A special spooky episode of Blue Peter comes from one of the UK's biggest theme parks. Barney goes behind the scenes of CBBC drama Young Dracula.
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Tonight's Blue Peter is bringing you all the thrills and spills you
could imagine, because we are coming to you from a theme park. At
the moment, I am climbing to the top of a terrifying roller-coaster.
We are going to be sharing some thrills with you and scaring
ourselves silly. I cannot believe that we are doing this! Neither can
Today, I get the inside story on the spook-tacular new series of
CBeebies see's Young Dracula. out how to light up the skies with
Europe's most spectacular firework competition. Plus, you know we like
a challenge, but can we present the Hello, and welcome to this week's
Blue Peter. It is a spooky one, coming from Alton Towers, one of
the UK's largest theme parks. If the roller coasters do not scare
you, don't worry. We are going to be going inside. We are expecting
some spooky goings-on. It is supposed to be haunted. We are in
trouble. I will look after you. This is one of the places you can
get into for free if you have a Blue Peter badge. If you sent us a
poem or picture, check the website because there are 200 attractions
across the country, including Oceanarium in Bournemouth, Longleat
Safari Park, but you can get into absolutely free. Sticking with the
Hallowe'en theme, lots of spooky things on CBBC at the moment,
including the start of the new series of Young Dracula. I was
given the chance to go behind the scenes to see what is going on. But
while I was there, I got more involved than I imagined.
Growing up is hard when you are Dracula, a teenager, Vampire and
the chosen one. It is positively dangerous. There have been three
series of Young Dracula, following the adventures of him, his sister,
Ingrid, and their DAB, Count Dracula himself. -- their father.
The Young Dracula story has got ever more eyrie and exciting.
is evil, I can feel it. So, what is it like creating the world of
Dracula? Well, I have been given an Access All Areas pass to find out.
Even better, they have given me a part, playing the role of a
reporter. It is right up my street and I have even brought my own
camera. It takes over three months to form one series of Young Dracula,
and 80 people work on making the series happen. I had this reporter
costume to prepare for my role. What do reporters where? What am I
going to wear? Something casual. Keeping it nice and young. Jeans,
trainers, and I'll be back in a jiffy. There is a photographer from
the local paper to cover the quiz. How do we get out of this one?
have faith in you. Time for a quick snoop around the set before I
become a real reporter. Check this out. The kitchen! Powdered snake
skin, lovely. Cockroaches, of course. Every kitchen as
cockroaches. Oh, no! Cow snot. If he bakes you're Kate, do not eat it.
With a few minutes to spare before my cameo, I grab a chat with the
actors. What is the best thing about being part of the Dracula
family? I love the fact that the count is equally a buffoon, as he
is serious. And I love him, and it Every time you get to use powers,
I think the best thing about being engraved is there all world which
is completely different from real life. It is exactly what you want
to do, come on set and be something completely different. The time has
come to record my scene. I am actually nervous. I do not normally
get nervous, but they have given me something to say, and I just want
to get it down. The first take reveals an unexpected acting
challenge. That is horrible! It is basically beetroot juice in a glass.
We are pretending it is blood, but I need help because it is horrible.
Just imagine it is something else, like cranberry juice, strawberry
juice, anything you can think of. It is a slow process, where we film
take after take and I pretend not to be sick on beetroot juice, again,
and again. I am so glad that is over. Here is the final scene,
featuring me, from the new series. Care for the taste? Thank you. It
is very unusual. What is it? Pomegranate, cranberry, and
liquorice. Liquorice? It is an acquired taste. Great fort detox.
Very relaxing. So, what is going to happen with the photographer and
the mysterious drink? If you want to find out, you will have to watch
Young Dracula. So, does beetroot juice taste that bad? It tastes
like old socks. Although, it is actually very good for you. One
thing you should do is to watch the new series of Young Dracula at
5:45pm on Monday. We have come to the attic of the castle, and it is
fair to say they are definitely spooky goings-on here. Let's go
exploring. Barney, have a look in here. It looks really creepy. What
was that? I don't know. It is spooky. They hairs on my neck are
standing up. Will that happen whenever we say the word "spooky"?
That is sound effects. It is the best way to create atmosphere in a
film or a movie. A few weeks ago, we asked you to get in touch about
the competition where you get the chance to write the soundtrack and
sound effects for a Wallace and Gromit movie. This is your chance
to get creative. Look at this, and then you can add the sound effects,
the music, changed the atmosphere, create the mood however you want it
to be. You can use anything thought to have a look around your house.
You can rip up paper, which makes a great sound. You can use shoes, to
make footsteps. If you want something Speedie, you could use a
hairdryer. There is a great scene in the movie, where he splats
against the wall. Get some vegetables and splat them in your
hand. You can use all kinds of things from around the house. Not
everything works! Stick to presenting! You have until December
3rd to enter the competition. You can do it with a friend from school,
or in a group of up to five. Good luck. We have a masterclass for you
now. Here is everything you need to A great soundtrack is a piece of
music that makes the picture more than just a picture. It makes it an
emotional experience. A very simple dark, low called, or notes, makes
something sombre. I will show you. You immediately know you are in a
different mood. When you hear a door, footsteps, or a car driving
away, those sound effects have been created.
We have snuck down into the castle because we are at Alton Towers for
a spooky special Blue Peter. It is a mannequin. Come out of there, you
are scaring me. Really creepy down there. Happy place! The Blue Peter
appeal, that is happy. There is a piano. This has worked out well.
This week, performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, to
show you that it is easy to raise money for Children In Need by Going
Pyjamas. You were with other people. Carol Kirkwood, who does the
weather, she was there. You were all over Breakfast News, which
prove you can do anything in your pyjamas. We thought it would be a
good idea to take to a rollercoaster wearing our pyjamas.
You thought it would be a good idea! He went green. Hallowe'en
laugh. You are properly scaring me now. We are here to show you that
you can be part of this appeal if you weigh your pyjamas and get
sponsored. You can do anything you want in your pyjamas. We reckon we
can present Blue Peter from a rollercoaster in our pyjamas.
have special cameras strapped to us. Obviously, this is special
equipment, so don't try this at home. Don't you get travel sick on
these? Yes. I am already not enjoying myself. You know how I get
travel sick? Action! For this year's Blue Peter appeal, we are
supporting Children In Need and we want you to get sponsored to do
anything and everything in your pyjamas. You can do absolutely
anything. You can play a game of football, do gymnastics. Whatever
you do, do it in your pyjamas. can organise something in your
school, your youth club, in your pyjamas. You could do a fun run, a
sponsored silence, even a car-boot sale. Oh, my goodness!
information is on the website. can even print out posters. It is
all on the Blue Peter website. the all-important sponsorship forms,
so you can send your money to Children In Need. Whatever you
decide to do, Go Pyjamas. I think Barney is going to be sick. I have
got that watery thing. He actually went green after that.
You had to lie down, didn't you? did not like it, but my shots were
the steadiest, fantastic camerawork. A gold star for you. If you let us
know where you are having an event and when you are going to hold it,
let us know because we might come and surprise you. We have been
asking you to get in touch so that we can come along and surprise you,
and that is what happened to one drama group in Glasgow when Helen
went along. This church hall is about to Go
Pyjamas. I am sneaking in there for everyone starts to arrive for the
weekly drama and music class, and I have brought some extra pyjamas to
help with my cunning plan. This week, everybody has decided to come
in their pyjamas to support Children In Need. I thought I would
turn up and surprise them. I brought some friends to turn it
into a party. You are meant to be hiding! I have got to keep really
still so that nobody knows I'm here. Last week, Ella e-mailed us to tell
us about the Go Pyjamas event she was planning, so we sent her a
message to read out to the group. Sorry we cannot join in, but we
have sent you a pair of pyjamas to get you started. Have some fun and
Hello! How are you? If you want to have a pyjama party, scream. Hit it,
boys! But I am not the only surprise. The beat boxer and the
rapper are here to help the evening go with a broom and put them
through their beat Box paces. And, of course, they're getting into the
You have worked hard. You have worked hard. Who wants to see these
to work hard? They have got an exclusive Children In Need wrap
that has not been performed anywhere. It is for you. Do you
Everybody who is with me right now, put your hands in the air. Started
off talking about in the playground and ended up with Blue Peter coming
and meeting Helen, and having lots # Let's get crazy, let's get crazy.
Absolutely spectacular. To be part of this appeal and support Children
In Need, put on your pyjamas, get sponsored and head out.
Let's go crazy, let's go bananas. Don't look at me like that. You've
got the dance moves! We've come outside. We said today's episode
was spooky. Look at these spooky faces. Talk me through that Boylan
your head. It is wax for Hallowe'en. We don't need to worry. We thought
it was a real hole! Look at Callum. Some property it -- proper movie
affects going on. We have Harry and scarlet, what have you been doing?
We have just been on the Willy Wonka ride. Are you enjoying
yourself? Es. Mum and dad are also getting involved. Let's talk about
the Blue Peter Appeal. Getting to your pyjamas and raise money.
over the country, we have had e- mails and we have added stickers to
the mat. Dominic says I pray the drums in the junior section of the
Macclesfield dance-band. -- play the drums. I have organised a
performance for parents. Myers says we will wear pyjamas for a day at
school. Claire says I'm planning a party for Twell friends from school
at my house and there will be music and food. -- 12 friends. Day Hamish
is going to do a sponsored climb in his pyjamas. Whatever it is you are
doing for Children In Need in your pyjamas, get sponsored and let us
know. Let's talk about Bonfire Night. If you are going to see
fireworks, you probably wonder how a top display his but on,
especially one set to music. Recently I went to Monaco with the
British team to see them competing What you see here is a lorry being
escorted into the docks of Monaco by the police. A police escort is
normally reserved for royalty, but there is no royalty in the lorry.
It is full to the brim with fireworks. A multi- award-winning
British fireworks team have transported six tonnes of
explosives over 1,000 miles from the UK to Monaco, a tiny nation by
the Mediterranean Sea. The team are about to unload the truck and set
off a massive fireworks display in the harbour for an international
competition. I'm here to see if they can win. The display was
designed by Mark, who started his planning eight months ago in
Britain. How do you go from boys' toys, gadgets, to a fireworks
display? We start with the music. Some of it is not any good with
fireworks. Then you have to put fireworks to that. How? Are it goes
from the music software into the script in software. We might use
quiet fireworks or loud fireworks. If it is a colourful piece, we use
colourful fireworks. How do you know when it will fire? Is a
controlled by computers? The main panels go into smaller computers.
Those individual fireworks are linked to this machine. You press
the button and it does the rest. I think we should have a display
outside. A Yes. I'm pressing the button! I'm doing this for all of
our viewers across the nation. for it. That is a little
demonstration of what you can do. Imagine that 4,000 times bigger.
Epic. That is exactly what has been happening in Monaco, where the
harbour has already seen three huge fireworks displays from France,
Austria and the Czech Republic, all competing to win this year's
competition. Mark and his crew face a big task building his firework
fish and, but help is on hand as Mark's fiance is also an expert
when it comes to fireworks. Can you explain what you need to do? We've
got to carry these tubes into position and get the pins in so
they are safe. We've got 20 group, 21. Can I be a crew member? I would
love to get involved. We've got loads of things you can do. I get
down and dirty to shift these huge tubes used to launch specialised
fireworks. Placing them is very physical and technical. Very
helpfully, I've been given a map of where they go and that is the
language of these boys speak. I am guessing they want the one and six
go next to this six and the eight there. The five and their three...
We been here for hours and there's more to do. They have to set up
those tubes and fill them with over 4,000 fireworks. I've been trying
to help, but I've been getting in the way. I'm going to come back in
the morning and see what they've Overnight the crew have made great
progress laying at the launching tubes and loading fireworks into
them along the harbour. Mark, Han and the team still have plenty of
work to do, wiring every firework up to the computer. This doesn't
look like the kind of phi work you would get on Bonfire Night when
your dad is doing a display of the back garden. -- a firework. These
are category four fireworks, professional work only. These boxes
tell the fireworks when to go on. Yes. Would you trust me to do it? I
would love to. Put that into 29. It doesn't matter which way round they
go. It must be connected otherwise it won't fire. Definitely connected.
Can't wait for the display. Number 29 his mind! The set-up has gone
well and the next time I see this team, for display will be ready to
go off with a bang. It has been just over two days, you have worked
tirelessly to put this together. In 20 minutes, you will find out
whether it has been worth it, how are you feeling? My stomach was in
knots. I am so nervous. The conditions are perfect. We should
see the fireworks dancing through the night sky in precise timing to
the music. All we are waiting for is for the likes to go out and when
that happens, we are ready. -- lights to go out. Good evening,
Monaco. The lights are out. Good 400 types of firework are exploding
over Monaco in 50 different vibrant colours. You can probably hear the
horns from the ships. All of Monaco celebrates the fireworks by honking
their horns to let everyone know they are loving the display. It
could not have happened at a better time. Thanks to careful planning
and hard work, it is a cracking display, light and sound in
After firing almost six tonnes of fireworks, this massive display is
This perfect ending to a fantastic firework display it is about to
take an unexpected turn. For the worse. While we were captivated by
the fireworks, Mother Nature put on a show of her own, a lightning
storm which has taken everyone by surprise. If you are going to
finish the show in style, this is how to do it. It started to pour
down. We have one of the biggest thunderstorms I've ever seen, what
a brilliant show. Everyone took cover where they could as the storm
tore through the harbour. But whatever the weather, the judges
still have a job to do, deciding the competition winner. Per
displays are scored on their concept, musicality and overall
impression. After some serious deliberation and a spot of drying
off, everyone gathers to hear the final verdict. And the winner is...
The David Dunn it! They are now the international music firework
champions 2012. You did it, what can you say? Absolutely incredible.
We couldn't believe it until they said we were first. A all of that
work, eight months and 2 1/2 days to set it up, it came down to a 20
minute performance. That is why minute performance. That is why
they are walking away as champions. Brilliant. Great fireworks, but
you've brought the weather with you, it is boring down. So are re. The
display was amazing, but the thunderstorm was a light show in
itself. He if you are heading out to enjoy Bonfire Night, we have an
exclusive weather report from the one and only Carol Kirkwood. And
one and only Carol Kirkwood. And she's doing it in her pyjamas!
Hello, I hope you're having a spooky Time in Staffordshire. I'm
dressed like this because we are supporting the Blue Peter Children
In Need will appeal. The weather for the fireworks displays is
looking unsettled. A lot of showers and very breezy. During the day on
Saturday, if you are still collecting things for the bonfire,
Mika these showers across Scotland and western England, some in
Northern Ireland and the south coast. Some will be heavy, but in
between there's some dry weather. It is a little bit chilly and the
breeze will also you make it feel cool. For Saturday night, we still
have those showers, it will still be breezy. Make sure you keep safe,
stay away from a bonfire itself and if you walk out, don't forget
something waterproof. Maybe have a hot cup of tea or a sausage in a
sandwich degree p cosy. On Sunday night, we are looking at further
showers are driven in by this wind. Make sure you keep safe. And go
pyjamas! Have a great time. Thank you. We are having a lovely time,
it is cold and wet. Are you keeping dry? It is why I'm in here.
dry? It is why I'm in here. thoughts on next week's show.
take to the high seas with a 10- year-old life-saving hero. And you
A special spooky episode of Blue Peter comes from one of the UK's biggest theme parks. Barney goes behind the scenes of CBBC drama Young Dracula - and gets himself a part in the show. Ahead of Bonfire Night we travel to Monaco to take part in a musical firework competition, and there's an update on this year's Go Pyjamas appeal.