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Coming up on today's show, find out if this airplane wing,
which is the same length as three double-decker buses,
will make it through a tiny French village.
And what do you get if you cross Sam and Mark,
table tennis balls, plastic bottles and balloons?
Plus it's competition time.
What story would you tell if you only had 500 words?
That's all coming up on today's live Blue Peter.
Don't go anywhere!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Hello! I do like a round of applause to start the show.
You're watching Blue Peter. You know that, you pressed the button.
It seems weird to fit all that into half an hour, but we will.
-We've got a special screwdriver.
-Blue Peter magic.
We're live, as Barney said.
Which means we want you to get in touch and join in.
Later in the show, we're going to be talking
about Radio 2's 500 WORDS competition.
So today, we're thinking all about words, aren't we?
-Yes, we are, Lindsey.
-Yes! RADZI LAUGHS
We want to know what is your favourite word...
-Mine has to be boom.
There's no better way to describe something awesome than boom.
-You say it all the time.
-Blancmange is a great word.
It's quite French, as well, at the end there.
-With the "ggg"!
-Thank you. I've been practising.
What's your favourite word? Get in touch and tell us...
We'll try and read out as many as we can at the end of the show.
-That's right. So, why don't you pootle over to the website.
-Do you actually say that word?
It means to go at a leisurely pace. It's my favourite word.
-It's a good word.
-Reminds me of my
-nan. I like that.
I'll do a leisurely stroll now, but it's not a pootle,
it's more of a soar, which is what you're doing, flying above my head.
I love anything and everything to do with planes and I've been
lucky enough on Blue Peter to do some pretty incredible stuff.
I've walked on them, I've actually flown planes,
and, as you can see here, I was pretty excited about it.
So imagine how excited I was when the Blue Peter team told me
that the wings for the biggest passenger plane in the world
are made right here in the UK.
I just had to go and find out a little bit more about it.
So, this is the start of what turned out to be a thousand-mile adventure.
This is the extraordinary story of how an aeroplane is made.
Its parts are made all over Europe.
The tail section is made in Spain,
the rear section is made in Germany, the wings are made in Great Britain
and then it's all brought together and assembled in France.
Now that sounds quite complicated.
Well, it is complicated, because this is no ordinary plane.
This thing is big.
And I mean big!
Say hello to the Airbus A380.
This is the largest passenger plane in the world.
Its tail fin is as high as an eight storey building.
It's as long as two blue whales.
It can carry 850 passengers and has a take-off weight of 560 tonnes.
That's the same as 400 family cars.
How this thing gets off the ground in the first place is a miracle
of engineering, but it's largely to do with those mammoth wings.
Those wings are so big that,
in all this time of me telling you these amazing facts,
I haven't even been able to get from one side to the other.
But before the wings can make this plane take flight,
each one needs to take a thousand-mile trip
from the wing factory in Wales to the final assembly line in France.
It's a monumentally complicated and ambitious journey.
So I thought I'd volunteer to help. Bring it on!
This is where the journey begins.
Well, actually, that's just a stream. Sorry.
This is where the journey begins - the wing factory in North Wales.
This place is the size of 12 football pitches
and it's so easy to get lost in here.
I'll be all right, though. I'll just WING it!
'One wing takes 87 days to travel round the factory,
'transformed from raw materials until, finally,
'it's all wrapped up, literally.' Can you imagine trying to wrap that?
You know how difficult birthday presents can be.
Luckily, you don't have to. It's been done by professionals.
As soon as that goes out of that door,
the journey starts to get very exciting.
But how do you move a wing the size of three double-decker buses?
Easy! You use one of these - a mega truck!
With a staggering 96 wheels, this is the Big Daddy of gadgets
and they've given me the controller.
HE LAUGHS, TRUCK BEEPS
Ooh, there's your big... This is brilliant.
-Not too bad, that, for first go.
-Right, let's get a wing on it, yeah?
So, now the low loader is in place, what they've got to do is use
hydraulics to push it up and lift this entire thing off the ground.
That is incredibly heavy.
'All that's left to do is secure the wing...
'and we're ready for take-off.'
I love my job.
MUSIC: "Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss
This thing is a monster.
This wing is now going to make its journey down this road
towards a barge that's waiting on some water.
The next stage of the journey begins.
'And the mega truck is so clever,
'it's now steering itself,
'following radio signals transmitted from the road
'to keep all those wheels on the straight and narrow.
'Or not so straight and very narrow.'
It's got to make it round this corner on the bridge.
Just watch how close it gets to the curb here.
'With inches to spare, we've made it to the river.'
Ha! Who am I kidding?
It's another day and it's another bizarre image.
Look at that! A massive wing on a boat.
Now the wing will make its next part of its journey
down the river and hopefully under some bridges.
So, the captain has got to judge it just right, because, if the
water level is too high, that wing will not fit under those bridges.
That could be a problem.
If we're quick enough, we can get to that first bridge
and see if it fits. Come on.
You can see how close it is from the bottom of the bridge
and the top of the boat.
Whoa, that is so close!
I'm pretty sure this next bridge is actually a lot lower.
It doesn't look like that's going to fit, from here.
It is so, so close.
'This amazing wing has already had quite a journey down road
'and river, over and under bridges and now it powers on towards
'the docks, to be shipped to another country.'
Despite all it's been through so far,
this has been the easy part of the journey.
I cannot wait to see what happens when it gets to France.
I'll see you there.
That is going to be amazing, and part two is coming up later in the show.
Now, are you a budding JK Rowling,
or do you aspire to write as well as Anthony Horowitz?
If so, listen up,
because, this week, the 500 WORDS competition was launched,
and Barney went to London to find out a little bit more.
It's early morning in the capital city.
Everything is quiet, peaceful, serene.
# Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday... #
That is, until DJ Chris Evans wakes up the nation
with the UK's favourite breakfast show.
# The Chris Evans Breakfast Show! #
I'm at the home of Radio 2 and, in a few minutes,
I'm going to be live on air to talk about 500 WORDS 2014,
the short story writing competition which gives you the chance
to let your imagination run wild.
Last year, I had the pleasure of reading out
one of the winning stories at the 500 WORDS final in Hay-on-Wye.
"It was by chance that I met B, or 1069B, to give him his real name."
It really was a fantastic experience and so when Chris asked me
to get involved again this year, I jumped at the chance.
On the way on the show, Barney from Blue Peter
talking about 500 WORDS,
along with head judge Richard Hammond.
So, we're about to go live on BBC Radio 2.
This show has over ten million listeners.
Let's go and spread the word. Well, all 500 of them.
Barney, tell us about your experience there last year.
In many ways, you saved the day, didn't you?
It was kind of last minute last year.
Helen Skelton was supposed to be reading the story that
Olivia Hunt wrote, and she got a bit ill, so, the night before,
I get a phone call.
So, when I read the actual story on the day,
it was the first time I'd read it through.
You asked Olivia what she thought about me reading the story.
She said, "Well, it's OK, but he's not a girl."
A good book has to take you somewhere, doesn't it?
Yeah, a good book has to take you somewhere. There should be a journey.
I think the fact that it's 500 words is one of the keys that helps
the children do that, because you've got to get on with it.
And also what's great about 500 words is it's not too daunting,
cos it's not too many.
The website is up and running.
This year, it's got a new little character, Alphabot.
-Alphabot can say hello to us.
-That's Alphabot for you! How good is he?
We had 90,000 entrants last year
and they go through two phases.
They get whittled down to the top 50 and then we, the judges,
sit down, read all 50
and sit round a table for as long as it takes to put across,
"Right, I think this one should go forward," or, "I think this one."
And they are all amazing. It is a pleasure.
This isn't homework.
You're sitting down to read 50 exciting, fabulous stories.
-Headline time, please.
-500 words is the limit.
There are two categories - nine and under, or ten to thirteen.
And really two big rules to think about.
Your story must be completely made-up and no more than 500 words.
But, believe me, that is enough.
In those 500 words, you can take us to space,
it might be cowboys, heroes, criminals, villains.
It's your imagination. It's entirely up to you. Be in charge.
'I've loved every minute of being on the Breakfast Show,
'but it's only fair that the person who has the last word
'on 500 WORDS is Mr Chris Evans.'
Blue Peter viewers!
500 WORDS 2014 needs you.
Go to the Radio 2 website at bbc.co.uk/radio2
and 500 WORDS to find out more now.
Now if you are thinking of entering, the details are also on
our website, plus we've got somebody who I think might just inspire you.
That's right. She's the author of the Darcy Burdock series.
She's toured all over the world telling her stories and,
on top of that, she even illustrates all of her own work. She's a genius.
-Please welcome to the studio the amazing Laura Dockrill.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
-Step on up.
-Hello. How are you doing?
-Very well, now that you're here, Laura.
Now, Laura, as a writer, what advice would you have
for any viewers hoping to write a 500 word story?
What I would say, use your imagination,
trust your instinct and be brave.
I love when people have pushed themselves
in the stories they write.
When you're reading a story, what makes you excited?
For me, it's all about character.
I think if somebody's pushed themselves,
found that good character, that can guide a whole story.
-Humour, as well, sometimes.
-Humour is a winner, always.
I feel you can't go wrong with humour.
-If you've made someone smile.
-And, as a special treat,
you've written your very own 500 word story
and you're going to perform a bit of it for us in the studio.
-So, I'll let you go and get ready.
-OK, thank you very much.
And whilst Laura gets ready, this is exclusively for you at home -
The Smile That Was Left At Home is being written, performed
and beautifully illustrated by Laura Dockrill.
Joe had left his smile at home.
He was only out with Dad, so he wouldn't need it.
He put it underneath his favourite comedian Ali-Greater's joke book.
It would be safe there.
Dad sighed, disappointed.
"I made sure you inherited my dazzling smile
"and what do you do with it? Leave it at home!
"You never know when you might need a smile
"and we're at the zoo today."
Of course! How could Joe have forgotten?
He'd been so wrapped up in the Ali-Greater book
that it had slipped his mind.
What a stupid day to leave his smile at home!
There was so much to smile at.
meerkats standing upright like electrified teddy bears,
pigs snuffling, monkeys pulling faces.
They reached the alligators,
when Joe heard a voice he recognised.
"Isn't that...?" Dad started to say.
"Ali-Greater!" Joe squealed. He was right there, in the zoo,
doing some filming for his TV show.
He was dressed as an alligator and was being hysterical, as always.
"I don't believe it!" Joe gawped, "He's my favourite!"
"Go over," Dad nudged, "Get an autograph."
"I'm so excited!" Joe flapped over
with Dad following, all jumpy behind.
"Stand back, kid! We're filming!"
grunted a bossy man with a clipboard.
He really was a nice man.
"I'm your biggest fan!" Joe gushed, "I know all your jokes!
"I read your book every night!"
Ali-Greater laughed. "Awesome.
"Why don't you jump in a scene with me?
"I'm filming something for my show, be great to get you in."
The bossy man with the clipboard didn't seem too happy,
but Dad seemed proud.
"I'll say a few jokes and you laugh, cool?"
Not cool. Not cool at all.
Joe began to sweat. Dad gulped.
They both knew that Joe had left his smile at home.
APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
Laura, thank you so much.
-That was lovely.
Now, for those of you at home, you may have noticed,
that was only 289 words, not the full 500.
So, if you do want to find out how that story ends,
just jump onto our website...
Plus you can find out how to enter the competition yourselves.
Barney, why so sad?
Sorry, Radzi, I left my smile at home.
I'm only kidding. Come back! I've got a cracker, watch this...
Let's talk about what happened earlier, shall we?
We were following the story of a massive aeroplane wing
as it made its way to France.
The last time you saw it, it was on a boat,
and, since then, it's arrived at France.
So, things are about to get tricky.
Will the massive wing make it through le petit village?
Or will it end up hitting the maisons? That's French for houses.
It's about to get really exciting.
And you get to see some more of my French skill. Voila.
Bonjour. Foufe de la poupe de champignon de slippy slipper.
I don't speak French.
But I am in France, in a lovely little village called Levignac.
Lots of history here, beautiful ornate buildings.
But it is a village, which means it's quite small.
And that could be a problem.
Because this very narrow street behind me
is the only street they can use to transport the massive parts
that make the biggest passenger aeroplane in the world.
This double-decker plane is truly massive. I've been following
the extraordinary journey of its mighty wings.
The last time I saw one was in North Wales,
and, from there, a ferry carries the wings to the south of France.
But to get to the factory, the only option is to go by road.
Which is why it's got to come through here.
And I don't think it's going to fit!
'To cause the least disruption to the locals,
'the convoy must come through here at night,
'which gives me time to see a finished A380 up close
'with chief test pilot Peter Chandler.'
I think the first thing you notice is the staircase, isn't it?
-It's such a huge plane. It has an upstairs, as well.
That's the unique thing about this aeroplane is that it has
a full double-deck, so there's a main passenger deck here
and there's another full passenger deck upstairs.
So, yes, we have a big staircase there.
The scale of this thing is just incredible.
This is all very impressive
and it's the bit we've come to see but, more importantly,
the bit you get to play with, the cockpit.
Do you want to go there now?
I would love to. It's not even my birthday.
In the end, you've got all the gadgets that you need
when you're in the air and that's all fine
and we like learning about it, but the key question is,
how fast does it go?
Around 600mph is the speed over the ground.
And, of course, in testing, although that's the normal cruising speed,
we have to take it significantly faster than that.
'This is so cool. And it's about to get cooler.'
There you go.
Always wanted to do this. Thank you, Peter.
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. This is the captain speaking.
I hope you enjoy your flight today.
I've never flown one of these before, but it should be OK.
I'm just going to get it started.
Get the keys out of the glove box and, yeah, we'll be on our way.
Sit back and relax and enjoy the flight. OK. Bye.
Excellent, right, um... How do we start it?
'But before you can fly a plane, you have to build a plane,
'and, for that, you need parts.'
So, the wing has travelled 1,000 miles by road, river and sea
and has finally arrived here in France,
ready for the final leg of its journey.
If you look in the distance,
it's been joined by other parts of the plane.
It's got to be one of the most bonkers plane jigsaws
I've ever seen. This all goes together to make one whole plane.
Have you ever seen anything like it?
They'll need a lot of glue, I know that.
I've done these myself. But smaller versions, obviously.
I want one.
Apparently, there are some really big plane parts just here,
but, um, I can't find them. I guess that was a tall "tail".
So, this is it, the convoy is leaving.
All these parts of the plane are heading to the factory
to be assembled together. But don't forget,
they've all got to get through
that really tiny village that we saw. And look at the size of it!
It doesn't even seem possible that that will happen.
So what we will try and do now is get back in the car,
get ahead of them all and see if the village
is still standing by the time they get through it. Come on.
So it's just gone past midnight here in Levignac.
What would normally be a very quiet and dimly lit street
is buzzing with flashing lights.
I am so excited, and so is the rest of the village.
Lots of people have turned out to see this happen.
Especially because of the bit it's about to go through.
You can see how tight this space is.
Now, this wing costs a fortune, and where it's about to go right now
is a really tight part of the village.
Look how close that is!
I can't believe what I'm seeing. You'd never see an aeroplane
flying this low through a village, that's for sure.
What an incredible thing to see. That's just the tail of a huge plane
being driven through the centre of a village after midnight.
Do you know what I think would be quite funny, is the people
that are up in these houses here on the first floor,
just having a cup of tea and a plane just goes past the window.
I mean, look at the size of that thing! Just look at that!
It's the only journey this aircraft can do to get to the factories.
They took that in mind when designing it,
so that it did actually fit through the village.
That's engineering for you.
Look how close that is there to the roof as it goes through.
Any tighter or any closer to that roof
and somebody would wake up with no roof on their house.
So there it is - the final piece in this rather incredible jigsaw -
the last part of the plane
on its way to the factory before it gets assembled.
So it's the last stage of its journey down here
before it begins thousands more up there. Incredible.
Ooh, just! Just got through! I'm glad it did. Now...
time for something very different, because Sam and Mark are here!
-CHEERING Hello, Sam and Mark.
-Thanks for joining us on Blue Peter today.
-Thanks for having us.
-You're going to help me make a mini game, aren't you?
A very exciting one. But to help it make a bit more sense,
let's have a look at this first.
Let's do this! It's time to wind up your dad. Get winding, go on!
Audience, where should we take him?
AUDIENCE: To the top!
What are you waiting for? In three, two, one, release the Dad!
-Throw him down! Throw him down!
-Outrageous! Dad pin bowling.
-Tell me more.
Um, we stick a dad in, um, basically a massive leotard,
stick him in a bowling ball and put him right down the middle.
-Yes. At the top of every show,
we get a kid out of the audience whose parents have embarrassed them
-and that's the way of them getting their own back.
-There's Mum pin bowling too.
-Barney Harwood pin bowling?
-We could do!
-That would be fun.
-I'd love to see that.
-I'd love to see that!
-Anyway, let's get on with this.
We'll show you how to make a mini version of the game.
So, don't be worried, you don't need a dad or a mum or anything.
You just need ping-pong balls, or table tennis balls.
You need, what are they? Tennis balls, juggling balls,
you need a pair of scissors, some food colouring...
-One juggling ball!
-..a plastic bottle and some scissors.
-I think that's everything. Shall we get started?
-Let's do it.
The first thing you need to do is get your bottle, undo the lid,
like so, and then pour in and fill it up with about...
Oh, dear, I've got it all over the table. ..about a third of water.
-So exciting! I've never done a make.
-Have you not?
-This is big-time, man.
-It's a good one.
-What are you smelling?
-Lime was in that.
Remember, all the details are on the website...
Now, I'm going to funk mine up a bit with a tiny bit of food colouring.
-Here we go.
And you just need a few drops of this
and it just makes it look a bit individual.
-Like that. Would you like some?
-There you go.
And then you need to put your lid on nice and tightly, like so,
give it a little shake and you've got the beginning of your skittle there.
It's looking nice and green. Now, to make it look more skittle like,
you need to get the top on it.
So I'm going to grab the ping-pong ball and a balloon.
-Could you pass the balloon?
And you might need to help me with this, because it's a bit tricky.
A Blue Peter top tip is just cut the end of the balloon, like so,
-because that makes it a bit easier to get that table tennis ball in.
-And then, here we go. Give us a hand.
Can you help me get that in there?
-I'll do more on my own, shall I?
-It's not easy.
-Oh, there we go. Like a pro.
-Almost done it.
-Didn't want to do it...
-And then, the next thing you need to do is just
slot that on the top of the water bottle, like so. There you go.
-It's starting to look more skittle like.
-I'm a lefty.
-What have you done?
-Where are the left-handed scissors?
Get someone's help if it's difficult.
The next thing you need to do is decorate your skittle.
I might have some masking tape for that.
You can paint it, put glitter on it, whatever you want.
While I'm doing this, tell us what wind ups we can expect.
-You're struggling that?
An absolute nightmare. It's harder than it looks.
Get an adult to help you. Don't let Sam do it!
-On tomorrow night's show...
-We've got Union J helping us with a wind-up, which is great.
-They came along to a hidden camera shoot.
-They did, they did!
-And they were fantastic.
Speaking, as well, of people you've had on, Barney Harwood, I believe.
-Yes, the legend that is.
He's coming up in a few weeks, actually. We've got...
There's a girl who comes on the show who's a massive fan of Blue Peter
and a massive fan of Barney. So it was great.
We got Barney disguised as a clown...
-..put him in a line-up of other clowns.
-Why not? Yeah!
She had to guess which one was Barney.
We won't say if she gets it right, but she gets a really good prize.
-On February 21st, that episode, I think.
-I'm glad you know that.
-That's good knowledge there.
You should be working on the show, not us!
-What is that?
-It's starting to look like a skittle now. I might just...
-Oh, dear. That's a mess, guys!
-I'm having a nightmare here!
An absolute mess. You're worse than Jedward!
-Calm down right now!
-Shall we have a go at playing with these?
-Everyone grab a ball.
I'll take the juggling ball. It looks like it'll work the best.
And then bring your skittles down. You're still decorating.
-It looks lovely.
-You've done a great job.
Get it down here with the rest of them.
-We've set up a little bowling alley there.
-I like it!
-And then, if you come back here with me, we'll all have a go.
-Are you guys ready?
-OK. Oh, no, I don't want to miss.
-Oh! Harder than it looks.
-You've knocked hair off the cameramen!
Guys, thank you so much for coming in today. Remember, CBBC,
6pm every Friday if you want to watch these two winding everyone up.
-It's going to be good, isn't it?
-I hope so!
Barney and Radzi, over to you.
Thanks, guys. We were BOWLED over by that.
I knew you'd crumble on that one, Radzi. Check out our big badge wall.
It's a big badge and it's a wall. That's why we call it that.
On last week's show, we had the chilli challenge.
As you can see, Sophie has drawn a picture of myself
-and Shirley Bassey here.
It was an amazing challenge, it really was, and we both ended up
with serious tummy ache. Don't try that at home.
-But great fun and thank you for your picture.
-Do not try that at home!
Now, Lindsey spoke about them already,
Jedward, they helped us make a ring-pull bracelet.
And look, Hayley has done just that. A very good job there.
And somebody who's taken it to the next level is Becca.
She's made a ring-pull handbag. Feast your eyes on that beauty!
It's amazing. It's not just stuff on the big badge wall
we like to show off. Look at this.
On the website, go to a section called Star Of The Week.
This is for the individual person who has been super creative and
is selected by our amazing badge team to be featured on the website.
If you want to have a look, check it out.
If I hit the ship here and go to the website,
I can show you something else really cool,
cos it's got my face on it and a jet ski - look at it.
-Jet Boat Barney.
-Eliot Fox played that and I believe he is sixth.
-Yes, 2,120 he got.
-Sam and Mark, you've played it?
-Not any more!
-Not any more!
-What did you get?
-We got him. Both of us. Smashed him.
-How much? What score?
-2,000... 20 hundred million, something....
Who's the top presenter?
-..stop plugging your score!
-They've got BAFTAs, you can't say anything. Right, we asked you
to get in touch and talk about your favourite words. Let's have a look.
One's even been trending, and that's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
That's loads of people's favourite word. It's a good one.
-One of the best.
-Boys, what would you like?
-I like plop. It's fun to say.
-That's onomatopoeic as well.
It was for me last week after the chilli challenge!
-I was getting flashbacks. Not good.
-Guilty as charged.
Orange Glittery Cabbage says, "My favourite word is knickerbocker,
"because it makes people pull funny faces when they say it."
-Are you making one of those now?
-No, I'm having flashbacks.
Blue Groovy Hyena says, "My favourite word is flibbertigibbet."
-That's a brilliant word!
-I love that! That is a good one.
And Emerald Terrible Gadget says,
"Abbreviate, because it's a long word that means to shorten a word."
-Good point. That is a good one.
-Thanks for getting in touch.
We hope you enjoyed today's show. Next week's show is
just as exciting. Take a look at what's happening.
I get to boss around pop star Peter Andre
as I'm on the set of his next music video.
And we'll be celebrating Chinese New Year and making
-a lot of noise in the process.
That's what it's all about. Sam and Mark,
-thank you so much for coming in.
-You really are geniuses.
-We'll see you on next week's show
when we show you how to drum a decent rhythm like Radzi here.
-Have a great week.
-Are you finished?
Can anybody hear that?