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Monday 5 May

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

The Wonder Of Bees

In the final film of the series, Martha Kearney enjoys the English countryside at its best, offers her honey to the public at a village fair and succeeds finally in harvesting the true wildflower honey she set out to achieve.

At the height of summer the owners of the meadow have invited the public to an open day to celebrate this unique bit of countryside. The pressure is on Martha to get the honey ready in time.

With such a late spring the meadow flowers are late opening and the bees are still foraging on a neighbouring farmer’s crops when the day arrives.

Martha visits Cornwall’s Tregothnan Estate to discover the secret of the highly prized manuka honey and returns to Suffolk with plans for a final harvest of wildflower honey.

By now the meadow is in its prime. When Martha sends her honey to be tested it is proved to be true wildflower honey. It only remains to prepare the bees for the winter and reflect on a rewarding and fascinating season of beekeeping.

Thursday 8 May

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain

Lucy Worsley’s inside story of Britain’s imported German dynasty, made with extensive access to the Royal Collection, reaches the reign of George II.

Lucy shows how he had to adapt to a growing ‘middling rank’ in society no longer content with being downtrodden subjects. Affairs of state were being openly discussed in coffee houses, while the king and his ministers were mocked in satirical prints and theatres.

And George II was an easy target – grumpy, and frequently absent in Hanover. To his British subjects he became The King Who Wasn’t There. But his wife, the enlightened Caroline, popularized a medical breakthrough against smallpox. It was their son, though, Frederick Prince of Wales, who really understood this new world – he had the popular touch monarchy would need in order to survive into the modern era.

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