Stephen Graham and Stefan Gates are amongst an amazing line-up of experts who demonstrate how to do a scooter trick, drive on two wheels and make a bubble eruption.
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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 epic-ness.
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...
drive on two wheels,
sing like a pop star, play the spoons,
do this on one of those,
brew your own cola - and this kid shows you how to build a pyramid.
But before all of that, here's your first dose of epic-ness,
and brace yourselves - it's about to get messy.
This is a bubble - they make having a bath brilliant.
This is a volcano -
they erupt molten lava all over the place.
Want to know what happens when you mix the two together?
Of course you do.
Here's top science queen Fran Scott,
to show you how to make a bubble eruption.
Yep, you heard me - an eruption of bubbles.
Hit it, Fran.
To make a bubble eruption, you will need...
some hydrogen peroxide, which you can get
from your local chemist, some washing-up liquid,
some food colouring,
some yeast and an empty bottle.
Before you start, make sure you're wearing safety goggles...
-..and you've got an adult with you.
Let's add half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide.
Then you need a good squirt of washing-up liquid,
and just so we can see the mess, let's add some food colouring.
And then, to make the mess... some yeast.
Nice one, Fran - that is epic!
I'll definitely do that at home! But can we make it even more epic?
Now, that was a pretty good bubbly eruption.
But I want to make a proper mess.
And for that, I need some hardcore science stuff.
So, here, we've got just about the same stuff as before.
We've got hydrogen peroxide - this time it's a lot stronger,
and definitely not stuff you should be playing with.
So, I'm going to add hydrogen peroxide.
Then we've got our washing-up liquid, some food colouring -
going to put a different colour in each one.
-Green in here.
-..blue in here.
Oh, close enough.
Then add the potassium iodide.
It does the same job as yeast, but a lot faster -
so get ready for this.
Oh, and stand back!
Let's see that again, but slower - therefore more dramatic.
And THAT is how you make an epic bubble eruption.
It is indeed. Thanks, Fran.
That's one hit of epic-ness over and done with, but don't panic -
there's loads more where that came from.
And this next one is...wheelie good.
I thank you!
it's time to say see you later to your skateboard
and bye-bye to your BMX.
The only skills you need are the scootering kind,
and we've got scooter master Lewis Williams to show you a quick trick.
-I'm going to teach you how to do a barspin.
-Oh, I'm in!
-Firstly, you need to be able to jump on the scooter.
So, how do we do that?
Bend your arms and knees, and jump up - like this.
OK. Not so easy.
Once you've practised jumping on the scooter,
you can practise the barspin.
Get your bars and pass the bars round 360 degrees,
just like this...
-Once you're happy, you can put them both together -
just like this.
Nice one, Lewis!
And that is how to be epic at a barspin.
Well, that looked like thirsty work. I bet he'd love a big glass of cola.
If you're watching, Lewis,
this man's going to show you how to make your very own.
Stefan Gates is the king of all things foodie.
He can make burgers out of worms - so cola is going to be a breeze.
Hello. I'm Stefan Gates, and I'm going to show you
how to make your own home-made fizzy cola.
-Take it away!
Lime, a lemon and an orange.
Half a teaspoon of citric acid...
Last of all, 500ml of water.
Er, Granddad, where are your cinnamon sticks?
Everything goes in the bowl.
We're going to add water.
At this stage, it does look a bit like pond life,
but trust me on this one.
Next, put your pond water - I mean cola - into a pan.
Then get an adult, because you're going to be using the oven.
Simmer it for about 20 minutes, then leave it aside to cool.
And as it cools, all of those wonderful flavours -
the spices and the fruit -
should melt together into a delicious syrup.
I'm starting to think that buying it might be easier.
Once it's cooled and it's nice and syrupy, it's time to strain off
all the bits and bobs.
Yep - don't want those in my cola.
Now, that's our syrup.
Take one big old spoonful of it, and pour it into a glass full of ice.
Oh-ho, I can smell it from here!
-Now, time to get fizzy.
Ooh, I'm getting thirsty now.
Add some fizzy water over the top.
Looks exactly like cola, doesn't it?
-No, it doesn't.
But we still need to add our colouring.
Give it a stir round.
That is gorgeous.
And THAT's how to be epic at making your own cola.
Thanks, Stefan! Ooh, nice umbrellas!
If you're already dizzy from this insane burst of everything epic,
then wait till you see what's still to come.
Our resident king of uselessness shows off his spoon skills.
We get a pop star lesson from this girl.
And we find out how to do that.
But first, want to know how to build a pyramid?
Well, this kid will show you how.
Pyramids were first built 4,500 years ago,
as tombs for Egyptian pharaohs.
Up until around 100 years ago, the grand pyramid
was still the biggest building on the planet - epic!
They've not been built for thousands of years,
but what if you had to build one? You think it's unlikely?
Well, picture the scene.
You're at school and your teacher
decides to spring a history test on you.
..in ancient Egypt.
And your time starts...
You need to learn how to kick it Egyptian-style, and quick,
or it's an F for you, my friend.
Luckily for you, here's top actor and history aficionado
Stephen Graham to tell you how
to build one of the wonders of the world - good luck!
you need to build a pyramid.
Exactly how the pyramids were built still remains a mystery.
But we do have some facts.
-Mmm- what are they?
Up to 2,000 people worked on a pyramid each day.
That's a lot of people to boss around!
And each pyramid took around... 20 years to build?
Looks like we're going to fail.
The Egyptians would have to move blocks of stone
which weighed up to 1 million kilograms.
Now, THAT is heavy.
After you'd transported the stone to the site,
you had to then carve it, and make it into the right shape,
so it could fit perfectly into the structure of the pyramid.
There was no power tools back then,
so everything had to be done with a mallet and a chisel.
I guess they had no safety gear, either. Better watch those fingers!
The next stage was to actually add the stone to the pyramid.
Now, this was easy at the beginning,
but as the pyramid got bigger,
the workers would have had to make huge mud ramps
and drag the stones to the top of the pyramid.
And then they'd all stand there and say, "Check out the guns!"
Once you'd done that, and you'd managed to get down safely,
you had to start all over again.
-Well, come on!
-Ah, do we have to?!
OK! Thanks, Stephen!
So, onwards we go.
And it's goodbye pyramids, hello pop princess.
A*M*E* is a pop star. Do you want to be one?
Good news, because she's here to show you how to do it.
Hey. I'm A*M*E*. I'm a singer-songwriter,
and I'm going to teach YOU
-how to sing like a star.
-# Thanks! #
-Stand up straight.
-Take a deep breath.
HE BREATHES IN Relax, so that your breathing is steady.
-Can I breathe out yet...?!
-First up, you need to be able to sing in tune.
-Now, match your voice to each scale as it is being played.
-HE CLEARS THROAT
-OK, I'm ready.
# La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la
# La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la
# La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la! #
-In order to get a great performance,
you need to be chilled-out. Make sure you pick a song you love.
My favourite song to sing is Need You (100 Percent).
-# I wanna be the one you call
# Every day and night
# Are you gonna be the one who's always gonna treat me right?
# And when we get together, turning down the lights
# Need you 100
# Need you 100 percent... #
I think that was 100% epic!
And THAT is how to be epic at singing like a star.
Thank you, A*M*E. # Where is my recording contract? #
So now you're ready to record a hit record,
but who are you going to have in your band?
How about 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 is totally useless but brilliant.
And for this, you're going to need some cutlery.
Ciao! My name is Max Byrne. Tsss!
I'm going to show you how to play the forks.
Only joking! It's the spoons.
This one I like to call Hi Ho. This one I like to call Silver.
# Hi Ho, Hi Ho... # And Silver.
Grab Silver, and place him on top of your index finger's knuckle.
Then get Hi Ho. Place him in-between your middle finger
and your index finger's knuckle. A simple beat is this one...
SPOONS CLICK One, two, three.
And then the steps... Play a bit of a song.
Paddy had a hat, it was on his head...
Top of the charts next week!
Paddy had a hat, it was OFF his head!
Is this available to download?
Paddy had no hat, it was... He went to bed!
Keep your eyes out, One D!
-And time for the big finish...
-And that's how you play the spoons.
-Now I'm hungry.
-Grab a sandwich.
OK. There's time for just one last portion of epic pie,
and we're moving seamlessly from musical spoons
to driving like a loon!
It doesn't get more epic than driving.
You can do it at different speeds, go round in circles,
and even backwards - well, you guys can't,
not till you're 17 anyway. Soz, guys!
But if you COULD drive, would you want to drive on four wheels
or would you want to do this?
That's right, two-wheel driving - double epic!
To show you how, we've got top stunt driver Alastair Moffat.
Buckle up, it's going to be a bumpy ride.
First thing you need to do is learn how to drive.
Turn it on, waggle the gearstick and hold the wheel? Got it - kind of.
Next - you can't do this in a normal car, you need a stunt car.
Normal cars are SO last year!
A stunt car is different, due to the fact that we've got
a stabiliser on the side, to stop it going too far.
A bit like my first bike!
Then all you need is a ramp, and you're ready to stunt-drive.
ROCK MUSIC STARTS, THEN STOPS AGAIN But first you need to put on your safety gear.
ROCK MUSIC STARTS AGAIN
This is the coolest thing ever!
There we go. Car falls onto the dolly there.
Now we're going to flick the steering wheel to the right...
and there we go - dolly is off the ground now.
We're looking down the road. Lots of little steering wheel movements.
-A little bit of throttle...
-OK, this is truly epic!
Turn the steering wheel to the left, the car will go up,
and to the right, the car will come back down again.
So, to drive a car on two wheels, you need to get yourself
a stunt car with a stabiliser,
put on some awesome rock music, drive it up a ramp,
give it a yank to get it off the dolly,
then turn it left or right to balance.
And definitely do not try this at home -
unless you want to get chucked in jail.
OK - let's look at it again...
And again...and again!
Now, THAT's how you drive on two wheels.
Thanks, Alistair! Oh, off he goes there, into the sunset.
Right - that brings us to the end of
15 minutes of total random epic-ness.
You should now be able to try this and this...
that and that...
this, this...and even that.
Now, go forth, and be epic... at EVERYTHING!
Stephen Graham and Stefan Gates are amongst an amazing line-up of experts who demonstrate how to do a scooter trick, sing like a star, play the spoons, build a pyramid, make your own cola, drive on two wheels and make a bubble eruption.