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Episode 2

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The second episode of a two-part documentary in which Chris Packham and Martha Kearney reveal the mysteries of the honey bee. Chris and Martha check up on the tagged bees.

Chris Packham and Martha Kearney reveal the mysteries of that iconic insect of the British countryside, the honey bee.

Chris and Martha discover which of our tagged bees have survived over the midsummer week - a frenetic nectar and pollen gathering period - and if they have collected enough food at this critical time to see them through the winter. With the help of Prof Adam Hart they will also explore the queen's remarkably deadly mating ritual and look at how bees can help us medically and how we can help them.

59 minutes

Last on

Fri 28 Jul 2017 15:30

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    Belle and Sebastian

    Sleep the Clock Around

  • 00:09

    George Gershwin

    Rhapsody in Blue

  • 00:20


    The Wire

  • 00:23


    Cutt Off

  • 00:37

    The Cinematic Orchestra


  • 00:46

    Broken Bells

    Leave It Alone

  • 00:51

    Frank Turner

    The Way I Tend To Be


Role Contributor
Presenter Chris Packham
Presenter Martha Kearney
Participant Adam Hart
Executive Producer Paul Wooding
Series Producer Stephen Moss


  • Tue 22 Jul 2014 20:00
  • Sat 26 Jul 2014 16:40
  • Wed 13 Aug 2014 00:20
  • Wed 13 Aug 2014 00:50
  • Fri 28 Jul 2017 15:30

Bees on iWonder

Bees on iWonder

Feed your curiosity by reading the BBC iWonder guides about the honey bee.