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going to say, I am going to say... Fantastic Mr Fox? Matilda! You are


not as big a fan as you thought. Now it is live Blue Peter!


Today's show is a jumpsquiffling and phizz-whizzing


With quacky and scrumdiddlyumptious science.


A razztwizzler of a musical performance.


And enough Gobblefunk to fill a dictionary.


Yes, this Tuesday marked 100 years since the birth


of the legendary children's author, Roald Dahl, and here on live Blue


Greg Foot will be attempting to use science to recreate some


We'll show you how to create your own Gobblefunk with Dr Susan Rennie.


Plus some of the cast of hit musical, Charlie and the


Chocolate Factory, will be here to perform a brand new


I went to find out a little bit more about the man behind the books.


Marvellous medicine, enormous crocodiles and dried peaches, taking


us to places where chocolate rivers flow. They are just some of the


amazing characters and creations brought to life by Roald Dahl. I've


always loved his books, so I want to find out more about one of our most


iconic authors, and where better to start than with his youngest


daughter, Lucy, whom you might recognise as one of our competition


judges. I caught up with her at a special exhibition. What are your


memories growing up? Did you ever get to have a say in his stories?


This peach, for example, he saw a peach growing and thought, what if


that never stopped growing, what would happen if it just grew and


grew? In terms of his words and language, it's incredible that he


plucks words from everywhere. We didn't think anything of it. If you


did a whizPopper, he would say that was a marvellous whizpopper. What do


you think is so incredible about his books? You create your own pictures


when you read books. It was one of the most important things he thought


a child could do. It uses your imagination. Thank you very much.


Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, Wales and when he was a boy, he


loved reading. When he was 13, he was sent to boarding school next to


a chocolate factory. After school, he joined the air force and worked


as a fighter pilot during World War II before moving to a village in


Buckinghamshire in the 1950s. And that is where I've come. Welcome to


Great Missenden, flare Roald Dahl created his marvellous characters


and rhymes. A lot of the things he saw here in first his writing, and


walking through the village is like taking a journey through the pages


of his books. These are the petrol pump from Danny the Champion of the


world. Our there are the dormitory windows where the Big Friendly Giant


is first seen. There is even a library that inspired Matilda. Roald


Dahl lived in this house, Gypsy cottage, and tucked away at the end


of the garden was his writing hut. That was where he dreams up all of


his weird and wonderful ideas, and it can now be found at the Roald


Dahl Museum. He surrounded himself with practical items when he wrote,


from scissors and pencil shoppers to some rather strange objects.


Including his hip joint! He brought it back to his hut after he had it


replaced. The centrepiece is his chair, where he sat every day and


created those wonderful characters we know and love. He had a pretty


strict routine. Every day, he would come up to the hut in the morning,


settle himself into his chair, resting his feet on an old suitcase.


He would then place a rolled up piece of cardboard on his arms,


before placing his writing board on top. Only then would he begin to


write, or by hand, using a pencil. Roald Dahl spent hours in his


writing at coming up with wonderful words of -- wonderful worlds and


colourful characters. His work is still as popular as ever. Barney


went to meet up with Lucy for a very special surprise. So nice to meet


you. Let's talk about the 100 year anniversary. What a celebration.


It's massive. What they can you believe it is here already? No, I


actually want my dad to be here. We have been asking viewers to tell us


what they think about him and his books. We have a little video for


you to watch. Would you like to have a look? I would love to. My


favourite book is Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and The Witches.


They are interesting and they have something magical. Every Roald Dahl


book has a twist. They all have different meanings. And they have a


lesson to teach. It never gets boring. It's lovely. He has done


such an amazing thing for so many imaginations, we would like you, and


his behalf, to accept his gold blue Peter badge. -- on his behalf. Gosh!


This is extraordinary, it's amazing. How many of these have been made?


Not many. Very few. Oh, my gosh! Even though we are celebrating his


100th anniversary, the characters and tales from his books remain


timeless. We're so lucky, because it means his work can be enjoyed by all


of us for many more to come. APPLAUSE


I had proper goose bumps watching that.


Receiving a Gold Blue Peter badge is such an


As Lucy said, Roald Dahl dreamt up all sorts of new words for


In fact, he invented so many that he now has his


And we're joined by the person responsible for creating it.


First of all, you're a lexicographer.


For this dictionary, my team read through all of Roald


Dahl's novels and special databases to identify over 20,000


That's not a job, it's fun! Why does he deserve a dictionary? He is


wonderfully inventive in his use of language, and he loved playing with


words and sounds. He invented 400 new words in a language known as


gobblefunk. Sometimes they become so popular that we use them in everyday


conversation. Powell power was added to --


oompa-loompa has been added to the Oxford dictionary. How don't he --


how did he invent gobblefunk? You can make sense of them even if you


have not heard them before. One way he built words was to blend two


words together to make a new work that combined the meaning.


For example 'delicious' and 'scrumptious' becomes 'delumptious'.


Dahl also liked to use spoonerisms, which is where you swap


'Nook and cranny' becomes 'crook and nanny'.


Head to the website if you want to create your own gobblefunk. You can


even get top tips from Doctor Susan. Would you stick around? We will have


some gobblefunk later in the show. That is hard to say.


Dahl's stories feature some pretty unusual ideas, from


homemade medicine that makes a grandma grow, to a girl who


But are these things actually possible?


Is that what you are here to do today, Greg? Absolutely. I want to


look at James And The Giant Peach, one of my favourites. It is all


about James and his amazing adventures on his giant Peach. I


have a mini peach, because what I want to look at first is the bit in


the book where he manages to fly it using seagulls, 502 of them. You


want to do the experiment? I want to do it. In that case, let's bring in


the seagulls. You like we're not doing that. We will use these helium


balloons. Helium is a gas that


is lighter than air. That means it moves up


through the air around it. It's made of stuff and gravity


is pulling that stuff down to Earth. For something to fly,


you have to overcome that force of So, you have to create more


lift force going up than Bill ready? -- ready? You've got it.


What happens if we increase the size to this one? This is double the


width? How much would that need? That would not be enough. It would


just a there. It is double the web, and it doesn't just double the


amount of stuff inside. If you multiply the width by two, it goes


up by two times two times two. Eight. So we need eight times as


many balloons. 24. Let's see if it works. Now, let's


take it up one more level. Three times the width of this little one


here. 81. 81 balloons, please. A lot of balloons. Let's see if this


works. 81 balloons. Amazing! I love it when you come onto the show. We


have these three peaches. Could the peach in James the giant Peach


really be lifted by seagulls? Roald Dahl says it grew to be the size of


a giant house. Scientists at Leicester University were trying to


work out what the wait would be. What lift force does a seagull give


you and how many do you need. It was 2.4 million. Always a pleasure to


see you. Thank you Berry match. Now, a brand-new competition you have to


enter. The London Underground. From its


world pay most map, some of the designs behind the Underground have


become iconic. The hunt is on for their latest design classic. That's


where you come in. We are launching a brand-new Blue Peter competition.


We want to help you design a poster which will be seen by thousands of


people every day in busy stations, just like this one here in London.


Your post will advertise travelling by tube or bus to popular London


sides. It needs to have an eye-catching design, include three


London landmarks and show the tube or a London bus. You will need to


include the logo and the Blue Peter ship in the design. Our winner will


get their hands on an orange badge and get to see their poster


displayed in key stations on the oldest tube network, seen by


thousands of people on their next big day out.


You have until 12 noon on Wednesday 21st September to


Download this application form from the Blue Peter website


and remember to fill out all three pages.


Now, on to this week's Whoppsacious Whizzwall.


That's Gobblefunk for the Big Badge Wall.


This poster is from Olivia in Nottingham. She has done the BFG


beautifully. For his big is, she has used actual shells. It is beautiful.


I love it. Peter from Sheffield, you are a genius. He has made


gingerbread biscuits in the style of Blue Peter badges. He did not make


the orange badge. It went missing. You are not meant to eat the post. I


got a silver bad. Last week I wrote the world record for eating 600


straws. Me with felt balls in my hair for hair and then we'll straws


inside my hair with a smile on my face. You get a happy dance! Keep


the post coming in. Braces self and stop eating biscuits for a second.


I will use the power of telekinetic 's, like Matilda. Well done!


Lavender Scaly Unicorn. Fan of the month because you're so kind to the


other fans. Recently, I took on a brand-new challenge. Very funny.


This is how is on the Isle of Wight. 451 weeks of the year it is a sleepy


harbour town for the other week of the year, this becomes the centre of


the sailing universe. The Cowes regatta is one of the oldest sailing


events in the world. It brings together some of the very best in


the business. Olympians, professionals, and mean. That's


right. As well as some of the best sailors in the world, the Cowes


regatta will all chafe -- also feature myself. The closest I have


ever been to a sailing boat is right here, right now. All I know is that


I'll be competing in a race. I don't know any more than that. I need to


pick up the basics of sailing and fast. Luckily, Phil here is one of


the top sailing coaches around but if anyone can teach me, he can. Do


you think it is an easy sport and easy skill to learn? It is fine. In


reality, anyone can do it. What will you be doing now? We will take you


through the basics of the boat in preparation for Cowes week. Before


we can get out on the water, Phil gives me a tour of his boat. The


point end of the boat is the bow. The back end, the stern. The tiller


is full steering. Lots of different words for lots of different things.


The most important thing is wind. This is Blue Peter. No need to get


rude. Wind, in terms of the wind blowing. With an idea of what makes


up a sailing boat, we head off to use an engine to get us out of the


harbour. On the open water, it is time to raise the sale. It is not


that easy. A metre to go. That will do perfectly. The sale is up. Next I


have to learn how to steer. How do I go left to right? If you push the


road away from you to the right side of the boat, the boat will turn to


the left. -- rudder. The opposite will bring the road towards you. The


boat will turn to the right. Steer left and the boat will move right.


Got it. I feel like I have some of the basics now. What will we learn


to do next? We will turn the boat around, attacking. It is basically


turning around. -- tacking. To sell into the wind, you need to tack.


Let's do this. We are tacking. I swing the cell to the opposite side


of the boat and it catches the wind again. If it is not flapping, your


job is done. Just like that. With the basics learned, we sell back to


shore. How did I get on? Really well. We had sales up and sales


down. What is next? We will join a team of professionals and race with


them for Cowes week. No worries. Fine. That's right. My challenge is


to compete as part of an actual, professional crew on a


high-performance yacht. So far I have sailed a boat once. It is going


to be quite a task. I have drafted in some sailing fans to get some


much needed advice. What are your top tips? Just to concentrate. There


is so much going on in sailing. Just do your job. Do not be nervous. I am


crossing fingers for the Sun on race day. Will you cross fingers? Thank


you for being such professionals. Next week, it is challenged time I'm


going to be part of an elite sailing crew on one of the biggest races of


their year. If I get it wrong, I could throw all the training and


preparation out of the window. They seem frantic conditions... I am


hanging on to the end of a boat. The pressure of race day and the pure


speed of the open water, can I hold it together? Or will I be all at


sea? I would love to go on that boat. If you want to see part two.


Watch next week. This one is inspired by Charlie And The


Chocolate Factory. We have three course chewing gum. I


have been working so hard on this. You have your own courses of three


course dinner gum. Just unwrapped them for now. I will explain what is


in chewing gum. A bit of colouring and slaving. Some icing sugar. --


flavouring. Inside is a bit of wax and oil and something called


polymers, the same stuff you get in plastic bottles. Are you ready? We


have not tried this one before. Blue is the starter. As you chew it, you


warm it up and the flavours start coming out. We getting it as a


starter? I have no idea. I know I do not like it. It is OK. It is


something very sweet. Blue cheese, with some sugar. Kind of blue cheese


flavour. What do you have? Onion soup. Garlic bread. As he warm it


up, it makes the polymers spread out a bit. I used to work in a


restaurant where they sold theirs. It is chicken teacup. -- tikka. This


is like roast potatoes. It is sausage and onion. The final one is


pudding could get ready for your pudding for that it is much, much


nicer. What do you have there? Vanilla rice cream. Strawberry and


vanilla. A lovely 1-2 finish with. Yours is vanilla with a bit of


banana and stuff. Yours is really strawberry, I think? Is it roars


bruise? -- raspberries? Please well combed the characters


who played Violet and Mr Beauregard. I am going to be performing Queen of


pop. It is a TV exclusive. It is all about the fact she loves bubble gum


and chewing gum. I saw the musical launches today. It is so good. What


makes Charlie And The Chocolate Factory such a wonderful book?


Everyone loves it. Everyone loves sweets. It is such a good book, they


could turn it into a film, two films and a musical. Good luck. I will


leave you to get ready. I cannot wait for that performance.


Now for some gobblefunk. One is when you are in such a good mood you


really want to go to school on Monday. Another is a trumpet made of


machine peas. -- mashie peas. Barney said phizz-whizzing. The person to


get that word is Maggot Crunchy Wombat. Now, taking it away with


Charlie and that the factory... -- Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.


# Meet a little lady everybody's talkin' about


# And she don't give a hoot about what Veruca says


# Cause 'round here, daddy gets the final word


# My daddy says I'm in my prime and who am I to doubt it?


# Slid into the delivery room and she proceeded


# They said before my teeth could grow


# They were hoping my mouth would slow


# So now you all know where I'm comin' from


# First take bubble gum, then you pop it in and ya chew it


# Each and every day those gums just keep on groovin'


# My daddy heard about a prize that was surely worth pursuing


# Put a Wonka bar before my eyes and said...


# My daddy knew I had the skill to get my grill a-going


# So let me lift my trophy and then I'm gonna let this mic drop


# Yes, she's met her match in the


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