Bees Nees are also Scotland’s most successful independent radio producer, delivering over 400 hours of radio shows annually for the last 8 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 2015 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.
Anne Marie Breslin- Production ManagerDescended from generations of mariners and raised on raging Atlantic surf, television might not be the obvious career choice. However, having weathered fierce Atlantic storms means that television production holds no fears for Anne Marie. She thrives on live broadcasts, loves a challenge, gets the first round in, makes sure everyone is fed, watered and safely home. When not in managing a location or a budget Anne Marie can be found in the Highlands, probably on the summit of a Munro.
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 - ProducerAs 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.
Courtney Welsh- Production CoordinatorSpoiler alert: Courtney is the dragon-slayer. Production dragons, that is. TV production is in her DNA and, like Mr Wolf in Pulp Fiction, she takes care of business. At 23, she has been working in tv and film for nearly a third of her life and has been on more locations than Sir David Attenborough. One day, she'll appear on Scottish banknotes. We like her so much that we've hidden her shoes so she can't leave.
Vicky Kilgour - EditorConveniently (for us), the best thing to come from Cumbernauld since Gregory's Girl is also a post production go-to girl. Editing is part of her genetic makeup - she’s a data-wrangling, workflow wizard; if Vicky can't get you what you need, you probably didn't need it in the first place. Best of all? She’s an artisan baker and conjuror of fine cakes, cheesecake and pastries. Our favourite baker. Well, after Tom. And Ginger.
Darren MacLean- EditorPurveyor of dreadful jokes, painful puns and cast iron solutions to your editing and workflow problems, Darren spends his waking hours mobilising technology. Such is his dedication to post production that he has gone for weeks without sleep, sunlight or breathing fresh air. Perfectly suited to being a submariner, then; the Royal Navy's loss is our gain
Mairi Macdonald- Edit AssistantThe digital equivalent of Star Trek's Scotty, editing projects are kept aloft by Mairi's shifts in the engine room. Understanding digital recorders on a metaphysical level, Mairi can diagnose machine faults by subtle changes in fan noise and in air pressure. Integrating workflow, data management and mobilising technology is her hustle. Mairi is so organised that it's Zen.
John Devine- Dubbing MixerIreland's gift to audio post-production displays a fondness for country music, '72 Telecasters, David Brown tractors and old school trainers. Admittedly, none of those are a pre-requisite for Olympic-standard dubbing and track-laying. However, John can detect sounds that dolphins, bats and NATO listening posts can't. 'Nuff said.
Apr 28 2016, 4:04 pmTHE DEVICE SQUAD: GAELIC SPEAKING FAMILIES WANTED!
Bees Nees Media are filming a pilot show for an exciting new BBC lifestyle series called The Device Squad.
We’re looking for a Gaelic speaking family to take part in the pilot show. Do you feel that technology, devices, social media, in fact everything about the ‘connected world’ is taking over family life? Would you like to know how to get that vital ‘family’ time back?
Mar 29 2016, 10:05 pmThe Iain Anderson Show Tuesday 29th/Wednesday 30th February 2016
Feature Album / The Best of Eddi Reader
Released this month The Best of Eddi Reader is a 30 song double album compilation covering her career to date including her time as lead singer with Fairground Attraction.
Feature Archive Album / For The Family / Stan Rogers
For The Family is a 1983 studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter Stan Rogers. It was released only weeks after Rogers perished in a fire on board an Air Canada flight.
The album has ten tracks including one of his most popular songs 'The Scarborough Settler's Lament'
Feature Songwriter / James Keelaghan
One of Canada's many and talented songwriters born in Calgary Alberta and now based in Perth Ontario. He released his first album in 1987 and three years ago he released 'History:The First 25 Years'
Feb 23 2016, 6:00 pmHAMISH
Hamish Henderson (1919-2002) was a colossal figure in Scottish culture, a man of boundless passion and curiosity whose poems continue to elevate and inspire a nation. Bees Nees has had the pleasure of working with director Robbie Fraser on this highly anticipated documentary that pays tribute to the many contrary forces and diverse facets of Henderson’s life as a poet, soldier, intellectual, activist, songwriter and leading force in the revival of Scottish folk music.
The film premiered at the 2016 Glasgow Film Festival and will screen on BBC ALBA later in the year
Jan 18 2016, 8:00 pmSEIRM
Back for a second series, Cathy Macdonald presents this music show recorded during Celtic Connections 2016. Includes appearances by Blue Rose Code, Kris Kristofferson, Lunasa and Maggie MacInnes, plus other bands and singers from the festival.
The series will air on BBC ALBA later in the year
Jan 01 2016, 8:00 pmCluinneam! / The Switch On
Earlier this year, Bees Nees teamed up with Matchlight to produce the hour long documentary - The Switch On.
Half a million profoundly deaf people across the world have had their hearing restored thanks to cochlear implantation, and the extraordinary clips of their cochlear implant being 'switched on' have become popular on the internet - shared and watched by millions.
Over the past 25 years, the Scottish Cochlear Implant Unit at Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock, have implanted 1400 people. But the staff here believe that represents only a fraction of the people who need it. This film follows five patients on an extraordinary emotional journey.
BBC ALBA 1st January 21:00
Dec 30 2015, 9:00 pmNA TRADS 2015
This year, Bees Nees was at the Caird Hall in Dundee for Na Trads 2015. You can catch highlights and music from the show on the 30th December. Presenters Mary Ann Kennedy, Tony Kearney and Linda MacLeod meet the musicians, winners and stars of the event, both onstage and behind-the-scenes.
BBC ALBA 30th December 22:00
Dec 30 2015, 2:00 pmPORT 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 and TG4 in the New Year
Sep 23 2015, 8:00 pmPAEDIATRIC RESCUE/COBHAIR CHLOINNE SERIES 2
Cobhair Chloinne (Paediatric Rescue) 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 Rescue.
Episode 1 - BBC ALBA 23rd September 2015
Feb 22 2015, 10:05 pmThe Roddy Hart Show Monday 22nd February
This week on the programme our Record of Note is Summer Isles by Mairearad Green and our Undercover Writer is Evan Dando. Tune in 11pm
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