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Liz was joined by an animal manager from Woburn Safari Park and 3 Malaysian Giant Pond Turtles called Donatello, Rafael and Michaelangelo. Young band Outl4w rocked the studio with their rendition of a punk classic - 'Black Flowers for the Grave.' The band were formed in May 2004 and received huge acclaim when they came second in a radio station's School of Rock Radio competition. Zoe & Chris Springwatch for the biggest ever survey into the arrival of spring across the UK. It's being run by the BBC in association with the Woodland Trust.
Zoe interviews Michelle Paver, author of the book 'Wolf Brother', Matt makes some Cock-a-Leekie Pie Click here for Instructions. The Noise Next Door perform ""Calender Girl"" and Simon practises his bagpipes and he Celebrates his birthday.
Matt travels to Cambodia. He walks the streets of the ancient cities, North and South, He drives north and trys a food specialty of the region, Giant Spiders!, in a tarantula farm run by a local women and her young daughter, he joins in with the royal ballet to perform a monkey dance like all the boys in the ballet, while the girls dance different dances, he also goes to see old museum full of war memories from the past.
Matt travels to America to be taught wrestling for another of his sporting challenges, Konnie spins some plates on sticks with guest, Andrew, Zoe takes her first pancake challenge, Click here for instructions. Liz and Simon look inside some plague village homes and tell the story of the family that started it.
Liz makes a valentines card Click here for instructions. Zoe enters a Wild Water Racing competition, Richard and his dog, Disco, demonstrated heelwork to music. This is a very popular performance at dogs shows and, in particular, at Crufts. After a very short lesson, Matt put Meg through her paces and they hope to show off their new skills when they visit Crufts next month. And Bubble Artist, Fan Yang, who holds eight world records for blowing bubbles; including making the biggest spherical bubble at 2.3m in diameter! Another is for creating the most bubbles inside bubbles - he managed to blow 12 concentric bubbles inside each other. He also created the largest bubble wall in the world, measuring 47.40m long joins the team in the studio for a performance.
Konnie travels to Angola to meet some of the families that have been reunited thanks to the Welcome Home Appeal.
Simon Presents a new Interactive Quiz Zoe's Team The Chocahollicks Matt's Team The Gaming Wizards Liz's Team The Animal Lovers Konnie's Team The Fashion Freaks Round One - Famous People Round Two - Illusions, Round Three - Music, Round Four - Observation.
The Results Show of the Interactive Quiz, The fashion freaks won, the gaming wizards second, the animal lovers third and the chocalicks forth.
Matt learns how to do stunts in Florida and later perfroms in the high-flying show Sinbad, and Blue Peter dog, Meg, goes for a training session with a Profesional Dog Trainer, who trained Kyte who plays Wellard the Dog in Eastenders
Konnie & Simon reveal the winners of the Paint a Plane Competition, Dr.Bunhead came in to show us how a plane uses propulsion to fly. But nothing is as simple as that with the Professor of Silly Science. Only Dr. Bunhead would use custard powder to demonstrate how a plane works! The Ukulele orchestra came in and gave a unique and wonderful rendition of Mis-dy-na-mi-tee on their Ukuleles and if that wasn't enough they also played Angels by Robbie Williams as part of our Valentine's Day celebrations. 'Mis-Dy-na-mi-tee' is the latest release from The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. And Matt travels to America and plays Bastetball for another sporting challenge
Simon turns photographer Simon loves photography almost as much as he loves sport so when he had the chance to combine them, he snapped up the chance! All of these photographs of the rugby action were taken by Simon, and he also took the photos of Shelley during today's rehearsals. Beanie Smudge Make Everyone loves Smudge and now you can make your very own beanie Smudge! Click Here For Instructions Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the creators of 'Room on the Broom' and 'The Gruffalo' joined the Blue Peter Book Club and answered viewers' questions. 'The Gruffalo' won the Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud at Blue Peter's 2000 Book Awards and has since become a classic. Three years later 'Room on the Broom' won the award and last year 'The Smartest Giant in Town' made it on to the shortlist. Their latest story is the long awaited follow up to 'The Gruffalo' â€“ 'The Gruffalo's Child'. Rugby Competition Blue Peter has two pairs of tickets for the RBS Six Nations and they coul
Matt & Liz travel the town of York, and tell its history, Liz goes to the biggest chocolate factory in England, she is shown how Smarties Chocolate are made and tastes the quality of them, Matt goes to a castle and tells us about bow and arrows and he and Meg are made into models in the York Museum.
Rhinoceroses Liz told the story of Clara the Rhinoceros, if you'd like to read more about her adventures, visit your local library as there's a book out called 'Clara's Grand Tour' by Glynis Ridley. Book Club The next book to be featured in the Blue Peter Book Club is 'SilverFin' by Charlie Higson published by Puffin. Find out more about Charlie Higson. Blue Peter: Past, Present and Future mural competition Artist Jon Hicks came on the show to demonstrate some tips on painting a mural. He recommended that: You keep the theme in mind and think about what Blue Peter actually means to you You make the design of your mural big and bold, so people really notice it when they first see it You use colours that would look good in the Blue Peter garden (but not wishy washy colours as they won't stand out). Dogs' Alphabet For the letter 'X' in our dogs' alphabet we're taking a look at the Xoloitzcuintle and for the letter Y Yorkshire Terrier.
Simon goes to his home town, to train with the Norwich soccer team, he co-hosts a breakfast radio show on BBC Radio Norwich with presenter, Wally Webb. And finally he finds out about his family history with his parents.
Sir Patrick Moore 75 years ago, the most recently discovered planet in our solar system was discovered by an American called Clyde Tombaugh. The planet was called 'Pluto', a name chosen by an 11 year old girl from Oxford! To tell us about Pluto's discovery, Patrick Moore appeared on the show. It was Patrick's tenth appearance on Blue Peter since his first in December 1973, when he spent time comet spotting with presenter of the day, Peter Purves. To mark Patrick's many achievements, Simon awarded him a gold Blue Peter badge. The Blue Peter Asteroid Discovered on the 7th January 2000 by the Lowell Observatory, asteroid 16197 was this week officially named 'Bluepeter'. We were presented with the certificate by the International Astronomical Union. Asteroids must be named with one word, which is why blue and peter have been put together to ake 'Bluepeter'. We don't know its size but its brightness suggests that it is about 4km. At present it is about 2.5 AU (astronomical units) from
Eurovision Katie Price, Tricolore, Andy Scott-Lee, Javine and Gina G are this year's hopefuls to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest. Vote for your favourite by watching Making your Mind Up on Saturday 5th March at 5.45pm - 6.45pm on BBC ONE (the results will be shown later that evening at 8.20pm - 8.45pm). On Saturday night, Zöe will be in Northern Ireland announcing the regional vote. Vegetable Pasties Zöe made some delicious vegetable pasties on today's show, find out how to make them. Click Here For Details 4000th Show! On Monday 14th March we've got an extra special Blue Peter when we'll be celebrating our 4000th programme. To mark this occasion we've got 4000 limited-edition pens to give away - you can't buy these anywhere! If you'd like to be the proud owner of one one, all you have to do is put your name and address on a postcard or stuck down envelope and send it to: Blue Peter 4000 PO Box 20 London W12 6BP
Wrestling Freestyle wrestling is a modern sport based on five thousand years of tradition. Many of the biggest stars in pro-wrestling entertainment began their careers in this sport, which features strength, speed and lots of different throws and attacks. If you want to get started, the British Wrestling Association welcomes complete beginners. There are special introductory courses, to teach boys and girls the basics and allow them to try the experience. It is essential that you enjoy yourself. If you stick with it, you will develop your strength, fitness and health. Along the way, you will gain confidence, self-reliance and resilience. Fossils Fossil hunter Dr. Douglas Palmer came in to the studio to explain how you are never that far away from a fossil - you may even be able to find them in the gravel in your back garden! Liz got tips on where to look, what to look for and what you might find. You can also try and win a book about Fossils. Check with your local museum or coun
Konnie visited Uganda in East Africa to see how children there are benefiting from Comic Relief projects that your donations are helping to fund. She met Diana and Nilumansi, both of whose parents have died; but with your help, their future is looking brighter. Diana's story Diana is a just thirteen years old, but she's already been the head of her house for three years bringing up her three younger brothers, six year old twins Kato and Wasswa, and twelve year old Disan. Currently, none of them go to school because they need to earn money to eat. Konnie discovered that to earn money Diana, Kato and Wasswa help other farmers to dig their fields and Disan fetches water from the well for other families. Now, thanks to the Comic Relief project 'Send a cow' (which provides both cows and goats), they will be getting two dairy goats. This means that they can milk the goats, sell the milk and earn enough for all of them to be able to go to school. Konnie, Diana and the boys all went to 'Goa
Today's show was full of ice, the studio was covered in an ice floor: The Sleeping Beauty Show on Ice UK tour came and performed for the Show. Ice Hockey They were joined by the Slough Bombers ice hockey team today. They put Zöe and Simon through their paces and challenged them to a penalty shoot out. Wheelchair Curling Three of Britain's finest wheelchair curlers joined the Blue Peter presenters on the Ice Rink and gave them a demonstration of the art of curling. Liz tried her hand at throwing a stone but only managed to succeed in helping out the other team! . Plus: Climbing An Ice Wall Simon's challenge is to finish a World Championship ice climb after only day's training.Simon gets some tips from a climbing champion: ""You'll be wearing crampons (strap-on spikes) on your feet, and holding ice picks in each hand."" Part of the climb will involve crossing over to another wall. ""Make sure you dig the crampons into the ice to help take the weight off your arms,"" says the champion.
Sight, Taste, Touch, Smell, Hearing. Junior magician Jonathan Shotton was in the studio performing illusions to trick the eye. Jonathan has won junior championships for his tricks and show. He'll be performing in this years Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year competition which takes place in April. What you think of as taste, is actually flavour. You can only taste, sweet, sour, salt and bitter on your tongue. Anything else you think you are testing you are actually smelling. But what something looks like can also influence what you think you taste and smell. We put this to the test by offering two volunteers different drinks that had been coloured to disguise what their true flavour may be. The colours managed to fox the tasters entirely. Zöe's Hair In keeping with this Friday's theme for Comic Relief - The Big Hair Day. Zöe has her hair styled so that it looks like a hat for a Comic Relief fashion show. It may sound simple, but it takes all day to get her hair to stay in its
McFly McFly came into the studio and performed their Comic Relief song. They also took the time to do a quick interview for the website. Dawn French Comedienne Dawn French joined us to talk about how the money raised for Comic Relief gets used and how much is expected to be raised in 2005. Konnie in Uganda Konnie also travelled to Uganda recently to make a film about how children there are benefitting from the money raised by Comic Relief. Find out more.
Mary Poppins 'Mary Poppins' is currently playing at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. Giant Shopping Trolley You would probably expect actor Ewan McGregor to travel through space to be with us, or to ride in to the studio on a motorbike, but not on Blue Peter. On today's show, he was transported into the studio on a three and a half metre tall shopping trolley! Valiant and Robots Ewan McGregor came in to tell us all about the making of his latest movies 'Valiant' and 'Robots'. In 'Valiant', Ewan plays the part of a little wood pigeon with big dreams. He, along with his misfit friends, battle against all odds to triumph where their much better qualified collegues have failed. Ewan also leads a band of unruly misfits who triumph against all the odds in another animated film, 'Robots'. Rodney Copperbottom (voiced by Ewan) and his sidekick Fender (voiced by Robin Williams) are fighting against the forces of evil, who are determined to rid the world of the friendly outâ€“moded
Konnie, Matt & Simon took a look into the future. Crufts This year's dog that was named 'Crufts Best in Show' visited the Blue Peter studio, before returning home to Pennsylvania in America. She is a six year old Norfolk Terrier called Coco who took a lap of honour in the Blue Peter studio with her handler Peter Green. Matt had a great time taking Lucy behind the scenes of the world's biggest dog show â€“ now they can't wait until next year. The Children's War This fascinating exhibition to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War opens at London's Imperial War Museum on March 18th
Paint a Plane We unveiled the winning design from the Paint a Plane competition. It was painted on to the side of a Boeing 757 and will be seen flying around the world. Cheerleading The Ascension Cheerleaders spurred our winners on with an impressive pom pom and tumbling display. The Ascension cheerleaders have won more titles than any British cheer team and have recently launched the London Cheerleading Academy (LCA). Cheerleading is a fun energetic sport. Madonna, Britney Spears, Julia Roberts, and Kirsten Dunst are all former cheerleaders. Einstein Flip A unique BMX flip was performed for the first time ever on live television. A member of Team Extreme successfully completed this 360-degree back-flip. A physicist came up with the stunt with the help of Team Extreme to mark the launch of Einstein Year - The Year of Physics. Einstein was also a keen cyclist and it is thought that inspiration for his theory of Relativity came to him while riding his bicycle.
Doctor Who Special Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper, the stars of the new series of Doctor Who, join Matt, Liz and Simon today to talk about the show and what going to happen. Also, Simon and Liz join a professional swimming technique team, plus in the studio Simon makes a Easter Chick out of dough.
James Bond Special All the presenters get dressed up and perform some of the classic Bond theme tunes: 'The Man with the Golden Gun', 'For Your Eyes Only', 'Diamonds Are Forever', 'View to a Kill' and 'Nobody Does it Better'. Liz and Simon go to ""Spy School"" to learn the tricks of the trade that real spies use. Simon interviews Charlie Higson, author of ""Silverfin"", which tells the story of James Bond as a boy Zöe and Konnie dressed up as the famous Bond Girls Shirley Eaton and Ursula Andress. Liz dressed up as Miss Moneypenny - the only supporting character to appear in all Bond movies. Matt dresses up a famous Bond villain - Jaws
The Blue Peter Championship Part 1 The Reds Liz Barker Chris Collins Barney Harwood Nick Baker Dani Harmer The Greens Matt Baker Zöe Salmom Gemma Hunt Mark Speight Chris Perry-Metcalf.
The Greens Won!!!
Monster Truck Simon and Zöe roared into the studio in 'Lil Devil', the European Monster Truck Racing Champion. 'Lil Devil' can accelerate from 0-60mph in five seconds and can soar through the air, clearing up to 12 cars. 'Ark Angel' by Anthony Horowitz featuring Blue Peter competition winner Jonathan Bennet's gadget for Alex Rider was featured on the show Dalek Have you been impressed by Dr Who? If so, find out how to make a Dalek from a compost bin,Here Also, Zoe and Simon try rollocoasting in Alton Towers.
Simon was keeping his distance when he was joined by a shoal of piranhas from the Weymouth Sealife centre and an expert. Piranhas are one of the most infamous Amazon inhabitants. They are known for being incredibly mean. They are capable of stripping and eating even large prey in a matter of seconds. We had two species in the studio; the Red Belly and the Silver Dollar piranha. Surprisingly, the silver dollar piranha is a vegetarian. We fed each species to see how quickly they could devour their food. The Royal Northern Ballet Theatre came to the studio to perform an extract from their ballet version of 'Peter Pan'. Simon and Konnie made some delicious cake on today's show and filled the studio with a wonderful fresh baking aroma! Find out how you can make your very own Banana and Walnut Cake Click here for instructions Also, Simon visited Harvington Hall in Worcestershire, The house is full of secret rooms and passages, the house originated from the 1800s, were Catholic prie
Dolls' Kitchen Konnie made a beautiful kitchen for dolls on the show using lots of cardboard and a great deal of imagination. Today's show featured part two of this make Thai New Year This is a week of celebration for Thai people as it's the Buddhist New Year so ""Sawadee Pi Mai krap/ka"" to you! The Thai people celebrate in a very unusual way - they throw water over each other. This is meant to symbolise the washing away of sins and renewal. Water is used to clense Buddha as a mark of respect and as a blessing from the young to the old. Some Thais in the UK celebrated on Sunday but the celebrations in Thailand will last for three days from 13th April. This is the most important event in the Thai calendar. It may be a bit chilly to soak people over here, but in Thailand this is the height of the Hot season, so the water is more than welcome. Blue Peter celebrated the Thai New year at Television Centre and the presenters and guests got a good old soaking! Colditz Is a
Simon and Zoe travelled to Iceland, where Simon trained with wolves , while Zoe searched for elves!
Northumbria Police Dog technology The Northumbria Police force demonstrated the latest police dog technology with their playful pooch, Butch. The fidocam is a mini camera, which police dogs wear on their heads when they are searching buildings for police suspects. Using the camera, the police officers can see the image beamed back to a little monitor and instruct the dog on it's movements using a little speaker on the camera. We also met Alfie, a 14 week old puppy training to become a police dog. It takes 12 weeks of initial training to become a general police dog and then the best of those go on to become camera dogs. There is currently a national shortage of puppies donated by the public so if you are looking to give a puppy (no older than two years of age) a new home contact your local police force to see whether it may be suitable for them. There is a rigorous training course to be completed and those puppies who aren't suitable for a police dog's life will need to be re
After 8 years, Simon Says Goodbye to Blue Peter
Superheroes In the studio today, Konnie, Matt, Liz and Zöe got all togged up in their superhero costumes and uncovered a few of the tricks of the film trade that give ordinary actors their superpowers. To find out who you voted for as your favourite superheroes, check the superhero page. Konnie was Wonder Woman, Matt was Superman, Liz was Elastigirl, Zöe was Cat Woman, and someone else was dressed as Batman: it was Gethin Jones, Blue Peter presenter number 31. What a way to make your debut on Blue Peter! A big welcome to Gethin who will be answering your questions in a Star Chat at 5.30pm on Wednesday 27th April so you can ask him any questions that you have for him. Blue Peter Expedition 2005 competition We gave you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the all star UK premiere of the new Star Wars movie. We gave clues to the letters that spell the country that Blue Peter are exploring this year. It's not that easy, as even when you have all the letters, you still need to
Text me home tent The presenters tried out the next Text me home tent, which lights up when you text it. Matt and Zöe's jive Following on from last Friday's dance special, Matt and Zöe performed their jive again, due to popular demand. Watch the challenge and see how Matt and Zöe got on. Doctor Who Matt went behind the scenes of this Saturday's ""Doctor Who"", when the Doctor comes face to face with his oldest, and most deadly enemy, the Dalek. Matt met the Doctor himself, Christopher Eccleston, and the show's writer, Russell T Davies. We're off to Japan! We announced the winner of the competition we set earlier in the week, to guess the destination of this year's Blue Peter Summer Expedition. It's Japan, and the team revealed all the different things they're planning to see while they're over there. In the studio, there was a live display of Japanese dancing, and martial arts. Zöe and Rooster Zöe chatted to the four members of rock band Rooster, who have been to Jap
Relive so of Simon's best bits. Part 1
Relive some more of Simon's memories.