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Twins Amelia and Imogen try to get into Wimbledon. In this final episode, they try to talk their way into the tournament by being commentators.


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-Hi, I'm Amelia.

-And I'm Imogen.

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We're 12 years old.

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And if you haven't guessed...

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BOTH: We're identical twins!

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This summer, we are going to crack Wimbledon.

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But there's just one small problem.

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We've tried playing tennis...

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Sorry!

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..and failed.

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We got shouted at too much as umpires.

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-Out!

-Are you kidding me?!

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And being ball girls was too much hard work.

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So we need to find some things we can do...

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Take a breather!

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..to turn Wimbledon...

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Salsa!

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..into to Twinbledon!

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Right, Imogen, this is our last chance to get into Wimbledon.

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But, Amelia, we still don't know what we're doing.

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We've tried everything, and the only thing we're good at is talking.

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Maybe there isn't such a job that we can just have fun,

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chat to each other, put our feet up.

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-Nah.

-Surely the answer's out there somewhere?

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Let's go!

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Hey, Imogen. There's this famous ex-player, Tim Henman,

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who's offered to help us.

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He sounds cool.

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Yeah, he's even got a gold Blue Peter badge.

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I'm in!

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-Morning, girls.

-Hi.

-Hi, Tim.

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When he played, Tim Henman was ranked British number one.

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He started playing tennis before he was three,

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and even has a hill named after him at Wimbledon.

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OK, so the first drill that we're going to do is we're going to...

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Why are the balls this colour?

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Why is the tennis net that high?

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Why are our rackets this shape?

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Why aren't we playing on grass?

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How come you've got a hill named after you?

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How come you didn't win Wimbledon?

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Oh, whoa, whoa, whoa, girls!

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I think I've got a better idea for you two.

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-Why don't you try some commentating?

-What's that?

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It's when we talk about the matches that are taking place on the court

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so the people viewing at home,

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we can give them an insight into what's happening.

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After Tim retired from playing tennis,

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he began to commentate instead.

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He was able to regroup and produce a lot of great tennis.

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OK, girls, I'm going to give you my top tips for commentating.

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As you're going to be commentating on each other,

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what we've got to try and do is tell something to the audience,

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something that they didn't know.

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So is there anything about Imogen that we should know?

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Yeah, she snores really loudly.

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I don't snore, I just heavily breathe.

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OK, that's one. That's an interesting one.

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So my second top tip for commentating is

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when the ball is in play, that's when you've got to be quiet.

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Are you both very good at being quiet?

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THEY HUM

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BOTH: Not really.

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So my third and final top tip for commentating

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is it's really important that you know the difference between

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a running forehand top-spin lob, and a delicate crosscourt drop shot.

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-What are they?

-Well, girls, I think we've got some work to do.

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OK, Imogen.

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You can use the racket handle as the microphone.

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And let's have a little look at Amelia playing against Riley.

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OK, what have you seen so far, Imogen?

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That Amelia's using her forehand really well.

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-It reminds me of Andy Murray.

-Oh, excellent.

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That's good, I'm sure Andy will be really pleased with that(!)

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Right, so, Amelia, can you tell me some interesting facts

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about Imogen on court today?

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Well, she's very untidy.

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-Is she?

-Yeah. And she doesn't really...

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She just leaves clothes out on the floor.

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-Not good at folding them up?

-No, not really.

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-Are you good at that?

-Yeah, I am.

-Are you?

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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OK, girls, that was a really, really good start to commentating.

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But I still think you need a bit more practice.

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-Well, we're still going to practise a lot.

-Oh, that's good.

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-So maybe see you at Wimbledon?

-Definitely!

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What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you

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on the tennis court?

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Well, the most embarrassing thing was in 1995 when I accidentally hit

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a ball girl with one of the tennis balls, and I got disqualified.

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THEY GASP

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Thanks for not hitting us with the tennis ball.

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That's OK. You were safe today.

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-Thanks, Tim. Bye.

-Bye, girls.

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Today we're going to try and put Tim's tips into action

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and practice commentating.

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But what can we commentate on?

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Roger, a six-year-old cute labradoodle.

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He's wagging his tail.

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Now he's licking my hand.

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Now he's moving. Oh, now he's gone!

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-He's gone!

-He's wagging his tail, going to see my mother.

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Oh, look, here's the mum-of-three making a cup of tea.

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Now she's putting the teabag in the teapot.

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It looks like she's putting in the milk first.

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Oh, that shouldn't be allowed.

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Girls, do you have to commentate on everything that I'm doing?

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We're practising being commentators.

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Go and pester Dad instead.

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Here's Dad in his natural habitat - the lounge.

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-Girls, I'm trying to watch the match.

-Oops! Come on.

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Clearly we're not going to get any help at all.

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Thankfully, Tim has arranged some help for us at the zoo.

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The zoo? That's weird.

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-I still don't understand why we're here.

-I don't know.

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We just got told to come here.

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Oh, well. Let's go and see the giraffes.

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-They're so cool.

-Look what it's doing.

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Excuse me, girls?

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Oh, look, it's Ore Oduba!

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Not only did Ore win Strictly last year,

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but he's also an amazing commentator covering all the big sports.

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Now, I heard that you wanted someone to help you commentating on sports.

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So why are we at the zoo?

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Are we going to watch the giraffes play tennis?

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Imogen, you are a joker.

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But the thing about sports commentating is that you should

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be able to commentate on absolutely anything - whether it's football,

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whether it's rugby, whether it's tennis,

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whether it's giraffes in their pen.

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Make it exciting.

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There's nothing like watching something on the telly

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and snoozing off because it's boring.

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You've got to make it exciting, make it interesting.

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Make it entertaining.

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How do you know so much about commentating?

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When I was your age, guys, I used to commentate on absolutely everything.

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I used to commentate when I was playing computer games.

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I used to commentate when I got my cereal out in the morning.

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-Did it annoy your mum?

-Yes, in fact, she couldn't get me to shut up.

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I mean, the thing that you'll find, guys, is that I just generally keep talking.

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I mean, it could be a really lovely day, the birds tweeting...

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'Is that what we'd be like?'

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'Yeah, it is really annoying.'

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Whoa, whoa, whoa, that's enough.

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-Gosh, I thought we were bad.

-I know!

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-I think we should commentate ourselves now.

-OK.

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-Shall we put them into action?

-Yeah.

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You and I are going to head to the penguins.

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Come on.

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What we have in this tank are two penguins.

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Knick-Knack and Brachio.

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I'd like you to commentate on Knick-Knack, Amelia.

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I'd like you, Imogen, to commentate on Brachio.

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Your minute starts now!

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We're here today at London Zoo.

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My penguin is Knick-Knack and he's swimming around.

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And my penguin's Brachio. He's swimming superfast.

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I can see him now, he's meeting his friend and saying hello.

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Did you know penguins can swim up to 20mph?

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-He's trying to find some food.

-He's done a 360.

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He's coming up to the window and he's saying hello.

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Keep going, five more seconds.

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And he's swimming some more, swimming some more.

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Take a breather!

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Well played. Imogen, high five.

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Amelia.

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Very well done, both of you.

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As far as I'm concerned, you have passed the Ore School of Commentary.

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This is it. We made it to Wimbledon.

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How does it feel, Imogen?

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Like we've really made it.

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Yeah, let's go and have an explore.

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Wow, this is so cool.

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Did you know they use 60,000 tennis balls here?

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The longest match took three days.

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That's a lot of tennis.

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We love it here!

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Look, that's where the commentators sit and do all that talking.

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Oh, yeah! Surely they won't mind if we give it a go?

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I mean, we're basically pros now.

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Let's go.

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We're going to crash Sam Smith's commentary booth.

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She's one of the best tennis commentators here.

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-Hi, Sam.

-Hey, girls.

-We're going to do some commentating.

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-Can we help you on this match?

-Yes, that would be great.

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Why don't we all put our headsets on,

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and we can watch some Roger Federer.

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'She wants us to commentate on one of the best tennis players

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'in the world.

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'No pressure!'

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It's a beautiful day here at Wimbledon,

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and Roger Federer is on the court.

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Oh, look at that beautiful backhand.

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What about that volley, Imogen?

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That was a brilliant volley.

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I can barely watch.

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Oh, that was right on the line.

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And he's just won the point with that.

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-How good was that?

-I think he could go all the way this year.

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Do you know what, girls? I think I can leave you to it now.

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I think you've got the job.

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Actually... We didn't really want to work at Wimbledon.

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We just wanted to enjoy the tennis, and the celebs, and hang out.

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All right, you go and enjoy the tennis.

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-I'll get back to work, OK?

-Good, thank you.

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-Bye.

-Thanks a lot for your help.

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Well, Imogen, we finally made it.

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After all our hard work, now we can relax.

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Better make the most of it. I'm not sure they'll have us back next year!

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In this final episode, will chatty Imogen and Amelia talk their way into the world's biggest tennis tournament by being commentators? After getting the idea from tennis star Tim Henman, they set off to London Zoo to meet sports presenter Ore Oduba, who gives them the lowdown on how to commentate. With a lot of practice, can our determined pair do it? And will they finally get to enjoy Wimbledon? We hope so!