UK broadcaster BBC2 has commissioned a two-parter looking at the world of British honeybees, from prodco Impossible Factual.
Hive Alive (2 x 60-minute) will be fronted by Chris Packham, Martha Kearney, and bee expert Professor Adam Hart. Filmed over two consecutive weeks in rural England, the program is being billed by the BBC as “a lively television event which will reveal the world of the honeybee as we’ve never seen it before.”
In a statement, exec producer Paul Wooding said: “We’ll be revealing all the latest scientific discoveries about these remarkable creatures and capturing their world in a fantastic rural setting, using an arsenal of the very latest technology, including thermal, UV, infra-red and endoscope cameras, time-lapse photography and remote helicopters.
“We’ve attached sensors and microphones to our hive and tagged some of the bees to track them throughout their short but active lives. Our fantastic and well- informed presenters, Chris, Martha and Adam, will be getting involved with experiments and monitoring feeds from cameras and sensors on live screens, to see what’s going on in our hive.
“It’s a celebration of just how amazing these creatures are and how important they are to us.”
Kearney added: “As any beekeeper will tell you, the secrets of the hive are fascinating. We will be learning how their honey can save human beings, how they can navigate miles from home and about their incredible relationship with flowers.”
The two-parter is being produced by Stephen Moss and was commissioned by Tom McDonald, the BBC’s acting head of commissioning for science and natural history.