Stephen Graham and David Harewood are among an amazing line-up of experts who demonstrate how to make a rain cloud, live like a caveman, explore rock pools and draw a 3D hand.
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Welcome to the world of epic -
the place where you can become a master
at everything on the planet.
No matter what it is,
this programme shows you how to do it.
So sit back, strap yourself in
and get ready to become epic at everything!
Welcome to your total random fix of epicness.
We've got an amazing line-up of experts, hotshots
and all-round dudes
with the low-down on how you can do what they can do.
In just 15 minutes, you will know how to
make a rain cloud...
find one of these things...
draw a 3D hand...
erm, sew a banana...
and this kid shows you how to live like a caveman.
But before all that,
it's time for your first course of brilliance
at the restaurant of epicness.
If you've got a scooter knocking about in your shed,
then dig it out quick!
Scooters, they're just toys for toddlers. Right?
I mean, look at them. Seriously.
Scooters are definitely not epic.
Scoot over, skateboards,
there's a new wheel board-based kid in town.
So, want to learn how to do some awesome tricks?
Of course you do.
And we've got one of the best scooter riders in the world
to show you how.
Hi, I'm Lewis Williams and I am a pro scooter rider.
Today, I'm going to teach you how to tailwhip.
A tailwhip? Mm, nice.
Right, let's do this. Safety gear on, everybody.
First of all, you need to get comfortable on your scooter
so we're going to learn how to jump.
All you need to do, you need to bend your arms and knees and jump up.
But make sure every time you land, bend your knees.
Just like this.
Jump, knees bent. Got it. What's next?
To practise doing the tailwhip,
you can hold your scooter out in front of you and spin it round.
Just like this.
Whoa there, Lewis!
When you get the feeling of it,
you can kick it with your back foot and learn to catch it.
Just one more time for me, Lewis.
Now you're ready to put them both together to do the tailwhip.
First of all, you've got to gather some speed, like this.
Once you've got some speed, you need to jump,
bending your arms and knees and kicking the tailwhip round.
So, let's have a look at that again.
Whoa! Cool moves, Lewis.
Eat that, three-year-olds.
And that is how you be epic at a tailwhip.
Where did he go?
OK, friends, that's the first slab of epicosity over and done with.
But chill out, there's loads more coming your way.
From super scooter skills to amazing art,
here's a drawing trick that will really impress your mates.
Art is brilliant.
Brushes, crayons, paint - you know the score.
And this girl knows how to make your art really stand out.
Hi, I'm Michelle Ackerley
and I'm going to show you how to be epic at drawing a 3D hand.
Amazing! I love my hands in 3D.
To do this, you're going to need a large piece of white paper
-to fit your hand on...
-..and some different coloured marker pens.
So first of all, you need to get your white paper,
place your hand on it and with a pencil,
draw all the way around.
OK, done it.
Once you've got the outline of your hand,
you need to grab yourself a thick black marker pen.
Draw straight lines
until you get to your pencil drawing,
then do a curve,
and a straight line at the end.
You're going to repeat this all along your hand.
Yeah, I guess I should have moved my hand first.
And then when you get to the fingers,
do an individual curve for each of your fingers.
Once you've drawn all your lines on the paper,
get your different coloured marker pens
and fill all the white gaps with your colours.
Oh, looking pretty.
And that's how you can be epic at drawing a 3D hand.
Ah. It's coming at me!
Thanks, Michelle. On we go.
From magical art to a marine biologist.
Michelle Ackerley doesn't live in a rock pool but if she did,
this man would show you how to find her.
-Hi, I'm The Blowfish and I'm going to teach you how to rock...
-..a rock pool.
-Oh, I see!
Low tide is the best time to go rock pooling.
You'll find loads of weird creatures.
But the low tide changes from beach to beach
so you must check before you go out.
You don't want to get stranded by the high tide and have to be rescued.
Always go out wearing decent footwear
and take a bucket with you,
filled with some seawater and some seaweed.
It'll allow you to examine your finds.
Right, let's rock...pool.
There's some amazing life to be found
hiding under the rocks of a rock pool.
So don't be afraid to get in there
and start checking them out.
But be careful, some rocks are big and heavy.
If in doubt, get an adult to help you.
Adult - check.
Now, what I'm going to show you now
is a classic inhabitant of the rock pool.
You'll find these guys everywhere.
This is a green shore crab.
What a looker.
Lastly, and most importantly,
always put them back.
These creatures live here, this is their home.
So you must put them back safely
before you go home to yours.
And that's how to be epic at rocking a rock pool.
Let's...leave him to it
and find out what is still to come.
Our resident king of uselessness shows you how to do this...
an acting legend reveals his secrets...
and this girl does this.
But first, want to live like an epic caveman?
Well, this kid will show you how it's done.
Being a caveman was pretty epic.
Imagine having to live like that!
Luckily, you'll never have to.
Or would you? Picture the scene...
You're on a scouting trip.
You've been walking for hours and you desperately need to pee.
You nip off round a bush.
But when you come back,
Akela and your fellow scouters have become cavemen.
-You've gone prehistoric!
So how do you live like a caveman?
We've got top actor and history fan Stephen Graham
to show you how to go from a scaredy scout
to a courageous caveman.
Firstly, to be caveman...
or woman, or cavekid,
you had to know how to live in the wild.
Otherwise, you probably wouldn't even last a day.
First thing any caveman needs is a place to sleep.
-Now you're talking.
But finding a place to sleep -
it's not an easy task. You see,
if the cave was too wide-open,
you could be attacked by wild animals at night,
while you slept.
The best place to call home
would be on the side of a cliff.
The harder to get to, the safer.
-Or maybe not!
Now, once you're settled,
you need to start thinking about food.
A burger for me, please.
-Before you can eat,
you need to catch something and kill it.
But to do that, you need tools and weapons.
Right, let's say we've got our animal.
Cavemen were very resourceful.
They wouldn't waste any of the animal.
The meat would be used as food.
-The bones would be turned into sharper tools.
And the fur would be used as blankets and basic clothing.
It's like winning the lottery.
And finally, the last thing to do
is to find yourself a caveman family.
Aw-w, I do like a happy ending.
So on to the next.
Don't think that you need to know how to act?
Acting is an epic skill that can seriously help you out.
And to show you how to do it,
we've got a top Hollywood actor and everything.
He's been in movies, massive American TV shows
and now he's going to show you how to use acting
to get out of a tricky situation.
I'm David Harewood and I'm going to show you three techniques
that will help you act your way out of anything.
Picture this - you've broken your mum's best vase,
she's just come home.
-You need a straight face.
Give nothing away.
Good plan, David.
Now, you do this by clearing your mind
and staring straight ahead, like this.
He knows nothing. Look at him!
Then, your mum asks you right out,
-"Did you break my vase?"
Now, at this point, you need to master the innocent look.
Well, how do I do that?
You need to keep your nose, your mouth and your brow
perfectly still but you have to open your eyes wide, like this.
Eyes wide open, got it.
"No, Mum. Maybe the dog did it."
He's definitely innocent.
And at this point, your mum reminds you
that the dog is at the vets.
You need to look confused, fast.
Now, furrow your brow and squint your eyes,
as if you're thinking really hard about something.
I'm thinking I shouldn't have smashed that vase in the first place.
And if that doesn't work,
well, you should just come clean and fess up.
And that is how to act your way out of a tricky situation.
Thanks, David. You're the best.
From epic actors to a man who is epic in his own unique way.
If you want to learn a quick trick then get a load of this guy.
He's the prince of pointlessness, the emperor of the absurd,
the saint of silliness.
He's Max Byrne and he's always got a trick
that's totally useless but brilliant.
And this time, you're going to need a banana.
My name is Max Byrne.
And I'm going to show you how to slice a banana
without even peeling it.
-There, it's done.
Let's have a look.
So, how did you do that, Max?
Now, the secret to this trick is a needle and thread.
OK, so you need to get your needle,
and you see the ridges all over the banana?
You're going to place your needle into that first ridge
and bring it out as close as possible
to the next ridge on the banana.
And then you're going to place the needle
as close as possible to that hole,
bringing it out the next ridge.
And you're going to keep going around the banana
till you get to the last hole.
And you're going to bring the needle out
the exact same hole you started on.
Then grab the two pieces of thread...
..and pull like that.
Continue to do that alongside the banana, about 1cm apart,
and you've got yourself one sliced banana.
Let's see what we got.
Useless but brilliant.
And that's how you slice a banana without peeling it.
OK, time for one last blast of epicness
and this is a big one.
We're going to show you how to make a cloud!
Clouds are epic.
I mean, what are they? Look at them!
They're weird but how cool would it be to make your own one?
You don't think it's possible? Uh-uh!
Science genius Fran Scott
has mastered the elements like some sort of crazy science wizard.
Hi, I'm Fran Scott
and I'm going to show you how to make the perfect cloud.
You'll need a fizzy drinks bottle, a foot pump,
some nail varnish remover, some scissors,
-an old inner tube...
-..and something to cover your eyes.
Take your bicycle inner tube...
And you want the valve from your inner tube.
So just snip it out,
Cos what you want to do is put your valve through your bottle top.
Now, make sure that it fits nice and snugly in your lid.
Because when this lid is on your bottle,
you want it to be as airtight as possible.
Got it. What's next?
What we're going to do
is pour a little bit of nail varnish remover into the bottle.
Pop your lid on and shake your bottle!
Yeah, shake your bottle!
So this is evaporating the nail varnish remover,
turning it into a gas.
# Ba-ba-ba-ba-ra-ba! #
Oh, back to clouds.
Pop your pump on the bottle
and then you're going to pump air into it.
Now, get an adult to help you with this bit
cos it can be pretty dangerous.
Oh, as you go on, it gets more and more difficult,
as you go on.
Then, you want to take your lid off your bottle.
And that is how to make a cloud in a bottle.
Pretty good, Fran.
But do you have anything more epic up your sleeve?
Now we are going to make a massive rain cloud.
And even make it rain.
Yes, let's do this. What do we need?
To make this happen, I'm going to need a friend.
-Meet Dr Nate...
-..and his liquid nitrogen.
Hi, liquid nitrogen.
And to that, we're going to add some really hot water.
And when the hot water hits the liquid nitrogen,
that's when you'll see a cloud.
And this is going to be really epic.
Oh, I can't wait.
-Are you ready, Nate?
Three, two, one...
Again please! And the slower, the better.
It is actually raining.
Fran. Where are you, Fran?
And that is how you make an epic cloud!
Now, how do you make it sunny?
Right, that brings us to the end
of 15 minutes of totally random epicness.
You should now be able to try this...
and even that.
Now, go forth and be epic at everything!
Stephen Graham and David Harewood are among an amazing line-up of experts who demonstrate how to make a rain cloud, act innocent, do a scooter trick, slice a banana without peeling it, live like a caveman, go rock pooling and draw a 3D hand!