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165 Children's stories. Jackie and Richard talk about their favourite books when they were young (4 Feb 2021)
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164 The letter. Watch our chosen Christmas advert for 2020. Another tearjerker! (17 Dec 2020)
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Don't watch the video before doing the worksheet!

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163 Would you like to dance? How keen are we to put our dancing shoes on?! (5 Nov 2020)
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I'm sure we could do this, if we practised enough:

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162 The trip. Jackie and Richard go on a short road trip (8 Oct 2020)
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161 Hats off! Jackie and Richard talk about what people wear on their heads (27 Aug 2020)
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For the next time you're on a camel in the desert:

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160 The summer hols. Jackie and Richard look back on their family holidays (2 Jul 2020)
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159 Bands of gold. Jackie and Richard talk about the jewellery they wear (14 May 2020)
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Jewellery for men, yes or no?

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158 Take a seat. Where do we eat our main meal of the day? What about you? (2 Apr 2020)
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157 Belly up. Not the best of weeks for Jackie and Richard; what went wrong? (27 Feb 2020)
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For some animals being belly up is not a problem at all!

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156 2020: the future? What does the year 2020 look like? Richard has a guess (16 Jan 2020)
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155 You are perfect. This year's Christmas advert; try not to cry! (12 Dec 2019)
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154 Our favourite things. Jackie and Richard talk about the things which are special to them (17 Oct 2019)
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153 Going to the shops. Jackie and Richard talk about where they do their regular shopping (12 Sep 2019)
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Birmingham fruit & veg market (interesting to see so many things sold in plastic bowls):

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152 The wedding. Jackie and Richard talk about a family wedding they went to recently
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151 Creepy-crawlies. It's not just the sun we see more of in the summer...
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Bonus for members! Some ways to help the insects:
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How to make a bee hotel:

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150 Who is Greta? Just who is the young woman making the headlines?
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Greta speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos:

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149 New arrivals. We welcome the baby animals appearing in the countryside this spring.
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Adorable arctic fox cubs:

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148 Local beauty spots. There are some lovely places near and far to visit; where do you like to go?
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147 The market stall. Jackie has a go at having a market stall, how does she get on?
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146 Come and gone. There are some things which were new in our lives, but are no longer here.
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145 Good morning! Jackie and Richard talk about their morning routine.
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144 Summer jobs. Jackie and Richard talk about the summer jobs they did when they were students.
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Like swimming? Perhaps this is the summer job for you:

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143 Sun and sandals. What are Jackie and Richard wearing on their feet right now?
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How to bar lace your trainers:

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142 Our sisters. Jackie and Richard both have one sister, listen and find out if they are different to them, or similar
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141 Liverpool the city. There's more to Liverpool than its football clubs, or is there?
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This is Liverpool:

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140 It doesn't add up! Which school subject sent Jackie running away from the school gates?
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Children talking about their favourite subjects at school:

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139 Home sweet home. Jackie and Richard talk about their home and if they are happy living there
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Look at this tiny house a family are living in:

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138 Paddington and the Christmas visitor. Another fun end to the year: watch one of the most popular Christmas adverts in the UK
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137 Spooky nights. Watch our video and find out what we traditionally do in Britain for Hallowe'en
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136 Dream on. Richard talks to Jackie about the dreams he has at night
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135 Keep left. In the car, on your bike or while walking, road signs are everywhere
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134 Whoops! We all have minor accidents. Listen to Richard talk about something that happened to him
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133 The mighty oak. Jackie and Richard talk about the best known and most loved of Britain's native trees
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The English oak, what's not to like?:

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132 The road to nowhere. What's the best way of driving from A to B without getting lost?
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131 Sing, sang, sung. So just how keen are Jackie and Richard on singing? Listen and find out!
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The original Coca-cola advert:

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130 All the threes. The 2016 quiz. Can you remember what happened last year better than Richard?
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Now listen to both the questions and Richard's answers:
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129 Stop me and buy one! Jackie and Richard are amazed by the different things that are carried on Vietnamese bicycles
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128 Feed the world. Here's some things for you to do for World Food Day
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World Food Day 2016:

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127 Win a prize! Find out why Di enters so many competitions each year
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126 London's burning. The Great Fire of London was 350 years ago. Watch our video and find out more
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125 Iceland: the land of fire and ice. Listen to some amazing things about Iceland, including their football team of course!
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Watch some of the many things you can see and do in Iceland:

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124 Breakfast. We talk about what we eat for the most important meal of the day. What do you have?
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123 Chalk and cheese. Our two dogs, Jussi and Betty, are very different. Watch our video and find out how
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122 Chinese New Year. Decorations, dragons and dancers - welcome to Chinatown!
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Jackie and Richard enjoyed Chinese New Year in Bangkok:

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121 Toys, toys, toys. Which are the most popular UK toys over the last 50 years?
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120 City life. For UN World Cities day Jackie and Richard talk about cities far and wide
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119 The delivery van. So many things can be delivered straight to your house, you don't need to go shopping!
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How about this instead of a delivery van:

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118 Portugal: all year round. We talk about the interesting places to visit in Portugal every season of the year
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Come and visit Portugal:

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117 Why yoga? World Yoga Day is 21 June so we talk to Jim about why he does yoga everyday
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Yoga isn't so successful when you have pets:

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116 Thanks for the memory. How good are Richard and Jackie about remembering things? How good are you?!
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115 Wild orchids. Jackie and Richard show you the wonderful wild flowers growing near their home
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114 Hot wok! part 1. Two videos from Ken Hom to celebrate Chinese New Year this month
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114 Hot wok! part 2. How to use chopsticks.
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113 The 2014 quiz. Once again Jackie tests Richard on events from last year, can you do better than him?
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112 Thanksgiving... and Black Friday: Richard talks about his time in the United States
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111 The fall. Winter, spring, summer and now autumn; it's the cold but colourful season
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The best thing about autumn in the UK is playing a game of conkers:

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110 Nice holiday? Jackie and Richard talk about their last holiday, and now you can talk about yours!
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109 Bad habits. What bad habits do Richard and Jackie have? Listen and find out!
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108 Can you swim? Jump in the water and listen to Jackie and Richard talk about learning to swim
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These animals can swim, can you?

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107 Brazil: not just a country. One country, two trees and lots of interesting facts!
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The Agouti and the Brazil Nut:

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106 The Merry Month of May. Lots of information about the year's prettiest month - it's not just about flowers!
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105 The Easter egg. There's more to Easter eggs than just eating them, listen and find out!
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How to make a strange, glowing Easter egg:

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104 Dear diary. There are some good reasons for writing a diary about your everyday life
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103 Paintings not photos. Join the pie team in putting something more artistic on Facebook
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Watch the great Henri Matisse at work:

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102 A poem for Christmas. The pie team want you to celebrate the festive season with poetry
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101 Figgy pudding. Hear about some Christmas meals eaten in different parts of the world, mmm!
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Oh, bring us some figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer:

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100 Bonfire Night. Richard explains the reason behind this traditional November event
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