The team celebrate BBC Music Day and catch up with the youngest woman in the world to conquer both sides of Mount Everest.
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Hello there, welcome to the show.
You're going to hear some drumming very soon,
which is why Radzi's got the right idea wearing those.
-He said you've got the right idea wearing those.
-He said you've got the right idea wearing those!
No need to shout!
These guys are very excited, and for good reason,
because we have a jam-packed show for you including me
putting a sack of wool on my back
in the rain, running uphill. I was very tired.
-It was hard work but a lot of fun.
As well as that, we're going to be catching up with Mollie Hughes.
She's amazing. She has climbed Everest not once but twice.
-She's a legend.
-She might be slightly mad.
She is. Somebody who isn't quite so mad is Shelley.
I've found her.
See if you can spot Shelley, jump onto the fan club,
leave a comment as soon as you do. Be the first one
and we're going to shout you out. She's gone!
Today is BBC Music Day,
when we celebrate the power of music across the UK.
That's something our next guests can definitely do.
Please make some noise for Stomp!
-Yes, that's what I'm talking about!
-Nigel, come on in.
-Hey, thanks for having us.
-Thanks for being here.
Let's talk about Stomp. You guys have been going for 26 years.
Yes, it's been quite a while. We've been to quite a few countries,
been touring internationally,
seeing the whole world, taking our dustbins everywhere.
So the world's seen you, but for anyone that hasn't,
-what's it all about?
-For someone who doesn't know,
it's about making music with everyday objects.
We take things you find in the house or in the junkyard
and we bring them together in unison and create music with it.
-It is wicked.
-Nigel, you're not just the best TV presenter
I've ever worked with over the years,
but you're also the Stomping sensation that is Nigel Clarke,
so who better to teach us how to make a rhythm.
It's BBC Music Day, it's Blue Peter, can we give it a go?
You can definitely give it a go.
I'm excited for this.
Daniella's got some objects here.
Pick an object and then we'll make some...
-Can I go with that?
Yeah, go for it.
-OK, I think we'll get the audience to help us out.
So if you guys can clap like this,
we're going to clap on the two and the four.
One, two, three, four.
-You keep that. Barney.
I want you to go and one, and one.
Lindsey, ready? Ding ding-ding, ding-ding-ding.
Radzi, off beat.
One, two, three, four.
I've broken the mug!
APPLAUSE I've broken the mug!
Did you realise they were at the end of the track, that was a lovely...
You were getting excited, weren't you?
That was a smashing performance!
Come on! Yeah!
Nigel, thank you so much for coming in.
Stomp, give yourselves a round of applause.
Make sure you keep watching as well, cos there's even more of that
at the end of the show. I'm so sorry, Nige.
Last year, Radzi and Lindsey took on one of the most difficult
Blue Peter challenges ever.
I've tried this myself and it's very, very difficult.
It's now time to find out how Lindsey and Radzi got on.
Wow. Oh, goodness, Radzi. What are you doing?
-It's challenge time, Linds, and I am ready!
-I can see that.
Why are you wearing that? I don't think we're getting changed
till later, plus we haven't actually said what the challenge is.
You mean I didn't have to wear this on the way here?
I did think people were noticing me.
Anyway, the reason Radzi is wearing this
is because we're about to do this!
That's right, we're going to try wing walking,
which involves standing on the wings of a plane whilst it's in mid-air.
And helping us do that is the world's only
formation wing walking display team.
Three words, my friends - bring it on.
We're going to attempt a classic manoeuvre - the loop the loop.
We will each be strapped to a plane...
Really tight in those.
..and whilst flying in formation,
we'll perform a perfect loop in the sky.
As we hit take-off speed, the noise is just unbelievable.
And a 150 mph wind does pretty strange things to our faces.
It's time for our pilots to begin the loop.
They start by diving the planes to help us gain speed.
Then we begin to climb.
That was the best thing I've ever done in my life!
I feel like I genuinely need to come to terms with...
Wow. I'm lost for words.
I'm not usually lost for words. I'm properly lost for words.
I have never genuinely in my whole Blue Peter career,
I have never been that terrified, excited, happy.
-All the emotions.
-Everything at once.
-That's why it's a BP challenge.
-We've done it. Challenge over!
You didn't think that was the challenge, did you?
What you're actually here for today is to take on
Blue Peter's iconic wing walking challenge.
You must pass a one metre baton to each other while strapped
to the wings of two planes.
Oh, and Lindsey, you're the one going upside down.
This is a ridiculous challenge.
I watched this challenge when we used to watch Blue Peter growing up
and they've always failed, so now the pressure's on.
Third time lucky, and you know what will help?
-Happy dance as I walk off!
Can we succeed? If we can, it will be with the help
of our pilots, Martin and Dave.
So, guys, how exactly are we going to do this? How does it work?
Basically, we are going to fly two vintage biplanes in formation.
We're going to fly one above the other in perfect alignment,
and then as we're there, you are going to be standing
on the wing and passing that baton across to Radzi.
I will not be calm, by the way.
I'll be honest. I've done a lot of Blue Peter challenges,
but there's a difference with this one,
because this one isn't on my own.
I've got to do this and work as a team with Radzi,
and I really, really, really don't want to let him down.
We only have around three attempts to get this right,
because there's a limit to the number of times
that I can hold the baton up in 120 mph wind.
-Blue Peter history!
-Let's do it.
-Let's do it!
Once in the air,
Martin and Dave begin to manoeuvre us into position
for our first attempt.
They need to be so exact in their flying.
We swoop into position, trying to match the speed of Lindsey's plane.
We're just not close enough.
We line up for our second try.
We're definitely closer. Are we going to do it?
I just don't know if we're ever going to get this right.
I'm starting to struggle. My arms are in agony.
This is our last chance.
I wait until the last second and then hold the baton
as high as I possibly can.
Every inch of me is willing us to get closer, just come on!
We've done it!
We did it!
Hands down, the best day of my life.
Can we just say, that was down
to these absolutely legendary pilots, Dave and Martin.
What skill, what control! Blue Peter history!
APPLAUSE Blue Peter history indeed.
What a day. Somebody else who has made history lately
is Mollie Hughes.
Mollie, welcome to Blue Peter. Congratulations,
because we last caught up in March.
You took me for a spot of ice-climbing, which was very fun.
This was as you were training to climb Everest
for the second time.
We set you a bit of a Blue Peter challenge, didn't we?
Yes, absolutely. You guys asked me to take this badge here
to the top of the world, and I did on 16th May.
-We got up to the summit.
-Look at this picture!
There you are on the summit with the BP badge.
You really are a legend, you're amazing.
But you didn't stop there. Not only that,
you actually got a world record as well, is that right?
Yeah, so, from doing this trip, climbing from the north
to the south side, I'm now the youngest woman
to climb from both sides.
I think that deserves a round of applause. That is unbelievable.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Amazing! So how did you do it?
How do you manage to take on a challenge like that?
It takes a lot of physical effort and a lot of determination.
You've got to really want to get up there and get to the top.
It took seven weeks to get to the top,
and just a few days to get back down again.
Hang on, how does it take so long to go up
and no time at all to come back down?
It's all because of something called acclimatisation.
So on Everest, because it's so high,
8,848 metres above sea level,
we really slowly let our bodies adapt to this altitude and
-this lack of oxygen.
-OK. So how does that feel?
Are you really out of breath and faint?
Absolutely, so a lot of the time, you feel very out of breath,
but the main thing is you move really slowly,
-you can see from this clip.
-I can. Mollie, I didn't want to make fun
of you earlier but you're really taking your time with that one!
Yeah, just a couple of steps and then you stop and catch your breath.
-A couple more steps.
And you actually had to wear a special device?
Absolutely, we wear oxygen masks,
which is an oxygen cylinder and a rucksack
and that just helps with the lack of oxygen.
OK, and is it true that the North side is harder than the South?
-Erm, yeah, I would say so.
"I would say so, I've done both, I know!"
It's mainly because of that altitude, you spend more time
above 8,000 metres in what's known as the death zone.
-It doesn't sound like a very nice place, does it?
"The death zone."
But up there, there's a third less oxygen than there is down here,
so we really have to wear the oxygen mask up there.
And you're really up against it with the elements because it is
very windy as well. What's camping like up there?
It's super windy and especially at night-time, when it's really windy.
Look at that! You're about to lose your tent!
Yes, that was on the descent, the winds just picked up completely.
And at night, when you're camping,
it could be -20, -25, it's pretty cold.
Wait, how did you shower? How did you wash?
-Erm, we didn't shower much.
-How many times?
I think maybe three times.
-In seven weeks?!
-Yeah, I think so.
-Have you showered today?
No, you do smell divine. Don't worry, she showered today.
And you actually reached the summit in the dark?
That must have been terrifying.
Well, we leave camp in the dark and it's mainly because the ice
and the snow is more solid and stuck together.
-And also, it means we get to the top when the sun just rises.
So the views from the top were just incredible.
And there is you at the top. You are an absolute legend.
We here at Blue Peter are genuinely so, so proud of you,
-aren't we, guys? ALL:
Amazing effort! But before you climb your next mountain,
would you like to come and see the post on the big badge wall?
-I'd love to, let's go for it.
-Let's do it!
Don't slip down this mountain, come on! Careful.
Just to make you feel more comfortable as well, Moll,
we've managed to get our special effects guys in to get some
rain down here as well for you.
And if you just want to enjoy that, that's a lovely ice cream.
It's a unicorn ice cream. Maisie sent that to us cos I made that
on the show a few weeks ago. Maisie, congratulations,
you've got yourself your very own Blue Peter badge.
No need to eat it, it's wool. OK. Just so you know.
And talking of wool, later on in the show,
you'll get to see me take on the Tetbury wool sack race.
Now, Eliza was actually there.
Although we haven't shown you the film yet,
-she sent in this fantastic model.
-Shall I do it?
The support I had on that day was fantastic.
Eliza, thank you so much, you've got yourself a blue badge.
Mollie, let's take a look at this. What have we got?
So, it's from Catherine and she sent this in especially for me.
It's pretty cool, it's got me and you can move me up
-and down the mountain.
-With my badge!
-How amazing is that?
-And Catherine's got herself a silver badge for this.
Catherine, congratulations, that's on its way to you
and Mollie is also donating a million pounds to your bank.
-No, that's not happening.
-Keep all your post coming in
to the usual address. Now, Mollie, you've clearly had a massive impact
on our viewers. Look at that post.
You didn't know we were going to do this, Mollie.
But for your incredible achievement and for inspiring Blue Peter viewers
watching across the UK, we'd like to award you with our highest accolade.
-It is your very own gold Blue Peter badge.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Congratulations, Mollie. Well done.
It's like a life ambition come true, isn't it?
-There you go, all you've got to do is climb Everest to get one.
-Twice, of course, yes. Well done.
Now, there is also an orange badge if you want to get your hands on
that, but you've got to enter a competition.
Would you like to see what it's all about? OK then, roll it, Martin.
For thousands of years they've been protecting the information we
want to keep safe. Codes are everywhere.
And codes have gone from fact to fiction, with some of our
most loved spy stories revolving around breaking codes.
In fact, I know one author who loves them more than most.
Hello, I'm Anthony Horowitz, the author of the Alex Rider series,
as well as books about James Bond and Sherlock Holmes.
Yes, Anthony has teamed up with Blue Peter to bring you an
He's created a code that he wants you to break
and if you can do it, he's got another challenge for you.
We want YOU to create a super villain
with a cool name and a unique feature
that will make them memorable.
The winner will get the chance to hang out with Anthony for
an incredible spy adventure. And that's not all.
I'll write YOU into my latest Alex Rider adventure, Never Say Die.
YOUR name in MY paperback.
All the details of how to enter are on the Blue Peter website,
so, crack the code, invent a villain and your name could live
forever in the pages of history.
You just jumped off your chair and went, "I want to do this!"
Didn't you? Well, if you do, it's very simple,
head to the Blue Peter website, download the form
and then do three things.
Thing number one, you've got to crack the code.
Now, Anthony Horowitz does say it appears to be tricky but it's
a lot easier than you think.
Thing number two, you've got to come up with a villain.
Give it/him/her, whatever it is, a name, and then tell us
-all about them.
-That's my favourite thing you've ever done on telly.
Thing number three, include your full name and spell it correctly
because if you win, that name will be in the latest Alex Rider book.
Closing date is 29th June, 12 noon,
make sure when you get in touch you put the right details,
and make sure it's the right size of stamp for the envelope.
If it's this big, you need a big stamp. It's that simple, really. OK?
What?! I hope we have been very clear on what you need to do.
I'm sure we have.
Big envelope, big stamp, send it in, you might get disqualified.
Recently, I took part in the challenge, essentially...
-In fact, leave.
-That was awful.
-Just me and you chatting now.
Recently, I took part in a challenge fit for a superhero.
I didn't put a cape on, I put 27 kilos of wool
and tried to walk up a hill. It was hard.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Tetbury Woolsack Race,
a stunning display of athletic ability run every year in
a small village in Gloucestershire.
It just so happens it involves huge sacks of wool.
When I HERD about this un-EWE-sual event, I thought, "Ba-a-ah!"
No-one's going to pull the WOOL over my eyes!
I'd better JUMPER to it! I'll stop now. I'm going to stop.
Ah, sheep gags...
The aim of the game is to run as fast as you can through the
village, up a hill, carrying 27 kilos of wool.
Un-BA-A-A-AH-lievable. Another sheep joke! Ha!
"But why?", I hear you ask.
Well... Actually, I've got no idea. Cue the history bit.
For hundreds of years, Tetbury has been known for its excellent wool.
And it's thought local men used to impress ladies
with how fast they could carry it. And who wouldn't be impressed?
In 1972, that tradition was turned into an official race.
Now, I've been invited to take part.
With no training or preparation, I should probably warm up.
But it only takes five seconds of slow-mo shots for me to realise
this sack is very heavy and I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing.
Thankfully, though, I've bumped into current women's record holder,
Lucy and some of her friends.
Ladies, you are the perfect people to speak to.
How on earth do I do this?
Erm, I think picking up the bag is the most important thing.
You've got to get a really good grip and make sure it sits right
on your shoulders.
If it's too far forward, it's going to hammer your legs.
So getting that right is pretty crucial, I think.
Yeah, and climbing up,
I think you've just got to go slow and steady.
I think...too quick out of the blocks and then by the time you hit
the actual hill, you've lost it, so just a slow, steady pace.
Pacing, yeah, definitely pacing.
Bit of a tip, to kind of bounce it off your knee and
then just try to get as much grip as you can because otherwise
-your hands are going to slip off.
-So, here, up...
-Bounce it off your knee. And then...
-Over the head, wow!
-Do you know what?
This is a game changer because I was going to go lengthways but you're
Definitely go diagonal cos then you can breathe, you can keep your
neck sort of straight, so you can actually get air in.
What could possibly go wrong, eh? See you guys out there!
As well as a women's event, there's a team and a men's competition
but before all that, it's the juniors' turn.
And these guys aren't messing around.
-Three, two, one...
Off they go! I mean, check that out.
If I could get anywhere near that, I'd be very happy indeed.
Maybe THEY could give me some top tips.
-You have just run the wool sack race. How was it?
-Really fun but I thought I might slip when I was coming up.
It was really exciting and the support was really amazing.
I found it very fun but very exhausting at the same time.
Do you have a piece of advice for me? Anything that might help me?
Find your pace to go up the hill and when you get further up,
start getting faster and faster.
Make sure you have a good grip on the sack and don't try and readjust
it cos you could drop it then.
Kind of lean over because then you're in more of
a streamlined position, so you'll go faster.
Fives! They're awesome. Now, that's what I call advice.
But just as I'm gearing myself up for it, the heavens open!
Which will make things even trickier.
They wool sack will be heavier and both the sack and floor slippier.
-Race four is Radzi!
-HE MOUTHS SILENTLY
This is the last thing I need but hey,
this is Blue Peter and I'm not letting a little bit of water
stop me. To the start line!
OK, just remember, everyone's advice.
-Find your pace to go up the hill.
-Try and get as much grip as you can.
Kind of lean over.
Wise words, they were. But can I put it into practice?
-On your marks, get set, go!
-Come on, Radzi! And we're off!
This is a challenge just to stay on my feet.
But this is the hill. This is where the legs start to burn.
CHEERING AND SHOUTING
The crowd support means so much, I cannot let them down.
My legs are burning, my lungs are burning,
but I will cross the finish line.
Ah! That was hard.
In case you're wondering, that was really very, very tiring.
The all-time record is an incredible 45 seconds, but how did I do?
Radzi, Blue Peter presenter, one minute, 10 seconds, 34.
I tried my best to beat the guy in front of me but I didn't win,
I didn't break any records, but what I did do was I had a fantastic time.
And his crowd, by the way, are awesome,
cheering you on all the way.
And who did I do it for? I did it for this thing.
The Blue Peter badge.
Now, I need a towel because my hair is very wet.
Unforgettable day, but thank you so much for everyone who came
out and supported me, it meant the world.
Mate, it's an absolute pleasure to be on TV with you today.
Just saying, that was an award-winning link.
Now, though, it's time to dance and bang everything
you've got in front of you. It's time for an amazing performance
-CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
-CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Wow!
THAT is what I'm talking about.
I implore you to jump onto the Blue Peter website right now
cos we've got a BBC Music Day quiz. You're going to love it!
Yeah, baby, right now, let's talk about Spot Shelley. Where was she?
Well, she was up Everest, apparently. Look at that.
-That was well spotted.
-That's hard this week. Surely no-one.
Blue Violet Mini Baker, you are a legend, congratulations,
you've won yourself your very own house in Florida...
-No, you haven't.
-That's not true.
-Right, that's it for today's show.
Coming... DOORBELL RINGS
-In a garden?
-That doesn't work. It's Derek Landy!
Derek, welcome to Blue Peter. CHEERING
Not to be rude, what on Earth are you doing in the Blue Peter garden?
I'm here for a very special Blue Peter chat that will be
happening pretty much immediately.
After today's show. What are you going to be talking about?
I'm going to be talking about my new book, Skulduggery Pleasant.
Book ten of a nine-book series. So, you know...
-It's good they've put your portrait on the front, isn't it?
-I've put on weight since then.
-What can fans expect from it?
They can expect jokes, monsters, a little bit of horror,
-a little bit of...
-A bit of everything!
You better run, go find a computer, get online. Bye-bye.
-If you want to chat Derek. Thank you.
-Next week, it's going to be lights!
Yes, we're taking you to the movies. Not literally. That'd be weird.
The bus would be massive. Also going to be talking to you about these
minion muffins. Lucy's doing a brilliant job of showing it off.
I'm going to be showing how to make those, so make sure you're watching.
Animal expert Scott will be in the house but until then,
make sure you watch, same time, same place, next week. Goodbye!
Blue Peter are celebrating BBC Music Day with some epic percussion from Stomp. Radzi takes on a sack race with a difference and we'll be catching up with the youngest woman in the world to conquer both sides of Mount Everest!