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Bourn Hall in Blue Peter today, behind-the-scenes access to the
UK's newest celebrity couple. Your chance to get your photographs
published on the official Blue Peter calendar. And top DJ and
lovely person Sara Cox gives you a behind-the-scenes tour. The biggest
bands in the world are all played in-ear, pretty cool. A cheers here
too are the present the show, exciting! -- she is here to help me
Mark Owen 2 Blue Peter live in your living room wall wherever you have
got John television. Let's start with Helen Skelton. Yes, she made
it all the way to the South Pole. We could not be more proud of her.
We are going to be catching up with their late in the show. Because she
is away, we have a very special guest presenter, direct from Radio
1, D Jay Sara Cox. -- D Jay. Hello. Welcome to the show. Thank you for
having me, I am so excited, I grew up with a show, and I have got a
badger! Everybody is excited about the match. Let's talk about your
show, it has over 1.5 million people listening to that. How is
that? Television is really nice, because it feels like I'm just
chilling out with a person. It feels like I am sitting on the
toaster with them, I am in the car, so it is nice, really nice. We like
to give you the inside story here on Blue Peter, so we sent our
cameras along to Radio 1 last Sunday to see Sara in action.
He is 9 o'clock, I am off to do my show, here we are at Radio 1, but I
have got a few minutes, do want a quick tour? Isn't it glamorous
looking and exciting? Not really, but it kind of this. This is where
we keep the DJs. Who could work at a desk like this? We have got some
fashion freebies, getting sent lovely clothes, very fashionable
jacket, lots of girly make-up. Who could it be? It is Fearne Cotton,
look. A fan has sent her that beautiful portrait! Whose desk is
this? Let's have a look, a cuddly toy. We have got a popcorn Maker,
lots of awards, of course. What is this? Leeds United. It is Chris
Moyles! Hello, Radio 1? No-one there. Whose desk is this? It is
obviously somebody who is incredibly serious. There is a
gecko telephone, a massive rubber duck, cuddly toy. It could only
This is actually pretty cool, this is the world famous live lounge.
Everybody from Pixie Lott and Coldplay have played in this very
room, come on. Let's see what's going on. Edith is are now. Good
morning, gorgeous! She is looking very lovely. It doesn't look very
rock and roll in here with the sofa, the print and again, but let me
tell you, the biggest bands in the world are all played in this room.
Right then, my studio, the best bit. Working very hard, as always, is my
producer, Andy, and this is where all the action happens. A little
bit of Emily Sandy, I think. I will start my radio show and speak to
the nation live on BBC Radio 1. I will just get my microphone, like
this. Morning! Right then, nearly time to go on air, I had better get
down to business. Right now, Sara Cox. Hello! A joy, a pleasure and
indeed an honour to be here this Sara Cox, everybody! It looks like
such good fun, is there much of a difference between that and
television? I love my job, you can just rock up with your hair like
that, but on television I have got my hair curled, lipstick, as you
know. I have had mine done as well. Let's get on with the show, then!
Just before Christmas, you may remember the UK had two very
exciting arrivals, Chinese giant pandas Sweetie and Sunshine. They
travelled over 5,000 miles from China to Edinburgh Zoo. When they
offered us the chance to look after them for a day, we could not resist.
Naomi Wilkinson went to meet them. This is Edinburgh, and this is
Edinburgh Zoo, a much like any other. But less than two months ago,
it was home to the hottest story on the planet. On 4th December, the
world's media watched with awe as Chinese giant pandas Tian Tian and
Yang Guang arrived, to the delight of the locals. From then on, they
would be known by their English names, Sweetie for the female and
Sunshine for the Mail. But these two caught his creatures have not
come to Scotland for a holiday. -- gorgeous. They are an important
assignment to be the first pandas here in the UK to have a baby, so I
am here to find out how their mission is coming along. Pandas, by
their nature, are solitary animals, which means they like to spend time
by themselves. That is why Sweetie and Sunshine have separate
enclosures. Alison, you are the key that here, why is it that we have
not had pandas born here in the UK before? We have not had them here
for 17 years, so the last pandas were here at London Zoo, and
unfortunately they did not breed. But now we have got a pair, so
hopefully hours will breed. mating season only lasts for one
day per year, and Alison knows what to do to get them ready for the big
day. We allow them to see one another. There is a mess for
partition, they can look at one another, smell one another. They
know that they are there, that is very important. When she eventually
comes into season, he is no longer a stranger. So what are the
chances? Are they getting along? There has been a bit of friendly
calling, but they will let us know very quickly when they want to be
together, and that is when we will open the door and let them get
together. Let nature take its course. Indeed. But the male sleety
needs to be as calm and relaxed as possible, so we get to work on a
bit of pampering. -- E Mailer Sweetie. Our first job of the day
is to collect their favourite food, which is of course bamboo. They
have to have an enormous amount delivered each week. They even grow
some of their own on site to keep up with demand. That is because
these greedy pandas can spend up to 16 hours per day eating 30
kilograms of bamboo. That is about the same weight as your entire
What we really want to do is but a little bit of bamboo in all the
different places so that she has to go and search and look for it, just
as she would do naturally. Sweetie has to go inside while we put out
the bamboo. Pandas may look cuddly, but they are extremely strong with
huge floors and sharp teeth, and they can be as dangerous as any
other there. -- clause. Every inch of the enclosure has been designed
to make sure they feel at home, so both Sweetie and Sunshine have a
cave, a climbing structure and a water feature. In the wild, pandas
live in the forest and mountain ranges of south central China, but
sadly it is believed there are only 1,600 wild pandas left. That is why
conservation projects are so important for the survival of this
highly endangered species. That is why Alison and the other zoo
keepers want to give them a few luxuries. What special treat our
making for them? We are going to make and a cake. What is in it?
is a beat of a secret, the recipe Her aside from the secret Chinese
ingredients, there is a mixture of corn, rice, soya beans, eggs, oil
and water. It is like sawdust! what it for them. How many cakes
will this make? This will make two large cakes. So they get one each
per day? Just about a full one per day, yes. If you make it wrong,
will they turn their nose up at it? If they do not like it, they will
not eat it. It is looking good. Once they look like fakes, they get
steamed for four hours, which gives us time to get on with another job.
And it is one of the worst. The mucking out! And because the pandas
eat so much bamboo every day, they produce a lot of very weird-looking
mess. Why is it yellow? If you look through it, it is just like bamboos
them. That indicates to me that last night, out of all the stuff we
put in, she has been eating a lot of them. The brown and green
indicates she has bt -- been eating a lot of leave as well, so that is
really good, exactly what we want. Sweetie has been waiting patiently
for was to clear up, and now the cake is deemed to perfection, it is
time for her to taste. She wants you to put it through for her.
Sweeten Lee certainly seems relaxed, but whether future mate Sunshine is
in no mood for Love is anyone's I have had such a great time today,
let's hope my efforts have the desired effect and this cuddly
couple have a baby panda very soon. Look at its cute little hairy face!
I know, the panda! I want one. You can see a special documentary about
the pandas on BBC One Scotland at 8 o'clock on the 1st February. Still
to come on the show, don't go anywhere, because you can find out
how you can take amazing for the grass using just a simple drinks
can. We also speak to Helen about conquering the Antarctic. Over the
last couple of weeks, we have been following the British hopefuls at
the winter Youth Olympic Games. have seen halfpipe Skene, speed
skating, but today it is the bobsleigh with two incredible girls
whose friendship could make or break their chances of winning a
Meat jasmine and measure. At just 17 and 18 years old, they are two
of the UK's most promising young athletes. They are representing
Great Britain in bobsleigh, one of the fastest and most adrenalin
pumping sports at the Games. It can be literally one hundredth of a
second between a God medal and 4th place. You would think it would be
loads of pressure, but it is so exciting. We are really good
friends, we are really determined. These two fearless teenagers will
be competing in the women's bobsleigh event, where they will
hurtle down a narrow twisting track in a gravity power Sleigh, taking
And in a sport where milliseconds count, teamwork will be absolutely
crucial. All their training will be for nothing unless they can work
well together at the Games. We have got to get on, we have got to the A
team, and we get on really well. You do prat together, you warm up.
There are good dynamics between us, it will do well for us at the Games.
Both girls will have a different and important role to play. The
driver has to steer the sled down the track. Before you have even got
to the starting block, you have gone through the tracks so many
times in your head, so when you get to the start, all you are focusing
on is the push, but once you jump in, you can't down and just drive
the track. -- calm down. Jasmine helps to get them the fastest
possible start and pulls the break at the end of the race. The only
thing I can do to make it go faster is the start. It can make a
difference to the time it by getting awkwardly. I have got to
get in smoothly, sits down, and They both have to get off to a
quick start. They are keen to work hard on this in preparation for the
Games, but with no bobsleigh track in the UK the girls have to settle
for a Tarmac track in A bath. a point where the driver has to
push it at the same time. For the driver it is more relaxing. You
only have to think about the drive down of the Push has already taken
care of. Jasmine and Misha are the team to be reckoned with, but have
they got what it takes to win at the Winter youths Olympic Games?
think we have a good chance of getting a medal. I'd love to think
it would be a gold medal. Anything can happen to any of us but I'd
love to say that we can, because we have the potential and I think we
can go on and do it. Three weeks later, the girls arrive in
Innsbruck for the biggest sporting event of their lives. They get
straight down to training on the 1300 metre ice track will be rated
-- racing on in just a few days' time. If we were to go straight
into the race without having had any training runs, it would be an
issue of getting used to the track again. With their rivals also
training on the same track, it's important that girls stayed focused
and don't get psyched out by the competition. The error two Dutch
teams, they are our main competition. Not look at what
everyone else is doing and make sure you know what you're doing
when it comes to the race. Misha went Jasmine have now put in all
the training hours they can to prepare for their first ever
Olympic performance. We are ready, 24 hours later and the moment the
girls have been training for arrives. For this event, each
bobsleigh duo have two runs down the track. The team of the fastest
combined time wins. For the girls to do well today they need to keep
off all the walls and push really fast. It is finally time before the
girls to step up to the starting line and put all of their hard work
After their first run they are down in fourth place, behind both Dutch
teams and the Italians. Everything is now riding on their second run.
The are not in a grid position after the first run. But Jasmine
and Misha are very good at coping This time it is a much better
result for Misha and jasmine. Now all they can do is wait to see if
they have done enough for a medal. Yes! And they have a. The girls
move into third place, securing at least a bronze medal. I know we've
secured a medal - it feels amazing! The up the competition isn't over
until all of the teams have finished both of their runs. Right
now we're just waiting for that We've just found out we've secured
a silver medal. For I don't even know what is going on! For Misha
and Jasmine, there Olympic dream has finally become a reality.
is the goal we've been working towards long-term. It feels so good
that we've finally made that. came here hoping for a metal and
now that we have it feels incredible. Silver medals at 17 and
18 years old. Amazing. As you probably know come on Sunday
morning Helen completed her 500 mile journey to the South Pole for
Sport Relief. She has just boarded a plane to start a journey back.
Before she did, we managed to speak to her and ask her how it went.
the end it went really well. We had a few tough and tricky days but we
got there in one piece, we were all smiling and everyone is well. That
is the biggest achievement. Because you are distracted by the mileage
you forget what a brutal place this can be. Our cameraman has got to
film and pressed tiny little buttons wearing huge mittens. The
fact that we are all fine is good. I'm really proud of everybody.
are all proud of you as well. No one was surprised when we found out
you had done it. It's been covered in newspapers, everyone is talking
about it and there are lots of questions quite serious to ask you.
Because you can't leave anything behind the South Pole, where you go
to the toilet? You put it into a big container and take it with you.
It's all right now because we've finished, so there is a gang of us
so we can put it into a collective container. But when you're on your
own... It's quite tricky. It's not that pleasant. This is such a
pristine place, but reality is if you go to the lure on the horizon
it would stay there for a year. That is not very nice for anyone
who might travel behind you. You get rid of it. Oh, the glamour!
What are you most looking forward to doing as soon as you get home?
I'm looking forward to having a shower. Everybody around me is
looking forward to me having a shower. Honestly, we all stink.
Because we left Cape Town on 22nd December, there is no running water
out here... We've not really been able to have a wash. I've not
taking my hat off for a while, I've not taking my thermals off for
weeks because it's too cold. I've been dreaming about a shower.
can't imagine how bad that smells! Everyone has been so supportive,
we've had messages of support. Sapphire says, while, you are
amazing. Go, Helen! This one says, Helen, congratulations. I love how
much you do for charity and how extreme the things you do are.
one says, I think what you've done is amazing and all for Sport Relief,
too. It must be amazing to go to the South Pole. You should be proud
of yourself. Scarlett wants to be just like you when she is older.
That is so sweet. Helen, thank you for joining us, we can't wait to
have you back. Take it easy on the flight home. Thank you for the nice
messages. I hope you are all well and I will see you soon. If you
want to do the Sport Relief mile, go to the Blue Peter website to
find out how you can. You will find a special series for Helen's
adventure as well. That is on Monday at 4:30pm on BBC One.
Photography is one of my biggest passions, so I'm putting together a
2012 photo Callender you can print out from the Blue Peter website.
There will be a new photo for every month, each using a different
photographic technique. For January is photo I found -- I shall do my
favourite type of camera. I went to the home of photography for a new
photo for February and the new As I'm sure you already know, I
absolutely love gadgets. In fact, I think it's fair to say that I can't
get enough of the newest techno gadgets, especially when it comes
to photography. In you come up. Cheese! Did you know that you can
take amazing pictures like these... Without spending loads of money? In
fact, the camera and using today is so basic it doesn't even have a
lens. Would you believe that this camera is made from five simple
object. A can, some card, black Tade, a rubber band and a pen. It's
called a pinhole camera. You might be sat there thinking it's just an
empty can of pop and I can't take a picture with it. I can, and here is
how it works. Light bounces off an object and through a cold --
through a hole in in the can. This creates an upside-down image on the
special light reactive paper inside. Where the light falls onto the
paper it becomes dark, the rest of the paper remains light, creating a
negative image. You wouldn't think that such a simple object could
produce such amazing pictures. I'm here to meet the creator of these
amazing images to see how he does it. You've brought me here, can you
tell us why? This is Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire. In the 1830s, but
Dobbie was invented. -- photography was invented. It was Fox Talbot who
captured the world's first photograph using this technique
back in 1835. That picture still survives today. In fact, it was of
this very window. Where did it start for you? I got really hooked
with being able to create the magic, being able to create a picture
using a tiny hole and an empty aluminium can. The cameras that you
make effectively cost very little money, considering the amount of
money you can spend on a camera. The images you get are incredible.
The one that springs to mind is the one of the Angel of the North and
the trail of the Sun. It's a simple aluminium can positioned on a lamp-
post. The sunlight creates this line of the Sun. You can compress
this huge amount of time into one picture. We don't have three months
but we do have a glorious day out there. I feel a Blue Peter
challenge, not. I reckon we both take our pinhole cameras, take an
image, bring it back, get it developed and the best one gets to
go in the calendar. Before we head out we need to load up our cameras
with light-sensitive paper. This has to be done in the door from
because as soon as any light hits the paper it start to the Act. We
don't want this to happen until we take our pictures. Three pinhole
cameras, that means three chances to get the best shot. I challenge
you to a cure. The first thing I need to do to take a winning photo
with my camera is to choose a location and subject where there is
plenty of light. The building has a lovely orange glow over it. Then I
need to line up my camera and make sure the pin hole is facing the
right way. Let's see what happens. Finally, I peel away the tape
covering the pinhole and let the light through. 1, two, three, four.
It's important to hold the camera perfectly still. Remember, the more
it is open, the more light exposed. That is a beautiful scene. The only
problem is you can't tell whether or not it is on there. I wonder how
Justin is getting on. I'm doing a photograph of myself but I'm going
to be turning, holding the camera steady in relation to myself.
that could be the winner! With all six images in the can, it's time to
see what we've got. It's back to the dark room to develop our photos.
Because if we let any more light on to the paper at this stage it will
ruin our masterpieces. This is where the magic happens.
darkroom. All in a red light so it doesn't fog the paper. We have
chemicals, developer in the first trade, the Bath which stabilised
the image and that fixer, it fixes the image and keeps it permanent.
There is only one thing for it. Let's develop. This is so exciting.
As I hold my breath, our image has come to light. There we go. We have
created a bit of magic here. Six old cans of fizzy drink turned into
cameras. We've come back with these images. But they are still negative.
Yes, we've yet to make them into positives. There is some lovely
stuff here. And these are our final pictures. But Justin and I decided
that my picture of the sundial is our picture for February. And here
is that very picture. Do you like it? You should be proud of yourself.
Lookout pleased you are with yourself! Don't forget you can
decorate your bedroom at home with the calendar. You've just got to go
to the Blue Peter website and print it out. I as I've already got two
pictures on the calendar, we thought you would like to have the
chance to one of your own photographs in the month of March.
We want you to send us your snapshots. The winning picture will
be added to the calendar for everyone to see. You don't need a
special camera, all that matters is the picture is taken by you. We are
going to give you a theme. We want your photographs of animals. You
can photograph your own pet, somebody else's pet or any random
animals you see a round. Head over to the website and find out how you
can take part in the competition. It's time to go, it's the end of
the show. I've loved having you here. An exciting show next week.
You do not want to miss next week's show, we meet the biggest star of
Radio One DJ Sara Cox joins Barney in the studio as guest presenter while Helen is in Antarctica. The team get exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the new giant pandas at Edinburgh zoo to find out how they are settling in. Plus there's a first look at the brand new Routemaster London bus as it drives live onto the piazza at MediaCityUK.