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Episode 1

Martha Kearney's year gets off to a bad start when unseasonal snow in spring threatens to kill the bee colonies she keeps in her garden in Suffolk. With help from a master beekeeper Martha feeds her bees and takes one of the hives to a wildflower meadow at a neighbour's house along with two brand new hives.

She discovers the intricate hierarchy within the bee colony and learns how the organisation of the hive has become a metaphor for human society. At a London school she learns the secrets of urban bees' success even while bees in the country as a whole are in decline. The episode ends with three new hives established on a wildflower meadow, ready to start producing classic British wildflower honey.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Wed 27 Apr 2016 19:30


Role Contributor
PresenterMartha Kearney
Series ProducerTom Sheahan
Executive ProducerChris Shaw
Executive ProducerEmma Read
Executive ProducerClare Paterson
Production ManagerEmma Wood
Sound RecordistTom Curry
Sound RecordistJoao Do Valle