The Blue Peter team are joined by the life-size, War Horse puppets from London's acclaimed West End play.
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It is Thursday. It is 5. 30. Do we have a good show for you today! We
have some stars and puppets from War Horse. See how Rad did it all when
he went to meet an adventurous Australia who looks after baby
kangaroos. All that is coming up on today's Blue Peter!
Hello. Welcome to live Blue Peter. You can see us, but there's no
Barney. It is the first episode where he's not here. He's rehearsing
for panto. Oh, no, he isn't! ? Oh, yes he is. There's an animal theme
today. We have a kangaroo. We have horses. We even have our own
tortoise, Shelley, featuring on the show. We are live and we want to
hear from you. Imagine if you could take your two favourite animals -
combine them to make a new breed. Mine would be the sharilla - a shark
and a gorilla. Mine would be a girrhino. A rhino and a giraffe. I
think the sharilla would beat yours! Let us know what
think the sharilla would beat yours! mix - and what special skills they
think the sharilla would beat yours! better. Let us know your ideas, at:
We know you will get involved. You always do it. You have done it so
much this week. You sent us so much fabulous post. Look at the wall. My
favourite is from this one, Radzi getting gunged. I love this one. It
is from grace. Sh eis from Nottingham. She is only nine and
done this water colour of us three. It makes me miss Barney!
I like that! If you were watching last week then
you will know about our brand new Doctor Who competition. The prize is
epic. It is so cool! We have asked you to design a sonic device - it
could be for Strax, Jenny Flint or Madame Vastra. There are some things
to remember - first there is only one entry per person. Second only,
you can only design one sonic device for one of the three characters. You
have to be aged between six and 15. Oh! That rules us out! . The
deadline is this Monday. Get them in as soon as you can! You don't have
long. Make sure you make them bright, bold and beautiful. They
have to look really, really good on camera. It is complicated. Check out
the rules and download the Doctor Who form. It is in two pages. Like I
said - it is a bit complicated, so head to the website. Whilst there,
why not check out some of our other Doctor Who exclusives. You can see
Barney showed you how to make this last week - some yummy Dalek
cupcakes. You can last week - some yummy Dalek
Let's talk kangaroo names. What would you get if you cross a sheep
and a kangaroo? I don't know. A woolly jumper!
I see what you're doing. Barney is gone - you are trying to do the
jokes and they are still not funny! Speaking of jump yg, Radzi jumped at
the chance to meet some offed kangaroos. These -- some kangaroos.
These are very special. I am here in in Cambridgeshire. It helps to breed
the animals and look after them. I am not here to spotted a
particular species, I am here to meet an animal man. He looks after
wild animals in his native Australia. He goes by the name of
Kangaroo Dundee. You might recognise him from his BBC Two documentary -
Kangaroo Dundee. He is a kangaroo guru and knows absolutely everything
about them. He is a tough Australian, who hand raise raises
orphaned Joeys. He is here to give me a fascinating insight into these
fascinating creatures. Pleasure to meet you. The pleasure is all mine!
In the series you call yourself "a kangaroo mother." Obviously you are
a man and not a kangaroo. How does it work? When you look after an
orphaned kangaroo, a lot is to carry it around in a case, to make it
happy like a pouch. The one who feeds it milk is me. I call myself
"mum." I will raise him up and hopefully return him back to the
bush when he's older. hopefully return him back to the
kangaroos come out of the pouch, do they stay with their mothers? If you
are a young boy, you are generally allowed to stay around the family.
Later on the big male will come in and say, hey, get out! The boys all
leave the families and they meet up together and create like a boy group
- like a boy band. Let's think of One Direction!
Later on, the big male kangaroos want a kick-boxing match. If they
don't have any other big kangaroos to play with, they will try and play
with you - like fight you. I've got a big male kangaroo at my sanctuary,
called Roger. Roger is mad! This is why you're not allowed a pet
kangaroo! Roger is an expert kick-boxer! He
chases me everywhere! Funnily enough, I was Roger's mum
about six years ago! . He now has no fear of people. When he wants a
kick-boxing match, he picks on me! So what is it about these Australian
mar soupals that he loves so much? Kangaroos are an amazing animal. The
biggest land animal that hops. The biggest leap recorded continuously
is eight metres. OK! That is a massive leap!
I have gone into catch kangaroos that I am transporting a net. I have
found the kangaroo - it is like catching a butterfly - they jump
over my head at the last minute. They are amazing animals! Has life
changed for you since the series went out? It has changed massively.
Here I am in England, being invited to come over and be on your great
show and it is about absolute privilege to be able to do that. It
has been an honour to have you and especially for you at home, here is
an exclusive clip of series two. Enjoy!
The most recent editions to his family, Rex and Ruby have come out
of bed to check out their new home. Until recently they had never left
their mother's pouches. Now they are taking their first tentative steps
on the floor of the shack. Like a child's first visit to an ice
rink they are rooted to the stop! -- spot!
Oh, they are so cute. If you love that, like I did, you can head to
the website where you can find a Q and A session, with him asking your
questions. Check that out after the show.
It is time to meet a very different kind of Joey, from the West End, War
Horse. I am so excited about this. Before this, let's see some of Joey
in action. I, Albert, do solemnly swear that we
shall be together again. Please welcome the gorgeous Joey and
Lee, who playsal berlt in -- plays Albert in War Horse.
Wow! That is
Wow! thank you so much for
Wow! Now, War Horse is based on the
Wow! differences between the play and the
book, do you think? The play is quite similar to the book. It is
about a boy called Albert, his horse, Joey and how their
relationship endures World War I. In the play we have other things which
tell the story, like massive horse puppets, projections and 34 actors.
It is absolutely beautiful, isn't it? You play Albert, the lead role.
What is he like as a character? Because the play goes over six year,
Albert goes from being a young boy, who does not have anything - doesn't
have any friends, lives on a chicken farm and through Joey becomes a
great land and goes over to World War I. These puppets are so
impressive. How does Joey work? Split into three. Joey head, Joey
heart and hind. Joey head is about focus and thinking. It shows what
the horse's attention is, obviously by the direction he goes. The ears
are really important, because when he... They kind of twitch and
flicker. Like anyone who rides a horse knows that. The horse's
thoughts can be shown by their ears. So, when he's angry, his ears were
be sort of back. Joey! Naughty!
I am sure he likes you. And then you have the horse heart, which shows
breath and weight because obviously it is made out of bam boo and
aluminium, so the weight of the horse is important. You have the
hind, which is an important job. The hind has to make sure the trot is in
step, so he moves like a horse. You can see what he's thinking by moving
the tail. There's so much going on. It is amazing team work between the
three people in inside Joey. We have seen the gooz. Or...
three people in inside Joey. We have role like Joey, how long would
three people in inside Joey. We have take to get his movements life-like?
In the initial stages it is two weeks for them to work with expert
pupeteers. They work with real horse trainers? They go to horse ranches
and six weeks where they interact with humans and the stories. He can
do a few moments. Can we see some now? What can he do? He can rather
if you like. -- rear if you like. And And if you say "Way up, boy."
Way up, boy. Try slower... Oh, and way up, boy.
Oh! I will give you a hand, OK? Help me out. And way up boy.
Good boy. He is absolutely stunning. Lee, thank you so much for coming in
today and for bringing the gorgeous Joey with you. Good luck for the
tour. Thank you for a fantastic show in London. I have seen it - it is
amazing! Do you know what is crazy about this
is after a few moments you don't notice there are humans inside Joey.
We've had a horse and a goes, even kangaroos. The next an malyou like -
I -- the next animal you like - it is Shelley the tortoise. Winter is
very much upon us. For Shelley, what that means is she a goes into
hibernation. Lindsey had to go and tuck her in.
Hello. The Blue Peter team told me that Shelley was going into
hibernation and needed tucking in. I have my PJs, my One Direction
book... . You have the wrong idea. Come in. Shelley has been a Blue
Peter pet since 2004. Every winter she goes into hibernation. It is
when the bodies of some of of animals slow down. This is Marina,
she looks after Shelley. How do you know when a tortoise is ready for
hibernation, apart from looking sleepy, like she does. She has not
eaten for about three weeks now. Why not - she must be hungry? She
doesn't need to eat so much because because she's not tearing around in
the hot sunshine. Also it gives their stomach a chance to empty. She
needs to hibernate with an empty stomach. Is she allowed to drink?
Yes, you should always offer fresh water. She has the choice if she
wants to. Then she's ready for a big nap. Hopefully. Shelley hibernates
using the double box method. You need one big one, one small one and
a lot of shredded newspaper. First, you need to fill your large box with
shredded newspapers. I will move some across into the small box, so
when we put our small box inside the larger one, we can press that down
and then get some of our extra newspaper and just put that around
the outside. And that newspaper is going to keep
your tortoise nice and insulated and protected from the cold.
I have brought along some of your post, including some cheeky drawings
that we have done. So, that is looking good and about
ready to go. That doesn't mean if you have a tortoise you leave it
until it wakes up. Oh, no! Here are three top tips to ensure your sleepy
friend gets a good sleep. Don't put on the floor. Keep the temperature
perfect. Rats and mice will eat almost
everything, including your box aevend your tortoise. Check your box
every couple of days for any nibbling. The box is decorated. It
is looking good. Is it time to get Shelley in there? I think so. Put
her down the bottom. Goodbye, Shelley. Cover it over. It is nice
and dark in there. Is it OK to leave her there. I will keep a close check
on her. How long will she sleep for? They can sleep up to 12 weeks. That
is a huge nap. I am quite jel low. Enjoy it. Have a good sleep,
Shelley! I wonder what she dreams when she
hibernates. Today's show is all about the lovely
Shelley. We love Shelley so much, we dedicated a whole episode to our
pet. We will follow her on her holiday. Later on I will show you
how to make a Shelley puppet... She looks so cosy. If you hope to stay
warm and cosy, then you will probably wear one of these - hats,
scarf, gloves. We will show you how to customise your winter
accessories. Today I am joined by Tegan, Jessica,
Ethan and Liam. You need a fork. You need some wool I can be any colour.
-- wool. It can be any colour. Check out the website,
bbc.co.uk/bluepeter, if you need any details. For now, sit back, relax
and let us show you have details. For now, sit back, relax
some great pom-poms. You details. For now, sit back, relax
wool and cut, actually before you cut it, start to put it around the
fork - that is easier. You need to bend it around the fork like that.
You can do that quite a few times. How are you getting on down there,
guys? . All right. Have you gone for red? Yes, because I like Manchester
United. You are making it individual. I like that. What about
you, Ethan. Iic ped green and yellow, because at night it -- I
picked green and yellow because at night it might look good. The more
you wrap around your fork, the bigger your pom-pom will end up. I
have wrapped that up around 30 times. I will stop there. Get your
scissors - leave about an inch of wool, like so. A couple of
centimetres, like that. Then this is the fiddly bit. You need to get
another bit of wool. I am going to use one colour. Cut about that much.
Just a few centimetres. Then you need to get it through the middle
prong of the fork. It is fiddly. Once you get it through, it should
look something like that. Once you have done that, pull it through like
so. Get an adult to help if it is fiddly. Then you need to wind that
through the middle of the prong. There we go! Now, you need to tie it
in a knot, just to keep it steady there.
Nice and tight. Girls, what will you use your pom-poms for? I might
decorate my gym leotard, or when I wrap up presents put them on the
wrapping paper. What about you, Jessisy ka? Probably for make --
Jessica? Probably for making cards and maybe for a ring. I can see you
have a ring on - I like that - nice and bright. Now you need to slip it
off the fork. Slip it off like that. and bright. Now you need to slip it
Like so - holding your thumb in place. Tighten your knot, nice and
tight. This will keep the pom-pom together, like so. I will go for a
double knot. Oh, look, Ethan is ahead of the game. Then you need to
get snipping to make it look like a pom-pom. This is the fun bit! Have
you finished? Liam's has gone wrong. They look cool if they gof wrong
though! -- if they go wrong though. Get your
scissors into the loops and snip around. This is when it starts to
look really pom-pommy - if that is a word! Careful of your fingers. Once
you go around, trim it and get a pair of scissors that work. That
might help! Fan it out like that. How good is that? I am going to...
It is like giving you a little haircut there. I need it to fit this
thing on. This is perfect for the winter. Barney wept to meet some
young sport -- went to meet some young sport stars - it is quick and
very fast. They are not animals, but they are
definitely beasts on the water. Check this out!
Powerboating is an up and coming extreme sport, where you strap
yourself into a specially-designed boat, stick a motor on the back of
it and you can start at nine years old. I want one!
Now, I have never been in a powerboat before. I will need some
help. This is Jason. He'll show me the ropes. First things first, it
looks intense, but fun as well. It is great fun. We have little boats
that do 40 miles per hours, where the juniors start. It goes to the
fast boats. If someone wants to get involved, is it easy? Yes, you can
fast boats. If someone wants to get go to a local club, try a boat. If
you go to a local club, try a boat. If
I am only here because it is my job to be here. I don't necessarily need
to go in the boat F there was training available, you are a
trainer, and maybe an outfit to put on. I wouldn't mind having a go.
Let's get you suited up and let's have a go. This is the boat? This is
the boat. This is one of the GT-15 boats. You can race in this, nine up
wards. It does about 40 miles per hour. It has that stream-lined,
Formula One thing going on, hasn't it? It has a foot throttle like a
car. If more you press that, the faster it goes. Sat nav - glove box?
No. None of that. This is safety equipment. Grab the life jacket.
Attached is a cord. That plugs in here. OK? And that has to be in for
the engine to run. If that comes out, the engine stops. Sure.
Now I have been shown around the boat, it is time to see what it can
do. I am starting off slow. Jason soon gets my confidence up from the
shore. OK, try full throttle now. Oh, yes,
here we go! Just ease off a little. I don't want
to ease off! I'm having fun! So, that is training over. I have
done a few Sir it ises - four or five. I feel confident. The corners
are getting tighter. Also my starts were getting better. That is me
trained up officially. Now it is time to see how I ride when other
people are in boats next to me. They are some of the fastest and youngest
powerboat racers in the UK. Harvey, Tiegen, Ellie got,
powerboat racers in the UK. Chloe. Why do dha love -- do they
love this sport? My dad used to race as well. He kind of brought us into
it. The speeds are amazing. I like to compete with my friends. It is
fast. And it is fun. They are the competition. Now, it is time to test
my skills! Let's see how much I have learnt from Jason. I am ready when
you are. In the first heat I am in the water with three of them. I get
off to a great start. But, on the last lap, it all goes
wrong! No! Elliot is overtaking me! I was
doing so well on the last lap. They are all going for it!
I am officially last. There's the chequered flag!
I was the best loser out of all of them... . Definitely. I have
achieved something... . Haven't I? That was fun! Again, please! In the
second heat I am in the water with the others - let's hope I do better
this time. Oh, no, it's going to happen again!
Third place - I'll take that! So, that was my introduction to
powerboating. How do you think it went? You went pretty well in your
last heat, but not as well in your first. It was pretty rubbish. I came
last by quite a long way. Do you think I could make it as part of the
crew? ALL: Yes. Did I come third, or did you let me?
crew? ALL: Yes. Did I come third, or well. He did. I like the hat so
much, I am keeping it on. It is strange - it is not that cold in
here. If you want to see more of Barney in action on the water, head
to our website, bbc.co.uk/bluepeter. You can play the game jet boat
Barney. You get to launch him in a jet ski. Try and get the longest
distance possible. If you go to the back stage diary, you will see a
leaderboard, where we have all our friends. At the top is Connor. What
is the top CBBC presenter. You can try and beat my score. It is nearly
the end of the show. We have time to read out your comments. We do! We
asked you to send in what animals you would 6 mix together. I would
combine a pig and hippo and call it Pippo. This one, a tiger and a panda
because they are mine and my sister's favourite animals. I would
cross a cat and alligator and a baboon and call it a calicatoon. If
I had one, I would do a Jaguar running fast and a kangaroo - a
jumpy breed and it would be very cool! It would be. That's almost all
we have time for this week's show. Next week we will tell you the short
list of the Blue Peter Book Awards 2014 and we will be joined here in
the studio by Jeff Kinney, the author of diary Diary of a Wimpy
Kid. We will join Polish friends in Newcastle and they will tell us
about their Christmas traditions. We will show you how to make this CBBC
Christmas card. You can custom miez it with photos -- customise
photos of your friends and family. See
The Blue Peter team are joined by Joey and Topthorn, the truly magnificent life-size, War Horse puppets from London's acclaimed West End play. There's an ingenious way to update your old scarves so that they glow in the dark and Lindsey gets to meet an animal lover nicknamed Kangaroo Dundee, a 6ft 7'' Australian who orphans baby kangaroos whose mothers have been lost or killed.