Hive Alive

Confirmed for BBC Two on 22 July at 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Ep 2

Tuesday 22 July



In the second episode of Hive Alive, presenters Chris Packham, Martha Kearney and Professor Adam Hart use the latest technology and cutting edge science to lift the lid on more secrets of the honeybee.

The team explore the long and fascinating relationship that exists between humans and honeybees, from how they interact with our world to how much they do for us, pollinating the plants that provide a third of the world’s food and even saving people’s lives.

They revisit the observation hive to find out how the tagged bees inside it are developing, and discover that bees and flowers are able to interact in even more complex and subtle ways, helping the bees to collect the nectar they need to make the honey even more efficiently.

Adam finds out exactly what happens to his body when stung by a bee and the team discover the medical uses of honey, from healing wounds to fighting lethal bacteria. They also learn what’s threatening our bees and what we can do to help them.

Chris plants a wild flower borders for bees and other pollinators in his own garden and visits a farm where large-scale wild flower strips are planted at the edges of fields to provide nectar. He learns how this benefits the farmer, the rest of nature, and us.