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The weather is warming up so we will be giving you the celebrity look
with these T-shirts. We have the best in the business
today. A hip-hop group who mash up William Shakespeare. That is all on
at the earlier time of 5.30pm. Hi. You might remember last week on Blue
Peter we had the BMX flatlander Matti Hemmings in. He just missed
out on a new world record. The rules said he got a second go. We gave him
it and we put it online. This is what happened. He managed an amazing
32! Well done. He was awesome. That clip is still online. Go to
bbc.co.uk/bluepeter. Also, get in touch. Today has a hip-hop theme. We
thought rather than e-mailing us, why not tell us what you have been
doing in the style of a rap. need to tell us what you have been
doing in two lines. The last word of each line needs to rhyme. Barney and
Helen are on your TV, it is like gravy! Let us know. Go to
[email protected] We will read as many out as we can. Since last
Thursday, 512 of you have sent us things in the post. We have had some
fantastic things. This is a Blue Peter Ship. She has blue rice, bark,
pasta. Next to it is a collage sent in by Thomas. He has made the ship
out of stamps. He has it licked! It is first-class! Come on! Knock
knock? Who is there?Sarah. Sarah who? Sarah a reason why you are not
letting me in? ! William Shakespeare used one of the earliest forms of a
knock knock joke. He wrote words over 400 years ago that are still
being used in performances today. Here is all you need to know about
William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare is described as the
greatest writer ever. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. He
became an actor and a playwright. A good choice for someone living in
Elizabethan times because the theatre was more popular than the
Harlem Shake! William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays, some of the most
famous include Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet.
He first used the style of knock knock joke in the play Macbeth. He
came up with over 2,000 words and phrases that we still use today.
Words like "fashionable" and "swagger". Let's welcome the Hip-Hop
Shakespeare Company. Hello, guys. Let's start at the beginning.
Hip-hop is 40 years old. How have you married these two styles
together? By looking at the music, the rhythm and the performance.
did the Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company come about? Wanting to put a hip-hop
back in its proper context and wanting to make something creative
and difference. I wanted Shakespeare to be seen for what it was. When you
did Shakespeare at school, did you think it was boring? Yeah. I didn't
think the way it was taught was engaging enough. We are trying to do
that. Your interpretation is far from boring. You are 11, what is the
best thing about performing with these guys? Using my poetry skills
that I have learnt in the workshops and coming to places like this.
is the idea. We will see what it looks like. It is time for a
Shakespeare mash up with the Hip-Hop # Dat boy Akala's a Diamond Fella.
# All you little boys are a comedy of errors.
# You bellow but you fellows get played like.
# The cello, I'm doing my thing. # You're jealous like Othello.
# Who you? What you going to do? # All you little boys get Tamed like
the Shrew. # You're mid-summer dreaming'.
# Your tunes are not appealing. # I'm Capulet, you're Montague, I
ain't feeling'. # I am the Julius Caesar hear me.
# The Merchant Of Venice couldn't sell your CD.
# As for me, All's Well That Ends Well.
# Your boy's like Macbeth, you're going to Hell.
# Measure for Measure, I am the best here.
# You're Merry Wives of Windsor not King Lear.
# I don't know about Timon. # I know he was in Athens.
# When I come back like Hamlet you pay for your actions.
# Dat boy Akala, I do it As You Like.
# You're Much Ado About Nothing. # All you do is bite it.
# I'm too tight, I don't need 12 knights.
# All you little Tempests get erked on the mic.
# Of course, I'm the one with the force.
# You're history like Henry IV. # I'm fire, things look dire.
# Better run like Pericles Prince Of Tyre.
# Off the scale, cold as a Winter's Tale.
# Titus Andronicus was bound to fail.
# So will you if Akala get at ya. # That's suicide like Anthony an
Cleopatra. # Cymbeline was a olden day Bridget
Jones. # Love's Labours Lost, a woman on
her own. # She needed Two Gentlemen Of
Verona. # This is Illa State and I am the
owner. # # 'Being to great I have no need to
beg. # A weighted halo rests heavy on a
King's head. # I was not born to sue, but to
command. # And move mountains with my royal
hand. # The great King Richard, who knows
not my name? # Your pain must be withstood for
Lions make Leopards Tame. # # When hall we three meet again with
thunder lightning and rain? # When the choice is done and the
battles are won. # For us the light comes with the
setting of the sun. # Because Fair Is Foul and Foul Is
Fair. # We hover through the fog and the
filthy air. # Wallow in the rain because were
going nowhere. # Until we bother to refrain from
the weight of the chair. # What I mean is?
# The head that wears the crown never ever does sleep well.
# An It's the daggers in a mans smile.
# That has torn a gash right through the whole world. #
# We've sold our souls. # Sold Our Souls.
# We've sold our souls. # # With solemn reverence: throw away
respect. # Tradition, form and ceremonious
duty. # For you have but mistook me all
this while: # I live with bread like you, feel
want. # Taste grief, need friends:
subjected thus. # How can you say to me, I am a
king? # # Am I King? Can you feel the energy
I'm channeling? # Am I Queen because I control the
powers I enroll? # Am I King? King, or just a really
dashing prince? # Am I King?
# Is He King? # Is She Queen?
# Is he King? # Am I King? Can you feel the energy
I'm channeling? # Am I Queen because I control the
powers I enroll? # Am I King? King, or just a really
dashing prince? # Am I King?
# Is He King? # Is She Queen?
# Is He King? # # I am the poet because I do not use
dull language. # And I use a variety of vocabulary.
# I take the listener to deep regret and back to exquisite happiness.
# These Words; Poetical thoughts, wrought from my spirit.
# And my lyrics are with it, innit? # And the pivot around my bars. #
He was working the camera at the end there! The camera is his favourite
friend. I want to play the trumpet! Thank you to the Hip-Hop Shakespeare
Company for recording that for us. We have more hip-hop for you in 15
minutes when we go head-to-head in a cool quiz with a catchy name. It is
called Dost Thou Knowest Hip-Hop Whence Thou Hears It? Stay tuned to
find out who wins that. Keep your e-mails coming in. What are you up
to? I have one. Me and Barney, we is on the TV. No? What is the first?
Watch us while you eat lots of jelly! [email protected] Keep
them coming in. Sending us an e-mail requires lots of electricity. We try
and be efficient. We have loads of recycling bins. These lights come on
when we move around. Have a look in this room. This room is known as the
gallery. They are being really quiet now. They are normally shouting!
They have loads of tellies. Loads of tellies require loads of
electricity. Where does it come from? That was amazing. The acting
was incredible. If you are anything like me and your favourite TV show
has just ended, you probably get up and make a drink. You might put the
kettle on. Turn the lights on. You need to see what you are the doing.
-- what you are doing. That is better. The only problem is people
are like me. Not like me, you know what I mean. When the big TV shows
end, the ones that are watched by millions, they could start to use
power at the same time. That creates a huge demand for electricity. The
experts call it the TV pick-up. When it happens, where does the extra
power come from? Well, most of it comes from the UK's network of power
stations, like this. And wind farms like this one. When the wind is
blowing, that turns the blades, that generates electricity. That is then
sent to our homes via cables, pylons and substations. That is the
National Grid. Easy. So when there is a TV pick-up, that is all we do.
Wait for a bit more wind or turn a big battery on. That was an easy
day's filming. Back to Helen in the studio. What? Barney? That film
should be longer. What is going on? Is this meant to happen? Oops. Yeah,
it is not quite that simple. Unfortunately, there isn't a giant
battery and electricity can't be stored in that way. The UK needs to
generate as much energy as it is using at any one time, otherwise the
lights could go out. It is at this top secret location where they make
sure that doesn't happen. Welcome to the control room. This is where
everything happens. It is like a movie. That on the back wall there
is a map of Great Britain. Basically, it shows all the power in
the country. All the guys in this room are looking at all the
Powerpoints to make sure they are running smoothly so everyone gets
the power they need. Brilliant. Because electricity can't be stored,
making an accurate prediction of how much we will need is vital to
keeping the UK's lights on. John is one of the forecasters who helps
make these predictions. What sort of things affect the amount of
electricity that people want? part of what we do is looking at the
weather. On a bright, sunny day, when it is warm people aren't going
to be using their heating or lighting. A degree drop in
temperature would see an increase in demand equivalent to a whole power
station. You have a popular talent show on telly. It comes to an end.
What happens then? All the people who were watching TV, they do things
so they will boil the kettle to make a cup of tea, they will put lights
on if it's got dark during the programme. They will turn their
computers on. We will see a spike in demand. We have to forecast when
they will be. Two of the biggest spikes have been at the end of last
year's Wimbledon's men's final and for the Royal Wedding of William and
Kate. Minutes after the famous kiss, they saw a massive increase in
demand for electricity. How do they deal with spikes like this? If we
don't have enough power, we can ask some of the power stations to supply
more. That can take hours, depending on the power station. In an
emergency, we have our secret weapon. That secret is at the top of
a Welsh mountain - and a wet and windy one! Behind that mist is a
lake. It contains seven million tonnes of water. That will be enough
water to fill Wembley Stadium 12 times and it can produce a lot of
electricity. This reservoir is drained through a series of pipes
leading into the largest man-made cavern in Europe. Down here, there
are six valves which act like the plug in your bath. Opening these,
allows the water to flow through. This is the control centre, so
should the UK need more energy, the call comes from the National Grid.
You open the valves. Water comes gushing down. You can create
electricity? That's correct.How quickly? In 15 seconds.That will
happen when I press this? Yes.Now! The water that's released turns
these turbines which generates the electricity that is then fed into
the Grid. This is the bottom lake where all that water ends up. 580
metres since it started its journey, it is mad to think that if we turn a
kettle on at the same time, this place will spark into action.
can't believe they let Helen control the valves there! Now, right now, it
is Saturday night, we are in the control room, the TV show The Voice
is about to finish. John and Vernon know that there is going to be a TV
pick-up. So more of a demand for energy. So do you know at this point
that you have got enough? Oh yes. I have got enough. The reason Bernard
knows that is h because he is taking power from Dinorwig Reservoir. These
guys in this control room know - is that an alarm? Is that OK? The Voice
is running late. Although the Grid are generating extra power, we
haven't started to use it. It is now running three or four minutes
behind. This could be dangerous. Generating too much power could
overload the system. You can see on the screen that it is starting to
come to a close. They are talking about the teams. This is a close for
the show. The show has now finished. On cue... That yellow bar is going
to the left. At the end of The Voice, everybody got up and started
using power. The Grid proved more than capable of dealing with it.
They are going to turn off the other power station and this should drop
right down to 50 which means that they are meeting the demand exactly.
Right on cue, there it goes. John, Bernard, thank you for letting us
see what you do. Thank you very much. All of this stuff, the tech
that you see in a movie is here with all of these people in control of
it, just so we can turn a light on. It was an amazing evening. Every
time I turn the kettle on, in my head they go, "What is going on?"
There is a chart there. They are there to make sure you have enough
power. I won't do it as often! Last September, you might remember we
launched a competition inviting primary schoolchildren to write and
record the music and soundtrack for a Wallace and Gromit animation. We
sent along our cameras to find out how they got on. The two teams who
won our competition got this amazing opportunity to record their own
version in a professional sound studio. First, are the blue team,
who won in the older primary category. They are from Cornwall.
They will be mastering their action-packed version of A Matter Of
Love And Death. Paul is on hand to help out. We will make this sound
brilliant! We have a booth over there. Shall we have a look? Yeah?
First into the booth are Olivia and Maddie as singing nuns. Brilliant.
We will swap over now. It is time Tor Tate and Emily to become cats.
OK. Then it is time for ducks. Quacking effort, girls! I will play
that back to you, OK? What did you think? Really good.You like it?
Yes. My favourite noise was the nuns. It was funny. I think it is
going to sound really good. Here is a clip from their final mix. Next,
the red team,. Who won -- next the read team, who won in the younger
primary category. This is their entry. We are ready. Ready when you
are. And this one. To help, they have brought their own instruments.
When you come out, it was really funny. Your ears go strange and you
can't hear anything. One more time. Hard as you can! Not that hard! They
have brought in a drill, too! Perfect, first time. Thank you very
much. Well done.What do we think? Really good. You like it? The thing
I mosted liked in the recording today was being in that tiny space
-- most liked in that recording today was being in that tiny space
and letting loose on the drums. is going to sound really good.
is the red team's final mix. Well the winners. Thank you to everybody
who took part in that competition. Barney, what are you up to? How is
your duck impression? It isn't any better than yours! It is similar,
really. Let's talk about summer. It is nearly here. So everyone is
getting a T-shirt on. We know this because we get sent stuff. This
T-shirt is amazing. It is a Blue Peter Badge. And it's really simple
to make. We will be showing how to do something different. This is
do something different. This is known as a slogo T-shirt. We have
some people in the studio to help us out. Welcome to the show. Give us a
wave and say hello. Hello. Hello. All the details you need for this
make are on the Blue Peter website - that ask bbc.co.uk/bluepeter. You
can choose any design you like. We have made it easy for you. We have
made it even easier because you need to reverse these for them to print
on your T-shirt. You can get software that does it for you, or
you can press mirror image on your printer. The ones on the website are
reversed for you. We take our slogos and we put on some transfer cream.
This stuff costs �3.50 from a hobby and craft shop. You can probably get
four T-shirts out of a tube. That is good to know if you are feeling
creative, something Georgia knows all about. What have you done
before? The way I did it, I drew and designed and coloured in my own
design to go on to my T-shirt and then we scanned it into a computer
and then we made it into a mirror image and then how we did it after
that is, we printed it off on some special paper and then we put it on
to the T-shirt and then we used a heat press and then... You have your
own heat press? That is posh! Does your dad make T-shirts? No.The
great thing about this process is you don't need to have special
paper. You can do it on ordinary paper. It is the transfer cream that
does the work. Of course, you don't need a heat press because they are
probably about �1 million! This is simple to do and anybody can get
involved. Once you have covered your slogo, place it face down on to your
T-shirt like that. Then you need a roller. The neighbours will have
one! Roll it forwards, roll it sideways. This is where you need to
be patient. It takes eight hours to dry. In the meantime, here is some
music. I'm only kidding! We will show you the one that was made
earlier. Now, that is stuck. We need to get the paper off. You will
notice this tin foil underneath. That is when you are applying the
transfer cream, it can go through the material and stick your T-shirt
together. You don't want that. Put the tin foil in the middle. Sponges,
nice and wet, please. We want this paper to be as wet as possible. That
will bring it away from the transfer cream. It is really handy that you
are getting involved with this. Georgia is really getting involved
with it. Just make sure the wet is coming through the transfer and then
you use your finger, which everyone has got, and you work in a circle to
bring the paper off. Look at that. It draws off the paper and reveals
the logo underneath. How is yours going, Isaac? Fine.You are a
creative person. What about the one you did at school? That was one that
said, "Grip My Ride." It will look like this when the paper comes off.
Once it is dried, make sure you seal it with more transfer cream to give
it a glossy look. That will take another eight hours to dry. It is
well worth it. Amazing! I can see them coming together. Good work. If
you do decide to make one, all the details are on the Blue Peter
website - bbc.co.uk/bluepeter. If you make one, send us a photograph
of your effort. Let us know what design you go for. That address is
[email protected] The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company performed a rap
for us earlier. Now it is time to test our knowledge of hip-hop and
Shakespeare in a little known quiz called... Dost Thou Knowest Hip-Hop
Whence Thou Hears It? What's up, yo? Is that Ben from the CBBC office or
a hip-hop/Shakespeare-dressed costume character? You look amazing.
I thought I would make the effort! All right, you ready? Yes.I will
test you against your Shakespeare and hip-hop knowledge. Akala is
going to say a line and you have to decide whether it is Shakespeare or
hip-hop. Ready.Hit them with your first line. Maybe it is hatred I
aspew, maybe it is food for the spirit. Hip-hop or Shakespeare?
Hip-hop from Helen and Shakespeare from Barney. The correct answer was
hip-hop. I knew you were going to win this. 1-0. Ready for line two?
was not born under a rhyming planet. Shakespeare or hip-hop? The correct
answer is Shakespeare. You are both correct. Another point. That is 2-1
to Helen. I'm taking this far too seriously. The last one. Being so
great, I have no need to beg. that Shakespeare or hip-hop? You
both answered Shakespeare. It was Shakespeare! That was Richard II.
Helen you win, you got three. Barney, you got two. That is a very
close game considering that was me and you playing it! Thank you for
playing. Thank you, Ben, thank you, Akala. Anyway, loads of you have
been getting in touch throughout the show. We asked you to let us know
what you are doing in a rap stylee. "Today I revised for my maths exam,
then I had my dinner, which was ham." Michael says, "Today in
French, I did a Blue Peter poster, my amazing level gets closer and
closer." "Today I had a right laugh, but in maths we did a graph." That
is my favourite. "My day started at the beginning and ended with a
lesson in swimming!" Thank you to everybody who have got in touch
today. You will love what is on next week. I get access all areas on a
new show - Strangehill High. It is a mix of puppets and animation.
is a proper Blue Peter film. And we are going bionic in the studio. We
have got a vet who fits animals with bionic limbs. Loving the tech here.
Ben, thank you for coming in. Akala, thank you as well. Lovely to hear
from you throughout the show. Head over to the Blue Peter website and