Stephen Graham and A*M*E are amongst an amazing line-up of experts who demonstrate how to do a football trick, joust like a knight, cook snails and make giant smoke rings.
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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 lowdown on how you can do what they can do.
In just 15 minutes, you'll know how to...
make giant smoke rings,
be a rhythmic gymnast,
fold a T-shirt in five seconds
and this kid shows you how to be a hit at jousting.
But, before all that, it's time to switch your brain to input
and get ready for your first download of epicness.
If you like football but really want to show off,
then get a load of this.
Have you ever wanted the skills to do that...
Yeah, but not that. Definitely don't do that.
Who could teach you such ridiculous skills?
Introducing John Farnworth - freestyle footballing legend
and holder of five - yes, five - world records.
Now, that's epic.
Hey, I'm John Farnworth and I hold the world record
for the most amount of Around The Worlds in one minute.
OK, that's amazing.
It's probably the most popular freestyle move on the planet.
It takes a lot of practice to master but it's well worth it.
OK, John, show us how to do it.
Step one - start with the ball balanced on your foot.
The best way to do this is by placing it on with the hands.
Hand? Isn't that cheating?
Once you get good at this, you can roll it up from the ground.
OK, that's more like it.
Step two - bring the foot up from the floor
and, in one circular motion, lift the foot all the way around the ball.
It's important that as the foot travels around the ball,
the ball goes up at the same time.
Step three - once the foot's travelled around the ball,
you continue controlling it with the same foot.
Whoa. Looking amazing.
But I think I need a rewind.
So, balance the ball on your foot.
Flick it up and, at the same time, move your foot around it.
Then control the ball with the same foot and do it all over again.
Once you've mastered the technique,
you can show off and do what you want.
Yes. Definitely showing off now.
And that's how to be epic at an Around The World.
Thank you, John.
Right, first one down, loads more to go.
Next, if you and your mates want to become pop stars,
then we're going to show you how to become one step closer
to that lovely dream.
Hey, I'm AME. I'm a singer/songwriter
and I'm going to teach you how to harmonise.
She's a pop star. She's had a number one single and everything.
She's also a pro when it comes to harmonies.
Go on, then, AME, tell us how to do them.
A harmony is when two or more people sing at the same time
but in different pitches.
It sounds really cool.
THEY HARMONISE: # Oooh. #
# Oooh... # Who's that?
There are lots of different types of harmonies you can do
-but the most common you'll hear is the third.
To find the third, count up four keys from your original note on the piano.
Make sure you count the black ones, too.
Let's hear it, then.
THEY HARMONISE: # Ahhh. #
# Ahhh. #
OK, but how do you do that in a song?
Next, you need to make sure you know the tune really well.
This will help you find the right harmonies.
We're going to sing Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars.
THEY HARMONISE: # When I see your face
# There's not a thing that I would change
# Cos, boy, you're amazing
# Just the way you are. #
No, you're amazing, AME.
And that is how to be epic at harmonising.
-NARRATOR HARMONISES WITH HIMSELF:
-# ..A, M, E. #
Nailed it again.
OK, on we go from a singing superstar
to a scientist with smoke rings.
No, really, I'm not joking.
Hi, I'm Fran Scott and I'm going to show you
how to make giant smoke rings.
-But before we make the giant ones,
we're going to make a small version
and, to do that, we're going to need...
a cardboard tube,
some clingfilm, a 2p piece,
and a can of magician's smoke.
So, what we've done is we've chopped off the base of our crisp can
and put some clingfilm over it and taped that.
Then we've drawn around the 2p piece and cut a hole in the top
and that is our smoke ring generator.
Now, you need to put some smoke in your tube.
And about two sprays should do it.
Then, tap the clingfilm
and doughnut-shaped rings should fly out the front of your tube.
To make giant smoke rings, you do it exactly the same
but on a bigger scale.
So, instead of using a crisp tube, you use...
And instead of using clingfilm, you use a shower curtain.
Of course you do.
And you're going to need something bigger than a two pence piece
-to cut out your hole.
-But it's exactly the same as before.
Let's fill it with smoke...
and give it a whack.
That is how to be epic at making giant smoke rings.
So, if that's got you hungry for more,
then wait until you see what's still to come.
Our resident king of uselessness shows you how to do this,
these girls get artistic with ribbons
and this guy cooks these things.
But first, want to get on a horse
and charge at someone with a big stick?
Well, this kid's going to show you how it's done.
Jousting. It's a sport that is truly epic.
But nowadays it's only played by history buffs
and people who've watched The Hobbit too many times.
So, you probably don't need to learn how to do it. Or do you?
Picture the scene.
It's your annual school sports day
and there is no-one that can run an egg and spoon race like you.
When you get to the start line, instead of an egg and spoon,
the teacher gives you a full suit of armour and a horse.
Looks like you need some jousting skills, and fast.
So, how do you become epic at jousting?
Our man Stephen Graham, actor and massive history buff,
is here to tell you all you need to know about the game.
Take it away, big man.
So, you want to be epic at jousting?
Well, to be a great jouster,
you had to be a knight,
which means you have to be the son of a knight or the son of a lord.
Or, like me,
a very lucky peasant.
Jousting was a game which was only played in peace time,
while the knights were not away at war.
It was the highlight of a tournament, which included lots of games.
One of them was a game called the melee,
which involved a load of knights having a massive scrap.
The aim of jousting was to knock your opponent off his horse
and score as many points as possible. Sounds easy.
But when you're wearing a suit of armour that weighs over 25kg,
Then you had to ride your horse and carry a lance,
which was up to 4m long.
This is a nightmare. How do you win?
The best way to win would be to try to
knock your opponent off by hitting the breastplate.
Easy. We've got this one nailed.
Now, if you did manage to survive and win,
your reward was to be able to take your opponent's armour and horse.
Yes! More armour and more horses. Result.
Which, most knights sold back to them.
Even better - money. Cha-ching!
..how you become epic at jousting.
From a medieval sport to the most glamorous Olympic sport ever.
I'm talking about rhythmic gymnastics, of course.
Say hello to two of Team GB's finest gymnasts -
Lynne Hutchison and Jade Faulkner.
They're going to teach you how to be brilliant with the rhythmic ribbon.
It's epically beautiful.
When you first start with the ribbon, you need to practise the basics.
So let's start with some spirals.
OK, Lynne, but how do we do that?
First of all, point your finger down the stick
and put your arm out straight in front of you.
Then, using only your wrist, make the circles.
Any other ti...ips?
Do quick circles. If they're too small, they'll touch the floor.
So keep it fast.
Top twirling tip. Thanks, Jade.
Once you've mastered the spirals, you can try
circling the ribbon around your body.
Looks super cool.
Tell us how to do it, Lynne.
Keep the stick above your head
and use your wrist like in the spirals but make them a bit bigger.
Once you've mastered those, you can move on to a throw.
I'd say I have mastered those. Let's move on.
Holding the end of the ribbon and the stick,
flick the stick to catch the ribbon.
Then swing the stick in front of you.
As it touches the floor, pull it back and catch it.
You have got to be kidding?
OK, so throw the stick,
pull stick back
Once you've mastered the basics,
you can move onto more difficult things, like this.
Oh, I'm ready.
OK, I'm not ready.
BOTH: And that is how to be epic at the ribbon.
Twirl-tastic skills. Thanks, girls.
Hey, if you thought that the ribbon was a hit,
then wait till you see what this guy can do.
He's not an Olympian - he's a brill-ympian. Cheers.
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
And for this, you're going to need a T-shirt.
Hi, I'm Max Byrne. Tssss.
And I'm going to show you how to fold a T-shirt in less than five seconds.
But first, I'm going to show you how to fold one in one second.
First, you're going to need a T-shirt. Boom. Stay.
Then, what you're going to do is imagine that there is
a line cutting the T-shirt in half. That'll do.
Now, you're going to move in 5cm
in from that line
and you're going to pinch it with your right hand.
Then you're going to imagine another line heading up towards
the neck of the T-shirt. You're going to pinch that with your left hand.
You're going to bring your left hand underneath your right hand,
grabbing the hem of the T-shirt.
Now, this is the tricky bit.
You're going to unfold your arms and, at the same time, keep pinching.
It's not that tricky.
And then you just fold it neatly.
Beat that, Mum!
Yeah, beat that, Mum! Thanks, Max.
It's nearly over, folks,
but don't get sad because we've got one last dose of epicosity for you.
Do you like cooking? Do you like snails? If not, you will now.
Snails. Ugh. Look at them.
Yeah, they look disgusting.
But, man, oh, man, are they tasty!
Want to know how to cook them?
Well, here's king of the kitchen, master of meals and top TV chef
Stefan Gates to show you how to turn a slimy snail
into a sumptuous snack. Bon appetit.
Hello, I'm Stefan Gates
-and I'm going to show you how to make escargot.
-That's snails, to you and me.
For this, you will need an adult to help you with the cooking and also...
and, of course, snails.
Some of the snails you find
slithering around in your own garden can be edible.
What you need to do is purge them
first so their insides are nice and clean before you eat them.
Clean snail. Good idea.
The way you purge a snail is by feeding it
on carrots for at least three days before cooking.
Or you could just buy them... from a shop.
First thing we got to do is to cook our snails. Now,
the best thing to do is to put them in the fridge
to make them go to sleep first.
What we do is we take our snails and we drop them into boiling water.
Now, they need to cook in there for about 10 or 15 minutes.
While that's on the boil, we make our garlicky butter.
It's dead, dead simple.
You need some soft butter, some crushed garlic
and then some herbs, chopped up
really, really fine.
Mix them all together - it'll look a bit like that.
Smells absolutely delicious.
-Oh, snails are ready, Stefan.
Let's take a look at the snails.
Now, you need to get one of these little cocktail sticks
and dig the snail out of the shell.
Now I'm just going to give the snails a rinse so they're not too slimy.
Yeah, wash the slime off. Good idea, Stefan. Now what?
Take a snail, put it back into the shell and then
cover it with a big slab of your garlicky butter.
Then take the snail and put it into an ovenproof dish.
I've put some rock salt here, so that it'll stand those little snails up.
That's the snails all ready to go.
They need to go into a hot oven at 180 degrees for about 10 minutes.
Let's cook these babies.
When your snails are baked, take them out of the oven and serve.
And that, my friends, is how to be epic at escargot.
All hail the snail!
Right, that brings us to the end of
15 minutes of total random epicness.
You should now be able to try this,
and even that.
Now, go forth
and be epic at everything!
Stephen Graham and A*M*E are amongst an amazing line-up of experts who demonstrate how to harmonise, do a football trick, fold a T-shirt in five seconds, joust like a knight, do rhythmic gymnastics, cook snails and make giant smoke rings.