Helen learns a brand new skill and performs it at the premiere of The Three Musketeers. Plus an update on the Blue Peter Appeal.
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Today, we spring a big surprise on a man who has brought some of our
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experimental chef Stefan Gates supports this year's Blue Peter
On guard. The reason I'm dressed like is because there is a new film
out this week called The Three Musketeers. It's full of action,
thrills and spills, stunts, Orlando Bloom is in it, James Corden is in.
There is comedy. This plastic sword is a joke. Brace yourself. We know
you learnt your skills on the set of The Three Musketeers. In this
studio, right here, right now, you have met your match. You were meant
to catch that. Let's see how I got on on the red carpet. It might look
look I'm in France I'm at a film premier for The Three Musketeers. I
will escort Freddy Fox down the red carpet. Every King needs a
bodyguard. That is where these guys Guys, can we slow it down a second.
Some of us have to learn skills to protect the King. The musketeers
were created by the King of France at the beginning of the 17th
century. They acted as the King's personal guards. The legend has
been brought bang up-to-date with the release of this new film much I
will meet Freddy very soon. How are you? First, I need to learn how to
This isn't called a sword. This is the weapon of the musketeer. Other
than being honourable what makes a good musketeer? Excellent sword
work. At all cost protect the King. And and look good while you do it,
if if you can. You lay-down the challenge, I accept. Excellent.
lesson starts off pretty well. I'm learning good skills and feeling
confident. That's it. When it comes to being a musketeer I think I'm
half way. There look at these guys, girlie hair and leather. I have
curly hair. I've got the leather. I need practice with this sword.
Where is some competition? As always, I spoke too soon. I think
I've taught you all I can for today. We u need prove your self-. It's
time to see if I can cut it as a movie musketeer. Here they come.
They are dressed in black. They are the bad guys. Look at them staring
me out. Without a sword. You won't always have a sword to protect the
King. I'm not sure what I'm doing. I'm nervous. I will try and get
your sword. OK. Well done. As if one isn't enough, now, I have to
APPLAUSE It has to be embarrassing for them,
hasn't it? Three boys, one girl. The men head off in a sulk. There
is good news for me. Job done. You are a fully qualified musketeer.
Are you confident the King will be OK? I'm confident the King is in
safe hands. Thank you, no-one needs to worry about the King. Have fun.
I've mastered the art of being a musketeer and feel ready to meet
Freddy Fox. Brawling with the Cardinal's guards, very bad. He is
talking to the press about the movie. I feel it's my job to save
him from the boring interviews. costume... I'm here to protect you.
I'm not sure I'm happy about this. That means all journalists out.
That's the door over there. don't I have one of those. Build me
one. You are backed into a corner. Right. I'm the King I can say,
"stop it" Yeah., "stop". I'm your servant. Gotcha. The benefits of
being a King. In the film you act if if you are not on guard, but you
are? Maybe that is the truth. You have to be when have you the
Cardinal and Buckingham, roch fort and M'lady. Finish them off.
give me from saying this, D'Artagnan, you look a little under
dressed. You seem object cress sesed with fashion, is that
important to you? Very. In real- life and in the film? You look
dapper. Definitely. You have beaten me hands down. In the film big
names. Yeah. Who was run to work alongside? James Corden was fun.
Sorry, sirs. He carries the bags. He is the bagman. What are you?
Complete and utter waste of space, sir. And. I will see you on the red
carpet. I'll blend in, watching your back. Back at the film's
opening the crowds are gathering. I make sure the area is safe. Let the
premier begin. Take That, everyone! As the stars arrive, I take the
chance to speak to my fellow musketeers. Matthew Macfadyen plays
Athos? Did it take you a long time to learn the fight scenes? Yes, it
took a month. You practice and practice the moves over and over
again and get them faster and faster and faster. Ray Stephenson
is Porthos. How hard was it to learn the skills? You have a short
career if you don't learn the skills. Luke Evans is Aramis. The
only thing you miss in your gang is a a woman. I keep guard. It's not
long until the King arrives. He has arrived in one piece on the red
carpet. How are you feeling after your encounter? I feel better
trained. I feel better prepared. I feel better protected. That is
exactly what I wanted to hear. From one King to another. Orlando Bloom
plays the fashion conscious King of England. Love the outfit. Very
retro. We were wearing those in London, when was it, last year or
the year before? Hello Blue Peter. How are you? I'm good. You have
your badge on. How can you not notice the out fit and go for the
badge? The badge counts. How can anyone compete with my bloomers?
have learnt lessons should I need to protect a King again. You have
to be honourable, skilful and determined. Other thing I've learnt.
If you want to attract the attention of movie stars wear a big
hat. Good advice that right there. Always wear a large hat. That was a
lesson on how to be a movie start star by Orlando Bloom becharming.
He said if he picked the muss MissS I could be one. Sometimes we have
special guests on the show. Sometimes it's the guest that do
something special that we think should be noticed. Tony Ross is a
well-known illustrator. He brought some of your favourite chashs to
life over the years including Little Princess and Horrid Henry.
love Horrid Henry. He would fit in with the musketeers dressed like
that. Only if I was there to protect him. I can't speak I'm
thinking of Orlando Bloom. Let's find out what happened when we gave
something special to Tony Ross. heard he was going to be at this
school outside Birmingham along with Francesca Simon author of
Horrid Henry. I have to make sure he doesn't see me as I try to
So, here I am hiding in the headmasters office, along with the
Horrid Henry costume, which I will put on. He has no idea what's about
to happen. Normally, when you go to the headmasters office it's for a
different reason. Tony and Francesca have started on the
screen. She was awarded her Gold badge in 2010. She knows all about
it today. The children and Tony don't have a clue. I have to put my
head on and wait for my cue. Here Here we go! I'm very pleased to
introduce to you a very special visitor.
# It's not easy being me # Wash your face and brush your
hair... # Now, I'm here for a very special
reason. The last time Tony and I were together Tony turned to me and
said, "when I I get my gold Blue Peter badge" I said, "you have to
earn it"? You said. That I've never earnt anything in my life. Do you
think he's earnt it now? YES! second, Tony, it gives me great
pleasure for delighting audiences all over the place and for being a
great friend to Blue Peter that is your very own gold Blue Peter badge.
Wow! He is such a lovely guy.
talented. I love him more for the fact he went rock star at the end
and went, "thank you" A very special man with a very special
badge. Time to tell you about the Blue Peter appeal Bake A Difference.
Lots of people have been helping us to help with children in need.
Stefan Gates has got on board from Gastronuts. He took ordinary
ingredients and turned them into an extraordinary event. I have been
reading his joke book. I'm Stefan Gates I love cooking. I'm obsessed
with the wild side of food, not only how it tastes but
experimenting with it and pushing the boundaries of what food can do.
Now, I'm on a mission to expose the extreme side of one of the most
popular baked goods of all, the sweet, humble cupcake. Over the
last few years, cupcakes have exploded in popularity. They are
worth a fortune. The cupcake industry is worth over �26 million
and billions worldwide. I will show you that the ingredients used in
cupcakes can be bizarre, super strong, highly reactive and down
right dangerous. You'll never look at a cupcake in the same way again.
First up, the icing. It starts off like, this nice, clean and white.
What goes into it to turn it pink. Natural food colouring. It's so
strong you need a tiny little bit to turn this whole pot of icing
bright pink. Let's take the water out of the colouring and see what
is left. It's a powder. It's hair. Let's take a closer look at her.
You can see that she's an insect. She lives on cactus leaves in South
America. They dry them out in the heat of the sun. The legs get
knocked off. You take these bugs and you put them in a pot and grind
them up. You get this dark, almost rust-coloured powder. What that is
is the blood. When you add a little bit of water that red blood turns
into a bright pink food dye. Mix that, together with some icing, and
that is insect blood pink. We put that on our cupcakes and we eat
Have a look around your food car but -- your food cupboard. If you
spot cochineal, you have been eating cochineal bugs. Next, eggs,
the most extraordinary ingredient in the cupcake. That is the real
problem with eggs. When I bring things home from the shops, I am
worried if they have smashed. In some ways, they are incredibly
strong as well. The strength is in the shells. This as an experiment
you can try at home if your parents give you permission and if you do
it over the sink with protective gear. Take your eggs so it is
upright, and squeeze, and squeezed harder, and as hard as you can! You
probably don't believe me but that was me squeezing as hard as I
possibly could. But the eggshell is not breaking. The reason is, these
have an amazing design. This stone shape means that all of the
pressure in between my fingers is spread across the entirety of the
egg -- dome shape. I want to do an experiment find out how much weight
eggs can take. Here I have a couple of trays of eggs. I am going to put
a heavy weight on them. Let's start with a brick. I will lay it down
gently. The eggs will support the weight of a brick. Not bad. Let's
upscale bliss. I have -- upscale this. I have a large piece of a
house. It probably weighs about half the weight of me. I am going
to drop it very gently onto the eggs. But I think most of them have
survived, let's have a quick look. Yes! Can be eggs take a fully grown
Stefan? Here we go. I can feel one Oh, my word! The eggs have taken my
entire weight! Can they take the weight of the large bit of building,
weight of the large bit of building, and me? I have never put this much
weight on eggs before. Here goes. One of them so went but just then!
That is amazing. There is only so much an egg can do. If you think
that is amazing, wait until you see what my next extraordinary
ingredient can do. Bicarbonate of soda. It is a strange white powder.
Look at that. This stuff is put into your cake to help it rise,
because it leads off a gas when it is cooked. It sounds a bit weird,
so I will show you what happens. This is an old fashioned 35
millimetre film canister. I am going to put a little bit of lemon
juice inside of it. About a centimetre. Take one piece of
toilet paper, put it over the canister, so it goes down, but not
canister, so it goes down, but not as far as the lemon juice. Take a
teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda. Stick it in the top. Put the lid
And then, I'm going to turn it over, so that the bicarbonate of soda
mixes with the lemon juice. See mixes with the lemon juice. See
what happens. A little pop. What is what happens. A little pop. What is
happening here is the lemon juice is reacting with the bicarbonate of
is reacting with the bicarbonate of soda, and releasing carbon dioxide.
It is exactly the same thing that happens in your cakes. If we can
make a film canister pop, I wonder if I can do the same thing on a
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 48 seconds
Next time, I will be taking it one step further, with icing sugar and
flour. Believe me, it will be In case you are wondering if eggs
really are that strong, we have them here and I really am squeezing
that as hard as I can. I thought I was strong! These are real eggs, by
I can't complain, look at him! It I can't complain, look at him! It
you are inspired to get baking, you We both said, I want to try that.
We are hoping when you see some people having a bake sale, you will
say, I want to try that. If you do, you will be raising money for this
year's appeal and supporting Children In Need. You are a good
sport! For this year's appeal, we are teaming up with Children In
Need to help provide money for children living with chronic
illnesses in the UK. Loads of you from across the country have been
getting involved. We went to this school near our new home in Salford,
where preparation for the Bake A Difference bake sale are in full
swing. We are baking cakes for Children In Need, because we need
to Bake A Difference. We have 24 cakes with different flavours.
made chocolate and strawberry flavoured capes. We are doing it so
children can have a better future. Save some of those for me! I wonder
how many cakes they will add to the totaliser. We made 433 cakes in 15
If you want to Bake A Difference for Children In Need, you will find
all the information on the Blue Peter website. Go on, Bake A
Watching that makes me smile, and hopefully it will make you want to
have a bake sale. Sorry about the egg thing. That is quite all right.
Get yourself a mixing bowl and bake some stuff for us. It doesn't have
to be eggs, you can bake anything. Sell it at your bake sale and make
some money for Children In Need. Pizzas, sausage rolls, if you can
bake it, you can sell it and make money for the appeal. I am sorry.
He is never going to have an omelette again! Next week, the
Liverpool football stars will be swapping a kicking for cooking as