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And you'll get pitch side access to the first of my Magnificent 7
challenges for Red Nose Day. Find Hello! How are you doing? You are
watching Blue Peter. We have two CBBC legends on the
I do not find that very funny! The world is a better place when
Dick and Dom on the telly. They have a brand new show, Absolute
Genius. It takes a revolutionary look at some onions. Last night it
was Isaac Newton. Let's have a look They are with us now in the studio!
How are you? We are fine. It is good to be on one of the best shows
on CBBC! If we will pay you later! Last night we were talking about
Isaac Newton and how he defined the law of gravity. You tested this in
a centrifuge. It was pretty remarkable! Talk us through what is
going through your head. Mr Floppy face! It is like when you go on a
roller coaster. That feeling you experience for two seconds carried
on for 10 minute and it was horrific. It was really, really
horrible. G force is strange, like being squashed by an invisible
force. It was horrible but it proved a lot. Much like Blue Peter
where we take on challenges, you are never one to stand on the
sidelines, so you took part in the wall of death. Let's have girl
look! A motorbike that goes vertically a round a wall. They did
not tell me that it went straight up onto the wall without me knowing.
It was horrible! You don't go up the wall, you went on the skirting
board. Did you tell him to get you back down? Yes! Anything that goes
round and round, makes you dizzy. I am with you on that. Obviously the
brains in this show do not belong to you. You have got the looks. In
fact, no! We have Fran! You get a very own Blue Peter bad because it
is your first time on Blue Peter. Next week, the show is about
Michael Faraday. He pie in the it electromagnetism. This involves you
doing some unique experiments -- he was a pioneer of electromagnetism.
We thought he better to put in at the Michael Faraday cage and Dick?
So we fired three-quarters of a million volts at his head.
Basically, you had electricity fired at your head? It was in the
contract! We have to! It was a good way of understanding all of the
theories and principle for us through it demonstrations led by
Fran. Exactly. -- peers and principles through demonstrations.
It was quite dangerous. Don't try it at home. Definitely. We can test
electromagnetism here. In a nutshell? There is a relationship
between magnetism and electricity. You can run electricity through a
wire and that becomes a magnet. But Michael Faraday realised it was
more than that. What he realised was if you turn a wire around a
magnet, you get electricity in that wire. You generate electricity.
great thing about Fran is she translates all of the signs that
would normally confuse you and makes it easy to learn. Today is no
different. Fran, take your position between the two bikes because we
Can we please get a minute on the clock. We have attached to the back
wheel of each of these a generator. They will pedal fast and we will
try to light up the light bulbs. We will start with the first run and
try to generate enough power to light all six lightbulbs. 60 watts,
that is 360 watts in total. Quite difficult. Who will win? Dick and
That's is not enough to power your Unbelievable! The that was
incredible. In that experience, Dom, you felt miserable. I have little
legs! There is quite a lot of electricity there but it is fair to
say it takes a lot of energy to produce not a lot of energy. Yes.
We had 360 watts. A person cannot generate enough electricity to boil
a kettle. That is a shame because we could do with a cup of tea. Stay
with us. We are live. If there is anything
you want to ask Dick and Dom, you You can ask them anything you like.
Red Nose Day is on the horizon. This year for comic relief, I am
going to be doing seven challenges to inspire you to raise money for a
fantastic cause. I did my first one on Saturday at Twickenham in front
of a packed crowd of England and Scotland fans. It was going to be
loud! In five days' time, I will attempt
to kick a conversion at Twickenham in front of tens of thousands of
fanatical rugby fans. I don't know anything about rugby but I have got
a trip up my sleeve. I am engaged to this guy and luckily for me, he
plays rugby league, with these guys. I have come to Warrington Wolves,
to be introduced to the world of rugby. I am about to see what I
That was a bad one. I don't think she has got a good chance to be
honest of getting a conversion. or laughing at me already! She is
doing her best. Hopefully she can keep it going. It has been a mixed
start but I clearly have a lot of work to do. If you go further back,
you get giddy and start jumping up and down. Because I am nervous!
Take it slowly. If I slowed down, if I focus... Exactly. You think I
can do it? Yes. He has to say that. He is my fiancee. In three days I
have to attempt to kick that ball in Twickenham. I think Ritchie made
a fair point, I do need to concentrate. That is why I am here
today for some extra help and I don't think there is any messing
with this guy. Saracens fly-half, Charlie Hodgson. Premiership
leading goalscorer. He is no stranger to Twickenham. Let's see
if he can get my boots into shape. That is what I need to be able to
do! Hello. Excited? I feel a bit sick if I am honest. I really want
to be able to do it but I have to do it in three days. Hopefully you
will be fine by the weekend. Where do we start?
A little run two warm-up and stretches and then I am ready for
my kicking lessons. The first tip is not to place the ball on the tee.
People have different tactics. I have mine up right. Which will make
it goes further? At the front. will have a go at that. I feel it
is sitting higher so I can kick it. Line up the themes when you are
kicking it, in the direction you want it to go. -- this seems. Point
your foot. There. Which bit of the ball and I hitting? The bottom, so
you can get the elevation. This inside part of the ball. And now
your approach to the ball. 45 degrees. I think I should do that
to maintain my concentration. Looking forward, the sideways three
steps to get my 45 degrees, and then run at it. Nearly! So close.
Try again. But not close enough, so Yes! It is a bit hit and miss. I
get a bit distracted. Focus. You do one enemy forget about what you are
trying to do. I am nervous. -- you do one and then you forget. These
guides a rugby-mad and knows something's about kicking.
Hopefully they can help me and get some tips from a top rugby star.
Get some power on the ball. I have kicked a lot today but I am fairly
pleased, but no where near prepared. Be if I was at home I would be
terrified, but I think she can do it. Mental strength is a huge part
of this game that so how did Charlie cope in front of thousands
of people? It is difficult. You have to try to block it out and
concentrate on what you are doing. At the Six Nations, everybody is
excited. In your experience of the fans, what will they be like at
half-time? You will be all right. It depends if you get it over! You
might get a bit of stick! I am sure you will get enough support.
thank you so much for your help today. I will Endeavour to not let
you down on Saturday. As long as she focuses on the tips I have
given her and she concentrates on those each time she approaches the
ball, she should be far line. all starts this weekend when I will
be attempting to kick one of these. Even after the live show, I am a
practising. Rugby has taken over my life this week.
Three steps back. 3 to the side. That is terrible!
And Twickenham is only two days away.
It is such an amazing thing to do. Not only is Ritchie an amazing
player, but you've got to play with professional rugby players!
Amazing! I took it too seriously. That is not like you. I am
competitive and I was getting stressed out. You can find out how
I got on later in the show. Helen. You are a pig and I am a goat.
According to the Chinese Zodiac. Because this weekend sees the start
Chinese New Year celebrations usually last for 15 days. It is
currently the year of the dragon. But on Sunday it is the turn of the
snake. If you are a snake, its 41 mysterious, intuitive, have a good
temper and a good at communicating. Famous snakes include Daniel
Radcliffe and Dani Harmer. This is Blue Peter, so of course we've got
some snakes in the studio! I've just remembered, I've got a dentist
appointment. Look who's over here, it's Blowfish. What have we got
here? These are some corn snakes. They are only little. Are they
venomous? No, they are not, and they are so cute. Why are they
different colours if they are the same type of snake? They are kind
of like cats and dogs. We've bred them to have these colours. As far
as snakes to day go, I think I have it would snake here! These are just
little babies compared to what we are going to get up to. This one is
going down my top. Its blending in! There we go. We and we found out
you were coming in, we found out about what these guys eat.
Apparently... They eat Helen! eat rodents. Look at the size of
them. That is some snack! Rodents are small-fry to these guys. This
is a milk snake. He could be really quite nasty. Look at the banding,
you might think, venomous snake. He's a beautiful colour. There's an
old rhyme that we can remember to prove that this snake is safe. Read
in yellow, venom lack. Read then yellow, will kill a fellow. We are
still talking small-fry. We need to a bit of it. This is a real stake.
This is a reticulated python. This, essentially, is the longest snake
on the planet. How long do they get? There's one in Oregon that is
They are cracking beasts. What does reticulated mean? It refers to the
pattern on it. It means net like. It's wonderful camouflage. They
have beautiful skin and they feel so smooth. You expect them to be
slimy but they are not. Yes, they are very dry. They are gorgeous. I
like how they get their names. you look at a pattern on the corn,
it's exactly the same as the pattern on... Look at that. This
python is hissing, do I need to be worried? No, she's fine, just
checking it out. The front of this snake has something very clever.
Around the lips of its mouth it has heat sensitive areas. They are
picking up infra-red radiation. It's the same thing you see in the
movies when someone puts on special goggles and they can see the
outlines. This may punts in exactly the same way. They are clever
creatures. Thank you for bringing these guys in. I'm going to borrow
this guy for a minute. At the weekend, I entered my very own that
snake pit. I went to Twickenham. It was one of the first matches of the
Six Nations, between England and France. It was the place that I was
to take on my first challenge. I'm doing seven challenges ahead of Red
Nose Day. My first one was to attempt to kick a penalty at half-
I have been having sleepless nights about this all week. This is
massive, this is exciting. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I
am so nervous, because I don't want to mark it up. I'm completely
freaking out. I think I'm more nervous about this than I was about
the high wire. The nerves are really starting to take over. It's
It's the morning of the game, so in a few hours, I will attempt to kick
this ball over that far. It definitely looks higher for some
reason in this stadium. I'm excited. Of course I'm nervous, I didn't
sleep much last night, but I feel like the stage has been set, so I
can feel the anticipation rising. I'm going to make the most of this
positive feeling. As Twickenham gets ready for the Six Nations
match between England and Scotland, the players are warming up, and are
led by their fitness coach, Bobby. To take my mind up my daunting task,
I'm going to find out how a professional rugby player prepares
professional rugby player prepares for a big match. A few hours from
kick-off, what will the players be doing now to get match ready?
will eat twice, chicken breasts today and a plate of pasta as well.
Three or four chicken breasts? I don't have that in a week! How much
will they run around? Eight or nine kilometres. Fluid is really
important. How much will they sweat during the game? They will lose up
to three litres of fluid. One litre of fluid is a kilo, so that's two-
and-a-half to three kilos. Should I be drinking loads to get ready?
you should be topping up. The it's a bit too late! As kick-off
approaches, the crowds gather. My support arrives to give me some
inspiration. As we take our seats, I try my best to enjoy the first
That's it, easy peasy. I'll just do that. It's nearly half time, so the
team give me some final tips. I'm absolutely freaking out. I did it
loads of times in training. You did. Just aim at the scoreboard. Try and
hit the number six. That's my cue, and the commentator is keeping a
This is Cumbria's finest. I'm here with Chris Paterson, one of the
finest figures in the game of rugby, Oh, I think she's just gone left!
I'm absolutely gutted. I've done it a million times. Why couldn't I do
it that time? I'm freaking out, I don't like it. You were so close!
I'm gutted, but that's just the kind of person I am. I think I can
look back and say, guess what, at least we went out there and had a
go. You could do something amazing That was so close, but hopefully it
will inspire you to do something sporty and raise money for Comic
Relief. You could get sponsored to kick as many conversions as you can
in five minutes. If football is more your thing, ask someone to be
goalie for an hour. You could get sponsored to score to save. You
might prefer getting wet, so why not put your goggles on and get
sponsored for each lot you swim at your local pool. Even better, get
your friends to be part of a swimming relay, because more splash
means more cash. Checkout the Blue Peter website but details of how to
pay in the money you braced. I'm not sure whether it's the slow
motion or the dramatic music that goes with it, but that was so close.
It was so good to watch but... It doesn't matter, 80,000 people, you
went out there and did it. I think you did a great job. I was so
nervous, but this is to inspire you to do something for Comic Relief.
Let us know what you're going to do ahead of this Red Nose Day. Visit
the website, there's loads more the website, there's loads more
ideas and everything you need to know about Red Nose Day. Tell them
what you're doing next. I'm going to be heading to the West End in
London to attempt to be in two West End shows in one evening. He's
laughing. Listen to this. Beautiful! What a voice! I cannot
sing. We've spent so many car journeys together when Helen starts
to entertain by starting singing. I'd rather walk! Let's go over to
two guys who've got beautiful voices in their own unique way.
They are answering your questions. They are not alone. We have a group
of children here from a science Would you like to go ahead with the
first question, Ben? Who ruined the most experiments? That was probably
me. I did went out of quite a few things. I wouldn't go underneath a
bridge. There was this box hanging underneath a bridge which was about
300 ft off the ground. I wouldn't go under bat. I didn't go in the
centrifuge. I ruined the series. is pathetic. I had to do it all
myself. You started to give it a go. No, I didn't. The Clifton
Suspension Bridge - no! He's just there with his own like that,
whilst I'm hanging under a suspension bridge. We will never
make Blue Peter presenters, put it that way. Who was your favourite
genius? I think it was a guy called Basil jet. He created something
that we all use but we don't know it, which is the underground sewer
system. The London sewer system. There's miles of pipes underneath
London. So when you flush the toilet or go in the Shayler, that's
where it all goes. You went down to have a look at it. Yes, we did.
It's smelly! The smell when you go down there, what would you think it
smells like down there? Don't be rude! It is congealed fat. You are
not meant to take that down the plughole. It goes down there, it
sticks all over and it stinks. People have to scrape it off.
Ridley says, what's it like having to do dangerous things on TV?
would know. It's great. The great thing about the job, as you guys
know, is what you get to do some incredible things that you would
never get to do at any other point in your career. They might be
dangerous, health and safety is all set up. I did do the Faraday cage.
That was probably one of the most dangerous things we did in the
series. I would never have done that, but you did it. Effectively
it is fair to say that date wins on that one. Thanks for coming in.
that it? All of you lot minus one question! It is not just things
that have an outside the studio that we are fans of. Last week,
Chris Packham was our guest and we made bird feeders together. To make
sure that the UK's birds are happy and well fed. You've been having a
go. We've got some examples of what you've been getting up to. Gracy
and Nancie have been hard at work Edward has made six bird feeders.
This one is the Michelin star of bird feeders. They look brilliant.
If you'd like to get involved, go to the website. I Can't Take My
eyes Off You right now with that beautiful hat. Thank you, guys, for
coming in. There's just time to coming in. There's just time to
tell you what's happening on next week's Blue Peter. I take on my
The unpredictable Dick and Dom are live in the studio to conduct science experiments from their latest show 'Absolute Genius'. Plus we reveal how Helen Skelton got on in her first Comic Relief Challenge - did she succeed and has she inspired viewers to start fundraising?