Lindsey joins Awesome Animation competition winner Rory on the red carpet, and Radzi gives indoor surfing a go. Get ready for plenty of wipeouts.
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Today we'll be showing you how to make
these Big Birthday Balloon biscuits.
All you'll need is some dough, some hard-boiled sweets
and some wild cat poo.
No, no, Radz, that's not for the biscuits,
that's for a different item.
Yeah, I knew that.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
-Welcome to Blue Peter, and boy, do we have a lot
packed into today's show, including me trying to do this,
where I attempt to stand up on a bar of soap and I get very, very wet.
As well as that, we've got the team in
from the brand-new show Big Cats and they've brought
some smelly stuff along with them. That's all I'm going to say.
Well, we brought this thing along with us.
We like to call her Shelley. She's a fab tortoise.
There she is there. Jump onto the Fan Club and see
if you can see her at any point in the show.
-We might read your name out. But now she gone.
As well as that, you may remember that last week we announced Rory
as our competition winner
for our amazing competition Awesome Animation.
Well, that was just the start of his amazing prize.
Here's what we got up to at the weekend.
Back in September, we launched our Awesome Animation
competition, which gave you the chance to create a prehistoric
creature inspired by Aardman Animations' latest film, Early Man.
The age of stone is over. Long live the age of bronze.
Over 9,000 of you applied,
making it our most popular competition in six years,
and that meant it was tough work sifting through all the entries.
It's difficult, isn't it? Because they're all so good.
But the Early Man director and our head judge, Nick Park,
helped make the decision.
So it appears we have a winner.
-Is everyone happy with this entry?
-I think so.
It's absolutely stunning.
Our winner was animation super fan Rory.
He created Spiradon, that could transform into a flower
when it sensed danger, and the judges loved it.
Two months later, it was time for Rory to visit
the Aardman HQ in Bristol and enjoy the first part of his prize,
an access-all-areas tour of the studios.
-Rory, come on in, how are you doing?
-Fine, thank you.
Massive congratulations on winning this competition.
Are you proud of yourself?
It's amazing to be a winner out of 9,000 people.
I just didn't expect it and it's just amazing, yeah.
Pretty cool, isn't it?
I think we should walk around, meet some cool people
and see some very cool things. Do you agree?
-Come on, follow me this way.
Some of the most popular animated films ever have been created right
here and we were given permission to have a really good look around.
Here we go, this is the art department.
This is from the Early Man film.
-Isn't that awesome?
-That's so detailed.
What we found was amazing.
There were so many hidden treasures.
Let's have a look inside.
-It's quite heavy, feel that.
It's heavier than I thought it would be.
And look, I've just got a whole wad of spears.
Oh, it's pointy!
These guys at Aardman can actually make anything.
It's so realistic. What have you got down there?
-What have you found?
-Is that a heavy rock?
-No, it's not, it's just polystyrene.
It's just foam.
But that was enough poking about.
The team here had painstakingly created Rory's Spiradon creature
and it was time for animator Andy to reveal it.
Let us know what you think.
Oh, my... Wow!
-What do you make of that, Rory?
-That is... That is amazing.
It's, like, even better than the... Oh, wow.
What an amazing design.
Now it was down to Rory and Andy to bring Spiradon to life.
OK, so you're in charge for the day,
so let's get stuck into it, shall we?
Stop motion animation is created by taking individual still photos,
each one capturing a tiny change in a character's position.
When you put these images together,
they create the impression of movement.
Hit the space bar.
For someone who is as passionate about animation as Rory,
this is incredible to watch because you can just tell
he is in his element.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
It just goes to show why you should apply to BP competitions.
Look where they get you.
Stop motion takes ages, so we had to leave Andy to finish it off.
Then it was time to reveal Rory's animation to the nation.
Let's do it.
-You were just watching that like, "That was amazing!"
Oh, I didn't expect that.
But this story is far from over.
Next, we're off to London to see what the stars of the film
think of Rory's animation.
Well, the reason Rory's here today,
he was our competition winner out of over 9,000 people, right?
-That is amazing.
OK, so this is Rory's character.
Wow, let's have a look.
-This is incredible.
-It's like a sort of dragon, lizard, anteater.
-That is amazing.
-It's amazing, absolutely amazing.
I'm seriously, seriously impressed.
When you're making films, can I voice one of your films?
Well, how would you voice my character?
Maybe the character would be quite sort of grunty.
-Just going along.
-Oh, no, it's a T Rex!
-Yeah, cos he's prey.
-Yeah, so he'd be like...
-That was quite similar to what Tom did, isn't it?
-Yeah, Tom was very high-voiced.
-When he was doing the flower?
Oh, no, it's a T Rex!
-So I basically stole all of Tom's ideas. Maybe hire Tom.
It's so inventive, you know, the way you have it as
a prehistoric creature and then it adapts into this sunflower design.
It's so clever, the way it does that.
Rory, I bet you can't believe you're actually sat here with Nick himself,
watching your animation after all those months ago coming up
-with this design. Does it feel great?
-Yeah, it feels amazing.
-Do you think you want to become an animator?
-It would be amazing.
Well, I really enjoyed doing them at home.
Well, keep doing it and show us what you're up to.
Oh, there you go, maybe a job at Aardman one day.
What an amazing experience.
But there's one last treat in store for Rory.
We're off to the world premiere of the film and we're joined
by the competition's top runners-up, Iona and Kate.
What would you say to anyone watching who thinks,
"Shall I enter a Blue Peter competition?"
-I think just go for it and see how you do.
-Give it a go.
What was your reaction like when you found out that you had
actually become a top runner-up?
I was just really amazed.
It was just amazing.
So, to anyone thinking of entering a Blue Peter competition
who might be watching right now, what would you say to them?
What's your advice?
I'd say, you have to enter these things
because it's fantastic prizes. It's unbelievable.
To have my model animated, it's just fantastic.
Rory, you are an absolute legend,
and I know that you are going to be watching right now
with your brother, so hello, Rory and family, you are so great,
and your passion for animation is genuinely inspiring.
Now, if you were watching that, thinking...
"I wish I was a Blue Peter competition winner."
..then look no further than our brand-new competition.
It's a biggie.
For Blue Peter's 40th anniversary,
a very special hot-air balloon was built.
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.
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?
The answer is very, very cool.
If you want to be within a chance of winning this amazing prize,
you need to download and print the form from the Blue Peter website.
Then you need to fill out all the details on page one here
to let us know who you are.
Once you've done that, you need to fill out this Blue Peter ship.
Make it colourful, make it really bright and really creative -
that is the important bit.
After that, you need to fill out the inspirational
Blue Peter birthday message.
Now, you've only got 12 words that you can actually use
in this sentence, so think carefully.
And after that, you need to tell us
all about your BP birthday balloon design.
Once you've done all that - well done - you need to put your
entries in an envelope like this and send it to the following address.
It's nice and clear there for you, people.
But something you do need to do
is make sure that you use the right postage.
For example, if you use a big old A4 envelope like this,
you will need a large - it's that size - envelope stamp,
so make sure you get that right or you could be disqualified.
The closing date is Tuesday 23rd of January,
which is next Tuesday, by the way, so hurry up,
get designing and get involved with this amazing competition.
I absolutely love it. And just think - your message,
your design could be up on that Blue Peter balloon for our 60th birthday.
It's going to be incredible.
If you need a bit of inspiration or you're just feeling a bit peckish,
over to Radzi and his biscuits.
Indeed, not any biscuits, the Big Birthday Balloon biscuits.
Feast your eyes on all their creativity, and in fact,
if I draw your attention to that one just there,
can you see at the very bottom of that marble effect
there's a surprise inside? They're actually sprinkles.
But I'll show you how to make that and much, much more.
And in fact, for this make, all you need is the following.
There's a little bit of a list there,
if you want to pause on your digibox. If you want to jump online,
all the details of course are on the Blue Peter website.
But we're just going to get to the making.
So we kick off with some dough.
This dough has flour, eggs, butter and sugar inside of it.
We've let it chill in the fridge and we've brought it out
so now it is malleable and pliable as per a cookie cutter.
Let's get it out. So, the cookie cutter comes out.
This is a slightly larger one.
I'm going to get it out here and then press it in like so.
Just for the purposes of you guys at home seeing what I'm going to make,
I'm going to move this dough to one side,
but I will actually use all of it in the long run.
I'll take a smaller cookie cutter
and I'll then press that one down like so as well.
Now, I'm actually not going to put that to one side because
I'm going to use that straight away. We've got the ring of our balloon,
then it comes to the basket, which is where we use the smaller circle.
You can take a lot more time than I am here.
What I do is I take that, add it to the dough,
and keep doing that until you've used all of the dough.
And then I'd simply put it in a baking tray
and place it in the oven.
The oven temperature is 180 degrees for about ten minutes,
and they will be lovely and crisp and ready to go.
But actually, not all of the baking is complete,
but this for me is where the magic essentially happens
because I'm going to take these hard-boiled sweets here,
I'm going to place them inside,
and if you've got more time than me,
you will do all the rings with a hard-boiled sweet.
Any colour will do. And I'll pop these back inside here.
Now, when these then come out of the oven in five minutes' time,
I cannot stress just how hot the actual hard-boiled sweet will be.
It's called boiled for a reason - it really will be boiling.
But we've let this one cool so I don't need to be careful,
but please do be careful at home.
I'll choose two colours - I'll go for orange
and I'll go for a translucent colour.
Put these back underneath alongside the two squares,
which will make up the basket.
So this is where we add our sprinkles, which is that
added surprise that I don't think I've ever seen on a biscuit before.
Then it comes to the melted chocolate, which acts
as the glue to allow us to press the two biscuit rings together.
You don't have to be posh like this, you can just ladle it on
with a teaspoon if that's all that you've got.
That's all I would do if I was at home in Wolverhampton.
If I turn this over here like so, on the reverse side,
which isn't quite as attractive in my opinion as the other side...
What I'm also showing you is how not to use one...
I don't even know what this thing's called, I'm from Wolverhampton!
I don't know how to use this! It's very messy.
Anyway, we're going to take this, I'm going to turn it upside down,
I'm going to press it on like so with the other hand.
You can see there's a little bit of melted chocolate,
but do you know what? It tastes good, it does taste good.
I'll do exactly the same with...
I've forgotten one stage, how can I forget the stage?
Because if Lindsey did that with her hot-air balloon,
she wouldn't go anywhere, the balloon would go off.
So actually, what I should have done is put the...
I should have put the laces in, which act as...
-Lindsey, thank you so much.
-Give yourself a wipe.
I will give myself a wipe
and I'll give myself a telling-off for not remembering the order.
Then I do exactly the same with the basket, press it together,
and then you will have something which looks a lot more
like this here. LAUGHTER
Safe to say. I think if you take a close look,
you will see some of the detail that's gone into the icing here.
It really is incredible.
All the details, of course, on the Blue Peter website.
Take more time than me, people, and be careful, because it's hot.
Linds, I'm sorry.
Don't be sorry, we all get messy in the kitchen, that's fine.
Walk this away. Let's have a look at this week's big badge wall
covered in all your glorious post. This has been...
-Radzi is still wiping his hands.
Come on, this has been sent in by Hannah from Preston.
You get a blue badge, my friend,
because it's Shelley eating some iceberg lettuce.
-Absolutely classic, well done.
-Linds, I've got a present for you.
-Here's a finished one.
-Oh, thanks, Radzi.
-It was actually Tom that did it, it wasn't me.
-Oh, thanks, Tom.
But now draw your attention to Beth from north Ayrshire,
who might come from a special place, Linds, north Ayrshire.
Oh, sorry, that's where my family are from,
but my mouth was full, so I wasn't going to say.
Look at the detail, by the way, in this piece of post here.
The detail is incredible.
And as we pull wide, you can see there are seven colours
for the seven different Blue Peter badges.
Beth, it's got you a BP blue badge, my friend.
Radz, check this post, are you ready? Harriet has sent this in.
It's a... Oh! I got caught on the wall.
But it's been sent in by Harriet and she's got her very own badge.
But actually, Harriet, we can't send you a badge because you've
already got a purple, a green, a silver and a blue, apparently,
so there's nothing we can send you, but maybe,
in a couple of weeks' time, if you're watching the show,
there might just be a brand-new BP badge on the way.
-I can't say anything more.
-Our lips are sealed.
Please keep sending your post in to the usual address.
Get it on the big badge wall or get it into the Blue Peter office.
You might get yourself a Blue Peter badge and if you get one of those,
you can get into over 200 attractions across the UK...
Now, who would like to see me face plant,
but not when I'm doing a make?
-Then check this out.
I am going surfing! Now get me on that plane.
the beauty of this challenge is there is no travel needed.
Because this is indoor surfing!
It might be winter, it might be cold outside, but that doesn't mean
that I can't catch and hopefully ride an actual wave.
And it's all thanks to this machine.
It pumps 100,000 litres of water over a bouncy rubber surface
to create a continuous wave that's ten metres wide.
That looks like the best fun ever.
But this is Blue Peter, I'm going to be set a challenge, and to make
sure I get that right, I'm going to be trained by an absolute pro.
Say hello to Millie Clark, an indoor surfing legend.
In 2016 she was crowned UK and European champion,
so she should be able to help me out.
Millie, come on over.
That looks incredible. How much fun is it?
It is absolutely awesome.
What will I learn today?
I think we'll get you started on the body board.
-We'll do some body surfing.
-I've got one question.
-Will I get to stand up?
-Yes, you will.
-That's the thing I'm most excited about. Will I fall?
-Shall we get started?
-Let's do it.
-Let's do it, Millie.
Right, so you want to hold your board a little bit higher than that.
-That's it. You want it just on your hips.
When you jump on the wave, make sure your elbows are on the board.
-Elbows on the board.
-That is perfect.
-You've got it straight away.
-Are you ready?
This feels incredible.
You're going to push it out, arms up in the air, and then catch it again.
Arms up, arms up!
With a basic trick under my belt, Millie wants me
to try something more difficult.
OK, this time, hands on the board.
You're going to push it out,
arms up in the air, then you're going to roll over
and then bring the board back to you.
I am really enjoying the body boarding
and I feel like I'm picking it up quite quickly,
so Millie wants me to try standing up,
which means I need a different board.
Your weight is going to be at the back of the board.
You want the water to go underneath you.
You're going to have your knees bent, your back straight.
-Where do I look?
-You're going to look straight ahead.
Gotcha. I like this.
I'm going to see the wave, I'm going to feel the wave,
I'm going to be the wave.
Bring it on!
Come on, Radzi, you can do this.
I don't know how long it was, but that was good.
Now it's time to get a lot better.
Just look at the concentration on my face.
I'm trying so hard just to keep my balance.
That's better, but I need to be able to stand up for longer than that,
so I keep trying.
That's it, slowly come up.
-Slowly but surely, I start to get it.
My confidence is building and I'm really enjoying this.
But now it's time to put my very basic skills,
and I mean basic, to the test with an indoor surfing challenge.
What could possibly go wrong?
I have no idea how good it looks.
I know I feel like a professional surfer,
I don't know if I look like one.
It's safe to say I can stand up,
but is it enough to actually complete this challenge?
Bring it on, baby!
I'm going to perform a surfing routine with Millie
and fellow top indoor surfer Chris. We are ready for our performance.
I've got to start with a superhero 360, then a catch.
This is the body board trick I learnt in training.
Then Millie and Chris will perform some amazing moves
and I'll have to finish things off with something
I've not attempted before, an ollie,
which is basically a jump with the board.
Start the water.
First up is my superman 360.
I need to make sure I'm nice and controlled before I start.
Here we go.
Oh, that was good!
Now I need to make way for the pros.
Just look at their control. They make this a look so easy.
Millie nails her trick and Chris attempts to flip his board.
Would you look at that?
Then it's time for my finale.
Can I do my ollie?
Hold it, Radzi, hold it!
OK, I know what you're thinking, it wasn't huge,
but I stayed on my feet!
From total novice to surfing with the pros in just one day.
That was awesome. I say that was awesome, they were awesome.
And did you see the size of that ollie?
OK, it might have been a really small ollie,
but I'll tell you what, what a day it's been.
And indoor surfing, what a sport.
I think Radzi did very well.
Rather you than me, though, Radz. Sore bottom!
Now, if you absolutely loved Blue Planet II,
you are going to love what is on tonight, BBC One at eight o'clock.
It's called Big Cats and it's a brand-new natural history series.
So, here to tell us more about this wonderful show is producer Paul
-and camera op Sue. Hello.
-Welcome to the show.
Now, episode one was on last week, wasn't it?
And you can see these beautiful shots from the show here.
To anyone who hasn't seen it, Paul, what's it all about?
I'm guessing cats.
Yeah, it's a celebration of all wildcats,
really, from the big tigers and leopards all the way through
to small, cuddly, cute, weird ones that people might not have heard of.
We like cute, weird ones.
Sue, you've filmed some incredible animals, not just cats,
but are cats quite different to film? Are they quite tricky?
Yeah, cats are incredibly tricky to film.
I mean, for a start, they are amazingly camouflaged,
they are ambush predators, so they tend to keep themselves hidden,
and they have got these super senses, so generally
they'll have spotted you miles before you've spotted them.
They are just so beautiful, but they can be shy.
Except for one that you encountered, Paul. This is quite a funny story.
-What happened to you?
-We were filming an ocelot,
a beautiful cat in the jungle of Costa Rica, and there was one
that we knew we could get quite close to if we could find it.
-Oh, they're beautiful, aren't they?
Now, we spent three days trying to find this cat
in a patch of jungle and we couldn't see it at all.
Then one night I went back to my tent
and she was laying on my bed, covered in mud, eating my pants.
We've actually got a photo of this. Have a look.
-Look, there she is, eating Paul's pants.
So they can be cheeky as well.
If they don't crawl into your tent and go through your underwear,
are there other ways of looking out for cats?
Yeah, I mean, we tend to use a lot of local experts on the ground and
the latest technology, but often you kind of fall back
onto basic field craft skills,
which I think we're going to show you a bit about now.
Yeah, we've got a paw here, haven't we, Paul?
Yeah, this is a very large paw of a tiger, the biggest cat,
and you can tell a lot by looking at paws.
This one was walking very slowly and because it had no claw marks
around it, you can tell it was walking rather than running.
Oh, that's amazing, all from just a paw print. It's incredible.
You're going to put my knowledge...
Well, not knowledge, lack of knowledge to the test now,
-aren't you, Sue?
-Yeah, we've got three different animal calls
and we'd like you to try and work out if you can tell which is a cat.
OK, so is it a cat or not? That's the name of the game.
Play along at home, do. OK, first one, here we go.
-What do you think that is?
-I think it sounds too angry.
It sounds like an elephant or something. I'm going to say not cat.
Let's have a look.
-This is actually a snow leopard calling for a mate,
and that was really useful for our team to help them film
-when they're out in the wild.
OK, we've got another noise. Let's hear it.
SHORT BARKING CRIES
-I think that's a monkey.
-Shall we have a look?
Yeah, let's have a look, let's have a little cheeky look.
-Yeah, it's a langur monkey and also a chital deer,
-so we actually gave you two sounds there.
-That was cheeky!
Yeah, it was a little bit.
They're alarm calling, so they will be in somewhere like India,
alarm calling about a tiger which might be nearby.
Amazing, OK. Final sound, have we got time? Let's do another one.
That is not a cat.
-Shall we have a look?
-That sounds like a hyena.
Well, that would be a cat. Be quiet, Lindsey. What is it?
-It's a cat, great.
-This is actually a fishing cat,
and this is what Paul and I filmed in Bangladesh.
And that sound, that kind of quacking sound,
-is her calling for her kittens.
I wish that was the end of this item,
but there's trays of poo in front of me and blue gloves.
-We've saved this bit to the live show, haven't we, Paul?
I think it's time to get stuck in because...
What do you mean, stuck in?
-We've brought a nice selection of fresh poo...
-Oh, thanks, Paul!
-..for you to have a look at.
-That's so good of you.
It's one way we can tell that there is a cat nearby
is by looking at its poo. You can tell an awful lot about poo.
OK, don't play along at home if you've got cat poo laying around.
Or if you're eating, look away.
Put us on pause. OK, what have we got here, then?
So, these are from Bristol Zoo. We have three samples.
One of them is cat poo, the other two are something very different.
I think it's good to get stuck in, have a look,
-see what we can find out.
MAN'S VOICE: Pick it up!
-Yeah, it's quite whiffy.
-I actually can't...
We shouldn't have saved this till the live.
Right, so this is balls of poo.
-This one looks a bit less cat...
-Have you farted?
Stop it! And this one's wet...
-It's pretty strong.
-Which one's the cat poo, Linds?
-I don't know, that one's wet.
-That's got hair in.
-I'm going to go this one.
-Why are you touching it, Paul?
-We've got to get in there to...
-What's wrong with you, Paul?
I'm going to go that one.
-Oh, no, that one. This one.
-This one here?
Well, yeah, this is actually lion poo, and they do a great big pile.
And what's really interesting is, if you look at it closely,
you can see bones and hair, and that's what it's eaten,
-so it shows it's a predator.
And unlike domestic cats,
big wildcats like to leave big piles as warnings.
-Paul, you're wafting it around.
-I feel really sick.
Please tell me there's kittens on tonight's show.
Yeah, absolutely, there is.
And my personal favourites, which are the Pallas's cats,
-which we filmed in Mongolia, they are actually gorgeous.
Thank you so much for coming in. Paul and Sue, everyone.
And you can test your knowledge on the Blue Peter website.
Have a look at this.
-I'll wear it.
-Hang on, what?
My name is Joseph Coelho. I'm a children's author and poet.
This new chew was shaped like a shoe.
Now, earlier in the show we asked you to Spot Shelley.
The question is, where was she hiding, people? Let's take a look.
I can still smell the poo.
-There she was!
-The detail in that one.
Fair play to whoever spotted it,
and whoever spotted it is specifically JSUnicorn1.
Well done to you.
On the topic of balloons, make sure, with our competition,
you start applying now. There really is not long left.
It's a purple badge takeover next week, so make sure you're watching.
You've come in with your comments and we have listened.
Until then, we'll see you next week.
I can still smell that poo. I think it's on my hands, Radz.
-I had Brussels sprouts.
Lindsey joins Awesome Animation competition winner Rory on the red carpet, and Radzi gives indoor surfing a go. Get ready for plenty of wipeouts!