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Strange Hill High and Bionic Animals

Helen visits the set of a brand new CBBC series, where she learns how to be a puppeteer.


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It's 5.30. We are live with all of this.

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We meet one of the world's first bionic dogs,

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and the vet who made it possible.

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To prove how much we love hearing from you,

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we surprised a boy who sent us something in the post.

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Helen!

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And you get exclusive behind-the-scenes access

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to CBBC's brand-new programme.

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Helen even got to control one of their puppets.

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That's all on today's live Blue Peter.

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What an amazing thing to do.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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-Hello!

-Hi!

-It's 5.30, we are live, welcome to Blue Peter.

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It's definitely live. Watch this.

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We wouldn't do that in a pre-recorded show.

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How are you? Welcome.

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We want you to get involved as always.

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We love it when you get in touch.

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And we want you to stick around,

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because at the end of the show I will be revealing

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a secret challenge I've set for Barney.

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-He's got no idea.

-What?

-Don't worry. I'll tell you later.

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OK, that's exciting. Shall we get ready for the lights and the action?

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I like it when we bring it all together.

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Today we want you to get in touch.

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We've got a theme running throughout the show.

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We are talking about hypervynorama.

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Does that happen every time we say hypervynorama?

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-Yes!

-I'm going to get one fitted at home.

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Hypervynorama is how they bring puppets to life

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in a brand-new show on CBBC. Have a look at this.

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I meant to ask, who told you I wasn't a king, anyway?

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Close the lid. Men!

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That starts on Wednesday 8th.

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The hypervynorama is the animation of the mouth. It's very cool.

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It's a new technique. It's a new word.

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So new it's not even in the dictionary yet.

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But we want to know from you today,

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what is your favourite word in the dictionary?

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I like boondoggle, which means to spend wastefully.

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I like toggle.

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And bumph. You'd use that if you've got lots of bumph lying around.

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Or maybe flummery.

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It means meaningless chat, so I guess that makes us flummerists.

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Let us know what your favourite word is...

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We want to know what your favourite word in the dictionary is.

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Anything goes.

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-Hypervynorama is my favourite.

-It's not in the dictionary yet.

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Good point. Let's talk about last week's show.

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We showed you how to make T-shirts.

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We were very excited to find our postbag full of ideas from you.

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We've got pictures sent in to us. This was sent in by Luke.

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He's nine.

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He sent in a photograph of a T-shirt he made.

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It took him over two hours. We hope it was worth it, Luke.

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It does take a while to dry, as Lily found out. This is hers with no arms.

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She was feeling in a vesty mood, but it looks very cool, so we love it.

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And Sarpreet got in touch with this photograph of a T-shirt she made.

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But what you will see there is she has actually got three T-shirts.

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She sent two of them to us!

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There's no excuse not to have competitions from now on.

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We've got our own team shirts. Thank you. I love it.

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We'll wear those a little later in the show.

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You can still make the T-shirts.

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The details are on the Blue Peter website. We're going back to school.

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No ordinary school, though. And the pupils there don't look like us.

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That is because the pupils are puppets.

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This is Becky Butters. She is one of the stars

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of the brand-new CBBC show Strange Hill High.

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She's even wearing her very own Blue Peter badge.

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The show starts on Wednesday 8th May. I'm going to make her wave.

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It is not just the badge that's exciting,

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it's the hypervynorama you're going to see in this interview.

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CBBC's latest puppet series is being made in this studio

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just outside Manchester.

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I've been given backstage access,

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so I've come to see if I can get involved.

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Whilst the studio has all the trappings of a movie set,

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everything is in miniature.

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I am going to meet the full-sized director, Jeff.

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Nice to meet you.

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Strange Hill High is no ordinary school.

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How is it different?

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It looks like an ordinary school,

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but it's populated by characters that are vinyl toys.

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There's various strange worlds within the school.

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Forgive me for doubting.

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Only a true king can draw Excalibur

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from the caked-on, impossible-to-get-rid-of muck.

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Actually, I meant to ask. Who told you I wasn't a king?

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I was looking at this set and the detail,

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it must have taken days to build.

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More like weeks. Things like the rubbish bags.

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Any time anybody's not doing something on set,

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they've been packing the rubbish bags.

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-Can I get involved?

-I think we can get you involved.

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I think we can get you puppeteering.

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-I imagine you have to be patient as a puppeteer?

-You do.

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There's a lot of fiddling to get things right,

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but if you persevere and take your time, I'm sure you can get there.

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Each episode starts off as a series of storyboard drawings.

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Actors record the characters' voices,

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and it is down to the puppeteers to bring the whole thing to life.

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Lisa is one of the main puppeteers on the show,

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and she's going to show me the ropes. Let's get cracking.

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Lisa, who is this?

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This is Little Miss Becky Butters.

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She is one of the three main characters.

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Huh, men!

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She can be a little bit bossy, so we have a lot of things

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where she waggles her finger and things.

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Nothing wrong with that.

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-She loves bit of drama in her life.

-And she's got a Blue Peter badge?

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-She is a Blue Peter lover.

-That's not because we're here?

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That's in the series, isn't it?

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No, it's on her all the time, she wears it every day.

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-I see a lot of similarities in Becky and myself.

-That's fair.

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This is the future. She might be legal by now.

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Mitchell Tanner, I cannot believe you.

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I am never speaking to you again!

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What are the key things you need to be a good puppeteer?

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One very important thing, hand-eye co-ordination.

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We work on tiny monitors. We see what the camera sees.

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If she was to move her left hand, we move our right.

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-That is confusing!

-I know, right?

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-What else?

-We give plenty of emotion to the character.

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We don't just waggle an arm. We try to give her some fear,

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some excitement that will make this little person become real.

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Right. With that in mind, it's time for me to have a go.

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Oh, no! I'm going to have to get everything cleaned up.

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SHE LAUGHS

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I think you've definitely got the emotion of it.

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Well done.

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We'll work on trying to keep everything that little bit smaller.

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-Becky, it is time for your close-up. That way, methinks.

-Let's go.

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I'm still in character. I was doing the walk.

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Of all the places to make a puppeteering debut,

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my scene involves Becky and co having to clean the boys' loo.

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The Strange Hill team are currently putting the finishing touches

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to the set by throwing on some lovely brown gloop.

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-I'll hand you Becky.

-There's a step there.

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So this is the screen you use to work out what Becky's doing?

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One of a few. We normally have at least one for every two puppeteers.

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Now I get the hand-eye coordination thing.

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You're looking at that, but you're moving your hands up here.

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-I'm warmed up. I think Becky's ready for action.

-Excellent.

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All of a sudden it's getting quite cosy in here.

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This is more stressful when there are three people here,

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because if I get my bit wrong, all of their bit is wasted.

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No pressure then. Here goes.

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And...action!

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With so many people down here, it's difficult to see the screens.

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This is stinking.

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But thankfully Lisa is helping me out

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by talking through the characters' emotions.

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Nervous, nervous.

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-And before I know it, it's all over.

-And cut.

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Lovely.

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-That's great.

-But will my puppeteering make the cut?

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-How do you think it went?

-We think it went well. Shall we have a look?

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Lisa's happy.

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That's good.

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Yay! Look!

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Do I manage to get enough emotion into Becky's movements?

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-She's looking scared. That's great.

-Nervous.

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And look at that.

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-Will that scene make into it the series?

-Yes, I think so.

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-It's a crucial moment in the episode.

-And I didn't muck it up?

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-Not at all.

-It was lovely.

-It was a millisecond of TV,

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but I will be telling everybody I was a puppeteer on that.

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Thank you so much for your time, patience and expertise.

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-Good luck with the rest of it.

-Thanks a lot.

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We've won the task! We're safe for one more week.

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What an absolute privilege. That was brilliant.

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I am positive this series is going to be a hit.

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I feel so lucky to have been able to be part of it.

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I didn't realise how patient and strong you need to be a puppeteer.

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Good work, good series, enjoy.

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He's coming in!

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And here it is, my bit in the finished episode.

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THEY GASP

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Oh, my goodness.

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I've never seen such a clean lavatory.

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I suppose it will have to do.

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Thank you so much to all the puppeteers

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who humoured me, helped me and let me have a go.

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You will love that series.

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If you want to know more about what they do,

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tune into CBBC this coming Monday,

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because there are loads of exclusive bits and bobs going on

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in preparation for the big launch on Wednesday 8th May.

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One of the things that is exciting about this show

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is they use a brand-new technique called...

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Hypervynorama.

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I kept that link going cos I could see him at the side!

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Waiting for my big entrance!

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That technique involves playing with a bit of your mouth.

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This inspired us to have a bit of fun in the office,

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-and it resulted in some quite funny things.

-Watch this.

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What's funny about this?

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You can have a go yourself.

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If you get a smartphone you can do the video thing,

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or just take some photos, which is what we did earlier.

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-It's tap-screen, that.

-Wicked.

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The top of my head, bottom of Helen's face. It's quite weird.

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I've got your eyes covering mine, so we have a Barney/Helen mash-up.

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That's Hayley from Newsround.

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If you haven't got a smartphone, don't worry,

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as you can cut a picture from a magazine and do this.

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That's Jessie J, by the way.

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Or why not draw your own?

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Hiya. How you doing? Isn't that good? I love it.

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As always, if you do have a go, take a photograph, send it to us

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and let us know how you get on.

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We'll try and show it on next week's show.

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If this has inspired you to mash up faces, get online...

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This is where you find Mash-up Mayhem. You can do all sort of things

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with Barney the dog's face or my face.

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Barney is royalty, so we are going to stick a crown on there.

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And he likes to wear jewels. That's his necklace.

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If I see you put a necklace on Barney, we'll have serious words.

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He does sometimes go into my jewellery box

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and put his head through necklaces.

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He especially likes to put his head in bags.

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-He likes to wear a handbag.

-Showbiz pooch.

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We love it when you get in touch.

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We do. Let's talk about this.

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This is a bee hotel that we made some time ago,

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but Ellie has drawn one. You can see five bees enjoying the hotel.

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One single and two doubles.

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We're always so overwhelmed by the things you send in.

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Natalie sent in this colourful poster.

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Natalie's ten and lives in Warrington.

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There's everything on there, stars, Comic Relief, red noses, Blue Peter.

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It is important that you talk about use of colour when referring to art.

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This one is brilliant. Keep calm and love nature.

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We would love to give the person who did this a Blue Peter badge,

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but you didn't put your name on it.

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If you want to get a Blue Peter badge and you send us some stuff,

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make sure you put your name on.

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But if you didn't do that, don't try and claim it!

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Isaac created this Blue Peter ship for us.

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Thank you very much for that, Isaac.

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He'll be getting a Blue Peter badge.

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As will everybody else who named their pictures.

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And if you head over to the Blue Peter website,

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you will find more details.

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Our postal and email addresses are there.

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One guy who did send us

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something in the post is a 14-year-old called Gareth.

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He sent a recipe book, and we were so excited we were fighting over it.

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Have a look at this.

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All kinds of things in here.

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We've been fighting over this.

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-We've both been flicking through it.

-I want the ice cream cupcakes.

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Everything's got sugar in it. It's a great idea.

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There's no way I have enough sugar!

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We couldn't decide what to make,

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so I went to Gareth's school to surprise him.

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Our chef and author, Gareth,

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is in history class behind this wall.

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The principal is about to get him,

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so we can sneak in and set up our hidden cameras.

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I think the coast's clear.

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About there?

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There we go.

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Yeah. That'll do.

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Gareth's back in class, and that's my cue.

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Hello!

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We thought that we would come and say hello. You must be Gareth.

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-Yeah.

-Nice to meet you.

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-Am I right in thinking this was written by you?

-Yeah.

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It's absolutely phenomenal. We were so impressed with it.

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We wanted to come along in the hope you would cook something with us.

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But we heard you have an inspiration.

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Do you like The Hairy Bikers?

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-Yeah.

-Turns out you are an inspiration to them, as well.

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-What shall we have for tea?

-California rolls.

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It's too cold for that.

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That's what we want, the summer lamb with carrot and fennel salad.

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Mate, this is brilliant.

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This puts us all to shame. That book is absolutely wonderful, Gareth.

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The recipes are so well written.

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Honestly, we are going mad trying to decide what we want to cook from it.

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Gareth, very, very well done to you, mate.

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We're very proud to look at your book and we are proud of you.

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Yeah. Excellent work, man.

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Now, it took work, but I managed to get it back off them.

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We were wondering if you would cook with us today. Is that all right?

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So it's straight from the classroom into the kitchen.

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Welcome to Gareth's cookery class.

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You are going to lead me through two of your top recipes.

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-Yes, I am.

-Toad in the hole and chocolate brownies.

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We've washed our hands and turned the oven on, now what?

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Weigh the flour out.

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125. So, we need to crack the eggs.

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Crack the eggs.

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Oh, right. Just pour it in now?

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-Pour it in.

-OK.

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When you are cooking, you have to make mess.

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You know what, I often say that to Barney.

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I have seen that he loves to keep things clean.

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-It's unnecessary, isn't it?

-Yes.

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Maybe we need to whisk it.

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-Who taught you all this?

-My grandma. She used to teach me all sorts.

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-How many sausages?

-As many as we can fit in.

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How long is that going in the oven for?

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Ten minutes before we can pour the batter in.

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OK. This is why I'm not a good cook,

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because I like things to be ready now!

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Well, you have to wait!

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Not too much!

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Make a wish.

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Do they look slightly brown?

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-Yeah!

-That's the colour we want.

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-Happy with that, Chef?

-Yes.

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With the batter poured over, the toad is in the hole,

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and whilst it cooks in the oven,

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it's time for us to get cracking on something a little sweeter.

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How does Barney work with you?

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I am categorically not eating chocolate!

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Two whole eggs and then one egg yolk.

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That's 5-8 minutes.

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Are you determined to splatter stuff at me today?

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-There we go.

-That looks good.

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So, we've got some milk poured. Helen!

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-How long does this need to cook for?

-About 20 minutes.

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Brownies in, toad in the hole out.

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-That's not bad.

-That's amazing!

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There's always room for my favourite part, dessert.

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I'd like to say, Barney, that we'll save you some,

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but I can't promise that's going to happen.

6:49:056:49:08

Gareth, thank you for having me in your kitchen.

6:49:086:49:10

Thank you so much for sending us your recipe book.

6:49:106:49:13

You genuinely are an inspiration.

6:49:136:49:15

Thank you very much, Gareth, for all your hard work.

6:49:186:49:20

And if you head to the website after the show,

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you'll be able to see a few exclusive clips.

6:49:236:49:26

The crew were into that toad in the hole

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faster than you can say toad in the hole.

6:49:286:49:29

That's quick. Let's talk about herbs.

6:49:296:49:32

Any good chef knows that herbs and spices can bring a dish to life.

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It's not just about sprinkling and garnishing.

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We've brought to you the garden to show you how to grow herbs.

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You can grow them like this and use them in food.

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Cheese and chive muffins.

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The chives adds a little bit.

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-These are delicious.

-Strawberry and chocolate mint smoothies.

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So, over the next six weeks, we are going to show you how to...

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Grow it, cook it, eat it.

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I was the glamorous assistant!

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I am going to invite Katherine Kennedy in, our herb expert.

6:50:016:50:06

You'll show us how to get to this, but this happens in a few weeks?

6:50:066:50:09

-Yes.

-Tell us what you do.

6:50:096:50:11

Well, I teach people how to grow fruit and veg and herbs at home.

6:50:116:50:15

We are going to be growing chives today.

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-They look like this here.

-BARNEY THE DOG WHIMPERS

6:50:186:50:21

There are lots of other things that you can grow

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like the mint in your smoothies. This is chocolate mint.

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I love that it's chocolate mint.

6:50:276:50:29

You don't expect chocolate to be a herb, it's more of the smell.

6:50:296:50:34

You have the mint flavour with a hint of chocolate.

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It smells incredible. You can tell people want to use this in food.

6:50:366:50:39

It adds so much flavour.

6:50:396:50:40

You think of herbs and think of tarragon or basil,

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which you've probably seen a lot on pizzas.

6:50:446:50:46

But these are more exciting.

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You can grow most of these on your windowsill at home.

6:50:486:50:51

Lead the way. Take to the table. Show us how to grow these chives.

6:50:516:50:55

First of all, we need a container.

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We have all kinds of things. We even have a welly.

6:50:596:51:03

-That's brilliant.

-You have to put holes in the bottom.

6:51:036:51:06

-To let the water drain through.

-It is. So, we have these.

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Cardboard boxes, old cartons, bottles, yoghurt pots,

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all make good holders.

6:51:136:51:15

They do. Just remember the holes in the bottom are important.

6:51:156:51:18

Our seeds are going to be made in an orange carton,

6:51:186:51:21

cut in half and holes in the bottom.

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-First things first?

-We need compost.

6:51:246:51:27

-OK.

-Fill up right to the top, no pressing down.

6:51:276:51:32

Seeds are quite easy to get hold of?

6:51:326:51:34

It's quite cheap, usually cheaper than having to buy the plant.

6:51:346:51:38

I have seen seeds in supermarkets now.

6:51:386:51:40

-Is it too late to plant seeds?

-No.

6:51:406:51:43

Because we had a late spring, it's great to actually get them in now.

6:51:436:51:48

-OK.

-Tap the pot and make sure that sinks, and we need these seeds.

6:51:486:51:53

-So... hand out.

-Thank you.

6:51:536:51:54

We only need a few seeds because these get big.

6:51:546:51:58

So, we need a little sprinkle on top.

6:51:586:52:00

A tiny covering, otherwise they'll struggle to get out.

6:52:006:52:03

-Water.

-A little bit of water.

6:52:036:52:09

I love how messy you've made that!

6:52:096:52:11

We do have a messy person. Clear plastic.

6:52:116:52:14

It's important to keep the heat and moisture in,

6:52:146:52:17

and they need to go on a sunny windowsill at home somewhere warm.

6:52:176:52:22

Over the next six weeks they will grow,

6:52:226:52:24

because Helen and I are having a competition

6:52:246:52:26

to see who can grow theirs the fastest.

6:52:266:52:29

If you don't want to get into a fight with a person

6:52:296:52:31

who owns the kitchen table,

6:52:316:52:32

put a tray under there so it doesn't get messy.

6:52:326:52:35

-Sorry, Mum!

-All the details are on the website.

6:52:356:52:39

Katherine, thank you so much.

6:52:396:52:40

-Good luck on the competition.

-Thank you very much.

-Bring it on!

6:52:406:52:43

Now have you seen Iron Man 3 yet?

6:52:436:52:46

It's amazing. If you haven't, watch this.

6:52:466:52:50

Listen to me. See that guy?

6:52:506:52:52

I'm going to swing by and you're going to grab him.

6:52:526:52:55

You got it?

6:52:556:52:58

I will electrify your arm. You won't be able to open your hand.

6:52:586:53:02

We can do this.

6:53:026:53:04

Iron Man's awesome, a bit like Katherine's herbs.

6:53:066:53:08

Thank you to Katherine for coming in.

6:53:086:53:10

We will keep you posted on how the herbs grow.

6:53:106:53:12

Back, to Iron Man, the bionic suit gives him amazing superpowers.

6:53:126:53:16

It's not readily available on the market,

6:53:166:53:18

but some human beings, as we've seen, have got a bionic arm.

6:53:186:53:23

It's not just humans who are making the most of this technology.

6:53:236:53:26

Meet Mr Stubbs.

6:53:266:53:29

He is an alligator who lost his tail in a fight.

6:53:296:53:34

He is having difficulty swimming,

6:53:346:53:36

so a team of people in the USA made him a fake tail

6:53:366:53:38

and he can now swim happily. That is brilliant.

6:53:386:53:42

It's amazing. This is Gamera, a tortoise from Washington.

6:53:426:53:46

He lost his leg left and has been fitted with a wheel to get around.

6:53:466:53:50

Absolutely brilliant. We knew you would want to know more,

6:53:506:53:53

so we have invited an expert into the studio.

6:53:536:53:56

Noel here knows how to help animals who are born without limbs

6:53:566:54:00

or who lose them in accidents.

6:54:006:54:03

This is one of your patients. Tell us about Bumblebee.

6:54:036:54:06

He was born with a poorly shoulder that was deformed and no foot.

6:54:066:54:12

We have effectively put a foot on to him now.

6:54:126:54:15

And the key thing, the difference between him and the other animals

6:54:156:54:19

is all of those animals have strap-on legs,

6:54:196:54:22

so they're strapped on and they can get a socket

6:54:226:54:25

that gets sore underneath that, the same as people.

6:54:256:54:29

So it's like a Paralympian, it attaches on the outside.

6:54:296:54:33

-This is on the inside.

-Exactly.

6:54:336:54:35

The key difference between Bumblebee and other animals

6:54:356:54:39

is there is a peg protruding through her skin.

6:54:396:54:42

You can pinch it up here and it doesn't fall off.

6:54:426:54:46

The key thing is there's a piece of metal actually inside her bone.

6:54:466:54:51

It sticks to it like superglue.

6:54:516:54:53

Then the skin sticks to a honeycomb outside this peg

6:54:536:54:58

and the peg pokes through and the bugs can't get in.

6:54:586:55:01

It can't get infected.

6:55:016:55:03

It's comfortable for them to wear, it's internal.

6:55:036:55:07

Like Iron Man, it's actually bionic.

6:55:076:55:09

Everything else you have seen is not bionic.

6:55:096:55:11

Bionic is the replacement of parts of your body

6:55:116:55:14

with functional metal bits or mechanical bits that actually work.

6:55:146:55:17

Which you have pioneered. Oscar the cat is here.

6:55:176:55:21

You were the first bioengineer to attach these to a cat.

6:55:216:55:24

What is Oscar's story?

6:55:246:55:26

Oscar had both feet chopped off by a combine harvester,

6:55:266:55:29

and we put this peg through the ankles and put blades on.

6:55:296:55:33

You can put endless numbers of blades on.

6:55:336:55:35

You can change them like a shoe.

6:55:356:55:38

The skin seals tightly around the end.

6:55:386:55:40

That's been the Holy Grail forever and ever,

6:55:406:55:42

and now we truly can call a dog or cat bionic.

6:55:426:55:47

Would you need to replace that? Might she wear that out?

6:55:476:55:50

Absolutely. Just like you replace your shoes,

6:55:506:55:52

we can replace these as often as Bumblebee needs,

6:55:526:55:56

and it slots on like that.

6:55:566:55:57

This isn't something that humans have yet, is it?

6:55:576:56:01

It's difficult. It's a difficult technology.

6:56:016:56:03

We are pioneering it for animals,

6:56:036:56:05

and we hope that this will light the way for humans in the future.

6:56:056:56:08

Humans can also have this peg inside their leg

6:56:086:56:12

with a skin seal that never breaks down.

6:56:126:56:14

It's incredible. How accessible is this? Surgery is expensive.

6:56:146:56:18

Yes. We hope the expense of it will come down over time

6:56:186:56:22

to the cost of a hip replacement like a dog or your nan might have.

6:56:226:56:27

The reality is now, yes, it's expensive,

6:56:276:56:30

but it's giving all of the animals all of the options all of the time.

6:56:306:56:33

And let's remember lots of cats and dogs

6:56:336:56:36

can actually handle fine with three legs.

6:56:366:56:38

Absolutely. I want to emphasise

6:56:386:56:39

there's loads of cats and dogs perfectly happy on three legs.

6:56:396:56:43

The reason it didn't suit Bumblebee is she's got a deep chest

6:56:436:56:45

and would find it difficult on three legs.

6:56:456:56:47

We gave her the option.

6:56:476:56:49

Thank you. And thank you Bumblebee for sitting there patiently.

6:56:496:56:54

She's better behaved than our Barney.

6:56:546:56:57

Definitely better behaved than my nan. I might get the Iron Man suit.

6:56:576:57:00

She's amazing. She runs through the fields.

6:57:006:57:03

Thank you very much.

6:57:036:57:05

Loads of you have been getting in touch because we asked you

6:57:056:57:08

to let us know what your favourite word in the dictionary is.

6:57:086:57:12

Alex says it's abbreviation. Because it's a long word.

6:57:126:57:17

Why is a word that means short word such a long word?

6:57:176:57:19

Carla says my favourite word is flannel

6:57:196:57:22

because it sounds funny when you say it.

6:57:226:57:24

Megan who's ten says my favourite is disestablishmentarianism.

6:57:246:57:28

"It's a real word!" she says with exclamation marks.

6:57:286:57:31

Ellie says my favourite word is flabbergasted.

6:57:316:57:34

Felicity loves discombobulated. Great word!

6:57:346:57:38

Isabella loves jelly.

6:57:386:57:40

You have left the next one for me!

6:57:406:57:42

Floxi...floccinauci...

6:57:436:57:45

Floccinaucinihilipilification.

6:57:456:57:49

That's the habit of thinking something is worthless.

6:57:496:57:53

That was learned in an English lesson a month ago.

6:57:536:57:55

It's from Lauren who's 14.

6:57:556:57:57

My favourite word is haberdashery. It's materials you use for sewing.

6:57:576:58:02

That's from Esme. PS, she's a big fan. Hi, Esme.

6:58:026:58:05

And Danielle says jambalaya, because it's so much fun to say.

6:58:056:58:10

Thank you so much for getting in touch.

6:58:106:58:13

You might remember, Barney, at the top of the show

6:58:136:58:15

I said we have a surprise. He has no idea we've done this.

6:58:156:58:18

I have entered you in a trombone competition on 24th May.

6:58:186:58:23

You have a few weeks to learn a new instrument!

6:58:236:58:27

This trombone you have to learn to play.

6:58:276:58:30

Before we started the show, Barney went, can you believe

6:58:306:58:32

they're making us stay behind for a meeting.

6:58:326:58:34

That's your first trombone lesson!

6:58:346:58:37

You've got to be kidding!

6:58:376:58:39

He is going to be in an actual competition.

6:58:396:58:42

Have a look at what's happening next week.

6:58:426:58:45

-Have I got to play this for real?

-You have!

-How am I going to do that?

6:58:456:58:48

On next week's Blue Peter we will be heading to Forest Green Rovers

6:58:486:58:51

to find out how they're super eco-friendly.

6:58:516:58:54

And we'll be taking to the skies in a high-flying challenge.

6:58:546:58:57

I can't believe you have done this.

6:58:576:58:59

And Stooshe will be performing their latest single.

6:58:596:59:02

Hopefully with a trombone solo from me.

6:59:026:59:05

And we will show you how to make your own funky sunglasses.

6:59:056:59:08

Get some sunglasses ready and you can join in the make.

6:59:086:59:11

-Good luck, Barney!

-See you next week. Bye!

6:59:116:59:14

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6:59:166:59:18

Helen visits the set of brand new CBBC series Strangehill High, where she learns how to be a puppeteer. Helen also surprises a cookery mad Blue Peter viewer when she pops in to his house to make a favourite recipe with him.


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