Medieval knights show off some spectacular jousting. Barney takes on a downhill challenge on a mountain bike, and long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont is in the studio.
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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Hello and welcome! We welcome to a
very live Blue Peter. We are having a medieval pest.
I have come as a knight. However, I am sir from
Wolverhampton. What about you, Barney? Princess
Barney. Welcome to medieval England. We have
built this show today. It is awesome. We also have a medieval
crowd. Give us a cheer. Coming up on the show, I am having a
go at jousting. What? If you don't know what that
is, check this out. Oh, my goodness. Lindsey, which are you? Hopefully
the one on the horse! And Barney and I will be duelling like these
guys... Stand back! Oh, oh, OK, then. How cool was that?! Wow, good
luck, guys. We are so doing that later on.
Will you still have the wig on? Yep. L Shelley is hiding. You know what
you are doing. The first person it get in touch wins a medieval bag of
gold. I want it! Taking things from the
medieval times to the future. Well, a couple of weeks ago I went down a
hill on a bike. You know what, sometimes it is nice to get out and
about. Breathe in the fresh air, soaking up the scenery. It is worth
doing something like that ever once in a while. Then again, it is also
worth doing something extreme. And downhill mountain biking is extreme.
Flying down off trail roads on specialist bikes as fast as humanly
possible! I'm in the Scottish Borders to give it a go. My expert
guides are these guys. Emily and Corinne are some of the best around.
Their dad used to be a professional rider.
Firstly, how do you explain the sport of mountain biking? It is
rough terrain. Gravel. You are not on the road. It is all over the
place. Jumps, drops. When you learned to ride a bike, how
old were you? Two years and four months.
OK. After that? It was all downhill from there! No. Now, your dad
happens to be awesome as this, doesn't he? Yes, he is awesome.
When did you standard, tat? When he was 18 for fun.
Here we are now, all of these years later. How must the bike be
different? Let's start with the tyre, Emily? The tyres are thicker.
What is important about the handle bars? The handle bars must be wide
so you have more control. I don't think it would matter if my
handle bars were this wide. I will still wobble. I will need a bike,
won't I? Yep. Are you showing me the ropes? Yep.
OK, show me the way. Once they are happy with my safety,
Crawford has advice about peddles. Going flat, the peddles should be
level. On the corner if you go to the right, put your right foot down,
and to the left, down on the left peddle. Pushing into the corner will
give you more grip. A great tip. I have the basics but
the challenge of the downhill bike are the a be stackles along the
trail. Get it wrong, it could be nasty. I have tackle my first rocky
patch. This looks fun.
You will have to be confident. Lean back. And before you do it, don't
brake. Make sure you commit before you go down it. Then you should be
good. Really? Well, this is probably the
scariest thing I have done for a while.
Is it happening? It feels unnatural to ride over the rocks, rather than
around them. I may have to have another go. Here
we go. No. No. It is so hard to go for it! I'll come back round and try
again. Come on, Barney, third time lucky. Here we go, oh, my goodness.
That was amazing. Yes! Nailed it. There is some truth
in the saying if at first you don't succeed, try again. I proved that.
That was OK? That was good. What is next? A hard one.
That wasn't the hard one? Nope! As if the riding over the rocks was not
difficult enough, the hardest one is this, a drop. That is exactly what
it looks like. You drop off that.
Do you? Yep. The only way to safely come off a
drop is to fully commit. Easy. Lean back and push the bike forward.
It lites the wheel up so you don't go forward and then you land safely.
Hopefully. To me, from the top this feels big.
Oh, it is terrifying! He make it is! Look at that! I've learned so much
in such a short space of time. Which is lucky, really, as my challenge
hasn't even started. Tomorrow, the Mountain Bike World
Cup is taking place three hours down the road. I am riding down a trail.
Can I keep my nerve through every twist, turn, jump?!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE! So much fun! Barney, I want to see part two.
Stay tuned for that. What is going on over there? Whoa! Yes! Mate, they
are not holding back. That is what I'm talking about. Give it up for
the knights of Warwick Castle! Confirm you are friends in real
life! We are. Let's talk about the art of
southward fighting, how far it goes back? The sword dates back to the
bronze age. And as the swords developed you ended up with the
weapon of choice for your medieval knight.
Do people always ask that question when you are out of breath? Sorry
about that! How are you a good swordsman. A good swordsman is
strong, cunning. How do you dual? Firstly, you must
know how to hold the sword. I have to say that this is a
especially blunted blade. I, however, have sharpened mine! Now
the stance. So spread the legs and drop into the knees to give yourself
a good centre of gravity, to be able to avoid attacks.
Why do have a little one? I don't trust him. Shall I keep my eyes on
him Yes, a good knight should never take his eyes off his opponent.
I have to say, we have tried this at home. So don't you try it at home as
we have had a little bit of practice.
Are we ready? Why. Leg! Shoulder! Very good. That
concludes the knight's training. I had sand in my eye. Have another go.
Head, shoulder, legs! What do you reckon? It looks like you are ready
for battle. Really? I would love that. Having said that, this is
simple compared to what Lindsey is about to do. Check this out.
Yes. Welcome to Blue Peter. I am giving jousting a go. Who is with
you? This is our beautiful horse. She even has a Blue Peter package on
her?! I love that. So, tell me about the jousting?
Jousting was a competition it was a show of horsemanship.
There were men and women jousters. We are getting you on a horse to get
you to strike the quintaine. You have to hit the shield. If you don't
hit it prop Earl, the ball and the chain comes around to knock you on
the back. Well, brilliant. Shall I get on the
horse? I'm nervous about this. Hand on there and then there. Bend
your leg back. One, two, three, up. Sorry, Mardy! You are in? Yes.
You have the stirrups and the controls.
OK. She will not run off? Not at all. I will look after you. I will
be with you. Obviously a knight takes years to practice.
This is my lance? Yes, a heavy lance, 12ft in length. I want you to
bring it down and hold it as high as you can in your armpit.
. Is Mehdi OK? She is. Just don't hit
her on the head. Oops! That is down.
Track it across and when you see the shield give it an almighty whack.
Do you want to see how it is done? Yes, let's watch the boys in action.
Let's watch a Lancastrian knight, Jules.
OK. Is that what you expect from me? Yes.
OK. Let's give it a go. It's Blue Peter. Should I have a go, guys?
ALL SPEAK AT ONCE Yes! So, this is your quintaine.
Have a look at it. Keep your eyes on your opponent at all times.
Shall we try it fast? We trained a little bit but it's the live show,
let's have a go at it. I may regret saying that.
You are going to kick Mardy, and hold on tight and aim that in there.
Go, go, go! Oh, I may have slightly just... Did I miss that? The ball
was that close. There we go.
Thank you so much. I will try to get off Mardy, I am glad she has a
badge. Let's have a look at our badge wall.
Let's have a look at our post. Last week I was a little naughty. I
thought it hilarious. Hannah and Daniel made me oven gloves, the oven
I was in last week was not a real one, a prop one. But I have got some
oven gloves. Boos? They are not booing the gloves
but the jousting! So, oven glove, amazing. Blue Peter badges on their
way. Thank you very much.
Felix, is eight. He has done a beautiful Meercat. It is on my
shoulder. I have my classic T-shirt on. Felix
looked how to draw meerkats from an encyclopaedia.
Some people find it complicated but that is simples! That is great. And
Asa from Coventry, you have won a badge as you made this beautiful
minion picture. I love it, Asa. Speaking of minions I am excited as
I got to meet Steve Carell and cares cares cares. Have a look at this.
If you watch too much TV, your eyes will go square. Because I said so.
The whole world does not revolve around you. There is even more of
that on the website, so check that out. Happy dance. There she goes.
Now it is part two of a film earlier where I rode downhill on a bike, and
now I ride downhill on another bite. Earlier I got a lesson on downhill
mountain biking from two of the best two riders in the UK. Now it is time
for me to take on one of the courses at the mountain bike World Cup this
year being held in Fort William. My instructors will also be competing,
taking on the same trail as myself. We need to get a look at the
obstacles we are facing. What are you doing to get prepared? We are
walking the course and choosing our fastest lines. My brakes will be on
the majority of the time. Shall we have a look? If I was to work out
which bits to ride around, I would go for that bit there. It will not
be easy. Then you have to go all the way round. I would reckon go through
here because you do not want to go through the quick mode. You have to
make very quick decisions. You have to choose your line before you go
and memorise the cause. Know what is going to happen next. Brilliant
tips. They head out onto the mountain for their runs and they are
both tipped to do very well. If they do, they will not be the first
brother and sister champions. I caught up with another pair of
mountain biking superstars. I am at the start of my career, have you got
any highlights? I have been five times world champion and we won the
home World Cup at Fort William together. These kids could
experience that today with their siblings. What are your top tips?
The first bit of advice is to go steady. It is a great sport, but it
can be dangerous and a lot can go wrong. The best way is to ease into
it. It is great to get tips like that, but as I make my way to the
start line, the nerves start to kick in. The course is 500 metres of
farce paste to rain. But then the rain begins. What was a glorious,
sunny day has turned into winter weather. I quite like it. But things
will be a bit more slippy than I like. 90 is on track. Wish me luck.
He is offered. The course is really slippy, so I have to take it slowly
to begin with to get used to the trail and the conditions. I start to
build confidence and till... I lose momentum and put my foot down. I am
annoyed with myself, I do not want to do that again. It is so wet and
rainy that I am convinced I am going to slip and I am using my brakes. I
am beginning to pick up the pace and start to spot obstacles earlier. My
training is paying off. All we have to do is make it round to the end,
that is all I have to do. Coming down through the tunnel. This bit
will be slippy. Mate, I am doing it. But then I come across the biggest
drop on the course. It is a bit terrifying. Are you kidding? I have
just got to go for it. Yes, I did it. That was the bit I was scared
of. I am so chuffed I made it. The end is in sight. I genuinely thought
I was going to fall off on a couple of occasions, but the challenge was
to make it to the end and I have done it. I enjoyed it, give it a go,
you will love it. And Koren and Emily's standard is the very best,
they end the weekend as champions. How are you feeling? Excited. I did
not expect to come first? What about you? It was hard and there was a lot
of peddling and I had no idea I would come first. I am so proud to
go from beginner to run at the World Cup in a short space of time and a
lot of that is down to my coaches, two young people who have got big
futures in downhill biking. If you are wondering why I was on
the first position on the podium it was because I was awarded the
slowest time of the day. Have a go and give it a try and enjoy
yourself. I cannot talk about how good I am on two will wheels when I
am standing next to mark Beaumont. Give him a cheer. You are about to
go around the world in 80 days. That is the plan, can you get around the
planet in 80 days? I did it ten years ago. Trying to do something
first or fastest, I have always been inspired by the Guinness Book of
Records and we are starting out in two days' time. This is you on a
push bike. The last time I did it I had no idea where I was going to end
up and everyday I had to find a meal and this time it is about
performance because I will have back-up. You are hoping to shave off
43 days off the record. Yes, I am. I was 12 years old when I first got on
a bike and cycled across Scotland and have been doing adventures ever
since. I would love people to follow this adventure and say, what is my
80 days? What am I capable of? You are very modest and you are a super
trained athlete, but what you are about to do is colossal. 16 hours a
day in the saddle and 240 miles every day. 8000 calories of food,
three times more than what you should eat as an adult, the next
level. You will struggle a moment on that bicycle, you might need that.
My team are already in Paris and I am going to go from Blue Peter here
over Tibet and pick up my bike. And it is not just about the bike and
you and the water, it is about this little girl. Shelley, I hope she is
quick. She will be popping up around the planet and it is a cool way to
follow the journey and learn about the world we live in. It is an
18,000 miles journey over the next two and half months. Head over to
the website to follow Shelley and Mark as they followed the route on
the journey. You have come dressed for an occasion to show us what you
are doing. We do not know why we are dressed like this. We are gathered
here today because of events that happened over 500 years ago and I am
joined by our wonderful historian Melissa. Tell me more. The team at
Warwick Castle have created this show which represents the War of the
Roses and the battles and the conflicts and the fight for the
power behind the throne. This conflict lasted 30 years. That is a
long time. Who was fighting? There are two lines of the same royal
house, the House of York and the House of Lancaster. You have got
Richard III and Edward IV and finishing off with Henry VII. This
might be a silly question, but what have the Roses to do with it? They
either symbols, Lancaster were the red rose and your was the white
rose. That is why these guys are here dressed in red and white.
Hello. Hello! We have a school from Lancaster representing the red House
of Lancaster. And a school from Yorkshire who are looking after the
White House of Europe. Give us a cheer. Anyone that knows me knows I
love of facts. Do we have any facts about the War of the Roses? Both
sides on some battles and lost some battles during the war. It was not a
one-sided affair. And what about you? Sam English nobles even
switched sides depending on which team was winning. The traitors.
Barney. I have some facts as well. Both sides... Both sides went Berg
and that was the end of the war. Try again. Both sides were related to
each other. I round of applause, the best fact of the day. Jacob. A new
house was created in the end. What was all the fighting about? What is
this new royal house about? The new royal house came towards the end of
the war in the final battle in the Battle of Bosworth when Richard III
was defeated by Henry Tudor. He was from Lancaster and he married
Elizabeth of York to combine the two families and the red and white roses
would join together to create the Tudor Rose. You have condensed all
of this into this show at Warwick Castle. This summer we have the show
going on and it condenses all that conflict into a short show and we
have got a sneak preview. This is the concluding battle of the War of
the Roses. You go and get the team ready. Melissa, thank you. She was
on the shield, it was difficult today. That was very hard. Now it is
time for our incredible end of show spectacular. Henry Tudor, it is
overdue. Richard of York, I challenge you to the crown of
England. Do you really think you can better me, you petulant little boy?
I will try. No, Henry, you will die. Arise, Lord Stanley. You traitor.
England is mine. Horus, horse, my kingdom for a
horse. That was absolutely awesome.
Unbelievable, that is one of the best performances we have ever had
on Blue Peter. We will be the farewell
Blue Peter takes you back in time for some medieval mayhem! Medieval knights, their horses and lances are here to show off some spectacular jousting! Barney takes on a downhill challenge on a mountain bike, and ultra cyclist Mark Beaumont pops in to tell us about his unbelievable challenge around the world!