Bees Nees are also Scotland’s most successful independent radio producer, delivering over 400 hours of radio shows annually for the last 6 years.
Bees Nees is truly a multi-genre production company, equally at home producing single camera authored documentaries, through to live multi-camera entertainment shows.
In 2014 we produced more than 40 hours of broadcast television ranging from music award shows, live event coverage, lifestyle formats and factual documentaries.
Our highly focused development team is charged with creating fresh programme ideas and exciting formats fit for today's multi-screen, connected viewer.
We seek out and nurture new talent, both in front of and behind the lens while producing shows that will entertain and educate audiences of all ages across the world.
To complete the picture, we have invested in the latest post-production facilities. Our post facility The Hive offers editing, colour grading, visual effects and dubbing, allowing Bees Nees to be keenly competitive in today’s market conditions.
Alasdair MacCuish- Creative DirectorAlasdair set up Bees Nees in 2004 and directs the output from all our creative teams. He started his career as a music producer at the BBC and to date has exec produced over a hundred hours of broadcast television. On a personal note, he firmly believes that the accordion is the finest musical instrument ever invented. Waiting for popular opinion to catch up.
Iain MacLeod- Head of ProductionProduced and directed more hours of TV than he would like to admit. Being weaned on a diet of Kerrs Pink potatoes and Cremola foam are apparently the source of all his powers. Iain is also known for his long (some would say informative!) emails and being ready with a joke to lighten the mood.
Stewart Cruickshank- ProducerAKA ‘The Professor’ Stewart has been producing music programmes so long that some say he actually invented rock and roll, or the very least introduced Lennon to McCartney! A rarely spotted creature, usually only seen after dark and has a penchant for a denim shirt.
Ken Mutch- ProducerAnother of our seasoned music producers, Kenny knows more about popular music than, well, almost everyone. His Aberdonian roots means that he has been known to haggle the price of a packet of crisps, but more shocking than that, his favourite pastime is to wear his lime-green mankini! Ask nicely and we’ll send you a picture!
Lucy Fowler - Broadcast AssistantAs a walking repository of musical knowledge, one of Lucy’s tasks is to keep Bees Nees aloft on the airwaves. Hailing from a somewhat warmer climate, she is still amazed that people can survive in somewhere as dark and damp as Glasgow. We’re amazed that she once played trumpet in an indie band. That’s right: indie band.
Jul 25 2015, 8:30 pmFÈIS CHIÙIL THIRIODH/TIREE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Tiree Music Festival is gem in the UK festival circuit, winning many awards, including ‘Best Small Festival in Scotland’ and has sold out every year since starting in 2010. Music fans who weren’t lucky enough to snap up tickets to the festival can soak in the sights and sounds of Tiree as BBC ALBA brings the Tiree Music Festival to our screens for the first time ever.
Presenters Sarah Cruickshank and Vicky Kilgour will host festival highlights on BBC ALBA over two successive weekends from 25th July, with more to follow later this year.
This year the line up includes indie favourites The Fratellis, We Banjo 3, local heroes Skerryvore and Trail West, Mànran, Gentlemen of Few, Skipinnish, The Chaplins and The Lowground.
Catch the first episode Saturday 25th July 21:30on BBC ALBA
Jul 21 2015, 10:05 pmThe Iain Anderson Show Tuesday 21st July - Wednesday 22nd July 2015
Featured Album: 'Angels Around Us' by Glasgow singer/songwriter Scott MacDonald featuring ten songs all composed by Scott. He was described recently as being on a par with Dougie MacLean and King Creosote.
Featured Archive Album: The Albion Band 'Under The Rose' originally released in 1984 this classic album has been unavailable for many years and now re-released this week. It features the marvellous Cathy Le Surf on vocals and Ashley Hutchings.
Featured songwriter: John David Souther better known as JD Souther the American singer/songwriter who has written and co-written numerous songs recorded by such artists such as Linda Ronstadt and The Eagles.
Jul 20 2015, 10:05 pmThe Roddy Hart Show Monday 20th July
Tonight on the programme - Record of Note is 'The Girl Who Cried For the Boy Who Cried Wolf' by Laurie Cameron and Live on Arrival we have Leonard Cohen with a couple of tracks taken from his latest live album - 'Can't Forget: Souvenirs of the Grand Tour'.
Jun 05 2015, 2:00 pmIN PRODUCTION - PORT SERIES 2
The landmark music series, charting the musical landscapes of Ireland and Scotland is back for a second series. Presented by two of the finest tradition bearers from both countries; Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Julie Fowlis, their journey will be ours as we accompany them to cities and counties and meet a cast of top musicians, raconteurs and characters. We'll discover what makes each area culturally and musically distinct and hear some amazing impromptu sessions on the way.
Series 2 will take us from Cork to Galway;Edinburgh to Lewis, and will once again have performance at its core, unearthing new and emerging talent alongside bigger stars in the business.
The series will air on BBC ALBA in the New Year.
Jun 05 2015, 9:00 amCEOL AIR ABHAINN CHLUAIDH
Ceòl air Abhainn Chluaidh was recorded at BBC Pacific Quay on the main stage as part of BBC Music Week. Linda MacLeod hosted the best of Scottish and Gaelic traditional music, with sets from an exciting and diverse musical bill including Finlay MacDonald and guitarist Ross Martin; Maeve Mackinnon, Top Floor Taivers, Gaelic supergroup Dàimh, and top tunesmiths Rura.
Catch the exciting live show on BBC ALBA, Friday June 5th from 21:00
May 20 2015, 4:00 pmIN PRODUCTION - PAEDIATRIC RETRIEVALS/COBHAIR CHLOINNE SERIES 2
Cobhair Chloinne (Paediatric Retrievals) is an observational documentary series looking at the work carried out by the Paediatric Retrieval teams based at Glasgow’s Yorkhill Hospital and Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
Back for a second series we travel by road and air across the length and breadth of Scotland, retrieving some of the sickest children to Glasgow and Edinburgh's specialist centres. No two retrievals are the same as the team rush to Shetland for 3 month old struggling to breath, and move a 15 year old East to West when her cardiac condition worsens. This is the world of Paediatric Retrievals.
Episode 1 - BBC ALBA 23rd September 2015
Oct 31 2014, 5:10 pmBBC ALBA SESSIONS @ COTTIERS THEATRE
January 2015 will see the return of the world’s favourite winter music festival – Celtic Connections. The festival will run in venues across Glasgow from January 15.
Bees Nees are recording a brand new series of special music shows, drawing on the incredible pool of talent appearing across the festival.
Read More... http://www.beesnees.tv/albasessions
Sep 12 2014, 4:20 pmIn Production - Blas Festival 2014
Last weekend, the Bees Nees crew heads northwards to film at the Blas Festival in Inverness. A firm favourite with traditional music fans, the annual music and arts festival is a highlight on the cultural calendar. This year the Blas organisers have rolled out an exciting programme of events right across the Highlands, from Skye to Nairn. We're set to have a great time as a brilliant cast of musicians from this year's festival programme take part our Blas 2014 series with our presenter, Linda Macleod. The series will be televised by BBC ALBA later in the autumn.
Jan 19 2014, 5:00 pmRobbie Shepherd - I'll Be Looking For You...
The end of 2013 saw Bees Nees meeting with one of Scotland's most-loved and long-standing broadcasters, Robbie Shepherd. This one hour long show follows Robbie and his cultural passions from Scottish dance music, the Doric language, to the Highland Games circuit.
A true ambassador for all aspects of Scotland's music and culture, Robbie Shepherd continues to be the voice of Saturday night radio providing a platform for Scottish dance music with his long-standing programme, Take the Floor.
From Shetland to the Borders, we unlock the memories, meet the personalities and attend the significant events that shaped this most singular of broadcasters.
18:00 Sunday 19th January on BBC Scotland.
Dec 27 2013, 9:00 pmCapercaillie @ 30
An intimate profile of Capercaillie - the most influential band in Scottish traditional music. From the recording of their latest album to travelling to a number of summer festivals, we reveal the story of one of Scotland's most successful and respected bands.
Candid on the road footage, archive and interviews show how the band, fronted by the incredible vocal talents of Karen Matheson, have broadened the appeal and awareness of Gaelic music worldwide.
Alongside the story of the band we will tell the parallel story of the transformation seen in Scottish traditional music scene, which has gonefrom a time of relative obscurity to being a vibrant, living, breathing tradition. Bees Nees were really excited to have been involved with this project every step of the way.
22:00 Friday 27th December BBC ALBA
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