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Coming up on today's Blue Peter...
It's a truly golden show. Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones is here
to share the excitement of the Games with you.
Gold award-winning author Jacqueline Wilson is in the studio
to answer your questions.
Plus the new animated film Brave, The 4 O'Clock Club's Doc Brown,
and we show you how to make delicious Indian sweets at home.
Hello, how you doing? You're watching Blue Peter.
Welcome to the show. I'm on my own.
Yes! We should have a great party and when Helen comes back,
say, "Oh, you missed the best party!"
I wouldn't do that to her, but what I will do
is create a party atmosphere! The Olympics is gone,
but the atmosphere is still here. Let's create more magic now
by introducing you to an Olympic gold medallist, it's Jade Jones.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Hi! Welcome to the show. Take a seat.
So you are the first ever British taekwondo Olympic gold medallist.
-How do you feel?
-It feels amazing.
Overwhelming! All the support I've had, just great.
It's incredible to see what you do and it's incredible
to be here with a gold medal. Can we see it?
Something magic happens when you win a gold medal,
it attaches itself to your cheek. As you lift it,
you can't help going like that!
It's amazing. It's incredible to see the moment you won it.
We have a clip here. Take a look at this.
Got to be careful.
Three points will concede the gold medal.
Because she's just two points ahead.
Keep an eye on the fighters and the clock.
CROWD: Three, two, one!
-You little beauty!
And the teenage kicking superstar from Wales is the Olympic champion!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
It's the perfect movie finish. Like the end of a movie,
two minutes to go, will she win it? The music builds, she wins it.
And can you explain what it was like?
I couldn't believe I won. She won me
in the World Championships last year.
I remember thinking, I'm not letting her beat me again
in front of all these people, so I went at her.
You're no stranger to winning medals,
if we go back to 2010 when you met Helen, at the youth Olympics
the thought of having a gold medal was just a dream.
Have a look at this.
I know I have the potential, but in taekwondo anything can happen.
You don't know what the judges or your opponent will be like.
So as long as I perform my very best, I'll be happy.
Here we are a few years later and you are an Olympic gold medallist.
-I'll keep saying it, cos it's nice to hear!
Can you take us back to how you got started?
My grandad took me to a local club in Flint to keep me off the streets
and be able to defend meself and get me going in the right direction.
-Your grandad's a proud man!
-You can tell.
If anyone is watching who would like to be in taekwondo,
or be the next Jade Jones, what would you say?
Get involved in a club. It teaches you respect
and it's an amazing sport.
I'm nervous about this bit,
but you score points in taekwondo by delivering certain moves.
If you were to score three points you would need to...?
-Kick you in the head.
-Kick me in the head. Well, I'm all for it.
It's a bit of telly! Demonstrate how you would score three points on me.
-It's straight up to your face.
-OK. Just like that.
Let's do one more for those that missed it.
-I actually heard the whoosh. You thought you hit me!
Jade Jones and the expert kick for the win and the gold medal!
Now, one thing I have loved more than anything else
is the celebrations of the athletes. What makes a good celebration?
When you can see it in their face how much they wanted it.
It's like a release and relief that you've finally made it.
Now we have our own Olympic award ceremony for the best celebrations.
The first one, the bronze goes to Jessica Ennis.
Take a look at how she celebrates.
It's a mixture of sheer exhaustion.
The lying on the floor celebration. For that you get a bronze.
Silver goes to one man.
Purely because his celebration is so recognised.
It's the number one. It's Bolt. 100 metres, 200 metres
and of course, the 100 metres relay. That is how he celebrates.
It's so easy to do, we can even do it.
Go on people, get involved. Why not?
It's an amazing celebration. But I think without a doubt, my favourite,
-because of his smiley face, I think you know who?
Look at how he celebrates when he wins the race. Two races he won.
5,000 and 10,000 metres. There you go. Anyone can do it.
Get your grandma up off the chair and get it going!
I think it's fair to say that everyone is a worthy winner.
You certainly are.
We have an award here at Blue Peter which also has gold in it.
The gold Blue Peter badge, we think because you are the first ever
British Olympic gold medallist, you are well and truly
worthy of the gold Blue Peter badge.
-Congratulations. Jade Jones, everybody. Watch out.
If you want to ask Jade any questions, you can e-mail us.
Jade is here for a bit and hopefully, we'll ask as many
as we can towards the end of the show.
Now to another award winner, an author. She's my favourite.
I think she's amazing. She's called Jacqueline Wilson.
You may think she's turned the lights out. She hasn't!
But she's set the atmosphere for a demonstration
of how many books she has written.
Here's some of them. Here's a few more. This could take a while.
Just watch this.
Jacqueline Wilson always wanted to be a writer
and wrote her first novel when she was nine.
Since then, she has had 93 books published in over 30 countries.
In the UK alone, she has sold over 30 million books,
which means one of her books is sold roughly every 30 seconds.
One of her best-known creations is Tracy Beaker
who first appeared in print in 1991 and became a hit TV show in 2002.
Have a good laugh, did you, in your fancy house with your fancy mum?!
Tracy Beaker has been on our screens for over ten years.
Jacqueline is one of the nation's favourite authors
and in 2008, the Queen made her a Dame.
She can light the biggest of rooms with the simplest of smiles,
-it's Jacqueline Wilson.
-CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
-It's so nice to have you here.
-It's lovely to be here. Thank you.
I wish there was a certain part of my house where I could visit it
and see you sat there and read me a story!
Let's talk about your new book, it's called Four Children And It.
People know how you write stories,
this is taking things in a different direction?
It's a different sort of book. Because it's a magic book.
But it has four children who are my kind of children.
They experience what life can be like if you discover an ancient
and grumpy sand fairy called the Psammead who grants wishes.
Can you come to my house and read me a story? I love how you tell it!
There's a story, written a long time ago, called Five Children And It.
-Is there a correlation?
-Five Children And It by Edith Nesbit
was one of my favourite stories when I was young.
And so this is my tribute novel.
I have borrowed E Nesbit's Psammead and introduced him
to my children and they have fun with him.
-It has that Jacqueline Wilson twist?
The book is about wishes, isn't it?
The children all get to have several wishes.
And yet nearly always, even for the rich and famous wish,
things go a bit wrong.
I love how you tease things. If you had a wish, what would it be?
I know exactly what I'd wish for.
I'd wish for the ability to write a book in a single day
and therefore I'd spend two days a year writing hard
and then have 363 days just to have fun.
I know our audience would love to give you the chance to
answer their questions.
I can grant your wishes. All you've got to do is e-mail us.
You can ask Jacqueline anything you like!
We will try and ask as many as we can towards the end of the show.
For now, thank you.
This summer sees the release of a new animated movie
from the makers of Toy Story.
It's call Brave and is set in the Highlands of Scotland
and is the story of Merida who is a red-headed, fiery princess,
with a hidden skill of archery.
We sent Jade Thompson, the winner of Britain's Next Top Model,
to find out about the movie and meet a real-life Merida! Take a look!
So, just how hard is archery?
It takes precision, co-ordination and a lot of practice.
It's also the subject of a new animated movie, Brave.
I am Merida.
Brave is about a young princess who defies her parents to
become an archer. But she ignores an age-old custom
and creates chaos.
Merida is a young, confident, inspirational girl.
I've found a real-life version
who can teach me a thing or two about archery.
Rebecca Martin is one of the brightest prospects
in British archery. She has been the under-16 national
outdoor champion for the last three years.
And she's going to give me a crash course in archery.
The first step is stance. You put one foot either side of the line
and keep equal weight on each foot.
The second step is how you hold the bow. Three fingers on the string.
You see the bit in the middle, put one above it and two below.
Then draw in the bow. Bring up the front.
And then pull it back to your face. And release.
I hit the board, but not the target.
You did, you scored a one.
In the middle it's a ten and then nine in the gold, and an eight
and a seven in the red bit.
-That's a score of five.
-You're getting better.
Tell me about your equipment. Yours is different to mine.
Well, this is a recurve bow you would use for the archery in the Olympics.
The bow you have it's the same as mine,
but you don't have all the accessories on it.
That's probably cheaper. My arrows are thinner than yours.
They're made out of carbon and aluminium
and yours are just made from aluminium.
They will travel a lot faster than yours.
Not just here for technical support, Becky is going to practise with me.
I got a bull's-eye.
-How do you think I'm doing?
-You're doing well for a beginner.
-I think you're ready for the challenge.
-I'm ready, let's do it.
In the movie, Merida watches as three archers shoot for
her hand in marriage, but she interrupts by taking part herself,
showing the boys she can choose her own destiny.
So just like in Brave
we set up three targets to see if I can hit the gold.
What do you think?
Considering you did so well at ten metres,
we're going to move you back to 20.
It's a tough ask, but I think I'm ready.
Not even a one.
-What has my coach got to say?
-Just a bit low. Point a bit higher.
-I hope I get some points on target.
-A bit higher.
I'm going to shoot to the sky next time. I'm not going high enough.
I want to go for gold with the last one.
The third and final target.
You can do it.
-What was that like?
-A bit higher maybe.
Didn't even hit the board.
-It's your first day.
-I think I'm a ten-metre girl.
-I think you might be right.
Now it's Becky's time to show me how it's done from a whopping 70 metres.
-How are you feeling?
I'll be keeping an eye on you. Good luck.
Wow, the first two have hit gold. Can she make it three out of three?
Amazing. Let's take a closer look.
You are way too good at this.
That is smack bang in the middle. How amazing is that?
'Rebecca is definitely the real-life Merida.
'But I'm going to sit back now and take aim with some popcorn.'
Isn't it incredible to think Rebecca can hit a target as far away
as five times the length of this studio?
Hopefully we'll see her competing in 2016. Look out!
Phew, that was a close one.
I'm only kidding, it's one of them joke ones you get from joke shops.
When Brave was announced
and when Louisa heard it was going to be out in the cinemas,
she got in touch and this is why. Take a look at her picture.
She is also a red-headed fiery princess
and she's also an archery champion.
I may have been making up the princess bit,
but look at the likeness between her and Merida.
What a brilliant thing to send in. Louisa, thank you so much.
Now, the Muslim celebration of Eid happens this weekend.
It marks the end of Ramadan which is a traditional time of fasting.
So to celebrate the fact they can now eat as much food as they want,
we get to serve up some lovely, delicious treats
that look like this.
And I'm delighted to say Nel from Newsround is helping us make them.
-Hello, Barney. How are you?
-I'm very well. What are we doing?
-It smells incredible.
We're going to be making a traditional Asian sweet called barfi.
We're going to be making chocolate-flavoured barfi today.
It's really easy to make.
There are three main ingredients for what we're going to do.
We've got some butter here, some chocolate -
just any ordinary one you can get in a shop -
-and this is some condensed milk.
-Which is what you make toffee from.
Exactly. It gives it that really smooth texture.
I've got all of those ingredients in this pot already
and they're nice and melted.
The only other thing I have to add is that, and that is just icing sugar.
-Can I be the beautiful assistant?
-Well, it's more assistant, really.
-If you just pour that in. Lovely.
We're going to need to stir this for quite some time
to make sure it's all melted in and all mixing nicely.
While I'm doing this, Barney, could you possibly...?
There's a tray right here, I just need you to put some butter on it
so it doesn't stick when we're finally ready.
-I better wash my hands for this bit. Hang on.
What I love about this part of the make here is... We have a friend
of the show who works so hard behind the scenes called Emma.
She prepares everything for us.
Look, she's even put bits of butter on some paper for me
-so I don't get it on my fingers.
-She's very good.
You'd have thought, after all this time, she knew me better than that.
Barney! That's not how I would do it but...
I've washed me hands, it's absolutely fine.
-What's the point in cooking if you don't get messy?
-Come on, people, live the dream.
-Absolutely. Are you ready?
Oh, yeah, born ready.
-I would usually do this for a little while...
-Nice to meet you.
-but for now I think this is all right.
As soon as you wash your hands,
we're going to start pouring it into the tray
-so it can be ready.
-Right, are you ready?
-Grab that spatula and give me a hand.
-There we go. Look at that.
-I wish you could smell this, it smells amazing.
Oh, it's lovely. You see those little lumps
-I've accidentally left in there?
On purpose. They all need to be aired out
and that's why you need to take a little bit more time with it.
Turn this off.
-While you're doing that, I'm going to get our decorations ready.
You can use almost anything. You can use fresh fruit, berries,
but what we're going to use today is this. This is some pistachio,
some nuts, and I've got here some coconut flakes.
It's like you've done this since you were small.
It's like you've been doing this since you were a child.
Wouldn't it be great if we had a photograph of you
when you were little doing this?
-Oh, no. Oh, no!
-Isn't that great?
-Of course, I'm the one who's eating.
The other picture we have is you getting involved with your dad.
He's making you make food. It was very dark at the time.
It's a great photo. We'll get that to you at some later date.
-OK, are you ready to help me out?
-Have fun with it. Go crazy.
As much as you want. There we go, look at that. Not literally, Barney.
-This is my favourite bit.
-We like coconut, that's nice.
-We do like coconut.
-Now, that's done. I know you really want to eat it...
But you can't. I've got to put it in the fridge, preferably overnight,
but if you can't do that, for at least an hour and when it's done...
-Here's one I made.
SHE SIGHS Here's one I made earlier.
-There's the line, everybody. Fantastic.
We need to cut this up into nice little shapes like these,
-these ones that I made earlier than earlier.
Once you've cut them up, they're basically ready.
And that's how you make barfi.
Nel, thank you so much for showing us how to make barfi.
If you would like to go to the website
-and find out how to do this, you can do.
-That's the one.
I'm very excited, I've had too much sugar.
I'm going to take these over to Jacqueline Wilson.
Don't forget you can make lots of different versions of these.
-You can do orange ones, with carrot in them.
-These ones have pistachio.
That's why you've got that green colour.
Does pistachio turn it green when you put it in?
-I think there's some colouring in there as well.
-But there's all the top tips you need on there.
While you're on there... You've done a nice little video
on how to make a lovely Indian drink called lassi.
We've made it with mango. Gorgeous.
-It's refreshing and goes well with barfi.
-You can make it with anything.
-It doesn't have to just be mango.
-No, any fruit.
Get yourselves onto the website and have some fun.
I want to get over here - you've been e-mailing
-so many questions for Jacqueline. There's some barfi.
-Wow. Thank you.
I want to try and get as many as these in as I can
because obviously when you come on the show
people want to ask you questions. Let's start with Lydia,
who says, "How long does it take, on average,
"to write your average-length book?"
Sadly it takes about six months, so it's a bit of a slog.
But it's a lovely feeling when you get to the end
-and write, "The end," at the bottom.
-Is that why people write "the end"?
-It's like, "I finally made it."
-It's why I do! Yes, exactly.
Sophie says - obviously because you have
such a great way with character names -
"If you were to change your name to anything, what would it be?"
Well, I like Charlotte Bronte
and I like Jane Austen
so I think I would change my name to Charlotte Austen. How about that?
Very nice. Claire says, "Did you ever think
"you would have so many fans when you released your first book?"
I thought I'd maybe have just very, very few readers
and I'm thrilled to bits that so many children do like my books.
It's because you're a legend. Brooklyn says,
"You've inspired me to be a writer.
"Could you give me some tips on how to be as good as you?"
I would suggest reading lots, not to copy other people's ideas,
but just to enrich your imagination and because reading is fun too.
Also to keep a diary because it gets you into a regular writing habit.
I think fun is the word to use. It really is fun to get involved.
There's a project called Story Lab. I'm sure you've heard of it.
This is encouraging you, over the summer, to read at least six books.
Every week we've had a different celebrity to tell you
about their favourite book and why you should read it.
Here's Doc Brown who is now going to tell you about his favourite book.
It's got quite an interesting subject.
-Speaking of which, would you like some barfi?
-Yes, I would.
-Here he is.
This is one of the funniest books I've ever read.
It's called The Giggler Treatment. It's all about the gigglers.
They are these little people who look after children.
They're hardly ever seen
but if a grown-up ever does something mean to a kid -
you know, like send them to bed without dinner or something -
the gigglers will punish that grown-up. You want to know how?
Yup, with dog poo.
You see, when an adult steps in a big squelchy one, it's no accident. No.
They're getting the giggler treatment.
And in this story, Mr Mack is about to become the gigglers' next victim.
What are you doing? What are you doing?
Leave me alone. Go on. Shoo.
Ohh. Of course, it's Rover here who provides the poo.
But it's the gigglers who put it in the perfect position
to cause a big stink for someone like Mr Mack,
a nice dad on his way home from work.
I'm back at the poo. Mr Mack is only seconds away.
I forgot to tell you, the gigglers are nearby...
..looking out, peeking, very excited.
"They waited for the wallop - Mr Mack hitting the poo.
"They waited for the squelch - Mr Mack stepping down on the poo.
"They waited for the gasp - Mr Mack seeing the poo for the first time.
"They waited for the groan -
"Mr Mack seeing that most of the poo was now on his shoe.
"His shoe was now very, very close to the you-know-what.
"'How close?' said the smallest giggler.
"'14 and three-quarter inches,' said the biggest giggler.
"'That's very close,' said the middle-sized one.
"And she shoved her fist into her mouth to trap the giggles.
"And they waited."
And I can't wait either.
I said Mr Mack was a nice dad, didn't I?
So why have the gigglers plonked
a big squelchy wet one on the path for him?
You'll have to get reading.
HE CHUCKLES Ugh.
GIGGLING I think I can hear giggles.
It's a good thing I'm always nice to kids.
Apart from that little one
I was a bit nasty to... SQUELCHING
So if you'd like to find out what happens in the story,
go and get yourself a copy of The Giggler Treatment.
If you want to get involved in Story Lab,
all you've got to do is go to the Blue Peter website
or down to your local library.
We asked you to get in touch and say anything you wanted
to Jacqueline or Jade. They're right here, right now.
We'll ask away, if that's OK, while we've got time left.
Jade - this is a great question -
where did your helmet go after you threw it in the air?
A lot of people have been asking me that.
I just threw it up in the air and when I'd finished...
You always have to finish with your helmet at the end
so the judge said, "Pick up your helmet," I was like, "Oh."
-It did come back down again?
-It's not a super throw
as well as a super kick. Let's go for Jacqueline.
These are great, these, on here.
Jacqueline, if you could go back in time
to when you were 11 or 12,
what advice would you give yourself, if anything? That's from Anna.
Stop worrying so much. It's all going to be all right.
Do you think you worried a lot as a small person?
Oh, I was a dreadful person for worrying. Yes.
But, yeah, I've had a really lucky, lovely life, so there we go.
Fantastic. Jade. Great question, one of my favourites. This is from Amy.
-If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?
I don't know, really. Someone that could fly, that would be amazing.
That, and invisibility, I think. That's my favourite one.
I would cause so much trouble.
Let's go to the video call. Sophia, are you there?
-Yup, I'm here.
-You look just like our logo. Oh, there you are.
There's a smiley face for the telly.
How are you doing? What is your question and who is it for?
It's for Jacqueline Wilson and this is the question.
I'm a big fan of yours and I've read loads of your books.
I think the names of the characters are really well chosen.
I especially think that Hetty Feather
is really good for the character. I would like to know
-how you decide the names in your book?
well, I'm going to make sure I have a Sophia
in one of my future books, certainly, cos it's a lovely name.
I chose the name for Hetty Feather because she's Victorian,
and Hetty seemed a nice old-fashioned sort of name.
And when she's born, somebody says, "She's light as a feather,"
so I thought Hetty Feather had a certain ring to it.
Fantastic. How does it feel to talk to Jacqueline Wilson live on telly?
-It's amazing, isn't it?
-Yeah, it's really good.
we've loved seeing your smiley face. You should be a presenter.
That was amazing. We'll see you later. Bye.
OK, let's go to a traditional phone call
where you can hear people, not see them.
-Saima is there. Hi, Saima.
Hello. Who's your question for and what is it?
-It's for Jacqueline Wilson.
Whilst on holiday, would you rather go hiking in the Himalayas,
swimming with sharks in Egypt
or bungee-jumping off the tallest tower in New Zealand?
I think Jade would be more qualified for this sort of activity than me.
But if I were just a little bit younger,
I'd go for bungee-jumping because I think it would be very exciting,
very cool and I love New Zealand, so there we go.
Fantastic. Thank you for your question.
-Thank you for answering.
-See you later. Bye.
She was cute. Right, Jade,
were you confident you were going to win in your last match?
From Milly and Archie. It came down to the wire.
I remember there was two minutes to go and I thought,
"Oh, my God, two minutes and I'm Olympic champion."
But in taekwondo, anything can happen.
In five seconds, you can get kicked in the face and then you've lost,
so, no, I didn't think I was going to win till the end.
There's another question which I think anyone would like to know.
How long did you train before the Olympics? That's from Lara.
It was two years of hard-core training
in the actual national academy
but I've been training for ten years, ever since I was eight.
And here you are as an Olympic gold medallist. I have to keep saying it.
Jade and Jacqueline, thank you for coming on the show.
I've got just enough time to tell you
what's coming up on next week's show. You're going to love it.
The show is from the Edinburgh Festival.
We got some wacky street performers to talk to you all about.
You're going to get your own tour from CBBC's very own Iain Stirling.
Don't worry, no Iains were hurt in the making of this video.
We're also going to take it a bit further south of wacky
and introduce you to the latest craze,
which is weddings with a difference.
Yes, you have just seen two rabbits get married.
It's very emotional. Make sure you join us next week for that.
You will need some tissues and you'll see why it's funny
when they bring the nine-carat gold ring out.
-Jade and Jacqueline, thank you.
-BOTH: Thank you.
-Have a lovely week. We'll see you then. Bye.
Prolific Children's author Jacqueline Wilson is live in the Blue Peter studio to answer viewer's questions, The 4 O'Clock Club's Doc Brown reveals his favourite children's book and we find out what it takes to be a successful archer.