Stephen Graham and Rachel Riley are amongst an amazing line-up of experts who demonstrate how to be a maths wizard, hula hoop and dance like a Bollywood star.
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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 will know how to speed-knit,
survive a jellyfish sting, dance Bollywood-style,
ace your 11 times table, snap an apple in half,
and this kid shows you how to be a court jester.
But before all that, strap yourself in and get your hands in the air.
You're on the rollercoaster ride of epicarama,
and first up it's time to dust off your hoop
and get your hips a-wiggling.
Hula hoops are epic.
They've been spun, twirled and thrown throughout history.
And guess what, you can even become an Olympic champion in it.
And we've got two of Team GB's finest gymnasts,
Jade Faulkner and Lynne Hutchinson,
to teach you how to hoop your way to the top.
Show us how it's done, Lynne.
First of all, you need to get used to rotating the hoop round your hand,
so put your hand in this position and put the hoop on your hand.
And then rotate it, keeping your fingers together.
This is actually a bit tricky!
A good tip is to keep it on your hand and not let it go up onto your wrist.
Once you're good with that, you can try swapping hands.
Got it! I think... What's next?
Another great move is the boomerang.
As you let go of the hoop, pull your fingers backwards.
Now it's time to try a trick with your foot.
Put the hoop on one foot and rotate it with the other.
Once you can do that, try skipping.
Foot hopping, got it!
Olympics here I come!
Once you get really good, you can try some more difficult moves, like this.
-And that is how to be epic with a hoop.
And gold-medal ready-ish!
Thanks, twirly girls!
Gold medals are ace,
and if there was one on offer for being epic at all things fishy,
then this guy would have millions of them.
Jellyfish are epic, fact! But they sting, ouch!
Luckily for you, we've got top marine biologist the Blowfish
to tell you what to do if one of these slimy suckers get you.
What do we do, big guy?
As soon as you think you've been stung, don't panic.
I said, "Don't panic." Get out of the sea.
Now, you could still have a jellyfish tentacle stuck onto you.
-It might look something like this.
But it won't be as tasty as this, cos this is a strawberry lace.
Oh, I do love those.
-That thing will continue to sting you, you must get rid of it.
Don't touch it with your bare fingers.
-Use something like a shell to peel off the stinger...
..and throw it away.
Litterbug! I've heard you're supposed to...
Some of you may have heard that you should pee on a jellyfish sting.
-I just said that.
-It could actually make it hurt more.
Anything else, Blowfish?
If you start to suffer from an allergic reaction,
feel dizzy, queasy,
or you've been stung in your eyes or mouth,
you need to get medical attention.
Notify a lifeguard or, if in doubt, ring 999.
Don't worry, the very vast majority of jellyfish stings
are never a problem.
Right, better not call on my pet man o' war, then.
So you're all up on jellyfish stings,
but what would you do if you were thrown onto stage
and told to perform Bollywood-style?
You could do this! Looks epic, right?
Well, here is the mistress of moves, the duchess of dance,
the ruler of rhythm to show you how.
Hi, I'm Honey Kalaria,
and I'm here to teach you how to dance like a Bollywood superstar.
The first move we're going to learn is the Indian folk-dance move.
Hit me, Bollywood style.
We're going to be putting our left hand towards our chest
and make sure the other arm is pulled right across on the other side.
-Yep, I got it!
and go - one, two, three, four.
Then try it the other way, and - one, two...
One, two, three, four.
Right, show me the body roll.
-The way you do the move is you step.
-You bend your head.
-Oh, my neck!
-You bend your waist.
-Oh, my back!
And then you wiggle yourself all the way underneath...
-..to the other side.
Cool! Let's take this outside and epicarise it!
Bollywood dancing is about looking spectacular,
so get all your mates together and make sure you look truly amazing,
That is amazing! Awesome Bollywood moves, guys.
Now, that's how you become epic at Bollywood dancing!
That was great, I am whacked. Bye, Honey!
You're still only halfway through your epic odyssey. Cool, eh?
And there's still all this to come.
Our resident king of uselessness shows you how to do this,
this girl does this - fast,
and this one does that in her head.
But first, fancy being a court jester?
Well, this kid will show you how.
If you think you're the funny kid at school,
then you could take a leaf out of a medieval jester's book.
They had to make people like Henry VIII laugh.
Now, that's epic!
Think you don't need to know
how to make people at the royal court piddle themselves laughing?
Well, then, picture the scene.
You're in your medieval village when there's a royal visit.
You're trying to get a good view of the king and jump up to see better,
but jump too high, bang your head
and roll out in front of His Royal Highness.
He thinks it's hilarious and wants you to be his new jester.
You need some jester skills - and fast!
Well, lucky for you,
we've got top actor and history-lover Stephen Graham
to tell you what you need to know to make a medieval king laugh.
Good luck with that!
You've been appointed as a court jester.
-But you want to be epic.
The good news is that court jesters were paid really well
and would be dressed in the same finery
as other members of the king's court.
-Awesome! Very snappy.
But this wasn't always the case.
Some jesters wore coats of different colours.
Others had trousers which had one leg a different colour than the other.
Basically, you look ridiculous. Anything else?
Ah, a hat, of course!
Now, once you were all jestered up, you had to perfect your act.
Popular choices were singing, dancing and juggling.
The real key to being a great jester
was the art of the insult.
You could call the king fat,
Anything you wanted.
If you were too rude
or, even worse, not rude enough,
then you could be beaten or whipped.
But the worst punishment of all
was to be sacked
and expelled from the kingdom forever!
X Factor-style, I like it!
But even then, it wasn't all that bad.
The lucky ones were given money and land
and lived happily ever after.
Oh, I do like a happy ending.
And that is how you become
a court jester!
Thank you, Stephen.
From something epically old-school to something you can wow
your teachers with at school.
It's maths and it's epic.
Don't believe me? Well...
Wow. Is it really? Go on, prove it.
Hi, I'm Rachel Riley and I'm going to teach you how to be
epic at your 11 times tables.
Everybody knows that 1 x 11 = 11.
2 x 11 = 22, 3 x 11 = 33, and so on,
but how about 54 x 11?
I'm going to teach you how to work out your 11 times tables
all the way up to 99 x 11 without even hurting your brain
-and, with a little bit of practice, all in your head.
To multiply a two-digit number by 11, for example, 54,
first split apart the five and the four with a gap in the middle.
Next, add its digits together, so for this example,
5 + 4, which equals nine.
I knew that.
Now put this number in the gap, so we have 5-9-4
and that's your answer. 594.
I was just about to say that.
But does this work for all two-digit numbers? Let's try 75 x 11.
Just like the last time,
first split the 7 and the 5 with a gap in the middle.
Next, add its digits together, so in this case, 7 + 5...
-..which makes 12.
Now, put this number in the gap, so you have 7-12-5.
My brain hurts.
So, is 75 x 11 7,125?
-Yes, it is.
-No, it isn't.
If the digits add to ten or greater, you have to carry
the one over into the next column, so you end up with 8-2-5.
And there's your answer. 825.
I'll take your word for it, Riley.
And that's how to epic at your 11 times tables.
Genius. Thanks, Rachel.
From the Queen of All Things Maths to the King of Everything Uselessly
Brilliant, especially fruit. He's really brilliant with fruit.
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,
For this one, you are going to need an apple.
Hello-ahh! My name is Max Byrne. Sssss...
And I am going to show you how to snap
an apple in half with your bare hands. Now, I only have human ones,
-so I guess I'm going to use them.
-Sounds really cool, but why?
Just imagine someone shouts at you, "How strong are ya?"
It's your mother with friends.
I can snap an apple in half with my bare hands.
Sold. Show me how.
First, you need an apple.
What you're going to do is remove the stalk. She loves me,
she loves me not. Make that hole point outwards, away from you.
Now press upwards with your bottom fingers
and then press down and out with your thumbs.
And that's how you snap an apple in half with your bare hands.
I found that very A-PEEL-ING...
-Get out of here.
-Thanks, Max. Cracking stuff from our Max.
He's epic. But does he know how to knit? Nope.
If he did, he would definitely want to do it like this.
Think knitting is all old ladies making naff jumpers for you
to wear at Christmas? Well, move over, Grandma.
Welcome to the epic world of speed knitting. Yeah. It rocks.
Want to know more? Here's an expert speed knitterer to show you how.
Hi, I'm Susie and I'm going to show you how to be epic at speed knitting.
Yeah! That's fast.
The first step to speed knitting is to learn how to knit.
Got my needles, got my yarn, let's knit!
-Tie a slipknot...
-..and place it over the needle
that you're going to hold in your left hand. This is your first stitch.
Pros call this casting on.
Take the needle in our right hand
and we push it through the stitch that is on the left needle.
You then wrap the yarn around the needle in your right hand,
take it under the first stitch, pull it through
and then place that loop on the left needle.
-You've now made stitch number two.
So, slot your right needle through your first stitch,
loop your yarn around the right needle and poke it through the loop
on the left needle. Then, put your left needle through the new loop
you've got on your right needle. Confused? Don't worry.
You'll get there. Keep casting on
until you have got a row of stitches. Next stage!
Now you've cast on, you are ready to knit. This is the knit stitch.
You take your needle in your right hand.
Push the point into the first stitch as you've done before with
casting on, wrap the yarn around, making a loop on the right needle,
pull the loop through underneath the needle on the left hand
and this time, you want to pull off the stitch on the left needle.
So, it's the same as casting on,
but you're sliding your stitch off the needle.
You want to repeat this then for the rest of your stitches, so you
put your needle through, wrap it around,
bring it under and pull it off.
And that is how to knit.
You'll be a little bit slow at first,
but with practice you'll be able to speed knit like this.
Let's take it EXTREME...
And that's how to be epic at speed knitting!
Thanks, Susie, you extreme knitterer, you.
Right, that brings us to the end
of 15 minutes of total random epicness.
You should now be able to try this...
This and even that.
Now go forth and be epic
Stephen Graham and Rachel Riley are amongst an amazing line-up of experts who demonstrate how to be a maths wizard, hula hoop like a gymnast, snap an apple in half with your hands, be a court jester, survive a jellyfish sting, speed knit and dance like a Bollywood star.