It has made The Nice British Stitching Bee and spelling bee sequence Onerous Spell however now the BBC is specializing in precise bees – by launching the UK’s first aggressive beekeeping TV show.
Show Me the Honey! options 5 youngsters and their households collaborating in a sequence of weekly challenges to create the greatest hive and tastiest honey, with the winner taking residence the beekeeper of the yr trophy.
Throughout the seven-part sequence, the novice beekeeping households find out about their costs in bee college and check out to earn the weekly golden bee prize.
With the urge for food for apiaries on the rise as individuals strive to deal with the local weather disaster by reversing the decline in bees, Show Me the Honey! faucets into the buzz round beekeeping and provides viewers tips about how to assist all pollinating bugs.
Considered one of the judges on the show is the chef Ainsley Harriott, who makes a dish from the successful honey.
He mentioned: “All of us love to eat honey however Show Me the Honey! offers us all an unimaginable perception into the way it’s produced, what it takes to take care of a hive, the superb function bees play in the meals chain and simply how vital they’re for the surroundings.”
Presenter Maddie Moate, who received into beekeeping by serving to her mom throughout college holidays, mentioned the show is a “fantastic … means into the topic [of the environment] that feels hopeful.
“After the launch of the first Blue Planet, plastic air pollution grew to become an entry into the topic a means of talking about the problems going on with the ocean and surroundings on a bigger scale. I believe bees do a really comparable factor when it comes to biodiversity and the means we’re managing land.”
The Bafta award-winning presenter added: “Sure there’s an general winner of the show however in every episode we embrace little challenges corresponding to making a pollen paradise to make your backyard bee-friendly or how to make a bee resort. Even placing a few flowers on a windowsill helps bees to get from one giant wildflower meadow to one other as a result of they want these little stop-offs – like diners or service stations – to get them from A to B.”
Regardless of the pattern for bucolic broadcasting, as seen by the success of Amazon’s Clarkson’s Farm and Channel 5’s Our Yorkshire Farm, Moate thinks no one has made a programme like Show Me the Honey! earlier than due to the innate challenges of beekeeping.
She has by no means been stung throughout her 15 years of beekeeping however acknowledged: “There are many issues that may go fallacious and are out of our management, which could clarify why this hasn’t been carried out earlier than.”
Regardless of that, and thanks to security measures corresponding to beekeeping fits, solely two contributors and a canine have been stung throughout the 4 months of filming.
With the variety of beehives in London greater than doubling over a decade to an estimated 7,400 and membership of the British Beekeepers Affiliation at 25,000, there’s a thriving UK “beeconomy” with ventures corresponding to Beevive’s bee-reviving keyring and Selfridges’ new honey-based restaurant Hive.
The BBC show’s contestants are assisted by skilled beekeeper Curtis Thompson, who left his funding banking job to arrange bee-based enterprise Local Honey Man. He got interested in the surroundings and bugs by way of his uncle and realised “there was area for an modern honey producer”.
Thompson mentioned: “Everybody now could be much more aware about the surroundings and desires to assist, so what higher means than beginning with the pollinators which might be chargeable for so a lot of our meals crops? It additionally makes for an amazing passion; it’s an actual de-stresser.”
Though Show Me the Honey! has been made for CBBC it should air on iPlayer and Thompson thinks a grown-up or celeb spin-off may work: “There’s loads of demand and curiosity in bees so why not do an grownup model,” he mentioned.
Show Me the Honey! will air on CBBC on 30 September