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-Cycling helmets. BOTH:
I think Team Blue Peter are officially ready.
That's because today,
Blue Peter are launching the 2014 Sport Relief campaign,
and we want you to get involved.
What's this for, then?
-You, me, live pancake-off later in the show!
Hello, hello, hello, hello!
We are very excited in the studio today,
because it's only four weeks
until the start of Sport Relief 2014.
We want you to be part of Team Blue Peter.
Over the next few weeks,
we'll be taking part in some cool challenges,
which hopefully will get you cheering
-and inspired to get involved.
This year, you can swim, run, or cycle,
and that's all between Friday the 21st
and Sunday the 23rd of March, so make sure you're watching.
We'll be doing challenges involving those sports.
-It'll be fun. BOTH:
-It really is.
-That was amazing.
Follow me. There are words on sticks.
Would consider yourself a "smellfungus"?
What about a "ninnyhammer"?
Stay tuned to find out what these mean.
Next week is Shrove Tuesday, which means it's...
-Pancake day! Yes, indeed.
And in Blue Peter, we'll have Lindsey versus Barney
in the Blue Peter bake-off!
Check out my protruding pancake pecs. Leave it out.
All right, Grandad's lonely.
Let's talk about who will be judging.
Aaron Craze from Junior Bake Off, and the current champion - Harry.
Can't wait till they try the best pancake in the world - mine.
I don't know about that, Barney. You've got your recipe ready.
-You're going for sweet.
I'll go for savoury, and probably win. But we want to hear from you.
What's your ultimate pancake filling? My own camera shot!
What would you like to have in your pancake?
Get in touch at:
We'll read out as many as we can later. Radzi, what would you have?
Chocolate, syrup, cream, mango...
-Whoa, sugar overload!
-You can do whatever you want.
-The sky is the limit.
-What would you go for?
I'd tell you, but I'm going to make it today.
-You're going down, Russell.
I'll let my pancake do the talking.
Less fighting talk. More Sport Relief.
Now, on behalf of Team Blue Peter,
ten weeks ago I started my training for a swimming challenge
in freezing temperatures.
Now, there are two big problems -
I'm not that strong a swimmer, and I HATE the cold!
I've been given a huge challenge for Sport Relief.
That challenge -
to complete a one-mile open-water swim in the Lake District.
Are you being serious?
Today, that challenge begins,
as I get my first experience of open water.
Please don't try this at home.
Open-water swimming is extremely dangerous.
I'm going to be trained and monitored at all times by an expert.
-Colin, pleasure to meet you.
My name's Colin Hill.
I have swum the Channel, the Gibraltar Straight,
the Hellespont, which is from Asia to Europe.
I've swum from Italy to Sicily. Swimming, for me, is everything.
It's tough when you first start. There is no way round it.
I am going to get in there. I'm definitely getting in.
Oh, yeah. We are not discussing that!
-Let's do it.
-OK, come on.
'Rad's got a big challenge ahead of him. He's going to'
try and complete a long-distance swim, in Windermere, in February.
'This is what we call "extreme winter swimming".'
For him to get prepared, he's got a lot of work ahead of him.
'He's so fit that he'll have very little body fat.'
He will find that he's losing heat quite quickly.
'If he's not up to the standard'
in February, then I will not allow him to get into the water.
Into the water.
You can't be serious!
-You've nearly got your knees in.
-Argh! Ah-ah! That is SO painful.!
'Imagine sitting in the bath'
and it is freezing cold and having to put your head under. It's awful.
OK, get some air in. Just splash your face in the water.
-Just duck down, get your shoulders in the water
-and come back up.
-Oh, this isn't going to happen!
Your body and your brain are trying to get you out of that water.
'You have got to try and control that.'
-Good man, good man! Brilliant! OK, now, let's...
Anything over a few minutes in there and you'll get to hypothermia.
Try and do a little bit of breaststroke now, OK? Count of three.
-One, two, three...and off you go.
You've done it. That's it. Head up. Control your breathing. Breathe out.
There is a shock system. He'll be short of breath.
'He'll have trouble controlling how he swims and, mentally,'
he's got to just try and keep himself in the water.
-This is really painful.
-Turn around there.
Why on Earth do you do this, Colin?!
For your first time, this is brilliant.
My feet don't work.
'That was awful!
'I have never experienced cold like that.
'Now I need to wrap up warm and get inside immediately.'
'There's a lot of potential there, but a lot of work to be done.'
How far he can go, that remains to be seen, to be honest.
'But I'm not giving up, so the training continues.'
He did well to get in the cold water.
He did a little bit of swimming, but to be honest,
I was a little bit concerned about his swimming ability.
That's why I have decided that I want to see him in a pool today.
Let's get you in the water. Let's get going.
Try and stay relaxed. Nice long strokes.
'I naturally swim breaststroke,
'but Colin wants me to work on my front crawl,
'as in near-freezing temperatures, speed will be of the essence.'
I want to have more than one stroke up our sleeve.
'This challenge just got even tougher,
'as front crawl is my weakest stroke.'
I'll be honest with you - I am absolutely shattered.
Don't tell Colin!
'This training will help my muscle memory.
'I have to get the technique right and do it over and over again,
'cos when I get in the water, my brain will switch off
'and my body will need to take over.'
Now, it's going to be the mile swim.
Take your marks...go!
'Here goes... 32 lengths of this Olympic-size pool.'
It is going to be a bit of hard work for him,
cos I want him to swim a mile and get a base time.
If he takes over an hour, I am afraid that will be too long.
Your time was 42 minutes, 30 seconds.
That's the first bit out of the way.
I know I can do a mile and, now, it's on to the cold water.
I'm on the way to the Lake District,
to do my very first open-water swim. I'm going to swim half a mile.
Huge mixed emotions.
It's going to be freezing and I don't know how I'm going to respond.
We'll see how I get on!
I am dreading this!
'It would have been impossible to choose a worse day.'
I am cold in my coat!
That is SO cold!
I don't want to play any more!
'But I had to.
'Colin was making sure of that!'
Ooh, no, no, no, no, no, no!
'Windermere is the largest natural lake in England -
'and one of the coldest.
'It was formed when two glaciers melted,
'over 13,000 years ago.'
Three, two, one...
-That's good, that's good.
-Oh, it's cold! It's got even colder!
OK, do a bit of front crawl now.
'My goal today - half a mile.'
You are doing really well. Really good.
'I have made it halfway, but then disaster strikes.
'The cold begins to take hold.'
Stay with me. Come on, let's go. Stay with me here.
How are you feeling, Radzi?
I feel as though my brain... I don't know.
-I'm not enjoying it.
-You are doing really well.
OK, date of birth, date of birth?
-4th, 9, 86.
'Colin asks me questions to check I am OK to carry on,
'but even my head has gone numb.'
'I've done it.'
-I know how you feel.
I wanted to give up after about five minutes.
I thought, there's no way I can do this! There is no way at all.
But you keep on going and you keep on paddling.
But I made it!
Half a mile in the bag - and I'm shattered.
-I cannot get across to you just how cold that was.
Now, I need to say this. I had an expert, Colin Hill.
He is an absolute legend. Please only ever try open-water swimming
if you have got an expert, too. Part two will see me getting into
an ice bath, in ten minutes' time, so keep watching.
If you want to get involved in Sport Relief,
you'll help people living incredibly tough lives,
not just here in the UK, but all around the world.
If you'd like to get involved, head to our website, at...
and click on Sport Relief.
Hopefully, Team Blue Peter, us three, have inspired you to get involved.
You are good at getting involved. Have a look at the Big Badge Wall.
It's covered in all of your post. 1,651 of you have got in touch
by letter or e-mail this week. Thank you so much. This is from Kia.
She is 11, from Suffolk. It is Shelly coming out of her little home.
A little nibble on the carrot. I like that a lot.
And look at this, from Lily.
It is a hibernation box and Shelley is in there,
just snoozing away. Actually, she will not need that any more,
cos Shelley woke up.
-There she is. She woke up last week. She is out of hibernation
and she is back, on her sofa, watching Blue Peter.
The first thing she did was rip up her newspaper! What is she like?!
This is a picture from Kia in Kent. She was inspired by the news report
I did about how to earn a Blue Peter badge.
-I'm like a newsreader.
-You're very serious.
-You have a spotty shirt,
-which suit you.
-I was the weatherman that day.
Now, feast your eyes on this, from Varmizan, in Middlesex.
He's drawn a supersonic plane. How many gadgets are on that?!
-Barney, you've got to love that.
-I want one!
-Blue Peter Airlines,
as well. We like that.
If your picture is not on the Big Badge Wall, fear not, my friends.
Jump online to the usual website, as we have an online gallery there.
-Check and see if your one is there.
-Thank you for getting in touch.
Don't be surprised if your wink-a-peeps are dumfuzzled
by what you are about to see. What that means is,
don't be confused by what you are about to see.
These are words that you've probably not seen before,
but they are words that are used in the English language.
Apparently, words like these are starting to become endangered
and will become extinct if we don't keep using them.
To tell us why we need to keep these words, a big cheer, please,
for Safiyah Shah.
-I was told you are a word enthusiast.
-I am, I love words.
You have come on to save these words from extinction.
Let's talk about the words. Are they real words?
-Did people used to use them, but don't any more?
They are real words, people dud use them, and if we don't use them,
they will die out for ever.
-Some of your favourites? You have
-some here. There is other great ones,
like zamzodden, which means overcooked and overstewed.
-Very good for school dinners.
-I'll use that later on!
And sluberdegullion, which is another fantastic word.
sounds great. It means a wretch or a scoundrel.
-I love it.
-You can insult someone and they don't know.
It is not very obvious, by looking at those words, what they mean.
We thought we'd play a little game. We need some help from our very
special studio guests. In you come, guys!
Welcome to the show. Smiley faces and yellow tops.
-Say hello to Safiyah and likewise.
Safiyah will read out a description for the words
you can see. What you have to do is run over to the word you think
she is describing. You have got five seconds
or the time it takes to hear this noise...
ROCK MUSIC PLAYS
High-five, to seal the deal. OK, first word, please.
The first word means very well dressed,
-Five seconds. Go!
If you want to play this at home, pick the word you think it might be.
-It's unanimous, almost.
Very good. It is 'snogly gear'd'.
'Snogly gear'd' means well dressed. Back to position.
And may I say, you are 'snogly gear'd' today.
OK, next description, please.
The second word means somebody who grumbles.
-Someone who's always moany and grumbly.
Somebody who grumbles.
The right answer is 'smellfungus', so well done.
Congratulations! My dad is a smellfungus.
Back to position, for the final word.
OK, how are you doing at home?
Are you getting any of these right?
-Thank you to our beautiful assistant, Lindsey.
-The final word means exhausted, tired out.
Five seconds, go!
-It was 'ramfeezled'.
-If you're exhausted, you're 'ramfeezled'.
A round of applause, they did very well.
Congratulations to you at home. Let's talk about the other two.
-'Groak' is to stare longingly at someone else's food
-when they're eating.
-We all do that. Barney doesn't share food.
-'Ninnyhammer' is like nincompoop or twit!
-Somebody who's a bit twitty.
-Funny you should say that.
-Safia, thanks for coming in.
And now, over to our very own 'ninnyhammer'.
-I knew it!
-I didn't mean it.
We're friends, really.
Now, earlier on in the show,
you saw me attempt and complete my half mile
in open water. It felt like it was never-ending,
mainly because it hadn't ended.
Luckily for me, I had a surprise guest - check this out.
This journey so far has been tough.
There have been highs and lows.
And I've realised that I'm nowhere near ready.
I continue to train and improve my technique,
but my biggest worry is still the cold.
There's a bit of self-doubt, which is why I want to bring him up here.
To go into this time and get him back into the cold water.
-How does that feel?
'Colin keeps pushing me.
'The more time I spend in the cold water, the better prepared I'll be.
'But there's another way to feel the chill - an ice bath.'
Top sport players use them to help their muscles recover quicker
after a punishing work-out, so I've come to Man City Football Club
to see exactly how the cold affects my body.
-Are you looking forward to it?
-As I'll ever be.
So this is the heart rate monitor. I'll get your resting heart rate,
your normal rate when you're not doing any activity.
Cos we're about to go into a stressful situation,
we expect that even now, it might begin to raise.
So if we look at you now,
you've a good resting heart rate at 75, so that's pretty normal.
So you're not too worried about this?
Um... How accurate is that thing?
Well, in fact, it's beginning to...
-It's 83. 89...
You're making me nervous. Right, OK, I'll get in.
That's not 12 degrees at all, is it?
-That's that done. How are we...?
-Let's start the timer.
How long do you want?
Six minutes. Longest six minutes of your life.
Oh, my ankles throb!
How long have we got?
A minute and a half. OK.
Oh! This is not pleasant! Oh!
-Is it up?
-Let's get you out.
Some interesting things happened before you entered the water.
-Your heart rate shot up to 130.
-Did it really?
The equivalent of going from standing still to jogging.
If just the anxiety, the fear of it makes my body work harder,
as much as I can, if I try to focus my mind,
-it might actually help me make it easier.
-It's all in the mind.
So there we go, my first ice bath over and, hopefully, my last.
Next stop, an open-water relay.
It is a lovely morning in Lake Windermere.
I'll be joined by 600 people over the weekend who'll also take
part in this open-water swim.
It's 5.7 degrees...
'But this lot don't seem bothered.
'Today, my goal is to swim four 30-metre lengths in a relay
'with another swimmer, but I've got a secret weapon.
'Record-breaking ice-swim athlete Henri Kaarma.
-'And I've spotted a familiar face.'
-You can do this.
-You can do it.
I don't know if I can, to be honest.
-Go and get your swimming costume on.
'But there's a twist.' I'm going to be doing this race with him.
I'm part of his relay team and he has absolutely no idea.
Just met my relay partner, Henri Kaarma. Good to have you on board.
I'll swim the first and the fourth leg.
Henri will swim the second and the third.
Radz, I'm doing it with you, mate.
-Are you really?!
-Are you being serious?
-I'm here, I've got my swimming costume on.
Going to help you out, yeah!
'So that's my team. But all too quickly, it's our turn.'
-There we go!
You can do it, Radzi!
That's beyond cold!
'Off we go!'
He's just swum into the barrier!
He was actually really quick!
'The water was so cold.'
'I was really starting to struggle.'
-Don't go in that water.
That is just the most painful, worst thing I've ever done.
It was so nice having my friend do that with me as well.
Once again, I'll say it. I had an expert, Colin, with me.
He is a legend, so only try something like that
if you've got an expert with you.
When I swim, I get very hungry, but fortunately,
on Tuesday is Pancake Day, which means lots of pancakes.
Question is, savoury or sweet? What do you think,
-savoury or sweet?
-ALL: Savoury! Sweet!
There's only one way to decide, with the...
ALL: Bake off!
Yes, we've got Lindsey and Barney going head to head.
Lindsey's savoury, Barney is sweet. Lindsey, what is in your bowl?
In my bowl. Oh, I'm eating...
It's milk, egg and flour. We've been eating loads.
All the details you need to make the perfect pancake
are on the Blue Peter website...
Lindsey, what filling are you going to have in yours?
If there's any left, I'll go for lovely ham
and nice, melty cheese.
Lovely ham, melted cheese - a 'cham'.
-Barney, what about you?
-I'll go for the classic sweet pancake,
so it'll have chocolate, some more chocolate and banana.
I'll help judge this, but I've got two experts alongside with me.
Let's take a look at them in action.
It's just cooked perfectly. What could we wish for more?
-If it was served in a restaurant, I'd buy it.
-It's really good.
-Harry, you're the new Junior Bake Off champion!
So it's time to give a huge Blue Peter welcome
to TV presenter Aaron Craze
and the Junior Bake Off Champion 2013, Harry!
Welcome to the show. Good to see you.
We'll speak to you shortly. First, we need to start.
You have two minutes to make your pancake and put it on a plate.
Three, two, one, start baking! Now, of course at home,
if you do attempt this, please only do so if you have an adult with you.
That's very important.
-Harry, you are the Junior Bake Off Champion.
-How does that make you feel?
-It's really weird, actually,
cos the attention that you get outside of school and in school,
Exactly, and Aaron, you are a top TV chef, what advice would you
have for people trying to make pancakes at home?
-The perfect pancake.
-We need that advice.
-Quick, 30 seconds.
It needs to be a cooler temperature.
Don't get it stuck on the ceiling, Barney. We want to enjoy it.
It's happened on Blue Peter before.
It might happen again.
-And what's your ultimate filling for a pancake?
-Lemon and sugar.
Lemon and sugar, keeping it simple.
-I'm ready for a flip.
-I'm ready for a flip.
Going for the flip. We'll do it at the same time.
Oh, no! One, two, three...
-Yes, oh, yes!
Look at that, I'm doing the double!
You're not going to get any filling there. Go, go!
Don't you all support Barney, please.
You might need to see this. Barney's one is in half.
No, no, no! No, no!
Throw another one in, Barney, go, quick! Ten seconds, quick.
-OK, you've got 35 seconds left.
-No problem! No problem at all!
Oh, Barney... All day, I've been really worried
about the savoury pancake, cos let's face it, it's not the best,
-but now, I'm feeling quite good about it.
-This isn't fair.
-It's nearly finished, Barney.
While Barney does that, fix your eyes on the trophy.
That is the Junior Bake Off trophy, right there. I love that.
Thank you for bringing that. You've got ten seconds.
Nine, eight, seven, six,
five, four, three, two, one!
OK, OK, please turn off those hobs. Safety never takes the day off.
OK, we'll start with Lindsey's.
No, no, I'm going... I'm going...
You go for that. While you do that, we're going to start.
-Pancake tarte Tatin.
-Look at presentation, please.
Harry, you got that, my friend.
It's all about taste today.
Dig in. It might be hot. I should have said that first, really.
How does it taste, Harry?
-With your mouth full.
-Are you laughing about my pancake,
-or is it so good you can't speak?
-I don't know.
He's an expert. He won Bake Off.
Oh! That's hot, that's why he couldn't say anything.
-Um... Not bad.
-Yes, and hammy.
-But nice consistency.
-It's not overcooked.
It's not overcooked. Well spotted, Harry.
I've made mine like Shelly the Turtle.
It's come out of hibernation, it's a celebration pancake.
I've gone for a pancake shell in a sweetie filling.
-It's definitely... It's different, it's unique.
It's a mess, Barney, you've got to be honest.
OK, Aaron's gone in, I'll give you a hand, Harry.
OK, you've got to be able to eat this, Harry.
We can't tempt you like this. Go on, Harry.
OK, I'm going to get the scoring devices.
The audience are dying to know.
-Go on, Harry.
-What's not to like? It's chocolate and banana.
What do you think, Harry? He's given a thumbs up.
OK, it's either Barney or Lindsey.
We're going to have our pans low. And decide with a face.
Three, two, one... Show your pans. And it's Barney's!
-See, it really goes to show that anything is possible
on Blue Peter. That's what we're all about. Yes. Sweet every time.
-Thank you so much for coming in. Congratulations.
Aaron, Harry, thanks for coming in. Harry, you're a genius.
Lovely, thank you.
So, earlier on, we asked you to get in touch...
We really are going to start a fire in the studio.
We asked you to tell us what your favourite pancake ingredients are.
I'm guessing we're going to be hot on the sweet fillings here.
Hundreds of you have been getting in touch.
Do you want to go first? Let's do it.
-Look at the first one.
-The first one.
"I love having beans and tomato ketchup on my pancakes."
That's from GrooveySeaHorse. You're a bit weird,
-but I really, really like that idea.
-Beans and ketchup!
-I love beans.
I'd try something different, I'd try that.
BlueSillyAvocado says, "Fizzy strawberry sweets
-"and some blueberries with honey." Yeah, you do.
GreenSeenJack says, "grated cheddar cheese and apple sauce."
Apple sauce, that's where I went wrong, apparently.
OK, OrangeChattyApricot says, "My favourite is..."
"My favourite is chocolate spread and banana
"because it tastes so good!"
Tastes so good. I like that.
Thank you for showing us your favourite pancakes.
I can't believe that went so wrong. Next Thursday is World Book Day,
so we'll announce the Blue Peter Book Award winners for 2014.
We're going to dress up as our favourite characters.
I've got my costume. Radz, have you got yours?
-Mine is ready.
-You've both got yours sorted already?
I haven't. I've narrowed it down to three.
In fact, this is where you can help me out. Follow me.
I've picked three that I think are going to be cool to dress up as.
We've got the Mad Hatter, from Alice In Wonderland.
Bilbo Baggins, he'd be quite cool to dress up as.
And then there's Gangster Granny.
So which do you think I should dress up as?
It's a vote, so whichever character gets the most votes next week,
I will dress up as.
Votes close Tuesday 4th at 12 o'clock,
so get in touch, get online and vote and I will, I promise,
I will dress up as the character that gets the most votes next week.
Can't wait to find out who it is.
Now, that is just about all we've got time for today.
But here's what's coming up on next week's show.
We're going to be joined live in the studio
by Book Awards judge Marcus Sedgwick
and he'll be here giving out the trophies to the winning authors.
And Anthony Horowitz, this man has a gold badge for a reason.
He's going to be here.
He'll do a 'write-along' where you give your ideas
for what you think will make a great story
like Consequences, where you give an idea and it goes to somebody else?
So get yourself up to the website - bbc.co.uk/bluepeter
Give us your ideas and Anthony will make a story
with your ideas next week right here on the show.
You heard me mentioning, my training started ten weeks ago
and that's all leading up to something that you'll see next week,
and that's me doing my one-mile Lake Windermere challenge.
It was cold, it was so hard. Do not miss that one.
We'll be here same time next week, see you then!
-Right, then, more pancakes!
I want that chocolate! Who's up for sweet ones?
Sport Relief 2014 is just around the corner, so we're launching Team Blue Peter! This week Radzi takes on his challenge - braving freezing temperatures and cold winds as he trains to swim across the largest natural lake in England, Lake Windermere. In the studio, we're joined by Junior Bake Off presenter Aaron Craze and current champion Harry Duffy, as they judge a pancake bake-off ahead of Shrove Tuesday. Frying pans at the ready!