Episode 1 Officially Amazing


Episode 1

Ben, Al and Haruka witness record attempts from around the world. The team kick off with a spectacular hoverboard world-record attempt and meet a very clever canine.


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# Officially, officially Officially...amazing! #

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Hello, I'm Ben Shires

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and it is my absolute pleasure to welcome you

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to the sensational, splendiferous

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and altogether downright snazzy new series of Officially Amazing.

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And I believe we can go live now for an update on the new

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series from our US correspondent, Mr Al Jackson.

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Well, Ben, we've got record-breaking

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feats from all over the globe, like these...

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MUSIC: King by Years and Years

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Unbelievable scenes!

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Time now to go to our Japanese correspondent, Haruka Kuroda.

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Are you there, Haruka?

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I'm here, Ben,

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and I have monumental news.

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US Ray, Sizzling Steve and Mr Cherry are all back

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and ready to compete in another Officially Competitive showdown.

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Get in! And let's start this series as we mean to go on with our first

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officially fantastic record attempt.

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-Oh, I thought that went well.

-That was great, man.

-Yeah!

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ENGINE REVS

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-Uh-oh.

-Argh!

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Meet 17-year-old professional flyboarder Damone Rippy

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from Texas, USA.

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Damone is the protege of Franky Zapata, the inventor of the flyboard

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who we met in series three.

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Today, Damone will attempt a brand-new world record

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on Franky's all-new invention.

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For the...

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Let's find it more.

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-We've seen flyboards on Officially Amazing before.

-Right.

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How does the water jet board differ?

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Well, it's more like a snowboard on water.

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Instead of soaring above the water, you more glide along the water.

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So, as you had sort of a history of skateboarding

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or snowboarding or anything like that?

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Yes, I was a snowboarder before flyboarding

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so that's where I got my balance from.

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Well, Damone, good luck with the corkscrew record.

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-I can't wait to see it.

-Thank you.

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Here are the rules.

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One corkscrew is one full 360-degree rotation while in the air.

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Only corkscrews performed

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while moving upwards will count

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and to set this new world record

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Damone needs 30 corkscrews

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in one minute.

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The time starts when he begins his first corkscrew.

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-Here we go.

-He's good.

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Yes!

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And he's up! Brilliant.

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Steady twisting from Damone.

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Look how he swirls confidently through the air.

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But if he's going to trouble the record,

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he'll need more than one corkscrew at a time.

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Loads of corkscrews there.

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The jet board is powered by a jet ski.

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Damone has a hand-held controller which allows him to adjust the

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water pressure coming through this pipe, powering him into the air.

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30 seconds gone now.

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Half his time left.

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He's going for a big one.

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That's two...three...

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Oh!

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And that's a wipeout.

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Oh, disaster for Damone,

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as he crashes out and comes detached from the board.

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He has to abandon the attempt after only 41 seconds.

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With 18 complete corkscrews, he was just under world record pace.

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And news just in - it transpires that Yorkshire is colder than Texas.

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Damone is freezing.

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So, he'll wear a wetsuit for one final attempt.

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He needs to last the minute and increase his tempo.

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Can Damone reach that huge 30 corkscrew target?

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Nice thumbs-up from Damone, here we go!

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Loads there.

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A double corkscrew!

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Exactly what he needs.

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But... Oh, no - he's down.

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Down but not out!

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30 seconds.

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This is looking better. Come on, Damone!

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Immaculate corkscrewing!

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That is not easy.

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-Time!

-That's it.

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Damone stayed on his board for the full minute

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but did he come close to that 30 corkscrew target?

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Damone, you managed 22 corkscrews -

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not enough for the record.

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Heartbreak for Damone.

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But 22 corkscrews is still a phenomenal feat.

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If anyone is going to get this record in the future,

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it will almost certainly be this teenage superstar.

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Oh, I know what will cheer him up -

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a dexterous doggy.

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Oh!

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Hi-ya!

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A-A-Agh.

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HARUKA: Over the years, we've brought you a cavalcade

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of clever canines.

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-AL:

-Wondrous woofers!

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But just when you thought we'd seen every possible poochie talent,

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along comes Holly, the heroic hound from Italy.

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Ciao!

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Holly is an expert at balancing

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and hopes to set the record for the...

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Silence, please, as Holly's human assistant, Tony,

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places a glass on her head.

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Look at that, Haruka, it's an actual glass -

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made of glass!

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Yes, Al, this is difficult and dangerous.

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Don't ever try this with your own untrained dog.

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What incredible focus.

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So, what does Holly have to do?

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Well, this 20-metre course has 20 poles placed one metre apart.

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Holly must weave through at least 15 metres for the record.

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This is tense, Haruka.

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We are watching a dog walk an obstacle course

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with a glass on her head.

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Remarkable!

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And Holly passes the 19-metre mark before stopping.

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She smashed the record!

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Well done, Holly. Who's a good doggy? You're good doggy.

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Who wants to watch Officially Competitive?

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Yes, you do! Yes, you do!

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CHEERING

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Ah. Ah. A-A-Agh!

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GAME OF THRONES THEME PLAYS DEEP VOICE: For three series past,

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a triumvirate of warriors have wrangled with one aim -

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to become the ultimate Officially Competitive champion.

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And, erm...

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also, another aim -

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to compete for world record titles

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that you could try at home.

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US Ray of the Americas,

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Sizzling Steve of Britannia

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and three-time champion, Japan's Mr Cherry.

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So, how shall our venturers begin their fourth mighty quest?

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HE CLEARS HIS THROAT NORMAL VOICE: Let's find out.

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This is...

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Today, we have something featuring skill, speed and scrumptiousness.

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Haruka, if you'll do the honours.

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It's the...

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Of course, our heroes have history with this record.

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Back in series two, Sizzler beat Cherry by just...

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..to claim a world record that still stands to this day.

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HE ROARS Are you a bit worried that you stand

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to lose your record?

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There's always that chance with record-breaking

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but you just have to take it and hope for the best.

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In terms of preparation for this,

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what have you been doing?

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I've... I'm using a different pair of chopsticks this time.

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Hold the phone! What?!

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What are these chopsticks and why the change?

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The grip on the chopsticks

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is just much better this time.

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OK. So, Mr Cherry should be scared.

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I think he might learn how to be scared this time.

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Sizzler's going to teach Cherry fear?

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I can't wait to see that.

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-Good luck, Steve.

-Cheers.

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-AL:

-Last time he did this, Ray came last,

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but he's been training hard.

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In order to get this record,

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you have to improve by 15 seconds.

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How are we going to do that?

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Well, I WOULD say take our time but this one,

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you're just going to see the process

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and do it 15 seconds faster.

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Nothing to it but to do it, man, you ready?

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-Let's go!

-THEY CHANT:

-US Ray!

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-US Ray! US Ray!

-All right.

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-HARUKA:

-Cherry was so keen for another chance at this record,

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he put in a formal request to the

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Officially Amazing record selectors.

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Steve got a record off you by 4/100ths of a second.

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-DUBBED:

-'It was so close last time, I got a bit upset -

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'I don't mind telling you.

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'But I've been practising hard.

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'I've won the baked beans, I've won the jelly

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'and now I want to complete the trilogy

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'with these jelly babies.'

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Well, as the Japanese proverb goes,

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may your jelly baby sorting the speedy and fruitful.

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Before anyone sorts anything,

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we need some rules.

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The 30 jelly babies must be of five different colours

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and must be randomised immediately before being sorted.

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They must be placed in receptacles

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15cm away from the main plate.

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The chopsticks may only be held with one hand.

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And Sizzling Steve's current

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world record time is 27.93 seconds.

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Let's get competitive.

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US Ray's up first.

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Three...two...one...

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-Go!

-KLAXON BLARES

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-AL:

-Take your time, Ray, you've got this.

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This is surprisingly good from US Ray.

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He's finally looking

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like a confident chopsticker.

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No!

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Ray's put a yellow baby in a new bowl

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instead of the yellow baby bowl.

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This is terrible!

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He's going to be disqualified.

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It's an unmitigated disas... Oh, no.

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It's fine. He moved it.

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Another disaster!

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Wee-e-e...

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Ouch.

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A purple jelly baby has made a dramatic bid for freedom.

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Has Ray even noticed he's a man down?

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Come on, Ray, get it.

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Go, go, go, go, go!

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Yeah!

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KLAXON BLARES

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Oh, the cheeky smile for Shantha.

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A futile bid to charm the adjudicator won't help.

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Here comes the master.

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You, sir, are the reigning champion in this,

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so let's rain on their parade and sizzle for Britain!

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Shantha, over to you.

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Three... Two... One...

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-Go!

-KLAXON BLARES

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As expected, a blistering start from the world champion.

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To truly witness the non-slip chopsticks in action

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we have to consult the slow-mo footage.

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Magnificent.

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But Steve's mixed up his red and green babies.

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This could cost him.

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As IF the ice-cool world record-holder

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would be fazed by a minor mix-up.

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A last-minute reshuffle...

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KLAXON BLARES ..and he's done.

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But will that red and green hiccup

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give Cherry a chance to snatch the record?

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Chopstick.

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Peerless preparation. HE SPEAKS OWN LANGUAGE

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Bon appetit.

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Go!

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Mr Cherry's hands are shaking with nerves.

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He really wants this record.

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Nerves could cost him valuable milliseconds at this level.

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But he's in a rhythm now.

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Cherry has chosen to use larger

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jelly babies than Ray and Steve.

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His mighty arms cope with that extra weight magnificently.

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KLAXON BLARES

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THEY GASP AND LAUGH Oh, no!

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But what happened there?

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One of Cherry's orange babies

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leapt into the yellow baby bowl.

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But did the escape happen before or after Shantha stopped her watch?

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She decrees it's a valid attempt.

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But was it fast enough

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to break Steve's 27.93 second record?

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Has his record been broken, Shantha?

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-Yes, it has.

-ALL:

-Ooh.

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BEN: Ooh. Slightly unexpected.

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But exciting.

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Well, there's just one question remaining.

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Shantha, who has grabbed that record

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and the all-important Officially Competitive point?

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Well, in third place, with a time of 46.997 seconds...

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-is Ray.

-Supposedly improved Ray,

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4.5 seconds slower than three series ago.

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And in first place, beating the current record by half a second,

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and still the world record-holder

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-is Steve.

-STEVE AND BEN CHEER

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-Own it! Own it! STEVE:

-Yes!

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Chopstick master at last.

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But not at last, you're STILL.

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-Oh, again, then.

-THEY LAUGH

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And so, a breathtaking display

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from the Sizzler puts him proudly

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atop the league table

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with a 100% world record hit rate.

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-HARUKA:

-But anything could happen next time

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when jelly foot spoons

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enter the arena.

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And we return with more

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fantastic feats

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like these.

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# Well, Damone might regret getting quite so wet

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# England's colder than Texas Who knew?

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# His jet board was flying but despite lots of trying

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# He couldn't do enough corkscrews

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# Our competitors felt the need

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# The need for chopstick speed

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# In the jelly-baby-moving test

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# Sizzling Steve proved he's still the best

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# And Holly was a jolly genius doggy

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# But here come the rubbish bits...

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# The outtakes! #

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The chopstick sensei!

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Did I say the right thing?

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We kick off with a spectacular hoverboard world-record attempt. We meet another very clever canine, and the Officially Competitive competitors battle it out to become the best in the world at manoeuvring jelly babies with chopsticks!


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