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On today's live Blue Peter,
our road trip round Poland and Ukraine continues.
Will my Cossack dancing cut it on the dance floor?
Bieber fever has hit Blue Peter.
We catch up with the star about his brand-new album.
There's some collaborations. I'm working with Kanye and Taylor Swift.
And we're in the presence of a legend today.
Deadly 60's Steve Backshall is in our studio
and we've got a special surprise for him that he knows nothing about.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
-How are you doing?
You're watching Blue Peter, it is live and interactive.
And don't listen to Hacker - I love this shirt.
There's nothing wrong with it. We've got a Justin Bieber chat later,
but, before that, he is live, he is deadly
and he is poised to come through those doors.
Yes, CBBC's animal expert, Steve Backshall, is going to be here
to chat about the latest series of Deadly 60.
He'll be telling us about his new book
and he'll answer your questions.
If there is anything
you want to know from Steve,
send us an e-mail...
You can ask him anything you like!
Since Steve's been on our screens, he's been bringing us
the fiercest, most dangerous and deadly creatures on Earth.
He's brought us tigers and pythons and sharks, oh, my!
TV adventurer, Steve Backshall, is best-known for CBBC shows...
..where he travels the globe
in search of the world's most dangerous predators.
This one here has a really nasty punch.
Let go! Wow!
From diving with barracuda to wrangling pythons,
he's even put his life on the line and swum with hippos.
It's a bit pongy.
Steve's been on our screens for more than a decade
and he's won two BAFTA awards.
And, here he is, it is Steve Backshall!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Come on in, Steve!
-Have a seat.
Nice to see you.
How are you doing? Welcome to the show!
-It's so good to see you.
-It's good to be here.
We all know you from Deadly 60 and Live 'n' Deadly,
but you've also written quite a few books
and your latest book's a bit different, isn't it?
It is. I've written my first fiction book. It's a story.
It's a wildlife adventure, wilderness story.
So, it's quite a new thing for me,
but I've got quite a few more of them coming out.
Is this based on real life?
Or is it completely made up?
It's pretty much made up,
but it has as a basis some of the big expeditions
I've done round the world.
This particular one is set in the Himalayas
and it has as a backdrop the situation of tiger poaching.
You seem utterly fearless around animals.
Why is that?
-Were you brought up around animals? Did you have a lot of pets?
Very much so. My parents were my inspiration when I was a kid.
They almost forced my sister and I to get outside and interact with animals
from a very young age.
Is that how this photo came about? We have a photo of you with a snake.
How old are you there?
Why were you holding a snake?
I reckon I'm about 12 and that was in Africa.
I think that was in Zimbabwe.
I'm sure lots of people who've been to exotic places
can imagine that type of photo happening.
It's a relatively touristy thing to do.
But the next photo we have is a little bit different.
Is that a gibbon and what is it doing, bouncing off your chest?
It is a gibbon. That was in Malaysia and it was a habituated animal.
It was a wild animal, but it was used to coming down,
interacting with people. As you can see there,
it was interacting quite a lot with me.
It's been there quite a while, this fascination with animals.
Are you a bit like Dr Dolittle? Can you talk to them?
Do they just like you? How does it work?
You can't necessarily talk to animals,
though there are ways you can interact with animals.
There's nothing better than when a wild animal
deliberately interacts with you.
I've had wild gorillas coming and taking me by the hand in the wild
and you can get lizards to do their threat behaviour to you
or some of their sexual posturing towards you.
It's amazing you keep going,
because last time I was on telly with you, you got bitten
and didn't bat an eyelid! You kept going!
-It happens all the time!
-We're talking about big gorillas,
caimans, they can cause real damage.
But Steve is the man when it comes to this sort of deadly experience,
so we have one for you right now.
We have called it deadly three.
It's not as big as 60, but you'll see what it's about.
Walk this way with us, Steve.
We have put three different animals in three different boxes.
-You can't see what they are.
We want you to identify them through touch alone.
We want you at home to be able to see what he's getting hold of,
so have a look in there.
I can give you some clues.
The colourful skin helps scare away potential predators.
They live in forests and try to blend in with dead leaves.
-Their diet includes lizards, especially skinks.
We've got a snake, it's got aposematic colouration.
-I'm going to go with one of the milk snakes.
Let's see if you're right.
I am right, yes.
-It is a snake. Well done!
Well done, Steve. Right, move on to the next box.
So glad I'm this side.
So, yes, milk snake is right.
We need to move the cardboard, so we can see what's in there.
This can regrow any lost limbs as well as other body parts.
They are a member of the newt family.
Their skin secretes mucous, which helps them stay moist on dry land.
They tend to live near water.
What do you think?
It's quite large for a newt, actually.
I'm going to go with one of the salamanders.
Um... It could be anything. It's very difficult. What colour is it?
It's good enough for us. You can have a look.
-You are correct, it is!
-It's a tiger salamander.
-I'll put this somewhere else.
This next one - have you had your jabs? If you get bitten, are you OK?
I'm fine, I've got all my rabies shots.
OK, well, have a feel of that.
Be very slow, honestly, you don't want to upset it.
OK. What does that feel like to you?
They're found in the rainforest...
Sorry, that's not true. They're not dangerous at all.
-Take it out.
-Take it out for us, Steve.
This is the highest accolade we can bestow anybody on Blue Peter.
-You are genuinely the biggest legend...
Deadly 60 is such an amazing show.
The stuff you've done over the years is absolutely incredible.
You are well worthy of a gold Blue Peter badge.
I don't know what to say!
Steve will be sticking around. He can tell you how he feels later
and you can ask him a question,
but, before that, here's what's still to come.
I go dancing Cossack-style on our trip around Poland and Ukraine.
And we'll be interviewing Justin Bieber to get the inside story
on his brand-new album.
That's a great shot to start off with, cheers for that, Barney!
Don't forget, you can still e-mail to ask Steve any question you like.
He's a legend, right here in the studio.
Get them in to us, usual address, and we'll get them to him later on.
The European championships are in full swing
and our pundits Bobby and Will have been keeping you up-to-date.
We're at the quarterfinal stages and here they are with the latest.
Welcome to another edition of Bobby And Will's Kick Off,
-with me, Bobby Fuller...
-And me, Will Nye.
We're back, to give you the latest news and gossip from Euro 2012.
These are the headlines.
England produced a hair-raising display.
And the group stages are over,
so we've got our predictions for the quarterfinals.
England produced a gritty display
when they took on the home nation, Ukraine, on Tuesday night.
To everyone's surprise, they came top of their group,
after Wayne Rooney secured a 1-0 win with this goal.
'He's got into a crossing position and it's all the way across and in!
'Rooney's put it in!
'England have the need that they so desperately needed.'
Bet you're wondering what the celebration was about though.
Apparently, Rooney put down his goal success
to using Andy Carroll's hair product.
He even said he hopes he ends up with hair like Big Andy.
Tell you what, Bobby, it's good.
I've been using it since Tuesday and, well, look at me.
The quarterfinals begin tonight, so let's have a look at the fixtures
and who we think are going through to the semis.
We've already proven we know a thing or two about predictions
as we correctly predicted
that Spain and Germany would both reach the top of their groups.
That's two out of four correct,
but we've also learnt we should never underestimate the English.
They finished top of their group
and avoid champions, Spain, in the next round.
Czech Republic versus Portugal...
We're going to go with Portugal to progress through to the semis
as we think that Cristiano Ronaldo will steal the show in this game.
And Germany versus Greece - we've gone for a German victory,
as we think they're hitting top form right now.
The third quarterfinal is Spain versus France.
We think Spain will win
as they are playing some magnificent football lately.
And last, but not least, England versus Italy.
We've gone for an England win
and for them to progress to the semifinals.
So that's our predictions. But that's not the only reason we're here.
We took a sneak peek behind the scenes at BBC Sport
to see how they do such amazing coverage.
We bumped into a very famous face along the way.
I bet he doesn't drop his props!
Now, it's the first time the BBC
have filmed a major football tournament here in Salford!
It's pretty big, isn't it? Bet it cost a lot.
Yes, it did, Will.
We're going to show the Blue Peter viewers how it's all done.
What, we're going to get to go to the Match Of The Day studios?
Yes, Will. But first we need to find out where it is.
Don't worry. I'm an excellent navigator. Follow me.
-It's round this way?
-Yes, it's just round here.
Will, this is taking too long. Let's split up.
Where is it?
Well, here we are, even though it took us half an hour to get here.
So, here we are in the brand-new BBC Sport studios.
Pretty impressive, isn't it?
We're going to have a look at
an exciting aspect of technology BBC Sport are using.
If you could stand here, please.
OK, but what are you doing?
So, these red lights, which are all round the studio,
send a message to the cameras which is then translated onto our screens.
These graphics are designed to sit on the studio floor
and, as the camera moves, the graphics adapt.
-They're very clever, aren't they, Bobby?
-Not bad at all.
If we make a good impression, I can see us presenting this show.
Ooh, not bad.
'These are the actual seats the BBC pundits sit on
'and they're still pretty warm!'
'Tell me about it, Bobby!'
Excuse me... Can I help you?
-Oh, yeah, two teas would be great.
Sir Gary, I mean, Mr Lineker...
Sorry. I love your crisps.
So, do you still wish you were back on the pitch?
Sometimes. I miss the big game or perhaps scoring an important goal,
but it's actually a lot easier telling them how to do it!
Is watching football all day the best job in the world?
I'd say it quite probably is, yeah.
'During a big tournament like the Euros, what challenges do you face?'
We just have to tell the story, really, don't we?
It all depends on the football. Obviously we need really good games,
like we've had at the Euros. It's been great,
lots of great games and great action...
which reminds me. I sort of need to do my job.
We're on air in a minute, we're on telly, so you might...
See you, boys.
-Nice to meet you.
"I like your crisps." What a line! Love it.
Bobby and Will will be back with us next week.
As the European championships are happening in Poland and Ukraine,
Barney and I went on a special road trip to explore the two countries.
We continue our adventure in Ukraine.
-I'm laughing, cos I know what's coming.
The next stop for me was Lviv
and I was set a challenge to become a Cossack dancer,
so that's Cossack dancing with a real Cossack troupe
who are really talented and very strong
and I'm not. I'm so sorry.
'So far on our journey through Poland, Helen and I have sampled
'the culinary delights of Warsaw...'
'Gone underground in Krakow
'and got crafty making our paper designs.'
'But now the time has come for us to part ways
'and explore the second hosting country of the 2012s,
I'm about to board the one o'clock train,
which takes me from here in Krakow in the European Union
200 miles away to a little place called Lviv in Ukraine.
I won't get there till midnight tonight.
It's a ten-hour journey, so I hope my seat's a comfy one.
'And, with such a long journey ahead of me,
'I'm keen to jump on board, find my cabin and make myself at home.'
Oh, very nice!
Yes, and comfortable too.
Not bad, eh? This is the best class cabin on this train.
It might be basic, but it's got everything you need.
I've got a bed for a sleep,
a nice comfy chair I can lie down on,
shelves, a cupboard - with power, so I can plug my laptop in,
do a bit of editing.
And this shelf down here, I think, if I lift it...hey! It's a sink.
This will be an entertaining journey.
'For long, inter-city journeys in Europe, trains are hugely popular
'as they are much cheaper than flying.
'Train carriages in Poland tend to be old.
'The rail networks are in desperate need of updating.
'After just two hours of my journey,
'the train arrives at a small town for an unusual pit-stop.'
You can see the smile on my face.
Something exciting is about to happen now.
The wheels are going to be changed on the train,
because the track is a different size where we are heading.
'The train tracks in Ukraine are narrower than Poland.
'It's only an 85mm difference,
'but, before my train can go any further,
'it needs a new set of wheels.'
'Normally, passengers have to stay on board
'while the engineers swap wheels, but they're letting me help.'
The first job is to get the jacks in place
under the carriage of the train and, once they are in place,
we press a button
and a big hydraulic system lifts the train into the air.
'With the train locked in and secured, it's on to stage two.'
This is the electronic engineer and it's his job to press the buttons
to lift the train into the air
and he has kindly agreed to let me press the button.
This button here, yeah? OK?
'Once the train has been lifted and the Polish wheels removed,
'it's time for the final stage of the operation.'
These are the new wheels that are going onto the train,
the train that's a good metre and a half in the air.
Once these are in exactly the same position as the others,
they will be bolted on to the train and we'll set off again.
Now the engineers are attaching the new wheels to the train,
they'll put some power onto them as well, so they work properly,
lower the train again.
That's the train being lowered back into position,
then off we go to Lviv.
When was the last time you walked under a train? Amazing.
'The whole process takes over two hours.
'With the Ukrainian wheels finally fitted,
'we are off on the last three-hour leg of our journey,
'which leaves me loads of times to edit my photographs.'
It's the end of such a long journey,
even longer than it was supposed to be.
It's actually 1am because the train was delayed,
so what I need to know is where I am staying.
So, I am staying in a 300-year-old fortress.
That sounds exciting!
To be honest, I'm that tired, I'll sleep anywhere.
And here it is. Of course, it's a bit dark at the moment
to see in all its glory,
but you never know what the morning may bring.
For now, I'm going to bed. Night night.
Because I arrived at night,
I couldn't appreciate how gorgeous this place is,
but now the sun has come up, isn't it amazing?
'This is a typical 19th century Ukrainian fortress
'that has cost millions of pounds to restore to its former glory.
'It is situated in the hilltops overlooking Lviv.
'The city is going football mad
'as fans are staying here to watch the Euro 2012 matches.
'Even the town's historic statues are getting in on the act.
'Something just as old as Lviv's statues
'is the traditional dance of the nation
'which I'm going to be trying out at the local dance school.'
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'This is Cossack dancing,
'performed by the local dance troupe.'
Wow, they're fast!
'It dates back 400 years to a time when warriors called Cossacks
'returned from battle and dance to celebrate their victories.'
I can't believe I'm going to do this. This looks really difficult.
How high was that?!
I'm not doing that, am I?!
Wow, that was amazing. What a show.
-Nice to meet you.
You're going to try to teach me how to Cossack dance, yes?
Yes. First of all, one, two, one, two, one, two.
'He has broken down the main moves into key parts. First, feet.'
Toes, heel, toes, heel.
'Easy. Then the knees.'
-First we make a preesyadkee.
Bend one...right leg, then...left.
-Bend...heel, toes, heel.
'Easy! Now he adds arms to that.'
OK, one, two, one, two.
One, two, one, two.
OK, so it's bend...two...bend...
'OK, not so easy.'
-Hang on, hang on.
-Bend, two... bend, two...
I'll practise that.
'I don't have much time to learn the steps
'before performing with the troupe.
'I've got to say, I am feeling the pressure to get it right.'
It's fair to say this is one of the most difficult things I've done.
It takes a lot of power in the muscles
when they bend down and jump up.
I've only been doing this for a couple of minutes
and already I can feel my muscles burning a bit.
These guys do it five times the pace, and make it look easy.
Barney is a very talented boy.
The steps we learn are very hard.
For Barney, it is easy.
OK, I think I have practised all I can.
I'm sweating, it's hard work.
I haven't even given it all these guys do.
And I've got to keep up with that.
I think I know the moves.
I think I know where I am going to stand.
All we can do is hope for the best,
but, first, I have got to get changed into my costume.
I'll see you in a bit.
'So, I'm suited and booted, with my barrel and I'm ready to go.'
That's the whole point of this dance.
Some of the boys try to steal it from me.
I'm doing a dance to warn them off, I guess.
'Well, that seemed to go OK.
'What am I doing? What, me? My turn? OK.
'Just spin for all you're worth, Barney boy!
'Should I be doing this?
'Please make them stop. Stop!
'Thank goodness for that! Phew!
'Well, that was hard,
'but it looks like I have impressed the local lads
'as they throw the new boy in the air.
'Don't drop me! No, seriously, boys, don't drop me!
That's how you finish a show.
Well, that was Cossack dancing at its finest behind me.
Then, of course, I had a go and the rest is history.
'What a trip I've had. I've walked under a train,
'stayed in a medieval fortress
'and cut some serious Cossack moves on the dance floor.
'I'm going to miss Ukraine.'
Excuse me, I think I need to pass out!
It's quite a manly dance, isn't it?
You need big, strong thigh muscles to do that dance.
But it's very impressive how you make it quite sweet.
I genuinely enjoyed myself. Go and take up Cossack dancing lessons!
There's lots of our trip in Poland and Ukraine on the website...
You can see me in Lviv, trying chocolate making.
I've been loving this jet-setting lifestyle.
Somebody else with one of those is Justin Bieber.
But he did have time to talk to me about his new album.
Here it is.
He's the original internet pop sensation,
he's sold 15 million albums worldwide.
His haircut has been copied the world over.
His first UK performance was on Blue Peter.
You know who he is. He needs no introduction.
He's the one, the only, Mr Justin Bieber!
# If I was your boyfriend Never let you go... #
-Justin Bieber, thank you so much for joining us.
-Thank you for having me.
It's nice to see your smiley face
-and get our fans that are watching so excited to see you.
Let's start off with your album. What can the fans expect from it?
There's some collaborations.
I'm working with Kanye and Taylor Swift and lots of different people.
You're quite close to the songs on the album,
so it might be hard to answer this next question,
but do you have a favourite?
The whole album is so special to me.
We have 40 songs we needed to choose from,
but my favourite is As Long As You Love Me.
I love that song. I love Thought Of You.
I have so many favourites. I'm excited for everyone to hear it.
If you were to give any advice to our viewers who are your fans
who want to be a star one day like you,
what advice would you give them about writing music?
If you like writing music,
think about past experiences you have been through. That's what I do.
I like to write about what I've gone through.
# You're all I need, girl
# Spend a week wit your boy I'll be calling you my girlfriend. #
What song are you listening to? Is there one you like in the charts?
I like Boyfriend.
OK, course you do. Nice.
One final thing before we go, I have a present for you.
-It is from all of us at Blue Peter and anybody who watches.
We think it's right up your street.
It's called an air guitar T-shirt.
It's got an amp plugged in.
-You can play it?
GUITAR MUSIC PLAYS
That's pretty loud.
You have plenty of time on the tour bus to have a go
and hopefully it will keep you entertained.
-Justin Bieber, thank you very much.
# If I was your boyfriend... #
So, there you have it. All you need to know about Justin Bieber.
I have got to get myself one of those T-shirts.
I shouldn't have given that one away. Oh, man!
Justin Bieber may have 20 million followers,
but today we have had a record number of e-mails
sent in for the legend that is Steve Backshall.
That's absolutely true, we've had so many in. Let's get started.
Arthur's been in touch to ask has an animal ever done a pooh on you?
Once or twice. I once had, live on stage,
a massive reticulated python go all down my leg. It was like a racehorse.
Have you ever been injured by an animal?
No. So-called dangerous animals
are very rarely dangerous to human beings.
-Do you ever get scared?
-Look at him go!
-He's manly, that's why!
Well worthy of that badge. What made you jump the most?
Probably getting bitten by a caiman in a swamp in Argentina.
Best bit of TV I've seen for a long time.
-If you haven't seen it, iPlayer it, it's amazing.
-Thanks a lot(!)
If you could become any animal, what would it be?
A bird. I think every human being would love the ability to fly.
Last e-mail before we go to the callers.
If you could add any other job, what would be and why?
I would work in a game reserve as a guide.
A couple people on the phone dying to ask you a question.
-What's your question for Steve?
'What inspired him to explore wildlife?'
My mum and dad.
I loved reading about wildlife when I was a kid,
Gerald Durrell, Jack London,
those kinds of things set me on my way to becoming a naturalist.
Thanks for your question, Aman. Michael, are you there?
-What's your question?
What is your favourite pizza and would you feed it to an animal?
My favourite kind of pizza
would be covered in the hottest peppers you can imagine
and no, never feed pizza to a wild animal, ever!
Barney the dog, however, loves pizza. Thank you very much, Michael.
One final one. How do you become an animal expert?
Just learn as much as you can about the natural world and start now.
Will you marry my mum, says Harry?
Right here, right now, Steve...
-We can leave you hanging.
Here's what's happening on next week's show.
Our road trip in Ukraine continues. I find out what Kiev has to offer.
To celebrate American Independence Day,
that's the 4th July, the Shake It Up girls will be here,
showing us how to make a milkshake with a difference.
That's next Thursday, but you can see us on Saturday morning at 9am
on the CBBC channel.
Come down to Burnley if you can. Before we go,
we've got to say congratulations on the gold badge, Steve.
-Are you happy?
-Thank you so much. I'm overwhelmed!
It's always good to have you on the show, even more so for that.
-See you next week. Come and see us on Saturday. Bye!
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
Steve Backshall is live in the studio and Justin Bieber talks about his new album. Barney and Helen's roadtrip to the Euro 2012 host countries continues with Barney trying his hand at Cossack dancing in Ukraine.