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Epic Dragon Competition

Blue Peter launches a new competition and dragons. Kimberly Wyatt talks about her new books, and Radzi tries to leap and roll his way to a new parkour world record.


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On today's show, we're entering the dragon's lair.

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That's right, these beasts are ferocious and terrifying,

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and they've got the meanest temperament in show business.

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It's our producers! LINDSEY LAUGHS

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What are you two doing in here?

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We're going live, get in the studio!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Hello. Hi. It's a great shot, that is. How are you?

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You're watching Blue Peter, you know that, you pressed the button.

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-It's a great show. We've got a brand-new competition for you.

-Whoa!

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-Letters.

-And it's all about dragons.

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Whoa! OK, pipe down, you.

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-There's one over there.

-It's not, it's a special effect.

-Shh!

-Oh.

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That's right. We're giving you the chance to design

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a dragon that's going to be part of a famous historical landmark.

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It's very special,

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and it's all kicking off and happening in just 19 minutes' time.

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Make sure you keep watching.

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We'll give you plenty of inspiration.

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This guy knows his stuff when it comes to animals.

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He'll bring some stuff in that is as close to dragons as you can get.

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Whoa! Hello, sunshine.

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Someone else getting into the spirit of it is Shelley.

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She's dressed up like a dragon today.

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She's going to be hiding somewhere in this show.

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Big or small, we don't know yet, but you might spot her first.

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If you do, head to BP Fan Club Live and let us know.

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The first person in touch wins a gobstopper the size of the moon.

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No, that's not right. But you do get a shout out, a shout out.

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Now, Radzi's not here today,

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so I've invited another cuddly little friend along.

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It's Kimberly Wyatt!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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-Hey, friend.

-Welcome to the show.

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-And should I say, congratulations on your badge.

-Thank you.

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-Is that your first Blue Peter badge?

-It is my first Blue Peter badge.

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-I'm in, I'm in the club.

-You're in the club.

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Congratulations, because you're having another baby.

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So, how does your daughter, Willow, feel about that?

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She's going to get a brother or sister.

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I think she's extremely excited.

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Every morning we get up and she wants to see the baby,

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she wants to kiss it, sing to it, give it a cuddle.

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-It's the sweetest thing ever.

-What a start to the day.

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I like the sound of that.

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Now, everyone watching will go, "Oh, my goodness,

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"that's Kimberly Wyatt, judge of Taking The Next Step." Of course.

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But today, you're kind of here for another reason,

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something very special has happened.

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-What's this?

-This is a massive dream come true for me.

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I've wanted to have my own book since I was about 17 years old.

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So this is kind of like a performer's guide to success,

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as well as just serious entertainment.

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About the World Elite Dance Academy.

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First book is available today, called Billie's Big Audition.

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It's out today.

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We like the sound of that. So, what exactly is it all about?

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And was it tough to write your first book?

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It is tough to write a first book.

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Dance has been my absolute obsession and passion my whole life.

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But wanting to get my stories out has been a big one as well.

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So this one is about Billie Edmonds.

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She wants to become part of the World Elite Dance Academy,

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it's her big dream.

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But she's got to get over the nerves,

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she's got to battle the pressures, and she's got to really go for it.

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It sounds good. I'm going to read it later, I might just take a copy.

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So, you've had a baby. You've written a book.

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It seems like there's no stopping you.

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And you're a judge for Taking The Next Step, series two.

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Which we're actually filming at the moment with Sam and Mark, aren't we?

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It's just the best thing.

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Now, we love an exclusive on Blue Peter,

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so I had a little cheeky word with the producers.

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I was like, "Please can we see a little first look of

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-"Taking The Next Step?"

-Do we have it?

-We might have it.

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Check this out.

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# I just came to say goodbye

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# I'm in the corner Watching you kiss here

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# Oh, oh, oh... #

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-APPLAUSE

-You've got loads of tricks.

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Tons of nice core strength,

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you really know how to hold your moves and have moments.

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And is there anything on the floor?

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Because you were looking at the floor the whole time!

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You've got to look up.

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If you're in my class, I would be in your face, yelling,

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"Look up, look up, look up!"

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You've got to really perform out, OK?

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Oh, did he get through, though?

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You can find out in autumn, when the series is out.

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-I cannot wait for that.

-I'm excited.

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In the meantime, Kimbo,

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we told our viewers you were on last week, and they got very excited.

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And we were inundated with amazing dance videos that Blue Peter

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fans have sent in. Would you like to look at some of them?

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-And maybe give a bit of feedback?

-I would love to.

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I need all the dancing tips I can get, by the way.

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This first one is from Brodie, let's have a look.

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Hi, I'm Brodie, I like street dancing, especially the wave.

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It's the dab at the end. A quick kitchen dab, that's what we like.

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What did you make of that?

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I mean, Brodie is ultimate coolness in the kitchen, very cool.

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His waves are really fantastic, he's got series moves.

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I would say, just slow it down a bit.

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Really go for every single joint that you've got through your

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-wave and practice it slow.

-I feel I look like a stupid robot.

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-Because then you can pass it.

-Whoa!

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There we go, nice one. Next we've got Vinara having a little jig.

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Let's have a look at this.

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Hi, my name is Vinara. I love Latin dancing.

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-I'm into that. His beautiful hands.

-I love him!

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Any advice or feedback, Kim?

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I mean, the confidence is infectious, he's amazing.

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He holds his frame fantastically.

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I think, just keep going, I love what I see. Just do more.

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And he's got a dance floor in his living room, which is very cool.

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Let's have a look at Emily tapping away.

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Hi, I'm Emily, and I love tap dancing because it makes me happy.

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These are double-time steps.

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Emily, I couldn't keep up. I was into that. Tap is tough, isn't it?

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Tap is tough.

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But Emily has really super-strong ankles and feet,

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she's got clear taps, it looks amazing.

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Just work on the timing of those rhythms.

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When you do a basic time step, the rhythm goes,

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da-da, da-da-da, da-da, da-da, da-da-da...

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Dab, dab. Hope I helped. This is Daniel.

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Hi, I'm Daniel, and I like dancing to Can't Stop The Feeling.

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# I got that sunshine in my pocket Got that good soul in my feet

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# I feel that hot blood in my body when it drops... #

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Can you give me some new moves?

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What a cutie.

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Our favourite bit was this, wasn't it? Woo, Daniel.

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-OK, so he needs new moves.

-He's got brilliant musicality, by the way.

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-But we'll give him another move.

-I'm going to join in.

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To finish it all off, he can do an out, cross, out, cross, turnaround.

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There you go, Daniel. I feel like you looked a little bit better.

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And then last but not least, we've got Bruno. Check this out.

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Hi, I'm Bruno. I like street dance, especially the move

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the butterfly kick. It's my favourite move.

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I'll show you it right now.

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-Yes.

-Yay, Bruno!

-He smashed that. Also, he's so confident.

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Bruno, come present with us. We love you. What did you make of that?

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I think Bruno is amazing, that butterfly kick was on point,

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well done, Bruno. Bring on some more.

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It doesn't get better than that, Kim saying you're on point, Bruno.

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So keep practising. If you want even more of Kim - who doesn't? -

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she's on the Blue Peter website. There it is.

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I like your face, it's lovely. Giving some of her dance tips.

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Kim, have you ever done parkour?

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-I've only done a touch, I did a wall spin, that's about it.

-OK.

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Someone who gave it a go is Radzi, have a look at this.

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Parkour. Or free running as it's sometimes called.

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I know you've seen it.

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People running, jumping, flipping, somersaulting,

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climbing, to go from one place to another.

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And you know what, it looks well cool.

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Developed in France in the 1980s,

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parkour involves moving across obstacles

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using creativity and athleticism.

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For the first time,

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it's been recognised as an official sport in the UK.

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Which means it could start appearing in your PE lessons.

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I figured, if you guys are going to get to give it a go,

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I should try my hand, too.

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This is Alex Pownall, he's been practising since he was 15.

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So he's the perfect man to get me started at this parkour gym

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that's been specially set up so anyone can have a go safely.

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-Is it fun?

-Yeah.

-Is it exciting?

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-Yeah.

-Is it scary?

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-Usually only if you're doing it wrong.

-And why do you do it?

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Sometimes I just get bored of walking.

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-You've got me very, very intrigued.

-Good.

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Well, let's get started, then, and I'll show you what it's all about.

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Bring it on.

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'Parkour is all about moving around whatever is in your way

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'as quickly and smoothly as possible.

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'So after a quick warm up,

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'we begin with a basic move called a step vault.'

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It uses the opposite hand and foot.

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You're going to place one hand on the box.

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And place the opposite foot on the top.

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Now, you're going to lift your hips and your leg is going to

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come through this space in the middle.

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And then with the weight on your hands and foot,

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-you're going to step off.

-OK.

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That's a great example of something that looks really simple but

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might not be quite so easy to accomplish.

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Hip through.

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-OK, again.

-'I'm happy with that.

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'But then Alex has to go and make it harder.

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Now, the real tricky thing about parkour is that to be really, really

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good at it, you need to be able to do everything on both sides.

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I want you to do this with your other hand.

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-I was hoping you weren't going to say that.

-Everybody does.

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'Using my weaker hand feels really strange.

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'And it's tougher to move smoothly over the vault.

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-'But, I keep practising and slowly I pick it up.'

-OK.

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That's better.

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'With the step vault sorted, it's time to try some other moves.'

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So, the most basic way to jump in parkour is with two feet,

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and from a standing position.

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So, I'm going to go onto the balls of my feet.

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Right, give it a shot.

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-Follow me.

-How?

-You'll figure it out.

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'But as we move onto the main parkour equipment,

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'it gets much harder.

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'With each different obstacle, I have to use different muscles.

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'And I'm constantly thinking to try and keep up.'

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I tell you what, this is so much harder work,

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but the best fun.

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Phew!

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That was absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much for that session.

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I'm really glad you enjoyed it, man. You did really great.

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Um, the only thing is, we're not really done.

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-OK, what's next?

-Well, we've got this event on Sunday,

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-you see, and I'd love you to be there.

-I'm up for that.

-Awesome.

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What do we need to do?

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-Well, basically, we're just going to do a few vaults.

-Amazing, how many?

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-A couple thousand.

-What?!

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'Alex wants me to put my new skills to good use.

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'In a few days' time,

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'he and some other parkour fans are attempting to set a vaulting record.

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'And I'm taking part.'

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I do not want to let those guys down, and they're expecting

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a lot from somebody that's never done it before.

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Wish me luck.

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'But as the big day arrives, I find out what the record target is.'

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-Alex, great to see you again.

-Radzi, hey, how's it going, man?

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Very, very well. What is going on today?

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Everyone in the room is trying to beat 10,000 vaults in an hour.

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-Well, I have been practising.

-Good.

-So, bring it on.

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'We'll be watched by a team of judges,

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'who will be counting as we go.

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'And if it's not a proper vault, it won't count.'

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Both hands, you can have feet on the side to help you. That's the vault.

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You don't have to use your feet on the box. But what we don't want...

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'OK. Better get this thing right, Radzi.'

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-Are you ready?!

-ALL: Yes!

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KLAXON

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'The action is frantic, these guys don't hang around.

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'They're flying through the vaults.

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'As the minutes tick by, the pace doesn't slow.

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'The level of fitness parkour takes is incredible.'

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KLAXON

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'When our hour is up, we have no idea if we've hit 10,000 or not.'

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We did 9,877.

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GROANING

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Just on this side.

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The grand total, in one hour,

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was 18,247.

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Smashed it.

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To have played just a small part in that record attempt was brilliant.

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And to see these guys in action was an absolute privilege.

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That looked fun.

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I want to have a go.

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If you want to have a go, too, make sure you do get the proper training,

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or it can be dangerous. It is worth saying,

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it is just seven minutes to go until our dragon launch.

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-You excited, Kim?

-Very!

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In the meantime, let's have a look at this week's big badge wall,

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covered in all your quite frankly beautiful posters.

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Looking good. Kim, what have you seen?

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Really good stuff. I am really feeling this graffiti up here

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by Calder. I've got a character in my WEDA series called Tilly

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who does graffiti.

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Calder, you have earned a Blue Peter badge.

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-Yes, my friend!

-Tres cool.

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This has been designed by Jessica from Clapham.

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She saw Dean Leavy do the levitating table trick last week

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and she loved it. So much so that she's captured it forever in ink.

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Thank you very much, you have got yourself a Blue Peter badge.

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Guys, Amy is my hero.

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Not just cos she's got a silver badge, but have a look at this.

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If we open it up - it's 9.99, collector's item -

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there is a tiny little Lindsey Doll.

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-Spitting image!

-It's amazing.

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Thank you so much(!) You're amazing. Well done.

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Send me a Barney doll.

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I want a life-size one, made out of chocolate.

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If you want to be creative and earn a Blue Peter badge,

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there is the address that you need.

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Get creative and send it. We'd love to hear from you.

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Amber did just that. She wrote us a letter.

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You can see her here, actually.

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She went to Kew Gardens, had a picnic, had a great time,

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and said, "You guys should do the same.

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"Why don't you do a programme about Kew Gardens?"

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Well, Amber, we've done even better.

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How about this competition launch?

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This is Kew Palace.

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Back in the 1700s, it was home to King George III,

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who sculpted the grounds to create what is now

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the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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The king filled it with objects,

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taking inspiration from around the world.

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And one of them was this tiny, miniature tower called a pagoda.

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Oh, no, it's just really...really far away.

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Comedy gold.

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The Great Pagoda is one of the most famous sights at Kew Gardens.

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Standing almost 50 metres high,

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it's an important example of Chinese architecture in Europe.

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It is a Grade I-listed building,

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which means it's thought to be of exceptional interest and

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national importance, so it needs to be protected.

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So a massive conservation project is underway to restore

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the pagoda back to its former glory.

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And the man in charge of doing that is Craig Hatto.

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-Hi, Craig, how are you?

-Hello.

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Good to meet you.

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Now, how have you found yourself

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in charge of restoring this huge pagoda?

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Well, it's all down to Blue Peter.

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-Really?

-Oh, yes.

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I should have known.

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In 1986, BP ran an architectural competition at York Minster.

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It was this that inspired Craig

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to become a top architect, and he now looks after

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all the royal palaces.

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You're welcome, your Majesty!

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Tell me why you think it's important that the pagoda is restored

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to look how it did in 1762.

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It would have been adorned with dragons rising 50 metres up

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into the air on each of the corners of the building.

6:46:076:46:10

It would have been an unbelievable and remarkable sight to behold.

6:46:106:46:13

In about 1780, the dragons came down,

6:46:136:46:15

and it was probably because they were rotting,

6:46:156:46:18

hard to maintain and they had fallen out of fashion.

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So they didn't replace them.

6:46:226:46:23

And today, it is our job to put those dragons back on the building.

6:46:236:46:27

-Well, shall we go and have a closer look?

-OK.

6:46:276:46:30

At one time, the dragons that decorated the pagoda

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were one of its most striking features.

6:46:356:46:37

And with the restoration, they are coming back.

6:46:376:46:40

But the project is set to take more than a year,

6:46:406:46:43

so it really could drag-on!

6:46:436:46:46

'I'm on fire today.'

6:46:476:46:48

So to get an idea of what the dragons will look like,

6:46:506:46:53

Craig has got a little trick up his sleeve.

6:46:536:46:56

What we create is what is known as a profile test.

6:46:566:46:59

With a profile test, it is the outline of a dragon to see

6:46:596:47:03

how it looks in proportion on the building, so we do big cut-outs.

6:47:036:47:07

-OK.

-These are the examples of what we use for a profile test.

6:47:076:47:10

You can see them all here. So you basically cut out

6:47:106:47:12

-what they might look like...

-Exactly.

6:47:126:47:14

..and plonk it outside?

6:47:146:47:15

Plonk it outside to look at its proportion and scale, and does

6:47:156:47:18

it look right on the building?

6:47:186:47:20

OK, should we get onto the balcony and see what it looks like?

6:47:206:47:23

Oh, wow.

6:47:236:47:24

This is a very cool way of testing it out.

6:47:246:47:27

This is exactly where it is going to sit.

6:47:276:47:29

When the 80 dragons are finished,

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they should look spectacular.

6:47:336:47:35

What happens next?

6:47:356:47:37

Well, to find out, you'll have to come to our workshops.

6:47:376:47:40

Great. Um, I'll leave you on the roof.

6:47:406:47:42

79 of the new designs will be created by Tim Crawley,

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who has made sketches for each one.

6:47:476:47:50

And I've come to meet him.

6:47:506:47:51

How are you doing?

6:47:516:47:53

Talk me through - what was your inspiration for the original sketch?

6:47:536:47:57

Well, I started off looking at the paintings of the actual building

6:47:576:48:01

as it was made in 1760. Before the dragons disappeared.

6:48:016:48:03

So there were some paintings that show them, but not in great detail.

6:48:036:48:08

So I also had to look at stuff that was being done at the same period

6:48:086:48:11

in other places.

6:48:116:48:12

It was a time when people were interested in China.

6:48:126:48:15

I then mixed together all the information that we found into

6:48:156:48:19

a number of drawings.

6:48:196:48:21

No two dragons will be the same,

6:48:216:48:23

and most of them will be 3-D printed based on Tim's design.

6:48:236:48:27

But some will be hand-carved.

6:48:276:48:29

And if you thought I would miss out on the chance to give that a go,

6:48:296:48:33

well, you don't know me at all!

6:48:336:48:35

-And that's where you come in, isn't it, Paul?

-It is.

6:48:356:48:38

So what are we going to be doing today?

6:48:386:48:39

This is a model.

6:48:396:48:41

-This is not going to be the real thing...

-Phew.

6:48:416:48:43

..so it's all right for you to practise on,

6:48:436:48:45

and it doesn't matter if we make mistakes. So go for it.

6:48:456:48:47

-I don't want to ruin it.

-You're not going to.

6:48:486:48:50

I'm scared I'm doing too much.

6:48:506:48:52

You're not doing very much at all yet.

6:48:526:48:54

You've really got to go for it.

6:48:546:48:55

I tell you what, it's harder than it looks.

6:48:576:48:59

Oh, big old chunk.

6:49:006:49:02

I like this tool. That needs to come right off?

6:49:026:49:04

-That needs to come out.

-Get off!

6:49:046:49:07

Did you like that? I really went for it there.

6:49:076:49:09

So if this is just the practice one,

6:49:096:49:11

can I have a go at the wood one?

6:49:116:49:13

Um...

6:49:136:49:14

soon. Once you've had a little bit more practice.

6:49:146:49:17

I'll put in a few more hours in.

6:49:176:49:19

'Yeah, probably for the best, if I'm honest.'

6:49:196:49:22

We've seen the designs that make all of the dragons

6:49:226:49:25

for the refurbished pagoda.

6:49:256:49:26

Well, 79 of them.

6:49:266:49:29

"What about the 80th dragon?", I hear you ask.

6:49:296:49:33

Well, this is the really cool part of the whole project.

6:49:336:49:35

Cos this is where you come in.

6:49:376:49:38

We're giving you the chance to design one of the dragons

6:49:406:49:42

that will sit on the great pagoda and be seen by millions of people.

6:49:426:49:47

That's right, your design will be part of an iconic

6:49:476:49:50

royal building, and it doesn't get much cooler than that.

6:49:506:49:53

And judging this amazing competition is

6:49:546:49:56

a bestselling author who knows all about dragons.

6:49:566:50:00

Hi, I'm Cressida Cowell, author and illustrator of the

6:50:006:50:04

How to Train Your Dragon books.

6:50:046:50:06

And I'm so happy to be a judge for this incredible competition.

6:50:066:50:10

What we'd like you to do is to make up your own entirely original

6:50:106:50:14

dragon, so you're not copying my dragons or anybody else's.

6:50:146:50:18

Your own dragons.

6:50:186:50:19

What I'm going to be looking for is very unique, original,

6:50:196:50:23

creative ideas.

6:50:236:50:25

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to design

6:50:276:50:30

a piece of history.

6:50:306:50:32

It will be seen by millions of people from all over the world.

6:50:326:50:36

And it's a chance to earn your orange Blue Peter badge.

6:50:366:50:39

So what are you waiting for?

6:50:396:50:41

Get designing your dragon now.

6:50:416:50:43

That was a fine film, Lindsey Russell, I enjoyed it immensely.

6:50:466:50:49

-Thanks so much.

-If that's inspired you to draw some dragons

6:50:496:50:51

for our competition, head to the website.

6:50:516:50:53

A shot on camera, too, for you!

6:50:536:50:54

All you've got to do is download this application form.

6:50:546:50:57

It's three-parter. The first is simple and self-explanatory.

6:50:576:51:00

You've just got to put your details in there.

6:51:006:51:02

Then, the second bit, you've got to tell us about your dragon.

6:51:026:51:04

Tell us how you came up with the idea, the name of the dragon

6:51:046:51:07

and, more importantly, what superpowers your dragon would have.

6:51:076:51:09

On the last page, you can see there, it is blank.

6:51:096:51:12

That is where you draw your dragon design.

6:51:126:51:14

-Thank you very much.

-It's such a cool competition.

6:51:146:51:16

Remember, your dragon needs to be the classic dragon shape.

6:51:166:51:20

By that, I mean it has a body, a tail, wings and a mouth.

6:51:206:51:23

-That's very important.

-A mouth is very important.

6:51:236:51:26

Another important bit of info is that it needs to be original.

6:51:266:51:29

It needs to be your idea, something you have created out of nowhere.

6:51:296:51:32

So no copying, cheaters.

6:51:326:51:33

You've got to make sure that you don't use the BP logo

6:51:336:51:35

or the BP ship or the presenters in your design as well.

6:51:356:51:37

It'd be great to have a Lindsay dragon, but it just wouldn't work.

6:51:376:51:40

Aw, that would be lovely. You need to use the correct postage.

6:51:406:51:43

That's very important.

6:51:436:51:44

You need to send us your dragon entries by...

6:51:446:51:47

For example, re: postage... Stop laughing at me.

6:51:496:51:52

I'm laughing at your work.

6:51:526:51:54

If you're using an A4 envelope like this one with the

6:51:546:51:56

address on the front,

6:51:566:51:57

you need to make sure that you have a large stamp, otherwise

6:51:576:52:00

you might be disqualified and not in a chance to win this amazing prize.

6:52:006:52:04

-Good luck, peeps.

-So you can't copy, but you can be inspired.

6:52:046:52:07

Maybe by the new game on the BP website.

6:52:076:52:09

It is a dragon quiz.

6:52:096:52:10

-Go and check it out, it's really good.

-Scary.

6:52:106:52:12

Or you could find your inspiration from real life.

6:52:126:52:15

-Bye.

-Let's meet the man who's

6:52:156:52:16

brought things into the studio that are like dragons.

6:52:166:52:19

-Scott, so good to see you.

-Barney, good to be back.

6:52:196:52:21

Very good to have you back. Who's this cute little guy?

6:52:216:52:23

A few treats for you today.

6:52:236:52:24

Our first dragon-like animal is a crested gecko.

6:52:246:52:27

The first thing that people usually notice, eyelashes.

6:52:276:52:29

It's a girl, isn't it? It's got eyelashes.

6:52:296:52:31

-Actually, it is a little boy.

-Oh!

6:52:316:52:33

But they all have these.

6:52:336:52:34

They're not even eyelashes, just part of their spiky scales.

6:52:346:52:37

They wouldn't need eyelashes because they don't even have eyelids.

6:52:376:52:40

-They don't blink?

-They don't blink.

6:52:406:52:42

So they can't blink to make their eyes moist,

6:52:426:52:44

so instead they have to be able to lick their eyeballs instead.

6:52:446:52:47

If you have a little look at this clip...

6:52:476:52:49

One of my favourite clips to be played on Blue Peter.

6:52:496:52:51

Look at that!

6:52:516:52:52

Imagine having no eyelids, licking your own eyeballs to keep them wet.

6:52:526:52:55

-That is genius.

-That's pretty gross, right?

6:52:556:52:57

These guys have got other talents - they have a prehensile tail

6:52:576:53:01

like a monkey so he can hold on by his tail.

6:53:016:53:03

And even better than that, OK,

6:53:036:53:04

these guys can cling on to pretty much anything.

6:53:046:53:07

So they have minuscule fibres on each of their toes.

6:53:076:53:09

They have about one billion on each toe.

6:53:096:53:11

We have a shot of that as well.

6:53:116:53:13

You'd have to have a pretty good microscope to be able to see them.

6:53:136:53:16

That is the bottom of the feet?

6:53:166:53:17

So they can climb up glass, they can climb on a ceiling.

6:53:176:53:20

Scientists think that if they were upside down

6:53:206:53:22

on a ceiling that you could hang about 40 kilos off.

6:53:226:53:25

That is like a 12-year-old.

6:53:256:53:26

It just so happens, we have a 12-year-old with us.

6:53:266:53:28

Please welcome... No, can you imagine that?

6:53:286:53:30

-That would be quite cool.

-Thank you.

-Next time.

6:53:306:53:32

Next time, next one.

6:53:326:53:34

-We'll pop him away.

-These ones are weird.

6:53:346:53:36

The next one is a little bit of an unusual one.

6:53:366:53:38

It is an underwater dragon.

6:53:386:53:39

So definitely not going to be breathing fire.

6:53:396:53:42

But these are about as rare as a dragon.

6:53:426:53:44

These are only found in one lake around Mexico,

6:53:446:53:46

and they are critically endangered.

6:53:466:53:48

That's the only place in the world to find them?

6:53:486:53:50

Indeed. They are the axolotl.

6:53:506:53:52

-They are beautiful things.

-Pretty unusual, right?

6:53:526:53:55

The axolotl is actually a type of salamander,

6:53:556:53:57

and salamanders go through a process called metamorphosis

6:53:576:53:59

where they start their lives as a tadpole with little furry gills.

6:53:596:54:02

-Can you see them?

-Yeah.

6:54:026:54:03

Then they come out of the water later on in their life,

6:54:036:54:06

and live on the land as a lizard-shaped animal.

6:54:066:54:08

We actually have a clip of that happening, don't we?

6:54:086:54:10

Where they lose their fins and then they decide to just

6:54:106:54:12

walk... This isn't just because they feel like it?

6:54:126:54:15

The axolotl is quite unusual.

6:54:156:54:17

He actually spends his whole life in this tadpole stage instead,

6:54:176:54:20

so he never actually grows up.

6:54:206:54:22

He spends a whole life like this.

6:54:226:54:24

-Even as babies, in this tadpole stage.

-Wow.

6:54:246:54:26

It is quite unusual, a whole life underwater.

6:54:266:54:28

He has also got some superpowers, hasn't he?

6:54:286:54:30

This is what I wanted to tell you -

6:54:306:54:31

they have got an amazing talent.

6:54:316:54:33

They can regrow parts of the body.

6:54:336:54:35

If they lose a leg, part of their spine, brain,

6:54:356:54:37

they just grow it back.

6:54:376:54:38

Which is actually phenomenal, if you think about it.

6:54:386:54:40

How can you regrow a body part?

6:54:406:54:42

It makes them very interesting to scientists cos they think maybe they

6:54:426:54:45

might hold the key to finding cures for diseases in humans - who knows?

6:54:456:54:48

So, Scott, how do you follow a super animal like that?

6:54:486:54:50

I thought the only way I could follow it is with a real dragon.

6:54:506:54:53

We don't have real dragons. They don't exist, surely.

6:54:536:54:55

Do they?

6:54:556:54:57

Have we got a fire extinguisher?

6:54:576:54:58

This is a frilled dragon from Australia.

6:54:586:55:01

I love him. Her? Him? I can't tell.

6:55:016:55:03

This is a little boy now.

6:55:036:55:05

This is from a family of lizards called agamas,

6:55:056:55:07

and they are commonly known as dragons.

6:55:076:55:09

But no breathing fire. Instead, he has a different talent.

6:55:096:55:12

-Can you see these flaps of skin around his head?

-Yep.

6:55:126:55:15

He can fire them out and make them stand up to make him look

6:55:156:55:17

big and scary to help him to get away from predators, basically.

6:55:176:55:21

We might have a little clip of that, because it's pretty impressive.

6:55:216:55:24

There comes the bird.

6:55:246:55:25

Out come the flaps of skin.

6:55:256:55:28

With that split-second of confusing,

6:55:286:55:30

he can run off away from predators.

6:55:306:55:31

BARNEY LAUGHS

6:55:316:55:33

That's even weirder, right?

6:55:336:55:34

Never mind the skin flaps,

6:55:346:55:35

they're going be too busy laughing to eat him.

6:55:356:55:37

It's amazing. What a great run you've got.

6:55:376:55:39

He doesn't just use them for getting away from predators -

6:55:396:55:41

he uses it for courtship, but also

6:55:416:55:43

for epic battles with other frilled lizards.

6:55:436:55:46

Other frilled dragons.

6:55:466:55:47

If we look at the clip, it's pretty good.

6:55:476:55:50

Cue the orchestra.

6:55:506:55:51

This is where you need a big sort of ambitious string section.

6:55:516:55:54

# Dun-dun-dun dun-dun... #

6:55:546:55:56

We don't have an orchestra - budget cuts -

6:55:566:55:57

but I can do the impression myself. Beautiful!

6:55:576:55:59

What an incredible creature.

6:55:596:56:01

-Pretty awesome, right?

-Wouldn't want to get between them.

6:56:016:56:03

They seem to mean business. He's friendly.

6:56:036:56:05

Sorry he's not frilled-up, but it's probably for the best.

6:56:056:56:07

-Scott, always a pleasure. Thank you.

-Cheers, Barney. Thank you, man.

6:56:076:56:11

I reckon there's loads of inspiration here

6:56:116:56:12

for you to get involved and enter our new dragon competition.

6:56:126:56:15

All you've got to do is download the template

6:56:156:56:17

and then sent it to that address by...

6:56:176:56:20

That is the closing date, very important.

6:56:206:56:22

Scott, for now, thank you very much.

6:56:226:56:23

We're going to leave three dragons

6:56:236:56:25

and meet a big, fiery red dragon over here.

6:56:256:56:27

-No!

-I'm only joking.

6:56:276:56:28

-I'm not fiery.

-No, you're more like a lizard.

6:56:286:56:31

OK. I'll take that.

6:56:316:56:32

I love lizards now - that was so cool.

6:56:326:56:34

We have, of course, been playing Spot Shelley, our fave game.

6:56:346:56:37

She was having a cheeky little hide earlier.

6:56:376:56:39

-And she had dragon wings.

-Yes!

6:56:396:56:42

Shelley was hiding in the back of the parkour video.

6:56:426:56:45

-That is quite a subtle one, you know.

-It really is.

6:56:456:56:48

I don't think Radzi even noticed.

6:56:486:56:50

Who won?

6:56:506:56:51

The winner is Sapphire Zany Hedgehog Josh!

6:56:516:56:54

-What a name.

-Congratulations.

-Well done.

6:56:546:56:56

You have won your very own baby dragon.

6:56:566:56:58

-No.

-It's not true.

6:56:586:57:00

Stop giving away these rubbish prizes every week, Lindsey.

6:57:006:57:02

If you enjoy games like Spot Shelley and you enjoy going

6:57:026:57:05

to the BP Fan Club live, head there right now.

6:57:056:57:07

Kimberly Wyatt is going to be on there answering your questions

6:57:076:57:10

for the next nine hours.

6:57:106:57:11

Ask her anything you like.

6:57:116:57:12

Not really nine hours, by the way.

6:57:126:57:14

Can they ask you any questions at all?

6:57:146:57:16

-Absolutely anything. Bring it on! I'm here for you.

-Love it.

6:57:166:57:19

Get on there and check it out. That's it for this week.

6:57:196:57:21

Next week, Lucie Jones is going to be in the studio,

6:57:216:57:23

our Eurovision hopeful,

6:57:236:57:24

singing her latest single, the Eurovision entry. Can't wait.

6:57:246:57:28

As well as that, George is going to be in the garden

6:57:286:57:30

-giving us some spring tips.

-Love George.

6:57:306:57:32

Also, I am going to be cleaning mushrooms at the Albert Hall.

6:57:326:57:35

-Sorry, what?

-It's going to be good.

6:57:356:57:36

-We'll see you next week.

-OK, bye!

-Bye!

6:57:366:57:38

Blue Peter launches a brand new competition and it's all about... dragons! Kimberly Wyatt talks about her new books, and Radzi tries to leap and roll his way to a new parkour world record.


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