Liz Bonnin finds out if it is physically possible for humans to hibernate! Plus, there are some very special inventions for children only in the studio - so no adults allowed!
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Coming up, we reveal the backstage secrets of pop he is biggest night
of the year. And with winter on its way, we see if humans can hibernate
Hello, Barney is not with us in the studio today, because he's busy
rehearsing for panto. We have a great guest coming in to fill in.
Let's find out who it is. Lucien Laviscount is best known for his
portrayal on Waterloo Road. He appeared in this year's series of
Celebrity Big Brother. Coming it up for Lucien! Lucien, a
bird tells me we didn't have to work hard to persuade you to be a
Blue Peter presenter. Can you see the smile on my face! I have the
babdge. Look at this, the turn- coat! You have to pass a challenge.
You have played a school pupil in Coronation Street and Waterloo Road
and Grange Hill. We want to know if you would be any good if you went
back to school. We have questions from the national curriculum. Are
you ready for the challenge? From year 3. How many seconds are there
in two minutes. 100, 120 or 30? What do you call an animal that
hunts and eats other animals, predator, prey or producer.
Predator. Which types of buildings, can Henry VIIIth destroy,
Monastries. From year 6, veins carry blood to the heart, away from
the heart or inside the heart. first one, to the heart!. Correct!
Straight to the top of the class. From year seven, where did hip-hop
originate? New York, New Orleans or New Jersey yoi. New York. What
describes music that mimics music on - what is on scene. - screen,
queuing, non-digetic or Mickey Mouseing. Queuing, Micky mousing.
Did you do your homework, did you watch Children In Need. Of course!
Last Friday was Children In Need. A massive �26 million raised.
massive thank you to everybody involved. What o one of the things
that happened was a huge concert that happened in Manchester. I was
lucky enough to get tickets. I was texting all night, saying do you
want to meet up, where are you? He didn't reply. I know why, he was
backstage. Children In Need rocked Manchester. The biggest names
performing on the ME M arena stage. The acts included Jessie J. Lady
Gaga. And JLS, to name just a few.
Putting on an event with acts like these doesn't happen overnight. It
takes months of planning to put together and I'm at rehearsals a
few days before the concert. I've been given amazing behind the
scenes access to find out what happens to put a concert like this
together. First up, you need an organiser, someone like take that
Gary Barlow. Do you think you call people, and they say "yes", before
you explain... When you say Children In Need, that's the point
everybody goes I'll be into that. Once you get someone like Coldplay
or Lady Gaga saying "yes", suddenly everybody else is interested.
You're performing as well. Unfortunately for you lot, I will,
I don't care what anybody says. an amazing star sort lined up, you
need to decide how it looks. That's where Gary Barlow picked up Kim
Gavin. Gary saying who he has spoken to, and we can put them into
an order. What can we look forward to with Lady Gaga's performance.
Everybody performance is very different. She has talked to our
technical team. I'm excited to see what she brings. I'll oversee it
and makes sure it comes to fruition. Every act needs to look unique. A
big part is deciding on the lighting, which is down to the
lighting director, Patrick Woodruff. The skill is to take all the songs,
and give them a different personality. I can say take all the
lights and make them blue, and back to the stage... With everything
looking good on the stage, down to geoff to make sure what you see -
what happens you see on TV. I have 17 cameras around the auditorium.
You need to know at any one time what each is doing. I do a camera
script, making sure who is singing. You need to know jury JLS inside
out. Otherwise you're on Marvin... If anything guess whose fault...
Mine. You're not shaking your head, you're looking at everything goes
on. I'm fabulous at Wimbledon! host a concert like this, you need
a huge rehearsals space, and a super talented team, and now all we
need is a host of acts and fans. It's about to happen before a live
screaming audience. I'm armed with a Blue Peter autograph book... Most
of the acts will head by the press room as they come off stage,
there's a chance I'll get many. Will you get everybody's, I'll try.
If you can read that, you're a better person than me! From Gavin
Smith! Draw a picture. Everybody book, we say when are they coming
back?! With X Factor's Kelly row land about to come off, I'm keen
for her to come off staying. And it it didn't stop there. The
autographs kept on rolling in. Last but definitely not least Jesse J.
Like that. I look pretty scary it is what it is. Big lips. There you
What an amazing gig. I have my Blue Peter autograph book full, Gary
Barlow, and Kelly, and Jesse J... Thank you to everybody who has got
involved and donated money to this amazing cause. Here is the very
autograph book. We have prized it out of Barney's hands. Jesse J has
a self-portrait. And that's Kelly Rowland, I swear there was more
lipstick than that, and Jesse complimented Barney with his hat.
Did you see that dance he did?! We'll be meeting interesting
animals with a show about pets. We'll be bringing some of the best
toys, and games and gadgets into the studio ahead of Christmas and
we will be welcoming Pixie Lott to perform her latest single.
Something tells me you'll be coming back when Pixie is in the studio.
Our next guest's job is inventing cool things. Londoner Mark
Champkins wanted a �100,000 investment for a 15% stage in
children's products. You hang the bag on the back of the chair.
must be people buying things. it looks engaging for me, for a
child. Peter Jones offered him all the money. 40%. 30% is fair. In the
end they settled on 40%, but with a 5% reduction in equity if Mark
meets his projected profits. Noise for Mark Champkins. How you're an
inventor in roipbz at the Science Museum. You create all kinds of
things. This is obviously a lunch box. Not just any lunch box. It's
designed to protect fruit from being bashed and bruised. Bananas,
always go soggy. With with this box. I've put something hard around the
banana and orange. I used tennis balls, and it has developed from.
Where did you get the ideas from. From kids, they suggest problems,
I like this, it's a water bottle and a pencil case. The idea is to
drink while working. Your brain is always in the best state. You're
doolgdzing and having a drink. want to know what this does?
looks like an old style gramophone. Before there was electroification,
they used trumpets. The idea here they used trumpets. The idea here
is to amplify sound. That's without. When you put it in here, the sound
goes up. Without... The thing I like about this, there are no wires
and batteries. I want to get a pen out and you can draw on it. It's
just plastic. We have got a little bit of a challenge for you, Lucien
passed his with flying colours. We're laying down the gauntlet for
you, we're heading into winter. Viewers will be waiting at the bus
stop. They are cold and bored. Can you create something for them. Do
you think you can come up with something. To make sure the bus
doesn't go passed... Yes I think I can. In a couple of weeks, you'll
hopefully come back with a couple hopefully come back with a couple
of great ideas. We look forward to seeing you. Time to check out
somebody else, with a problem with the winter months. Shelley our Blue
Peter tortoise went to sleep at the end of October. The family that
look after her packed her into a comfortable box and she's sleeping
at the moment in the garden shed, she has a thermometer with us, and
if the temperature goes below 4 degrees she has to go somewhere
warmer. If it stays cold, she might sleep for longer. If she sleeps for
much longer, we need to bring her in and warm her up. Tortoises need
to only sleep for four to eight weeks. Otherwise durb any longer
and they will starve. Could humans hierb - hibernate? That's that dark
time of the year. All you want to do is stay in your toasty bed.
That's what some animals do in the winter months. They stay in bed or
hibernate. If they can do it, can we? I'll find out and look at some
of the natural processes animals use to hibernate. I'll see if us
humans can escape the dreary winter mornings by hibernating. As the
days draw in, food that many of the animals need to survive don't grow.
They do into hierb nation, a deep sleep that dramatically slows down
their heart rate and bodily function. Can humans hibernate. It
happened in films. In Super Hero Captain America reawakened after
spending 60 years in a block of ice. There have been stories of humans
who survived long periods in hierb nation. In 2006, the Japanese hiker
shocked the world by surviving 24 days, following a fall. Doctors
believe he only survived because his bodily temperature plummeted
and his body organs shut down. This caused excitement among scientists
who believed proper human hibernation could happen. That
means astronauts could put in sleep for many years and travel to
planets that could take a lifetime to raze - reach. To hibernate
needed: The bodily needs to deal with the waste produced by food and
with the waste produced by food and water., metabolism the body needs
to slow down brain wave and heart functions and other functions to
conserve energy. Food and water. In order to survive the winter animals
have to stock up on food to double their body weight in size. In the
spring many animals are out of hibernation. Then in the summer
they feed on the goodies and put on a little bit of weight. Like this,
it's in the autumn they put on all the weight they need to get ready
for hibernation. And by the winter a dormouse is twice the body size.
Theoretically humans are able to eat enough to double the body size.
To hibernate is not about just stocking up on food. Bears with
hibernate for up to seven months. Throughout to this time they don't
need to go to the toilet. Whether we flush our toilets our waste ends
up in a plant like this, where it's broken down and recycled. That is
what is happening to the bear's waste. The body is acting as a
recycling plant. In a process that baffles the world's scientist, a
bear's body can breakdown the waste and reuse the waste to produce
protein. This naiblgs the bear to feed the muscle throughout the
winter. A build-up of waste for a human would damage the body. For a
human body to survive it would need help from medical assistance. This
is what happens to a patient after a bad act in a coma. With the help
of machines, I could remove my waste. When animals go into
hibertnaion they lower their heart rate. I've come to meet a
meditation expert to bring my heart rate and brain waves down. A
hibernating hedgehog slows down the heart rate from 120 beats hr minute
to 20 a minute. Dave Jones is going to monitor my heart rate to see if
I can lower it. We need to measure my heart rate. 66 beats per minute.
We're aiming to lure my heart rate to 11 and I've got to try and
reduce my brain waves until they're negligible. That will be
interesting! Dave sects censors to my head and body to measure my
brain waves and heartbeat. All I And after trying to do some serious
meditation... Dave we needed to get my heart rate down to 11. Did we
get close? Not really! We started off at 66 up there, went into
meditation, slowly dropped a wee bit, not very much to 60. What
about my brain waves, There was much the same as they were. I'm not
a hibernating animal, am I! afraid not. I didn't exactly relax
properly. Humans are able to reduce their heart rate. It's reducing the
brain waves that is much more challenging. Things might be
different in the future. Imagine what could happen if we unlock The
She might not be a hibernating animal but she's a clever lady.
It's a lot more complicated. You think hibernating they smuggle down.
We know you guys love Shelley. Erica, a full animal family in
there. You have Barney and Cookie and Socks. And Maizie has sent this
picture of Shelley. Make sure you need sending us post. Coming up
tomorrow raise aiz a special show dedicated to pets. We'll welcoming
Guest presenter Liz Bonnin finds out if it is physically possible for humans to hibernate! Plus in the studio, an inventor shows the Blue Peter team some very special inventions for children only - so no adults allowed!