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Today's show is a Purple badge special,
so we're going through your Purple badge forms.
Yeah, this one says, "I love Barney, he's my favourite presenter,
"and he's got really great hair."
This one here says, "Barney's jokes are really funny,
"he's a comedy...genius."
This BP fan has got some serious taste.
Wait, this has been sent in by...
Barney, from Blackpool?
Roll it, Martin.
It's Blue Peter, and today's show is all about this little guy,
it is of course the Purple badge which we're celebrating
and everything on today's show has been requested by you lot
on your Purple badge forms.
Take Sophie from Hampshire, she says she wants to see
some more guitar skills on the show.
Is that right? Well, check out this bad boy of rock.
COOL GUITAR RIFF
I'm going to be learning some rock moves
a little later, that's going to be funny.
Michael from Manchester, you said you enjoyed seeing me
in my wrestling costume. First of all, thank you very much.
Secondly, you'll very much like this
because later on in the show
we'll be revealing exactly what happened
to my missing wrestling costume,
courtesy of author Robin Stevens.
And it's not just the wrestling costume that's gone missing -
oh, no, little Shells has as well.
-That doesn't count.
-She's right there.
You've got to spot Shelley later in the show -
If you do, head onto Fan Club Live, let us know where she is.
-I can save you some time - she's right there.
She's not, she's hiding.
The person who spots her first will win their very own lifetime supply
of freezer bags for sandwiches. That's not true.
-That's a new one.
-I like that.
-I enjoyed that.
We're also sadly coming to the end of the Big Badge Boat Bonanza
but the question is,
-have you earned your Purple badge about yet?
-If you haven't...
FRENCH ACCENT: ..why not? How do you say that in French?
All you've got to do is go to the Blue Peter website
and download this form,
fill it in and send it to the usual address.
You never know - one of us
might just turn up at your house and give you your badge.
It has been known to happen before. Oh, they're going to play it now.
C'est la vie.
OK. Do you know what I love about the Purple badge forms?
They give you direct access to the show.
So today, I'm on a mission to reward these three Purple badge
viewers with their own Purple badges.
In fact, crew - where are we going today?
-No need to apologise!
HE LAUGHS OK, fine, let's just set off.
So I'm on the way to beat a girl called Olivia.
Olivia wrote in and said that she likes to cheerlead.
I haven't brought my pom-poms with me,
but I have brought you a Purple badge.
We've got Olivia's whole squad together, just to surprise her.
They haven't got a clue we're coming.
Hi, girls. How are you? THEY GIGGLE
-Hi, Olivia. How are you doing?
So you wrote into the show and you said that you were
a cheerleader, which is why we're here today.
-And also of course, to give you your very own Purple badge.
You're welcome. Round of applause for Olivia, everybody!
I watched the David Walliams show,
and also Lindsey and Radzi went to this golf course.
They were amazing, weren't they?
If you were to decide what I was doing on the show,
what would you like to see me do?
-Erm... Forward roll and cartwheel?
-Yes. I can do that.
GIRLS CLAP AND WHOOP
That was fun. Cheerleading - ready?
LIVELY MUSIC PLAYS
That was a very successful badge hit with Olivia
and her cheerleading team.
We're now heading to say hello to Frances, who's got in touch
to say that she loves upcycling, and she loves Take That.
I like a bit of Take That myself, you know.
# Today this could be
# The greatest day of our lives... #
Hi, Frances, how you doing?
So apparently you liked the David Walliams show the most,
and that's why you wrote to us on your Purple badge form.
You liked that Lindsey and Radzi were playing golf,
-you liked making pizzas and cakes in the mug as well, yeah...?
-Well, good to see you, how you doing?
Oh, my gosh, I can't believe this is happening.
-Can we come in?
-Yeah, sure, if you like.
Can we get a cup of tea? One sugar for me, please.
We love upcycling on the show,
we love turning old things into new things.
Now, this is my favourite thing that you've made.
It's a sweet dispenser, and it's a long piece of wood cut up, and it's
got a jar of sweets and you move it and sweets come out, so...
Well, I think while we're here it's rude not to not try it, isn't it?
Frances, you're an absolute genius.
And I think you are absolutely worthy of your very own...
-Thank you very much!
-I'd like to have some pizza, wouldn't you?
-That would be nice.
-Do you remember the pizza in the mug?
Back in the studio, Nikki Lilly
showed me how to make pizza in a cup.
So now it's time I showed Frances just how good it is.
And while we're eating it, we can talk about the Fan Club.
I like the little, like, things where you...
Maybe you blurt something and you say "What is this?"
-And more games.
-Yeah, more games you can look at and more things to do.
OK, you're in charge of Blue Peter for the day,
and you can choose for me to do one thing on the show.
Do you mean I've got to do the circle thing with a hula-hoop
-while I'm talking on the telly?
I will give it a go. Why not?
-Frances, thank you very much.
-See you soon.
Well, that was an amazing success.
Frances was really surprised, wasn't she?
For the next surprise, we are off to see Rohan,
who wants to see more sports on the website.
What Rohan doesn't know is that
we're going to be putting HIM on the website.
This BP superfan loves skateboarding, so I'm going to
film him doing his thing, and put it on the Blue Peter site.
Hey, Rohan, how are you doing?
Er... I'm good.
Oh, my gosh, that's the... Yeah, I did that at school.
Yeah. It's your Purple badge form.
You've put that you want to see more sports stuff online.
All you've got to do for me
-is put that on, to start off with...
-Is it OK if Rohan comes out to play, please?
Yes. Where's he going?
Well, you're going to need your skateboard.
You ready? Three, two, one...
Hello, I'm Rohan, and today I'm going to be teaching you
three tricks you can do on your skateboard.
This is too easy.
Really good job, that, mate.
You are now the director of Blue Peter,
and you can tell me to do anything.
-What do you want me to do?
-There is the vert. We could fly down that.
-I've no idea what it is, but let's do it.
-OK. Cool. Let's go.
-OK, that's quite a long way down, isn't it?
-Yup. You can do it.
So it's like a slide, basically.
It's a... It's more than a slide.
BOTH: Three, two, one...
That's how you end a film, right there.
Can we do it again?
Olivia, Frances, Rohan, we loved surprising you.
In fact - here comes a happy dance, from me to you,
whilst we take a look at the big badge ball.
It is a beautiful thing this week, have a look at it.
Niromy says, "I like the part when Blue Peter shows people's
"pictures, because it inspires me." Well, hopefully, Niromy,
that's inspired you to get even more Blue Peter badges. Get on it.
Absolutely. Charlotte, you've earned yourself a Purple badge,
because of this Purple badge form in which you said,
-"Me and my tortoise Timmy..."
-There he is there.
"..would like to see you giving Shelley a bath on the show.
What a great idea, Charlotte.
Let's take a look at Barnaby with a cardboard cutout of a guy
called Barnaby, that's my full name.
Look at him with his big smiley face.
Definitely someone to look out for in the future,
something to do with showbusiness.
If he was on the show
he'd play some music because cos he's really good at it -
Barn, thank you very much, mate.
That's so nice, Georgia from Essex says
"The thing that I want to see on Blue Peter is a fidget spinner
"because if anyone does not know what they are,
"they can find out on the show and even make their own."
Well, Georgia, we've got good news for you, check this out...
-They're cool, are they?
-They are very cool indeed.
And if you want to know how to make
your own very own home-made fidget spinner,
head to the Blue Peter website, check out all the details.
Well - that's what YOU think of Blue Peter...
but here is what you really think.
Lately we've been having a brilliant time on Blue Peter.
We've had exciting challenges,
amazing competitions and incredible live moments.
But what happened
when we showed some highlights to a load of BP fans? Time to find out.
We start with a challenge that we thought Lindsey would BEE great at.
The beard of bees.
I'm terrified of bees.
Imagine just having 1,000 bees on you.
-And then they all stung you, you'd be like, "Aaaargh!"
-Ian wants me to touch the bees with my hand...
Oh, I'm shaking so much!
..so I can get used to the feeling of them on my skin.
-Would you be able to do it, Grace?
Ian takes the queen and ties her around my chin.
-I couldn't do this.
-Neither could I.
As the bee starts coming across onto my face,
I'm feeling more and more uneasy.
-She is going to get stung!
-She probably will be.
-I've been stung.
Once one bee has stung, it sends a signal to all the others
that they're in danger,
and then I'm stung for a second time.
Ian steps in to cool it off.
That's a good idea.
At least I'm not afraid of bees any more.
And from jaw stinging, to jaw-dropping.
I went to meet freestyle scooter pro Jamie Hull,
to try and learn the basics.
Luckily, I was fine, and Jamie showed me how it's really done.
Oh, that is awesome.
-That is just amazing how they do stuff like that, isn't it?
But Jamie's not the only amazing talent to turn up the...heat,
on BP this year.
Is that even safe?
So these originated in New Zealand...
They look like, mini light things.
-I'm loving this.
-Barney's showing off!
Barney's killing it.
Going to try one forward, and one backward.
It's like rubbing your stomach.
-Oh, I can do that.
-It's on fire.
She's having a right good time, isn't she?
That was incredible.
And speaking of incredible, in April,
science guru Greg joined us for an amazing experiment,
to test the power of friction between the pages of two books.
My plan, is I want to dangle YOU
underneath those interweaved books...
..attach the other end
to a zip wire...
-..all the way down into the piazza.
What happens if it rips?
-We need another presenter.
Someone with nerves of steel,
and a matching suit.
Oh, here comes trouble.
Oh... I've just looked over the edge.
-Don't look down, then.
-Just push her.
I'm getting faster!
The book isn't even shifting.
-I cannot believe that worked.
That was scary!
Partner... We are on fire!
That is so cool.
Oh... He made it, he made it, he made it.
-Mission Friction... Complete!
And from one-off challenges, to unique dancing.
Say hello to the Soweto Skeleton Movers.
-Why would you want to bite someone's foot?!
They're riding a bicycle!
And Radzi was keen to have a go himself...
Mum! I'm on a bike.
-I'd love to get on that.
And finally, you loved seeing Lindsey take on her biggest fear,
when she dived with sharks.
HE SINGS "JAWS" THEME
I really am going to be amongst them.
Yeah, you are.
Oh, my gosh, it's turning to look at me.
-What would you do if you just saw it coming at you?
-The last thing I want to do
is get in this water.
Oh, come on!
My heart is pounding.
My worst nightmare just swam centimetres from my face.
And then it dawns on me...
It's terrifying, but it's amazing. She actually likes it now.
You did it! Good job.
That's what they thought, but what about you?
Download your Purple badge form,
fill it in and send it back to us to tell us what you think.
You never know - you could earn your very own Purple badge.
We will never get bored of watching you watch us.
And right now if we're watching you at home, you'd be watching us
-watching YOU watching us.
-That's very true. What he said.
OK. Now it's time for more of what you wanted to see on the show.
So Caleb from Milton Keynes had a great idea, watch this.
Hello, my name is Caleb, and I want to see Barney dancing to rock music.
I'd love to dance to some rock music but I can't do that without the help
of a superstar legend - everyone, huge round of applause for Toby.
Good to see you, mate, welcome to the show.
At this point I would normally ask you a question,
but if you put the guitar on for me, I can probably get you to answer
the question by just showing us what you can do, does that sound good?
-All right, then, Toby. Let it rip.
MELLOW GUITAR VIBE
This boy's got a soul!
Toby, amazing. I mean, how long have you been playing this for?
Since I was six, so six years.
-You're that good in six years.
-What an inspiration.
Let's talk about inspirations,
so the kind of people that you listen to
that get you really fired up and make you want to play guitar.
I love, like, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer, BB King...
They're just all amazing people and amazing musicians,
but sadly all the people that I really, really like in music
and stuff are just not here any more.
-But their music is, that's the great thing.
You can watch videos and learn from them.
-My heroes are people like Jimi Hendrix...
Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen,
guys that have a bit of classical skill and a bit of rock skill.
Guitar can take you anywhere in the world, it really can
if you become really good like you are.
And you are a shining example of exactly where it can take you.
Tell us about some of the things that you've done.
Well, from online videos on social media
and stuff to playing at BB King's Blues Club, it's pretty cool.
Which every guitarist watching right now is like, "You did what?"
I mean, that's the dream gig.
That's like being a footballer and playing at Wembley, isn't it?
It is pretty fun. It really is.
So, let's talk about School Of Rock.
Oh, School Of Rock's just the best experience.
Come to it, come watch us!
Well, this is what you're going to see if you do.
I mean, look at that for a stage persona.
-You really do enjoy yourself up there, don't you?
-It's just so fun.
Because I've done it for so long now, my body's just like,
"Yeah, you go there and you go there, just move there."
It's kind of second nature, isn't it, now?
But it's all about the music and what you play.
Now, a lot of people don't know this about musicians,
especially guitarists, but your brain is not physically able
to do things with your hands and your face at the same time.
So if you're concentrating on the fingers,
your face just loses control and you end up pulling all sorts of pouts,
-which you are famous for.
-Yeah, people don't like it and some people do.
-I love it.
I think it's all about being creative
and being your own individual musician.
So your pouty face, if we could see it?
-You've got like a...
It's like a mean Elvis Presley going on.
It's actually a beautiful thing.
-Now, I play a little bit of guitar myself.
And when you first start to learn the guitar,
you play what's called 12 bar blues. Everybody will recognise it,
but this for me is also a great way for you to showcase what you can do.
So if I give you a little bit of a background to play along to...
-Something like this.
BARNEY PLAYS BLUES CHORDS
COOL GUITAR IMPROVISATION
APPLAUSE What an absolute legend.
Toby, it's been so good to meet you, mate. It really has.
Thank you for coming into the studio. If anybody's watching
and they're seven or eight years old and thinking about
picking up the guitar, what would you say to them to inspire them?
I would say keep practising, get a guitar
and don't worry about anything.
Just do it. Just do it.
And you'll get really good and that's...
-That's what we're here for.
-Toby, you're amazing.
If you want to get some more tips from Toby,
head online to the BP website. The usual place, the Fan Club.
Let's have a massive round of applause for Toby before he goes.
What an absolute star. Mate, thank you so much.
They improvised that!
-That was off the chart.
-What? That's a joke.
Now though, let's hear from Eleanor from Devon.
My name is Eleanor and I really like cheese, so one of my favourite
parts of Blue Peter was when Lindsey made extreme cheese.
Well, we're about to make your cheesy dreams come true.
Cheese. I absolutely adore it, so why, may you ask,
am I starting a film about cheese outside a cave in Somerset?
Well, all is going to be revealed,
but first I need to head about 45 miles that way to Dorset.
This is Ford Farm and I'm here because we need to go
back to the beginning and find out how cheese is made.
Nice hairnet, Linds.
So, where do we start?
With milk, of course.
Meet Martin, a cheesemaking expert.
Hello, Martin. I'm here and I'm ready to milk some cows.
Let's do this.
We've already done that, so we'll crack on and make some cheese today.
I knew that.
Hands washed and sanitised, we are good to go.
Oh, my goodness! Is that milk?
We fill the tanks with milk.
This is now curds and whey.
-So that's why there's kind of little bits in it?
When a special ingredient is added to milk,
it splits into curds and whey.
Curds are the solid bit and whey is the liquid.
The curds and whey are now being drained and separated.
It's foaming. It's hot.
It is hot. It's 40 degrees.
Once most of the whey has been drained,
it's time to cheddar the curds.
-So the idea is we cut it with a knife.
And then we roll the loaf over.
Oh, right. And that's cheddaring?
And that's cheddaring.
-And that's why it's called Cheddar cheese?
You cut, I'll roll.
Oh, it's quite heavy, isn't it? Eurgh, it's really hot!
It's like wet, hot scrambled egg.
And it's really heavy.
-How long do you just keep doing this for?
-About two hours.
You'd get strong.
It's a good workout, cheddaring.
After cutting and turning the curds into blocks,
all our hard work is undone by this machine
which breaks it up again into small pieces
to make sure the cheese gets an even scattering of salt.
The curds are then put into moulds to be pressed into shape.
Still wouldn't want to eat this in a sandwich, would you?
After four hours of being pressed, our cheese is carefully...
Yeah, very carefully(!)
Come on, cheese!
..taken out and covered with a layer of lard
to protect it from drying out.
It's like a proper Blue Peter make.
It's then wrapped and left to mature for 12 months.
I'm quite proud of that, Martin. Done!
I've just got one more thing on my to-do list,
because this cheese doesn't just sit on the farm for 12 months.
Remember the cave from earlier?
Well, it's about to take centre stage,
because this type of cheese is special.
To give it a unique, earthy flavour,
it's kept 16 metres underground at the Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset.
And that's exactly where our cheese is heading.
To get our cheese into its home for the year,
I'm going to take it caving.
Guys, this is extreme cheese!
And I don't really know what that is.
But luckily, caving guide Becca is here to help me.
-How you doing?
Thank you for helping me today. Let's do this.
I'm taking our cheese through some of the ancient tunnels
and caverns that have only recently been opened,
so I've wrapped it carefully in a bag.
That is a tight squeeze.
Ooh! Oh... OK.
It's incredible to think that some of the caves
I'm travelling through were created 50,000 years ago.
This cheese had better taste good. I'll tell you that much.
But caving is only the beginning.
It turns out I'll do anything for cheese,
not just crawling through tunnels.
So, Becca, what are we doing? I'm scared!
Lindsey, you're going to do an abseil. So when you're ready,
if you just want to kneel down and go out to the edge.
-OK. Oh, my goodness!
-This is an intense way to store cheese, I've got to say.
You could have just put it in the fridge, no?
This is ridiculous.
I'm dangling from a rock face all for a block of Cheddar.
Just managed to do an abseil with two kilos of cheese on my back.
Can't say that every day, can you?
After travelling nearly 500 metres through these beautiful caverns,
I've finally come to the place where the cheese is going
to rest for the next 12 months.
And just though here is cheese chamber expert Tanis.
-Good to meet you.
-Nice to meet you.
It's great to be here. How did you get here?
There is a path just down there.
OK, that's a little bit annoying.
So, whereabouts is my cheese going to go? I'm very excited.
-It's going to go right here.
-Amazing! Shall we get it out?
OK, I don't know if it's a bit battered and bruised.
No, I'm sure it will be perfect.
Here we go. Moment of truth.
It's come a long way.
There we go.
Blue Peter cheese.
So, why is it important that it's in here, Tanis?
It's 11 degrees all year round.
It has a perfect humidity
and it has a nice, earthy flavour the caves bring out in it.
Our BP Cheddar will take on those cavey tastes as it matures
16 metres below the ground for the next year.
Well, do you know what? I'm actually really proud of that.
Cheese made with my own fair hands.
That is extreme cheese.
Honestly, one of the best Blue Peter shoots I've ever done.
-You ate a lot of cheese.
-So much cheese!
-So much cheese.
-I had a cheese belly.
-You still smell a bit like it.
-No, stop it!
Now onto something very serious, Radzi's missing wrestling outfit.
-Are you OK, mate?
-And the BAFTA for the best crying acting goes to...
No, he is genuinely quite upset actually
because he loves that costume.
You've been helping him out - thank you for that - on the website.
Solving the clues, following the hints and we're not far away
from finding out who has taken Radzi's beloved costume.
-Do you know what?
-Fortunately, you haven't been doing it alone.
You've been doing it with the master of mysteries.
Welcome to Blue Peter, Robin Stevens.
-Hi, Robin. Welcome to the show.
-Welcome to Blue Peter, Robin.
-Because you're here, I'm happy.
So, before we even talk about the wrestling costume,
let's talk about that lovely book.
Yeah, so this is The Guggenheim Mystery.
It's the sequel to Siobhan Dowd's The London Eye Mystery.
She really wanted to write it
but sadly she passed away before she could, so I have been asked to
write it in her stead and I really hope I've done her proud with it.
That's a tough thing to do, isn't it? And a big responsibility.
Where do you start with doing something like that?
Well, I kind of had to start with the title
because that was all Siobhan had left me.
We knew she wanted to call it The Guggenheim Mystery,
but we didn't know anything else about it
so I had to use my mystery planning brain to make everything else up.
So, what can you tell us
about where that mystery planning brain took you?
Yeah, so, it's set in New York. It's set in the Guggenheim Museum.
A boy called Ted Sparks goes there and while he's there,
a painting is stolen.
He has to become a detective to get it back.
It sounds super intense.
But this feels like the perfect time
-to talk about my missing wrestling costume.
So all we knew is two weeks ago in my dressing room,
it went missing, never to be seen again.
Who were the five suspects again?
So, the five suspects were Katie Thistleton, Hacker T Dog,
Barney, Lindsey and, of course, you.
-I know, I know.
Now, we know it wasn't you and it wasn't Hacker.
..and I can reveal that the person who stole Radzi's outfit is...
-Katie Thistleton... Oh, what?!
-What, mate? What? I didn't. What?
-Where is the costume?
Oh, my goodness!
I wanted to be like you, OK?
Well, you know, you got to go to WrestleMania.
I would have got away with it if it wasn't for you, you pesky author.
-See, I told you it wasn't me, Radz!
-I'm not angry.
-I'm just disappointed.
OK, while these two make up, Robin,
-thank you so much for coming on the show.
Amazing. Right, then, down to business.
This costume smells like beef, by the way.
OK, I want to see ponies on roller-skates.
That's a given. I also want to see the Red Arrows
fly through those doors and go out those doors.
-What are you doing?
-My Purple badge form.
-Well, it's my last show in a couple of weeks, isn't it?
So I'm filling out my Purple badge form so that
-I can decide what's going to be on my last show.
-That's a great shout.
-How do you spell velociraptor?
OK, while Barney does that,
it's time to reveal where little Shelley was hiding.
She was actually on Toby's guitar.
There she is. It was quite a hard one this week.
If you are wondering whether it's you who spotted Shelley,
head to Fan Club straight after the show and find out.
Lindsey gets gunged in beans.
Now, though, playing us out,
would you please give a huge welcome to Toby? What a legend.
PLAYS BLUE PETER THEME
This episode is all about the purple badge, which means you're in charge. So get ready for epic guitar skills, extreme cheese and lots of Blue Peter fans. Also, murder mystery author Robin Stevens will settle once and for all who took Radzi's wrestling outfit.