tv Click - Short Edition BBC News December 26, 2020 6:45pm-7:01pm GMT
i just wanna do that. it has been a tough old year but we are so grateful that we have stayed on your screens, and today at least we can have a get—together, albeit 2020 style for the last show of this year. that's right, and for this show we've been able to go out and about filming, just a little bit, and if santa had asked me what would i like to do for christmas, if i could do anything at all what would i say? i would say, i want to be like you, big guy, and fly. it's pretty early in the morning. i've been told to meet my driving instructor richard here, and he has told me i need to wear these. don't know why. dramatic music.
yeah, so it turns out richard is not in a fiat panda then. he's arriving goodwood speed week in style, as the chief test pilot of gravity industries, the start—up that believes they've finally nailed the jetpack. i hatched this idea in 2016 of, could you reinvent flight byjust adding the minimalist amount of equipment and using your brain and body to fly in a very unusual way. no logical reason, that was just an interesting idea, i thought. so, i'm going to have a go on this? mm—hmm. any tips? well actually, it's like watching a child learn to ride a bike because if you describe a bicycle to somebody who has never seen one, it sounds very clever and complicated and difficult to learn but our experience is that when you let the inner balance brain take over, it is remarkable how well that collaboration between machine and human works and this is the same. right, so we're going to put the harness on. that will do a good job of connecting you to the suit as best as possible. if you stress and overthink
it, it's really hard. walking and standing up is much more complicated than learning to fly this, so just relax into it and enjoy it. the jet suit is pretty daunting and although it is also pretty heavy, there's not that much to it. two turbines on each arm and one at the back and well, that's it. right, so if you look in the end, see the trigger? just get used to the pull of it. that's the throttle. so when you're up there, when you squeeze it and you can feel the engines gradually ramp up. this finger will actually nudge the power up, and this one will nudge the power down. a couple of nudges, each nudge gives you a couple of kilos more thrust. so the idea is, you are learning about lateral stability and rotation, but it will still shove you around a bit, but once you get your weight over the top of it you'll notice that it is really not very much. i mean, it's really scary because i can feel the power and i can feel the heat all around me. the diesel fuel lasts for up to ten minutes. all of which, for me, will be spent at most a few
centimetres off the ground. what the helljust happened?! that was honestly really good. that was incredible! i don't know whether that's adrenaline orjust sheer terror or excitement, or what. the main application, richard thinks, is in entertainment. imagine seeing jetpack races across lakes, for example. but in september 2020, richard joined the great north air ambulance service to show how paramedics might quickly get to casualties in the rough terrain of the lake district. the great north air ambulance reached out and said that there appears, according to their analysis, to be a large cluster of cases
where, if they could move very quickly out of a vehicle with this, that would work. and so we went up and tested it. the headline result was, i got to the casualty in 90 seconds when it took 25 minutes to walk there. hardly surprising, since richard broke the guinness world record for fastest speed in a body—controlled jet engine power suit, twice. they're noisy, impractical and expensive. but, jet packs are now real, which is a good enough christmas present for this little fan boy.
who is up? i have a present, except my present is a gift for all of you, notjust one. thanks paul! sweet! what is it? i will be the ghost of christmas past and take us all back to the 19505, specifically, to a jazz club in vancouver called the palamar. it was demolished in 1955. but thanks to the magic of live motion capture, and an incredible singer called jill barber and her band, she has recreated it for one christmas only, so grab a drink, sit back and let's go back in time. # the weather outside is frightful # but the fire is so delightful. # since we've no place to go # let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. # it doesn't show signs of stopping, the lights # the lights are turned way down low.
# let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. that was jill barber and the phantom jazz band. after the performance, i managed to catch up with her at the bar. jill, to start with can you tell us about where we both are? sure, you and i are sitting at the palamar supper club. it's a club that was demolished in 1955. how are we doing that? i am actually sitting in front of a green screen in a film studio in vancouver british columbia, canada, and you are 7600 kilometres away at a studio at the bbc in london. but through the magic of cross reality technology, we can be here together
at the palamar. showcap, the company behind the performance, created this virtual venue using the unreal engine, a platform created for gaming. with the performers in motion capture suits shot against a green screen, they can be transported to the 50s while maintaining their intricate human movements. # i quit pretending... historically, motion capture and virtual production techniques have been used in the creation of blockbuster films, in big budget videogames, but with cinematic quality computer graphics that can be rendered in real time, we are starting to really explore the use of these things and live performance. jill's first palamar concert was broadcast online in november, but unlike many
other performances we have all watched over the last year, for me, something about this really stands out. it's more than just you performing in a space. you have created a back story and a feeling around it. tell me about how that came about, and for example, why the palamar? the palamar has this incredible history of hosting the likes of ella fitzgerald and louis armstrong and the mills brothers, billie holiday, and i thought how cool to continue that legacy and perform on the same stage that those artists graced back in the day. that was absolutely brilliant! that is so brilliant,
but i'm afraid that it for our special clickmas special. the show that follows clickmas normally is a look back to our last 12 months, but who here really wants to look back to 2020? instead we will bring you a special live show where we look back at the past 20 years of click. that's right! until then you can find us on social media, youtube, instagram, facebook and twitter. spencer, are you 0k? yeah i am, i'm just taking it all in really... this truly has been a special day. we didn't think we would be able to do it, but we posted the gifts to each other, got everyone together, and when i say everyone, i mean everyone! it's been a challenging year for us all, but we have done our best to bring you your weekly dose of click. and everyone on the team just wanted to be here to say thank you.
thank you for watching us, thank you for being part of our click family, so until next time, it's goodbye and merry clickmas! merry clickmas! stone bell are upon us bringing wet and windy weather southwards across the united kingdom. england and wales are bearing the brunt of that wind and rain as we go through the night and behind it as it turns
colderfor night and behind it as it turns colder for scotland and northern ireland, especially northern ireland, especially northern ireland, the chances of icy patches and increasingly wintry showers as well. from storm bella damaging gusts of wind with heavy rain bringing further flooding to areas already dealing with flooding through the night. i see addition to follow. the strongest conditions likely to be where the met office has an amberwarning likely to be where the met office has an amber warning in force across the coasts and hills of southern england and south—west wales, gusting up to 80 mph, disrupting a damaging gusts of wind with the heaviest rain as it moves south to close the night of england and wales will stop elsewhere, gusts of 50—60 mph. rain bringing the risk of further flooding to flood affected areas. colder air following, further flooding to flood affected areas. colder airfollowing, turning icy and showers increasingly wintry increasingly into the hills. 0n sunday, behind that band of rain, the last of it with strong wind clearing the south—east of england quickly in the morning and then sunshine and showers with few of
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