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Happy New Year! Radz, you look a bit different.
-Have you done something with your hair for 2018?
Have you done something with your face?
Yep, I'm making a very special effort, and that's for...
-..the Big Birthday Balloon Competition!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Welcome to Blue Peter, welcome to 2018
and welcome to the Blue Peter big birthday year.
And, Mum, I'm in a giant balloon made of many balloons!
And, guys, I'm in some orange dungarees!
-Linds, I love what you're doing.
It is the orange badge special so you are wearing orange dungarees.
That's right. We are celebrating the little OB, the orange badge, today.
And, of course, we give that to competition winners and runners-up.
It's one of our faves.
So we're having an orange-fest today, aren't we, Radz?
We are indeed. We'll also be announcing the winner
and the top 30 entries of our Awesome Animation competition.
That's right. And we are launching a brand-new competition.
That's in just ten minutes' time.
Big clue - it's got something to do with these.
-No, Radzi. Balloons.
Ah. One thing we are also going to be doing is asking
you good people at home to spot her. Where is she hiding? Spot Shelley.
Jump on the Fan Club, let us know. Here she is, but now she gone.
-She needs some balloons!
-She does indeed, Linds.
What we're going to do is take the calendar,
and rewind it back to before Christmas,
back to Sports Personality Of The Year,
which I went to with sport badge holder Chloe.
-I'd get annoyed with that.
In 2017, over 5,000 of you applied for a Blue Peter sport badge.
And the lucky viewer who got the chance to join the judging panel
for Young Sports Personality Of The Year 2017 was Chloe.
That's the highest possible level and she's getting podium places.
And the judges decided that the three finalists
for this year's award would be...
..upcoming football superstar Phil Foden,
Paralympic skier Millie Knight
and gymnast Ellie Downie.
And to find out who will be crowned the winner, we've come to Liverpool
to go backstage at this year's Sports Personality Of The Year.
Chloe, we are officially behind the scenes
at the Liverpool Echo Arena.
We are so ready for Sports Personality. Are you ready?
-On a scale of one to ten, how excited are you?
-Is what we like to hear!
-Shall we actually head in and see what's going on in there?
It's going to be loud. Let's go.
This place is HUGE!
And with rehearsals in full swing, Chloe gets the chance
to stand in for para-sport legend
and Strictly superstar Jonnie Peacock.
Ladies and gentlemen, Jonnie "Chloe" Peacock!
Next, it's the turn of some top music guests to rehearse,
so we dived backstage to catch up with two of the show's hosts -
Gabby Logan and Clare Balding - to find out just how much
they know about sport.
-Clare and Gabby, lovely to see you both.
-You are both sporting experts.
-And that's obviously
why you host Sports Personality Of The Year every single year.
-I feel we're setting ourselves up for a fall. Do you?
This is the set-up.
We are going to put that expertise to the test
with a quiz that rolls off the tongue, which we're calling...
-It's a very, very catchy title.
-You're going to need these.
-Oh, thanks, Chloe.
-Question number one...
Roger Federer won Wimbledon this year
but how many aces did he serve in the final?
-A - 8, or B - 16?
-I was erring slightly higher.
-I was going higher.
-It's A - eight.
2017 saw the 38th World Worm Charming Championships,
but how many worms did the winner charm?
A - 91, or B - 137?
How do they charm them - with food or...
-OK. I'm going A.
OK, well, I'll go B.
Yep, you're correct. B - 137.
Question number three...
The World Marbles Championship
was won by which country this year?
A - England, or B - Germany?
I'm going to go B.
B - Germany you've gone.
It's A - England. 1-1.
So, the annual Cheese Rolling Competition...
-..at Coopers Hill -
competitors chase a wheel of cheese down a hill
using what type of cheese?
A - Red Leicester, or B - Double Gloucester?
-Oh, I know!
-It's B. It is double Gloucester.
You're both correct, yeah.
It's in Gloucestershire, so it has to be, yeah.
It is the final question - sudden-death.
The World Egg Throwing Championships,
in which competitors have to throw an egg
as far as possible without breaking it,
was won by New Zealand.
But how far was their longest successful attempt?
What I'm thinking all the way through this is,
A - why aren't we covering it?
And B - what would I ask the winner?
What are our choices?
A - 18 metres, or B - 81 metres.
Metres? Oh, you can't throw 81 metres.
OK, you've both gone A.
-It was 2-2.
You're both wrong. It's 80...
I saw her do that! Did you see her do that?
-I changed before the answer.
..because she suddenly thought...
You said a "but" and as soon as you said "but", she did that.
So, a sneaky win for Gabby - but we can't hang around.
Some of the biggest stars in sport are beginning to arrive
and we want to meet them on the red carpet.
Sports Personality is, I think, the cherry on top of the tree.
Obviously, we do what we do to compete at Olympics
and everything like that but to get recognised here and to be
amongst all these different people is just such a huge honour.
Ultimately, I've been fighting hard. It's been tough.
So to be nominated, I think the people who nominated me
looked at that and put me amongst these other good athletes.
So it's nice. It is good.
Our sport is so small and just to be
up for nomination is incredible. I can't describe it.
It's all about Bianca Walkden, man.
-She's right behind. You can't miss her.
-Bianca, come on in.
You can't miss her. She wants to be low-key today.
She wants to be low-key today.
Even Hero the Hedgehog,
the mascot designed by Blue Peter competition winner Ellie,
has come to say hello, and Chloe is dishing out some tough questions.
Was which one was more exciting to win -
Young Sports Personality or being a gold badge owner?
They're both such exclusive clubs.
I mean, how can you choose between them? But Blue Peter.
Which is harder - rowing or presenting?
Oh, presenting, definitely!
Presenting, you have to think on your feet, and rowing,
you just kind of get told what to do.
So I would much rather be sat in a boat. It's much less scary.
-Which person were you standing in as, Chloe?
Oh, great! Did you enjoy it? Can you do it for me tonight?
But that's enough chat.
It's time for the show to begin
and we've got gone and bagsied seats right at the front.
Mum, we're in the show!
And that means we've got a great view as Phil Foden picks up
the award for Young Sports Personality Of The Year 2017.
He's got a bright future, that lad.
I feel very lucky to be part of a great team
and I'd just like to thank all the players, all the staff
and my mum and dad for making this possible.
And after an incredible year of sport,
there's only one thing left to do - announce the main award.
2017 BBC Sports Personality Of The Year is...
Just can't believe I won.
Congratulations. Ladies and gentlemen, Sir Mo Farah.
What an amazing night,
and it just goes to show where a Blue Peter sport badge can take you.
Forget about the Oscars.
For me, it's all about Sports Personality Of The Year.
-Congratulations to Phil Foden and to Sir Mo Farah.
Just three minutes to go
until we announce our brand-new competition,
so stay seated, people. Until then, let's announce
the winner of a different competition,
because back in September, inspired by the film Early Man,
we asked you to design your very own nonhuman prehistoric character
which would then be animated
and brought to life by the amazing team at Aardman Animations.
Over 9,000 of you entered this competition,
which means it's the most popular competition we've had...
-Can I do a squeaky, happy dance?
-A squeaky, happy dance.
..for six years! Incredible. The judges...
I like that. Keep doing that, Linds.
The judges had to whittle them down to just 30 entries,
-including none other than Nick Park. Do you want to see the entries?
Here are the top 30 entries.
Let's walk this way. First up - ooh, if I can get down the stairs -
it's the six to eight category.
Now, these are so colourful.
They're absolutely incredible!
So much thought has gone into these designs.
One I want to point out is the Sabre-toothed Fuzz Ball -
I think you're meant to say it like that -
by the amazing Eve.
Now, he's only 30 centimetres high, apparently,
but he can eat an elephant. Eve, you are a legend.
I like your imagination.
And this one here is Amoss Slippery
and that is by Joseph.
Apparently he can stretch across paths,
rocks and walls to make a little slide.
These are beautiful, guys.
Let's take a look at the 9- to 11-year-old categories,
and I have to say when I was 9, 10 or 11, there is no way I'd have
made artwork anything like the stuff that you are seeing just there.
By the way, the colour, the vibrancy - everything -
is off the charts but I've got to draw your attention to Osbone,
which was made by Mimi.
Mimi has made a special magic wart on Osbone, which can make...
-It's tiny! Look at his little blue wart.
-Oh, there's the wart!
I haven't seen that all day.
I've got to also draw your attention to this one here,
Angry Etna by Jasmine.
Now, this is a volcanic tortoise which,
when furious, explodes scorching acid lava.
-Like our producer. Let's walk over to the 12 to 15 category.
-Let's get a sideways happy dance.
-Have a look at this.
These are really incredible.
We've got felt tips, crayons - everything's been used on these.
Have a look at Clubby by Shira.
Clubby has a club growing out of his tail, obvs, for protection.
But unfortunately, when he wakes up,
he sometimes bumps himself on the head. Poor old Clubby.
And this is Billson by Grace.
Billson's actually two things -
it's twins, half plant, half bird -
and they disagree about almost everything. We like that.
We really do like that. In fact, we like it so much
that all the top 30 entries will get themselves an orange badge.
Now it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty,
the top entry in each of the age categories.
Linds, let's walk this way. I'm excited!
-And can we have a drum roll, please?
I love a snare drum roll because
in the six-to-eight-year-old category, the top entry is...
She designed Monsieur Mollusc, as they say in Madrid.
A fish detective.
He can see everything as he has eyes on stalks
and tusks light up dark corners.
Iona, the judges loved the clever way you created
a clamp cellphone for Monsieur Mollusc.
That is so clever. OK, let's go on to the 9 to 11 category.
The top entry is...
It's Kate from Wiltshire!
She's created Fern, who is a very shy but adventurous creature,
and a mix of many different plants from the prehistoric times.
She has really done her research and the judges love Fern
because she has a lovely character.
She really does. It's amazing.
Linds, in the 12 to 15 category, the top entry...
I'm going to pull it myself...
Now, Rory created a Spiradon,
a cross between an anteater and a Stegosaurus.
It hides from many predators by turning into a flower shape,
by using its tail as a stalk.
Rory, the judges loved how it could transform into a flower shape.
-And that, my friends, gets a happy dance.
While he does that, I have no idea how the judges actually chose
one overall winner, but they did.
So it's time for the big reveal.
The winner of our Awesome Animation competition is...
-CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Come on over, Rory, my friend. That is one big confident smile.
You should be very proud, because you've got yourself an orange badge.
How does that feel?
It feels amazing, and to win out of over 9,000 people is fantastic!
-You should be very proud.
-Rory, in my hands is nowt,
in Lindsey's hands are cue cards,
but in your hands are something very special. Tell us about it.
This is my model that Aardman made me
whilst I was away at their studios.
This is my creature that may just look like a very cool reptile
but, in fact, its tail can unwind.
-The design is incredible.
This camouflages itself as a stalk
and the body rolls up into the head of a flower.
Yeah, these are, like, beautiful petals.
You actually are a bit of a pro yourself,
because you like stop-motion animation, don't you, Rory?
Yes, I do my own stop-motion animations at home.
In fact, Rory, I'm going to ask you to stop
as we look at one of those animations now.
Look at this here. This is magic.
CHEERING Fair play, Rory.
Do you want to see, for the first time ever, in the country,
-ever, your Awesome Animation?
-You really do, don't you?
-Let's watch it.
-Let's do it.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
-You were just watching that, like, "That was amazing!"
-Oh, I didn't expect that. Oh, wow!
-It was incredible.
You are a very, very worthy winner.
-Mummy and Granny, behind the camera, are very proud.
That was amazing. Well done, you.
So, from one winner to another very special competition.
We must have some mind readers that watch Blue Peter,
cos look what's been sent in by Etti and Georgia and Siobhan.
They sent in pictures of hot-air balloons.
It's like they knew what our next competition was all about,
which is hot-air balloons. So, without further ado,
if you want to be like Rory here and get yourself an orange badge...
-..this is our Big Birthday Balloon Competition.
For Blue Peter's 40th anniversary,
a very special hot-air balloon was built.
It was 25 metres high and 18 metres wide -
big enough to wrap up a semi-detached house.
And then, on 6th July 1998, it was launched into the skies.
This year, Blue Peter turns 60,
and what does every good birthday party need?
Another birthday balloon, of course.
So, we're creating a brand-new Blue Peter hot-air balloon
for the biggest birthday celebration possible.
And helping us to do that is Simon Askey,
who actually flew the original BP balloon back in 1998.
-Hi, Simon. How are you doing?
-Hey, nice to meet you.
-This is the coolest interview space ever.
-Isn't it great?
We're actually inside a hot-air balloon. This is amazing.
So, tell me, why do you love hot-air balloons so much?
I was really lucky to have my first balloon flight
when I was just 14 years of age, and I ended up with it being my career.
They're fabulous, very colourful,
and you get to see the world from a different point of view.
I've actually never been up in one, so what does it feel like
to actually be in the basket in a hot-air balloon?
Well, to me, it's the closest I think Aladdin's ever been
to being on a magic carpet.
But there's only one way to really find out -
that's to take you for a balloon flight across Bristol.
-Do I get a ride today?
-Absolutely - that's why I'm here.
I'm so excited. Let's do it.
That is lovely.
This is a very smooth ride so far.
So, Lindsey, we're in the air. How does it feel to you?
I thought I'd feel quite nervous and quite scared being up here,
but what a view!
Hot-air balloons were invented over 200 years ago
and the first passengers to take to the skies were actually
a duck, a sheep and a cockerel,
way back in 1783.
Oh, we're going into the side of the trees!
Ooh, you can nearly touch it!
I touched it!
Yay, we touched a tree!
I'm about to fly a hot-air balloon for the first time. Ready?
They work by heating the air inside the balloon with the burner.
This air becomes lighter than the cooler air on the outside,
which makes the balloon float upwards.
So, basically, because heat rises, whenever I pull this...
..I'm putting a lot of heat into the top of the balloon
and that's going to make us go up.
And when the air is allowed to cool, the balloon begins to come down...
I think this might be quite bumpy.
..which catches the BP camera crew off-guard.
THEY MUTTER AND CHUCKLE
-Is everyone OK?
-Yeah. The camera's running! The camera's running.
Lindsey, are you all right?
Apart from the landing, my first flight has been
an incredible experience, and it's made me realise
how special our big birthday balloon is going to be.
But what will it look like?
Well, this is where it's going to be made, and this is the first design.
But, of course, this is only one side. Check it out,
because on the other side is where you come in.
We're giving you the chance to put your very own stamp
on our magnificent flying machine.
We want you to create a design to go on the iconic
Blue Peter galleon logo.
It needs to be totally unique,
and make sure it's colourful and bright.
For more details, head to the Blue Peter website.
The winner will get to put their mark on a piece of Blue Peter history.
Your design could be on our Big Birthday Balloon.
How cool is that?
I'm sorry, Radz. I think it's the best competition ever.
So, you want to get involved, don't you?
All you've got to do is very, very simple.
Download and print out this application form here,
and include your details.
The next thing you need to do is find your ship, like so,
and colour it in. Be really creative and let us know what your design is.
After that, put an inspirational message.
You've only got 12 words that you can use,
so massive good luck for that one. Then, after that,
-tell us a little bit about your design.
-Take that form,
put it in an envelope like this and send it to us.
Make sure you use the correct postage,
or you might get disqualified.
So if you use a large envelope like this, use a large stamp as well.
The deadline is...
That's not long, so get applying.
You really haven't got long, so get designing, people.
And remember, your design could be on the actual
Blue Peter birthday balloon. It doesn't get better than that!
In keeping with balloons, let's welcome two balloon experts.
-It's Ryan and Darren.
-CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Hey, guys. Welcome to Blue Peter. You can take those off now.
We want to see your real fa... There we are!
Ryan, we should say, "Welcome back to Blue Peter," actually.
Thanks for having me back. It's a great honour.
Let's remind ourselves, because last time you were here
you broke a world record.
And look at this face we're about to see in a second. Has he got it?
-Yes, he has!
-It's like fast forward. Wow!
And, Darren, you not only made Lindsey's dungarees,
you made this incredible hot-air balloon behind us.
-How long did it take you?
-So, the main part took about four hours.
The basket about three.
The rest took about an hour, and your dungarees, two hours,
which totals up an insane amount of time.
And then 30 seconds to repair a minute ago,
when they popped during that balloon VT. So well done.
Darren, you can't come on BP and not have a challenge.
Right, so, we're challenging you...
Cos it's all about the orange badge today and the BP ship,
we're challenging you to make your very own orange Blue Peter ship.
-Do you think you can do it?
-No sweat. Easy.
You've already started it, so you've got three minutes. Off you go.
-Go and finish whatever that is. Great.
-So, Ryan, it's awesome.
We've got three minutes just to chill out and relax.
No, no. Darren can't do a challenge without you guys doing a challenge,
-so I'm going to give you a challenge right now.
We're going to get the Blue Peter viewers to select the model
that we're going to make, I'm going to make it super-fast
-and you guys have to try and copy me.
-Let's do this.
This sounds difficult. I'm going to pick a number first.
I'm going for number one.
Oh, I'm no good at this, Ryan.
Can you make an elephant?
-No sweat. An elephant. How do we do it?
-OK, let's see.
-Just pick any colour.
-Yes, let's go for an elephant.
OK, so the elephant that we're going to do, guys... Watch very closely.
We're going to do one, two, three, four, and we have an elephant.
-Lindsey, let's go.
-Ready? Go. One, two...
That's good, that's good.
Another, down the bottom...
Oh! Come on, Radzi, come on.
Yes, Radzi! That's quite...
-That's average. OK, let's go on to the next person.
Hello, Ryan. My name's Ruby. I love to go horse riding.
Please may you make me a horse?
-A horse? OK, no problem. Let's go, guys.
-Come on, Ruby! Ridiculous.
Pink balloons. Grab a pink balloon.
OK, so, for the horse, we're going to start up top,
a small bubble into a big bubble, down to another big bubble.
-We have a horse. Let's go, guys.
That's it. Go for it. And a twist.
Another one. Another one in there.
-Terrible. I think we should just move on.
-Ruby, we can't do it.
-One more, one more, Linds.
-I'm going to pick number four, four, four.
My name is Kayvan, and I would like you to make a kangaroo. Bye!
-Kangaroo. Let's go, guys.
Let's get one of these balloons here.
Kangaroo - we're going to go up top, with a small ear,
with small arms and big legs, OK?
-We're going to get a nice kangaroo, OK? Let's go.
-Small arms. A big leg.
-A small head?
-And a... And a...
Let's keep twisting. Yes! It's looking...
-Radzi, you're actually genuinely really good at this.
Do you know what? I think it's all about practice, isn't it?
Lots of practice, guys. You've done well but you need more practice.
More you practise, the better you'll get. It's like anything.
-How did Darren get on?
-Let's find out. Darren, in you come.
-Check this out! Look at Darren's Blue Peter ship.
-Round of applause.
That is so good! Guys, thank you so much for coming in.
-Big round of applause, everyone.
-That was great.
-Lindsey, do you fancy the first Big Badge Wall of 2018?
-See you later, Ryan.
-Let's walk this way.
-Let's do it.
Once again, your artistry and creativity
have genuinely blown us away.
And first of all, Verity from Lincolnshire,
thank you very much for sending this in. It's 3D post,
and it's myself doing my free-fall challenge from last year.
Verity, thank you. You've got yourself a blue badge.
Have a look at this. It's from Kiara.
She's got a silver badge for doing her very own
mini Blue Peter calendar. Look at the detail.
Design a dragon comp, sport badge. It's all in there. You're a legend.
-Harry, you clearly love Shelley,
as you've made Shelley's room. If I open up the box, you can
see Shelley's bedroom where Shelley is, in fact, taking a nice old nap.
Talking of Shelley, she is taking a nice old nap at the moment -
she's in hibernation. We got that message from Shelley.
She's doing well, she's having a nap.
Thank you for all of your post, as ever.
If you do see any of your post on the Big Badge Wall,
you get yourself a Blue Peter badge. You get one of those,
you can get into 200 attractions across the UK in 2018
-for the first time ever...
-We're getting worse.
Now, time for my favourite moment of the month.
It is Blue Peter's Fan Of The Month. Cue the music...
This fan is very special, because they get involved
with all the puzzles, all of the games online, and I like them.
Yep, they love Shelley, they're always making friends
on the BP website, so a massive well done.
They also grill some of our guests after the show on the Fan Club.
-Linds, would you please do the honours, cos I'm out of breath?
January's Fan Of The Month is...
Ryan, come on in. Reveal it. Biggest balloon ever.
-Let's pop it and see.
-Good luck, guys.
Whoa! Who is it? FANFARE
-Turn it round!
-That wasn't meant to happen!
But it's BP Gymnastics Unicorn.
-Darn it! You try something...
Well, thankfully, that's nearly it for today's show, luckily,
cos that didn't go so well. But here's what's coming up in 2018.
-I'm walking off.
-Ryan! Come on!
Coming up this year on Blue Peter...
This is indoor surfing!
Check this out!
Come on, team!
Ooh, I don't want to look down!
We're not going out over there?
No, stop it. What?
Did you see that?
Oh, my goodness!
This is unbelievable.
-Bring it on!
-2018 is going to be absolutely incredible.
-I'm hoping I don't pop!
-I'm sat very still.
-Shall we find out where Shelley was hiding?
-Yeah, go on.
-So, Shelley was hiding here.
If you managed to spot this, you are genuinely incredible.
You've got eyes of a hawk. First person to do that was...
-Someone got it?! Wow!
-..Purple Brained Mosquito.
-Massive well done. That's really hard.
Make sure you're watching next week,
-because we are actually off to a premiere, aren't we?
With Iona and Kate, the runners-up of this amazing competition.
-Have you got a suit?
Oh. Well, I haven't got anything so I'll be wearing this, maybe.
-Can I come?
-No, you can't.
-Make sure you're watching.
What I can do is take on an indoor surfing challenge.
You'll get to see that next week,
where I'm essentially on a bar of soap, trying to glide on water.
It's going to be tough. You'll love it.
You haven't got long to apply for the competition,
-so get doing it, and we'll see you next week. Bye!
-He's being silly!