If you go to the
football or the rugby, you have probably seen these guys in action
and know how funny they can be. Ronnie the rhino. They come in all
shapes and sizes, the mascots, but it's not just at football and rugby,
big events have them, especially the Olympics. The first Olympic
mascot was introduced in 1968, a skier called Schuss. For London
2012, we have two brand-new mascots and they are with us in the studio
now. It's Wenlock and mannedville. I can't call them he or she pause
we just call them it, they are not specific animal but they have lots
of cool features. If you have a look at Wenlock's eye, that
actually doubles as a camera, so as Wenlock goes around the country, it
can record the experiences and things it sees. Also on the top of
his head is a taxi light there, based on a London taxi and you can
see the three bumps on its head actually symbolising the stadium
roof and the podiums, bronze, silver and gold.
On Wenlock's wrist he has friendship bands, the colours of
the Olympic rings, so he's a colourful character. Mannedville,
some designs there which tell you all about the Olympics and the
events. There's a personal best timer on the wrist there and that
ensures that he's always smashing his personal best, which is cool.
The head represents the three Crescents from the Paralympics logo
on the top. On the right hip, there's the logo there with bursts
of energy radiating from it. The outer skin is a blue colour,
reflecting mannedville's determination. You can see the
mascots at the London 2012 Olympics. The next big sporting event is the
2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. At the moment, they don't have a
mascot and so, they want you to get in touch and design it for them. Go
and get a pen and paper. If you are not sure how to design a
mascot, you are in luck. Watch this. We are familiar with mascots at
sporting events. What makes a great mascot? Here is a man whose job it
is to design and make them every day.
Hi, I'm Simon, the creative director here at Frenzy, this is my
office. This is where the design process starts. With a simple piece
of paper and a pencil sketch. We take the sketch, turn it into
artwork which I do on the computer. When we have decided what it will
look like at a small scale, we take it through to the pattern-making
and sewing department where we put it together full size. We make the
patterns for the costumes here and put them all together. After we've
put the patterns together and sown the costume, the next stage is to
think about the head. Remember the clay cat, what we do is, we scan
that into the computer and scale that up and we use this computer
and some software to cut out the shapes that we use to make the head.
So now you have seen the stages about how we put a costume together,
I can show you the finished product. There's lots of things to consider
when designing a costume. It has to look fantastic, larger than life,
very, very bright, really, really nice engaging eyes, quite often
really big eyes makes something look really friendly. Another thing
is consider is the colours you use. Sometimes too many colours can look
too busy and make sure your mascot has a great big smile.
What a cool job to be the mascot and the designer. I was once at a
football match and the nose got pulled off a fox. What's not good.
How did he smell - terrible. Everyone's turned the tellies off.
If Glasgow have been given the unique chance to design their
mascot for them. The winner will see their design turned into a
reality and will be invited to the opening ceremony in Glasgow in July
20 1 and those events are spectacular. You will even get to
take three members of your friends or family. There are some rules to
this. The first is, don't stick to stereotypes, so probably not best
to send in a picture of the Loch Ness monster or somebody lie
playing the bagpipes. Some things You have to create it yourself,
don't use a computer. You have to use the official colours, red,
yellow, green or blue, you don't need to use all of them, but one of
the colours has to be in there. Once you are happy, just get in
Just because it's post, you don't have to go all BBC News reader!
That's my proper BBC voice that, sorry. You have until 2nd December
to get your designs in. Get it sent over to us. Let's talk celebrity
and baking. Loads of people have helped us out with the appeal.
Alesha Dixon, Aaron Craze last week and Gary Lineker. When we found out
a cast of harry Potter wanted to help us, how could we resist.
a nice man as well. Frbgts wave that at the telly, see what happens.
I'm Matthew Lewis and today I'll show you how to make something
simple for the Blue Peter bake sale. You can customise these any way you
want. Today, we are making want. Today, we are making
chocolate chip cookies like this. Before you start, get an adult to
pre-heat the oven to about 190 or gas mark 5 and then we need the
ingredients. 250g plain flour, half a teaspoon of soda, half a teaspoon
of salt, 170g unsalted butter, 200g soft dark brown sugar, then 100g
caster sugar, one table spoon of vanilla extract, two eggs a most
importantly, 325 grammes of chocolate chips. Let's mix. In the
first bowl, the flour goes in. Then the bicarbonate of soda. Plonk that
in as well. Then the salt. Sieve that through into the bowl. In this
bowl, we are going to take the butter. It's easier if you chop it
up into cubes like this. We are going to knock all that into the
bowl like so. Keep that all in there. Once that's in, we are going
to add the brown sugar here. Pour that in as well. Then, finally, you
take the caster sugar, plonk all that in and you want to mix it all
up until it goes nice and creamy. Then you can add the eggs and the
vanilla extract. Then beat the eggs in until it all gets mixed together.
So when your ingredients are mixed together, grab a Greaseed baking
tray like so. You are going to grab a small golf ball sized amount and
scrunch it up into a ball and place it on to the tray. Now, the
important thing is to not flatten the ball because once it's in the
oven, it's going to flatten out into the cookie shape that we want.
Because of that, it means that you only want to stick about two or
three to a tray. Just like so. Finally, once you've got to this
stage, you need to get an adult to put them in the oven for you for
about 15 minutes, then you will have some perfect cookies. After
ten or 15 minutes, they should look something like this. If you want
your bake sail to stand out from the crowd, you are going to need to
personalise the cookies. While they're warm, you could add some
sweets, chocolates or something, so they end up like this. It really is
that simple. Hopefully these cookies will be big sellers at the
bake sale. So go on, Bake A bake sale. So go on, Bake A
Difference for Children In Need! What a nice man. He came into the
studio once so thank you for the recipe. If you want to try that at
home, you are in luck, because all the details are on the Blue Peter
website. Speaking of cookies... Yeah... Cookie. Got one? No, but an
impressive picture of cookie, one of the Blue Peter cats. This was
sent in by Anna, in East Sussex. What a phenomenal job, real talent
there, so thank you for that. one has been sent in by Grace. This
is Barney with his tongue sticking out. He does this a lot. What a
brilliant shot. He's even looking over his shoulder to look out for
his next treat. This one is different. Colourful and arty from
Portia in Hertfordshire and it's the eye of a tiger looking through
a few leaves there. Thank you. one uses recycling and has been
drawn by Hannah who is 11. She's drew an outline but filled it in
with bits of paper. Well worthy of a Blue Peter badge. You have got to
Helen and Barney go back to their home towns as they compete against one another to see who can raise the most money for Children in Need. Also, blogger extraordinaire Charlie McDonnell joins Helen and Barney in the studio to discuss just how he has become such an internet sensation.