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500 Words - the Final Countdown!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 18 February 2013

500 WORDS, the story writing competition for children, aged 13 and under, closes on Friday! Chris begins the countdown with 5 top tips from our expert judges.

We have a new head judge this year, CBBC and Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond. Also brand new for 2013 are Frank Cottrell-Boyce, the award-winning novelist and screenwriter, who scripted the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Games, and made Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fly once again for young readers. And Malorie Blackman, whose literature and television drama credits include the Noughts And Crosses series.

They join returning judges Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Charlie Higson, in picking their favourite stories from a shortlist of 50, drawn from two age groups: children aged nine and under, and those aged between 10 and 13.

Entries must be received by 7pm on Friday, so tune in for expert inspiration and get writing! More info about the competition is available at bbc.co.uk/500words.

Music Played

27 items
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    U2 and B.B. King When Love Comes To Town

    Q The Blues (Various Artists), Hit Label

  • Image for Dido

    Dido No Freedom

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Elvis Presley - Such A Night

    Elvis: The Essential 60s Masters, BMG

  • Image for Propaganda

    Propaganda Duel

    A Secret Wish - Propaganda, ZTT, 12

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers A Design For Life

    Fresh Hits 96 (Various Artists), Sony Music TV, 16

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Day Tripper

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 1

  • Image for Olly Murs

    Olly Murs Army Of Two

    Right Place Right Time, Sony, 1

  • Image for Ray Charles

    Ray Charles What'd I Say

    The Very Best Of Jazz Moods (Various), Telstar

  • Image for Gabriella Cilmi

    Gabriella Cilmi Sweet About Me

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for Fun Boy Three

    Fun Boy Three and Bananarama Really Saying Something

    Bananarama - Deep Sea Skiving, London

  • Image for Pussycat

    Pussycat Mississippi

    (Single), Sonet

  • Image for The Robert Cray Band

    The Robert Cray Band A Memo

    (CD Single), Provogue Records, 1

  • Image for KISS

    KISS Crazy Crazy Nights

    Now 10, Part 1 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Nick Lowe

    Nick Lowe I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass

    The Best Of Nick Lowe, Demon Records, 6

  • Image for Scouting for Girls

    Scouting for Girls Heartbeat

    (CD Single), Epic

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Ray Of Light

    Madonna - Greatest Hits Volume 2, Maverick, 10

  • Image for Train

    Train Mermaid

    California 37, Columbia, 1

  • Image for Lily Allen

    Lily Allen Smile

    (CD Single), Regal

  • Image for Keane

    Keane Everybody's Changing

    (CD Single), Transcopic Records

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)

    Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition), Polar, 014

  • Image for Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys Brand New Me

    Girl On Fire, RCA

  • Image for World Party

    World Party Message In The Box

    (CD Single), Ensign

  • Image for Spandau Ballet

    Spandau Ballet Lifeline

    More Greatest Hits Of 80's (Various), Disky

  • Image for Owl City

    Owl City Fireflies

    (CD Single), Island Records, 1

  • Image for David Soul

    David Soul Silver Lady

    The Best Of, Music Club, 3

  • Image for Josh Groban

    Josh Groban Brave

    All That Echoes, Reprise, 1

  • Image for David Gray

    David Gray Please Forgive Me

    (CD Single), East West Records

  • Pause for Thought

    From Rev Rob Gillion, Rector of Holy Trinity Church and St Saviours.

    We are five days into Lent and my resolve is still holding in my discipline of prayer and fasting. But more than that I resolved to be more forgiving and pray that others will be kinder with my failings too. Lent is the season of forgiveness. Jesus was good at it, I often find it a challenge. I have lots to ask forgiveness for and pray that I have the spirit of forgiveness for others.

    However my forgiving nature was stretched to the limit last week as a young man, caught on CCTV but not recognised broke through the panel of one of our stained glass windows in the Church. He set off the alarms and left with nothing. My first reaction was shock and anger. I wanted him caught and dealt with.

    I has just been to see ‘Les Miserables’ and recalled the forgiving nature of the Bishop. I then remembered the young people we work with from the inner city who over the years have seen such wonderful changes in their behaviour and their relationships.

    It’s still never plain sailing but with a sense of worth and the gift of forgiveness, the ability to say sorry there is always hope.

    So I pray for the young man who was so desperate that he resorted to break through a stained glass window, a window which reflects the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately he couldn’t see it in the darkness of the night and perhaps the darkness of his life, and hope for transformation for him and for us all and the strength to forgive and be forgiven and I suppose in the light of ‘Les Miserables’ if he returns I should give him a couple of candlesticks!!


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