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Identify Christine's noisy bird!

The One Show Team | 16:56 UK time, Tuesday, 31 March 2009

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On last night's show Christine performed a startling impression of the bird that has been waking her up at 4am each morning. Watch the clip again here.


Our wildlife man Mike Dilger thought it could be a song thrush. But do you know better than Mike?


In our What did you think of the show blog last night viewers sent in their suggestions:


Geoffbeard was convinced it is a cockatoo (probably a sulphur-crested umbrella male).


Lindosbay wrote that it could be a great tit


And Youngsylviasmother (aka Greg from Bromsgrove) believes Christine's troublesome bird is definitely a magpie.


Last year The One Show and BBC Breathing Places joined forces for Dawn Chorus. Click here for more info about identifying bird song.


What do you think it could be?

What did you think of The One Show? Guest: Alan Davies

The One Show Team | 15:57 UK time, Tuesday, 31 March 2009

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Adrian and Christine were joined in the studio by comedian, actor and writer, Alan Davies.

 

With the so called 'summer of rage' nearly upon us, Matt Allwright reported from the G20 protests. Will you be taking to the streets?

 

Live from Hampton Court Palace Dan Snow met a Research Curator and looked back on the life of Henry VIII.

 

Clare Balding told the compelling story of a true champion, Bob Champion, as part of Grand National week. How do you pick a winner? Tell us here.

 

And finally, John Sergeant was in Anglesey tasting snails. More info about the banded snail study here. Also: What's the weirdest food you've eaten? Send us your photos.

 

What did you think of the show? Add your comment below.

What did you think of The One Show? Guest: Clive Anderson

The One Show Team | 17:12 UK time, Monday, 30 March 2009

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Tonight's guest was comedy writer and presenter, Clive Anderson.

 

There always seems to be 'sale' signs in shop windows, so Lucy Siegle asked: Can you still get a bargain?

 

Our towns and cities may look too busy for rare wildlife - but look up above the rooftops and it's a different story. Mike Dilger travelled to Chichester in search of peregrine falcons.

 

Do you know your national speed limits? Following reports that the government might consider lowering the single carriageway speed limit from 60mph to 50mph, Matt Allwright tackled some of the issues surrounding speeding.

 

And they're off! Its the epic race that often tempts even the most conservative of us to have a flutter - Clare Balding guided us through the history of the Grand National. How do you pick a winner? Let us know.

 

And finally, how would you like to share a holiday with The One Show? Our wildlife duo Mike and Miranda are looking to join a family to discover just how much wildlife lives around your favourite holiday spot. Get involved here.

 

What did you think of the show? Add your comment below.

What did you think of The One Show? Guest: Piers Morgan

The One Show Team | 12:52 UK time, Friday, 27 March 2009

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Adrian and Christine were joined in the studio by Piers Morgan.

 

Eve Pollard investigated the decline in local newspapers. Are local newspapers still needed? Join the debate on our Consumer blog.

 

All this week Michael Mosley's been examining the science behind our food. Today he focussed on the salt in our diet. Head to our highlights page to watch all of the films in the series.

 

Hardeep Singh Kohli drove up to the M6 Toll to ask whether it could be an unlikely location for a future heritage site. What are the heritage sites of the future? Let us know.

 

Do you have any funny photos of animals in unusual places? Visit our gallery to send us your pics.

 

And don't forget to play our caption game, featuring our props man Dave and Bill Nighy!

 

Have a good weekend. We'll see you Monday!

 

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What did you think of The One Show? Guest: Maureen Lipman

The One Show Team | 12:02 UK time, Thursday, 26 March 2009

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Actress and comedienne Maureen Lipman joined Adrian and Christine in the studio tonight.

 

Anita Rani visited the streets of Carlisle in Cumbria to investigate the rise in the number of women becoming violent under the influence of alcohol. Is drinking making young women more violent? Share your thoughts on female violence

 

Lucy Siegle looks into home contents insurance and why, even in hard times, it shouldn't be something we should cancel. Get research tips on home contents insurance here.

 

Continuing our Food Science week, Michael Mosley uncovers the truth about the real benefits of drinking tea and coffee. But we want to know how do you drink yours?

 

Following the success of the England women's cricket team winning the World Cup this week, and the women's rugby team winning the Six Nations, former sportswoman Sally Gunnell examined why some women's sports lack sufficient media coverage and investment.

 

What did you think of the show? Add your comment here.

Seeing double? Play our caption game

The One Show Team | 12:39 UK time, Wednesday, 25 March 2009

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Dave and Bill

 

One can only imagine what was going through actor Bill Nighy and our Props Man Dave's heads when they posed in this pic last night. Can you think of a great caption?

 

Infamous for his black suits and open collar shirts, Bill Nighy is a man with timeless style. Our man Dave thought he'd give the Love Actually star a run for his money and donned the same outfit complete with the obligatory black-rim specs.

 

We know....the resemblance is uncanny!

 

As a bit of fun, The One Show team are asking if you can think of a funny caption to go with the photo.

Let us know below!

What did you think of The One Show? Guest: Sir Alan Sugar

The One Show Team | 10:39 UK time, Wednesday, 25 March 2009

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Adrian and Christine with guest, Sir Alan Sugar


Britain's most benevolent boss Sir Alan Sugar joined Christine and Adrian in the studio.

 

We sent Matt Allwright out on street patrol with Liverpool's Truancy Watch team. And with the toughest penalty of parents being jailed he asked what's the answer to truancy. Do you have a solution? Let us know.

 

Marty Jopson concluded his Inventions that changed the world series by visiting the History of Science Museum in Oxford to examine the origins of the radio.

 

Gyles Brandreth got an exclusive preview inside the new Mary Rose exhibition in Croydon which opens next week.

 

In the third film of Michael Mosley's Food Science series he looks at selenium - an important chemical that we're not getting enough of. Watch the videos here.

 

Don't forget to play our caption game! Click here to give us your funny captions.

 

What did you think of tonight's show? Add your comment.

What did you think of The One Show? Guest: Bill Nighy

The One Show Team | 16:43 UK time, Tuesday, 24 March 2009

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Bill Nighy with Adrian and Christine


Actor Bill Nighy joined Adrian and Christine on the sofa tonight.

Paddy O'Connell talked about the history of pirate radio stations and how they have changed over the years.

To screen or not to screen? Anita Rani talks about the importance of early screening for breast cancer, and why some people believe that the screening programme has caused more problems than cured. Is the national breast screening programme working? Let us know.

The One Show's architectural historian Jonathan Foyle headed to the town of Appledore, a small hamlet just off North Devon which almost became the home of the Jackson Five.

Ever heard of bioavailability? In the second part of our Food Science series, Michael Mosley cooked up a storm in the kitchen to unlock the goodness stored up in our food.

What did you think of tonight's show? Add your comment.

What did you think of The One Show? Guest: Michael Sheen

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 12:56 UK time, Monday, 23 March 2009

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Michael Sheen and Melanie Sykes


Joining Adrian and Christine on the sofa was actor Michael Sheen, renowned for playing David Frost, Tony Blair and more recently Brian Clough.

 

Thinking outside the box, Melanie Sykes asked why people use jargon when plain English will do.

 

Fancy having a play with the words? Click here.

 

Lucy Siegle examined the new Gas SAFE Register that will allow us to check if the gas engineer hired to do a job is qualified to do so. For more information click here.

 

It's Food Science week on The One Show, so we checked Michael Mosley into Ealing Hospital, where they measured the effects of eating chocolate on his arteries.

 

Our bug man, George McGavin invited us to join the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) Soil and Earthworm Survey and brought some of the critters in for us to see. If you want to get involved head here.

 

What did you think of tonight's show? Add your comment.

What did you think of The One Show? Guest: Ricky Gervais

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 11:06 UK time, Friday, 20 March 2009

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Ricky Gervais joined Adrian and Christine on the sofa. View our exclusive web-only interview with Ricky here.

 

Paddy O'Connell has been looking at whether the UK's organ transplant system needs to be changed to give lower priority to those that "only have themselves to blame". Should alcoholics be entitled to a liver transplant?

 

Do you want your home to be shown on the internet? Lucy Siegle reported on Google's mapping technology. Do you feel that your privacy is under threat from the web?

 

We travelled to Bradford with Gyles Brandreth as he continues his search for Britain's great graveyards.

 

 And Hardeep Singh Kohli headed to Ascot to look at mobile phone masts. What are the heritage sites of the future?

 

Have a great weekend, and we'll see you next week.

 

What did you think of tonight's show? Add your comment.

What did you think of The One Show? Guest: Michael Aspel

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 12:21 UK time, Thursday, 19 March 2009

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Adrian and Christine were joined in the studio by  Michael Aspel.

 

Mr Aspel travelled back to south London to visit the house where he grew up.

Dom Littlewood investigated the case of the Nottinghamshire couple and a 'buy now pay later' scheme.

Dr Sarah Jarvis warned us of the dangers of Lyme disease.

 

And asking, "Is feminism outdated?" Angellica Bell headed to Goldsmiths University to meet a group of students that have formed their own branch of the Women's Institute. Feminism isn't needed anymore?

 

What did you think of tonight's show? Add your comment.

What did you think of The One Show? Guest: Pet Shop Boys

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 14:32 UK time, Wednesday, 18 March 2009

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The Pet Shop Boys in the studioPet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe joined Adrian and Christine on the sofa for the 400th One Show! At the end of the programme, Chris took a photo (see below) to share with their fans - click here to see his snap.


The Pet Shop Boys taking a photo in the studioCbeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell looked into the prejudices and issues surrounding disability in the UK. Disability prejudice: Is the situation improving?

Des Coleman met with Graham Gouldman to talk about 10cc's greatest hit - I'm Not In Love.


Beginning his new 'Local Heroes' series, Phil Tufnell travelled to Birmingham to meet Dot Guest, lollipop lady. Dot has worked on the same crossing for 30 years. Artist Linda Atherton has painted Dot's portrait.



Watch some of the highlights from our 400 shows here.


 


What did you think of tonight's show? Add your comment.

Exclusive video: Adrian Chiles on TV

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 12:49 UK time, Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Watch our exclusive Adrian Chiles video above.

 

Watch clips from the shows that have made our Adrian the presenter he is today. See how he's changed!

 

Also: Check out Adrian's new profile page here.

 

Also: Watch Christine Bleakley's video biography.


Exclusive video: Christine Bleakley on TV

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 12:38 UK time, Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Watch clips from the shows that have made our Christine the presenter she is today - watch the video, above.

See how she's changed!

 

Also: Check out Christine's new profile page here.

 

Also: Watch Adrian Chiles' video biography.

What do you think of The One show? Guest: Dave Gorman

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 12:18 UK time, Tuesday, 17 March 2009

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Comedian Dave Gorman joined us in The One Show studio.

 

Anita Rani explored issues around kinship carers.

 

Mr Gorman looked at technology that was designed to make our lives easier but really just should have been left on the drawing board. What's your crazy invention?

 

The National Grid is responsible for distribution of all the electricity produced in the UK. Its office is in a secret location, Carol Kirkwood was lucky enough to visit.

 

And Mike Dilger carried out a wildlife survey in John Lennon's childhood back garden. And guess what? He found a beetle!

 

What did you think of the show? Add your comments below.

Comic Relief: Doodle book auction. The total is...

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 15:30 UK time, Monday, 16 March 2009

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The Comic Relief auction of One Show celebrity doodles ended today.

The One Show is thrilled to announce that after 45 bids, the winning bid was £3850.00.
The winning bidder was Mrs Harriet Brown from Bromley in Kent.

Thank you Mrs Brown, and thank you to everyone who took part in the auction.


Don't forget you can still play our doodle quiz, read Christine's Uganda diary,
and watch all of our Comic Relief films.

What did you think of The One Show? Guest: Joanna Lumley

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 15:04 UK time, Monday, 16 March 2009

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Joanna Lumley in the studioBest known for her roles in The New Avengers and Absolutely Fabulous, Joanna Lumley joined Adrian and Christine on the sofa.

The Comic Relief auction of One Show celebrity doodles ended today. The One Show is thrilled to announce that the winning bid was £3850.00. Thanks to everyone who bid.

You can play our doodle quiz, read Christine's Uganda diary, and watch all of our Comic Relief films on our Comic Relief pages.

 

Dom Littlewood travelled the country to meet people who have taken direct action against big companies. Have you ever taken on the 'big boys' and won? Share your stories here.

 

This year is the sixtieth anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth. Hardeep Singh Kohl investigated what the Commonwealth does and whether it's still relevant today.

 

Jonathan Foyle travelled to Bristol to walk us through the history of post war prefab buildings.

 

And Neil Oliver visited Dorset to tell the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. Their arrest and transportation led to the eventual creation of the trade unions.

 

What did you think of tonight's show? Add your comment.

What did you think of The One Show? Christopher Biggins, guest

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 15:08 UK time, Thursday, 12 March 2009

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Christopher Biggins joined Adrian and Christine in the studio.

 

Matt Allwright visited Gedling - a suburb in Nottingham where parking charges are being introduced this August. Are parking charges over the top?

 

Hardeep Singh Kohli travelled to Whitelee Wind Farm in Glasgow. Will it become a heritage site? What are the heritage sites of the future?

 

Adrian Chiles met Zac in Wolverhampton. Zac's a very special boy. He helps to care for his autistic younger brother. Watch all of our Comic Relief films here.

 

And Kirstin O'Brien headed to Hertfordshire to discuss agony aunts and how their roles have changed over time.

 

There's no show on Friday due to Red Nose Day, so we'll see you next week. Have a great weekend and don't forget the doodle auction!

 

What did you think of tonight's show? Add your comment below.

Christine Bleakley's Uganda Diary: Day five - Hajjara's battle with HIV

Christine Bleakley Christine Bleakley | 14:42 UK time, Wednesday, 11 March 2009

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In January I travelled to Uganda with Comic Relief to report on the work that needs to be done to improve the lives of the people there. This is my diary.  

Christine 

Read all of my diary entries from the beginning here.

 

Watch all of the films I made for Comic Relief here.

 

Friday 9th January 2009

 

I wonder whether the lovely people at Comic Relief knew exactly what they were doing when they compiled my filming schedule. They knew it was my first trip to the continent and Uganda would confront me with some shocking scenes. That's probably why they left Hajjara's story to the end.

Christine and Hajjara 

We travel to a slum called Nsambya on the outskirts of the capital Kampala. The dirty, fine dust from the road covers you and permeates everything. There appear to be slightly "better off" families in the area. They have chickens, fences around their little properties and patches of ground on which to grow vegetables.

 

I thought maybe this wouldn't be so bad. I was wrong. Our vehicle parks up and the crew and I walk down to Hajjara's house. The stench is unbearable under the hot African sun. Flies cover everything. Beautiful, friendly little toddlers follow our every step wanting to touch the "Mzungu" - the white people. Welcoming waves and smiles greet us at every turn.

 

We are accompanied by a gentle soul called Ivan, a representative from a Comic Relief funded charity called NACWOLA. The organisation was set up to help improve the quality of life of women and their families living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Ivan introduces me to Hajjara. At 16 years old she has been robbed of her childhood. At 13 her mother died of Aids and her father left, leaving her to raise her five brothers and sisters. Three of the children are HIV+.

 

I'm shocked at her surroundings. Her tiny little room, that she makes as comfortable as she can, consists of a small bed and a dresser. A paraffin lamp sits on it but never burns; she can't afford the paraffin.

 

The youngest child Oruzia lies on the bed in silence but rolls around holding his stomach. He's had a fever and cough all week and now his belly aches. It's at this point that I find myself unable to hold back the tears. I try to be professional as Hajjara is standing right next to me, but it's hard. I step outside to compose myself and the crew
explain that this is the norm here.

Christine upset 

It is absolutely heart breaking to see this situation first hand. I've watched the films on Comic Relief, and been moved by them. But seeing it with my own eyes is disturbing. Empty packets of the anti-retroviral drugs, to treat HIV, cover the ground like sick sweet wrappers.

 

I step inside again and Hajjara tells me her story. She remembers the day they buried her mother and how she returned to their little house and suddenly found herself absolutely alone. She realised she was now responsible for everything. She was 13 years old. Her brothers and sisters were just babies.

 

We flick through her treasured photo book. The worn images of her mother bring a smile to her face. I actually get a giggle out of her as she shows me baby pictures of herself.

 

If only I could wrap them all up and bring them home with me. Nacwola has been a saviour for Hajjara and her siblings. Although the Ugandan government freely gives out anti-retroviral drugs to those who register, unless you have a stomach full of food when you take them, you become violently ill and it is difficult to keep them down. The

Nacwola workers do their best to provide some food and ensure Hajjara and her siblings get their much needed medication. They also act as a counselling service. Talking and listening to Hajjara is sometimes all she wants.

 

Despite the terrible situation I found these young people in, what distressed me more than anything was the lack of hope. There was an emptiness in their eyes unlike anything I've ever seen before. They knew this was their lot and it would take a miracle to change it.

 

The only glimmer of hope in their lives seemed to be when the Nacwola people arrived. They were like substitute parents, bringing milk, bread and affection. Small amounts  of money keep this organisation afloat and in turn give Hajjara and her family much needed support.

 

Christine with Hajjara's familyI asked her what she would like to do when she is older. Her reply was "I can't do anything because I cannot leave my brothers and sisters and cannot afford to go to school but I'd really like to be a hairdresser". I tell her anything is possible as I think back to my day with the coffee farmer Oliva. She was in a very similar situation at the same age and look what she's achieved. I pray that the same good fortune, with the help of Comic Relief, will be bestowed upon Hajjara.

 

A little money can really go a long way. Give what you can this Red Nose Day and you really will be changing lives for the better. Red Nose Day is on Friday 13th March.

 

Christine x


 * Read all of Christine's diary entries here

 

* See a gallery of pictures of Christine in Uganda

 

* Info on how to donate to Comic Relief


 * View all our pages on Comic Relief, where you can play our doodle quiz, bid on the Comic Relief doodle book auction and watch all our Comic Relief videos.

Christine Bleakley's Uganda Diary: Day four - Santa's story

Christine Bleakley Christine Bleakley | 14:37 UK time, Wednesday, 11 March 2009

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In January I travelled to Uganda with Comic Relief to report on the work that needs to be done to improve the lives of the people there. This is the fourth day of my diary.


ChristineRead all of my diary entries here.

 

Watch all of the films I made for Comic Relief here.


Thursday 8th January 2009


I feel really inspired by what I saw yesterday. Oliva's living situation was much better than I'd expected. Beautiful views and wide open spaces. Today will be a very different experience in a village just outside the town of Jinja.


Uganda has been devastated by HIV and many women have been widowed with little or no means of supporting themselves or their children. Santa, the lady I'm about to meet, is one such woman.


Our arrival creates excitement amongst the children. These people are much worse off than Oliva. The children have few clothes and their little noses are running. Their smiles however would melt the stoniest of hearts and they couldn't be more welcoming.


Christine and team with Santa's family.jpgSanta is here to greet us. She's in her late 30s. She's HIV+, a widow and mother of not just her four children but two of her relatives' children as well. They live in a tiny one room house. She is welcoming, kind and caring and wants nothing more than for her children to be fed and educated.


Santa tells me her story. She had literally nothing after losing her husband and family during the conflict. No land to grow food, no family to help and no money to send her children to school. There appeared to be no hope until she was thrown a life line in the form of the Jinja Women's association. Funded by Comic Relief, it offers small scale loans to help people like Santa get started in business.


It's called a micro credit scheme because the money involved is so small by our standards in the developed world. She borrowed the equivalent of £18. This was all she needed to start a bead-making business. She kept up her monthly repayments, paid back the loan and made a small profit selling her necklaces in the local markets. She then took out a series of larger loans to expand the business.


Making beads with SantaShe managed to buy a sewing machine. A beautiful old Singer sewing machine now sits in pride of place in her little house.


Santa makes blankets and bags and makes her children's school uniform. This is important: education is free in many of the state schools but uniforms are compulsory, and since most families can't afford them, their children don't go.


Santa's life is far from anything I have known. She's adorned the walls of her house with ornately stitched pieces of fabric, and strings of beads hang from every corner. She is doing her very best to provide the best life possible for her family. She tells me how much better life is now thanks to Comic Relief.


 I can't quite imagine what it must have been like before.

 

Christine x


* Read all of Christine's diary entries here

 

* See a gallery of pictures of Christine in Uganda

 

* Info on how to donate to Comic Relief


 * View all our pages on Comic Relief, where you can play our doodle quiz, bid on the Comic Relief doodle book auction and watch all our Comic Relief videos.

Christine Bleakley's Uganda Diary: Day three - Oliva's coffee business

Christine Bleakley Christine Bleakley | 14:33 UK time, Wednesday, 11 March 2009

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In January I travelled to Uganda with Comic Relief to report on the work that needs to be done to improve the lives of the people of there. This is third day from my diary.

Christine 

Read all of my diary entries here.


Watch all of the films I made for Comic Relief here.

 

Wednesday 7th Jan 2009

 

After a treacherous six hour drive and a bit of sleep we prepare ourselves for the first day of filming. I'm the only member of the crew who hasn't been to Africa before so
I'm wide-eyed and amazed by everything. We travel high up into the mountains, about a five hour drive from the capital Kampala to meet with Oliva Kishero and her family.

 

Christine and OlivaOliva's mother died when she was 13 years old leaving her to raise her siblings as her father left for another woman. Her new commitments meant dropping out of school. At 16 she married and got pregnant. All they had to their names was a small coffee growing plot. It was Oliva that made that small piece of land into a business. She would trek the ten kilometres to the market in Kamu with heavy sacks of coffee beans on her back. She sold to local buyers for very low prices. That was on a good day. Sometimes she couldn't sell her beans at all and had to take them all the way back home again.

 

But her sheer determination has seen her farm grow, in conjunction with the Gumintindo Coffee Co-operative and Comic Relief. She's built a new house and is pouring her
energy into sending her children, and the children she has adopted, to school. She sees their success as her legacy.

 

Coffee farming with OlivaIt takes a special kind of women to succeed and be respected by her male peers in this society, and that is what Oliva has accomplished. In the main town of Mbale the money provided by the Gumintindo Co-Operative (which Oliva is now heavily involved in) has seen the construction of a storage facility to help the local farmers store their crops. Oliva has a vision and Comic Relief is helping her achieve it.

 

Christine x


* Read all of Christine's diary entries here

 

* See a gallery of pictures of Christine in Uganda

 

 * Info on how to donate to Comic Relief

 

 * View all our pages on Comic Relief, where you can play our doodle quiz, bid on the Comic Relief doodle book  auction and watch all our Comic Relief videos.

Christine Bleakley's Uganda Diary: Day two - African journey

Christine Bleakley Christine Bleakley | 14:27 UK time, Wednesday, 11 March 2009

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Christine


In January I travelled to Uganda with Comic Relief to report on the work that needs to be done to improve the lives of the people there. This is the second installment from my diary.

 

Read all of my diary entries here.

 

Watch all of the films I made for Comic Relief here.

 

Tuesday 6th Jan 2009

 

It is now Tuesday. We've been travelling for what seems like days. I'm sitting on an internal flight to Entebbe reading a Nairobi newspaper called The Daily Nation. The front page headline reads "Make Muthaura work under Raila". It discusses the Orange Democratic movement demanding fresh negotiations of the coalition agreement with PNU. A worthy discussion I'm sure in these turbulent political times.

 

UgandaWhat has shocked me though is the small and somewhat insignificant paragraph at the bottom of the page headlined: "2 million risk starvation as drought bites". It briefly explains how two million Kenyans face imminent starvation following crop failures in parts of Eastern and Rift Valley.

  

The story continues with a further small paragraph on page 6. Can you imagine if that was happening in Britain? Does a society become so familiar with such disasters that they become blasé? More column inches would be dedicated to what Cheryl Cole was wearing at the Brit Awards.

 

Christine x

 

* Read all of Christine's diary entries here

 

* See a gallery of pictures of Christine in Uganda

 

* Info on how to donate to Comic Relief

 

* View all our pages on Comic Relief, where you can play our doodle quiz, bid on the Comic Relief doodle book auction and watch all our Comic Relief videos.

Christine Bleakley's Uganda Diary: Day one - Arriving in Africa

Christine Bleakley Christine Bleakley | 12:26 UK time, Wednesday, 11 March 2009

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Christine


In January I travelled to Uganda with Comic Relief to report on the work that needs to be done to improve the lives of the people there. This is my diary.

 

Read all of my diary entries here.


Watch all three films I made for Comic Relief here.


Monday 5th January

 

I'm sitting on a Kenya Airline Flight on my way to Nairobi and then onto Entebbe in Uganda. I've just had a lovely break at home over Christmas and I'm about to embark upon a journey that excites and unnerves me in equal measure.

 

I sit looking at my little TV screen in the back of the seat in front of me. I'm transfixed by the animated aeroplane travelling across the various time zones. London, Rome, Cutra, Addis Ababa and finally Nairobi. Seven hours and forty three minutes and 6,846 kilometres later we'll have landed.

 

UgandaThe animated sequence has got me thinking. Regardless of family background, wealth, friends...what determines our start in life is entirely geographical. My Comic Relief notes tell me nearly 23 million adults and children in Sub-Saharan Africa are now living with HIV. It is too shocking to take in. And so it's back to the birthplace lucky draw; millions of children born with HIV because Africa is their land of origin.

 

Sleep a little on the way, with Ricky Gervais in the movie Ghost Town keeping me company for part of the journey. Coming into land over Nairobi I see a really industrialised place. Smog covers the bustling city. I've never been to Africa before and so don't know what to expect, but for some reason this wasn't it.

 

Now waiting in Nairobi for our flight to Entebbe. Justin Canning, our photographer, is with me. We checked our bags right through at Heathrow. If I see mine again, it'll be both a miracle and a welcome sight. Not least because my bloody malaria tablets are in it!

 

Christine x

 

* Read all of Christine's diary entries here

 

* See a gallery of pictures of Christine in Uganda

 

* Info on how to donate to Comic Relief

 

* View all our pages on Comic Relief, where you can play our doodle quiz, bid on the  Comic Relief doodle book auction and watch all our Comic Relief videos.


What did you think of the show? Raymond Blanc, guest

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 12:11 UK time, Wednesday, 11 March 2009

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Chef Raymond Blanc was tonight's guest.

For BBC2, Raymond Blanc is once again on the lookout for a couple to join him in opening and running a restaurant. Click here to find out how to apply.

 

On the show: Today is national No Smoking Day. Dr Sarah Jarvis examined what happens when we quit cigarrettes.

Christine's Uganda visit continued. Read her five day diary. See the photos in our gallery pages, too. 

More about One Show Comic Relief here.

Anita Rani headed back to school to see if teaching is a good career choice. Can anyone be a teacher?

Windsor and Eton town centres have been named 'Cleanest Town in Britain' in the Clean Britain Awards. Aggie MacKenzie investigated!

 

What did you think of tonight's show? Tell us below.

Comic Relief: Doodle book auction latest

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 15:54 UK time, Tuesday, 10 March 2009

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Last night Comic Relief launched an auction of The One Show's self portrait book.

 

Click here for more about the doodle auction.

 

The autograph book has been filled with doodles from loads of our famous guests including Richard Attenborugh, Kate Winslet, Julie Walters, Sir Ian Mckellan and Adam Sandler.

 We're delighted to announce (that after just under 24 hours) the current bidding is at:

£1,450.00 (6pm, Tuesday 10th March 2009)

Thanks so much to everyone who has bid so far and please keep the bidding going!

100% of the winning bids go to Comic Relief.

 

Plus: Don't forget you can play the celebrity doodle quiz here. Can you guess the celebrity from their artistic skills?

 

Also: Go to all our Comic Relief pages here.

What did you think of the show? Annie Lennox, guest

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 15:21 UK time, Tuesday, 10 March 2009

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Ex-Eurythmics and solo songstress Annie Lennox joined us on the sofa.

 

Paddy O'Connell met people who have risked everything to speak the truth.

 

Author Marian Keyes explored the 'guilty pleasure' books that we have on our reading lists. Tell us about your favourites.

And Marty Jopson looked at a favourite invention - the photograph.

 

In the second film from Uganda for Comic Relief, Christine met a woman who, with the help of JINJA women's association, has set up her own bead making business. She is now able to support her family. Watch the film again here.

 

Also: Click here for The One Show Comic Relief pages.

Also: Play our celebrity self portrait quiz.

 

Also: Find out more about placing a bid on the Comic Relief One Show celebrity doodle book.

And: Watch all our Comic Relief films here.

Comic Relief: Celebrity doodle quiz. Can you tell who's who?

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 15:11 UK time, Monday, 9 March 2009

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Adrian and Christine holding celebrity doodle bookIt's Comic Relief week and The One Show have a treat for you!

 

Think you know your celebrities? Well, play The One Show Celebrity Self Portrait Quiz and see if you can guess who's who.

 

Play the doodle quiz here.

 

Over the last few months we've called in favours with the top celebs who visit The One Show studios. We asked them to put their drawing skills to the test and do us a doodle; a self portrait of themselves.

 

We've now collected fabulous doodles from over 70 guests including Julie Walters, Rolf Harris, Alice Cooper, Stephen Fry, Richard Attenborough, Kate Winslet and Elaine Paige

 

We've handed more than 70 of these self-portrait doodles to Comic Relief. Comic Relief are now auctioning these doodles to raise funds for their charity.

 

Click here to find out more about the Comic Relief doodle auction.

 

Could you work out which celebrity was who? Leave your celeb doodle score below.

What did you think of the show? Bryn and Nessa, guests

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 15:05 UK time, Monday, 9 March 2009

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Rob Brydon, Ruth Jones, Adrian and Christine (with red noses!)

Gavin and Stacey's Nessa and Bryn a.k.a. Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones joined us to kick off The One Show's Comic Relief week.

 

Click here for The One Show Comic Relief pages.

 

As part of a series of three films for Comic Relief Christine travelled to Uganda to highlight the help that's needed there. In an emotional first film Christine visited the Tsambya slums of Kampala where she met a young girl, whose mother had died of AIDS and who is now bringing up her five brothers and sisters.

Watch the film again here.

 

Plus: Play our celebrity self portrait game and find out more about placing a bid on the Comic Relief One Show celebrity doodle book.

 

And: Watch all our Comic Relief films here.

 

Also on the show: With interest rates at a historic low, Lucy Siegle looked into whether now is a good time to overpay on your mortgage.

 

Hardeep Singh Kohli discovered what's popular in the world of tattoos at the International Tattoo Show in Manchester. Watch an exclusive video showcasing Hardeep's favourite tattoos here.

  

And Des Coleman looked at the story behind the song 'I'm the Urban Spaceman'.

 

What did you think of The One Show? John Barrowman, guest

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 14:45 UK time, Friday, 6 March 2009

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John Barrowman and Anita Rani


Christine and Adrian welcomed John Barrowman to the sofa for a third time. This is quite an honour - only John and the great Michael Palin have appeared on The One Show three times. A dalek (see below) made a special appearance, too.

Click here for more information on how to appear in John's new BBC One programme; Tonight's The Night.


Also on the show: Anita Rani went behind bars to meet prison officers. And we're searching for a couple that has separated but are being forced to continue living together because they can't afford to leave. More info.A dalek was our other special guest in the studio


Christine Walkden visited the Garden Museum staff allotment where she answered some of your gardening questions. Head over to our blog or gallery page if you'd like Christine to act as your 'Agony Plant'.


To celebrate British Pie Week, Hardeep Singh Kohli took to the streets with a number of different pies for the public to sample. So, we're asking: Will the great British pie survive our modern concern with healthier eating? Tell us about your favourite filling!


Also: We want a photo of you and your pie. Send them in here.


Author Michael Morpugo joined us to talk about his hero, the poet Ted Hughes.


And Phil Tufnell travelled to the town of Splott to find out why it has such an unusual name.


Have a great weekend, and we'll see you on Monday.


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What did you think of The One Show? Julian Fellows, guest

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 13:12 UK time, Thursday, 5 March 2009

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Adrian and Christine with guest, Julian Fellows


Adrian and Christine were joined in the studio by Oscar winning film maker Julian Fellows.

 

Julian's new film is The Young Victoria - and tonight Germaine Greer looked back at the famous lady.

Dominic Littlewood investigated the rise in reported domestic violence towards men. More information here.

As part of his 'Building your street' series Jonathan Foyle headed to Hampstead.

And Hardeep Singh Kohli studied his favourite poem, Robert Burns' Parcel of Rougues.

 

Also: Christine Walkden will be our 'Agony Plant' over the next few weeks. If you have a gardening question for Christine head over to our gallery pages and let us know.

 

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What did you think of The One Show? Carol Vorderman, guest

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 12:14 UK time, Wednesday, 4 March 2009

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Carol Vorderman


Joining Adrian and Christine on the sofa was queen of calculus Carol Vorderman.

 

Angellica Bell discussed why maths is important to all of us. Does maths matter?

 

Lord Roy Hattersley looked back 25 years ago to the miner's strike.

Gyles Brandreth explored Sheffield General Cemetery.

Bug man George McGavin showed us the delights of having a compost heap in your garden, and Christine Walkden joined us in the studio with some practical composting tips.

 

Christine Walkden will be our 'Agony Plant' over the next few weeks. If you have a gardening question for Christine head over to our gallery pages and let us know.

 

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What did you think of The One Show? Lee Mead, guest

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 16:07 UK time, Tuesday, 3 March 2009

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Lee Mead

In our studio of many colours was former Joseph star Lee Mead.

Lee got a suprise phone call from fiance Denise Van Outen. Denise is on her way up Mount Killamanjaro for Comic Relief. Click to listen to the full message.

 

For more information on Comic Relief click here.

 

Gyles Brandreth examined the Freedom of Information act are. More info here.

 

Lucy Siegle looked at car sharing clubs. Find more information on our Consumer blog.

 

In his series on how great songs came to be written, Des Coleman met with Simply Red's Mick Hucknall to discover the inspiration behind his hit, Holding Back The Years.

 

And Marty Jopson named plastic as this week's Invention That Changed The World.

 

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What did you think of The One Show? (2nd March 2009 - Rolf Harris, studio guest)

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 16:48 UK time, Monday, 2 March 2009

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Rolf Harris was tonight's studio guest. More about Rolf here.

Dom Littlewood told us about airline failure insurance - watch his film here. And tell us about your memorable journeys.

Our street barber Michael Douglas went hunting for silver vixens. See silver haired viewers here.

Phil Tufnell looked at the painting A Welsh victory at the National Sporting Club, by William Howard Robinson.

And Mike Dilger watched boxing hares in Hampshire.

Send in your photos of spring, here.

 

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