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 2011 we produced more than 30 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.
Marcus Harben- Development ProducerMarcus has been working in TV as Producer / Director for over 10 years. He has worked across all genres of TV on shows as varied as 'Laughing At The '90s with Jennifer Saunders' to 'The Culture Show' to the award-winning kids comedy show 'Hedz'. He claims to have met most of the world’s top film stars and he once taught Johnny Depp cockney rhyming slang in a lift!
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!
Emma Henderson, Broadcast AssistantNot keen on mice or spiders, but that's not important right now. Emma is the go-to girl for just about anything in the office. If she can't get it for you, then you probably didn't need it in the first place. Keeper of the cards, keeps Iain Anderson and Roddy Hart on the airwaves and makes sure that their producers are up, washed and dressed. Getting them house trained is the next task. How she keeps smiling through that is beyond us.
Sineag MacIntyre- Production CoordinatorA walking repository of song, Sineag took the scenic route from her native South Uist to television production, going via the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and radio production. But it was worth the wait. Guaranteed to light up any location, she remains the producers' first and last line of defence, Sineag ensures that all of our productions run smoothly and that the office runs on tea.
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
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.
Oct 28 2013, 9:05 pmThe Iain Anderson Show 25th - 27th of November 2013
Album of the Week
Dodson and Fogg 'The Call'
This is no ordinary band, as their name would suggest.
Fronted by Chris Wade and Celia Humphris who, as a
member of '70s folk rockers Trees, together ensure
that noble tradition evolves and endures.
Archive Album of the Week
James Keelaghan 'History: The First 25 Years'
One of Canada's finest, you can be rest assured
James Keelaghan's songbook is of the highest
standard - and with a few surprises to boot.
Songwriter of the Week
We were sad to hear of the recent passing of Montana's
Ben Bullington, a songwriter of distinction whose peers
include Rodney Crowell, John David Souther and many
others. His music, here, lives on.
Song Lyric of the Week 3.1 Clue: Chilly winds
"A winter's day, in a deep and dark December"
Who had a dose of the shivers?
Oct 17 2013, 9:05 pmThe Roddy Hart Show 17th October 2013
Tonight on the Roddy Hart Show... Record of Note is 'Let's Be Still' from The Head and The Heart, we're Live on Arrival with Jerry Lee Lewis at the Star Club, Hamburg in 1964, and our Undercover Writer is Pete Townshend/The Who. All that plus tracks from CHVRCHES, Father John Misty, Agnes Obel and more 10.05pm on BBC Radio Scotland.
Jun 08 2013, 8:00 pmRicky Ross
Deacon Blue legend, Ricky Ross, will be taking to the BBC ALBA screen next weekend in a one-off special produced by Bees Nees Media. The revealing film 'Ricky Ross' captures Ross on tour, playing in venues as diverse as Union Chapel in London, the Gardyne Theatre in Dundee and the backdrop of Glasgow's notorious Barlinnie Prison. Ross toured intimate venues all over the UK to promote his sixth solo album, 'Trouble Came Looking', and this documentary sees him during sound checks, onstage and backstage with asides about songwriting, compassion and his strong sense of social justice.
Ricky Ross. BBC ALBA. Saturday 8th June. 9pm.
May 27 2013, 7:00 pmTaghadh Bho Na Trads
Taghadh Bho Na Trads, a music series featuring some of the winners of The Scottish Traditional Music Awards 2013, is currently in post production. We'll hear some stunning performances from the award-winning musicians and our new anchor, Linda MacLeod will be chatting to them. Among the award-winning musicians hitting your screens will be Instrumentalist of the Year - Duncan Chisholm; Folk Band of the Year - Breabach; Tutor of the Year - Gillian Frame and her new band Hunters Law; Gaelic Singer of the Year - Riona Whyte; and Composer of the Year - Mike Vass among many others. The first programme will be aired on 27th May at 20.30 on BBC ALBA.
May 02 2013, 4:43 pmIn Production: Gillean Grinn/The Handsome Lads
Pre-production has begun on Gillean Grinn/The Handsome Lads, a study of the suffering wrought by the First World War. With transmission timed to coincide with the centenary of WWI in 2014, this documentary addresses the cataclysmic impact the Great War had on a North Uist community, an effect felt for generations.
The 149 North Uist men killed in WWI included Simon MacQuarrie from Locheport, who died of wounds on 26 October 1914. Gillean Grinn/ The Handsome Lads is a harrowing account of the horror of trench warfare at the battle of Ypres, listing MacQuarrie in the roll call of the dead. His grandson and namesake, Simon MacQuarrie, traces his grandfather's journey from North Uist in August 1914 to landing at Le Havre, through to the site of the First Battle of Ypres and finally, to his grave in the garden cemetery of a chateau in Poperigne, Belgium.
The Handsome Lads gives three views of Ypres and the death of Simon MacQuarrie allows an exploration of the tragic effect of war across a century.
Mar 16 2013, 9:00 pmDà-Fhillte
Based around sessions between traditional musicians from both countries, Dà-Fhillte explores the musical ties that bind Scotland and Ireland. This series of programmes reveal that bonds run deep, crossing physical and political borders and uniting performers.
Filmed on location in Glasgow, a city which has fostered the musical forms of the both Highland and Irish diaspora Dà-Fhillte is presented by Julie Fowlis and Muireann NicAmhlaoibh, two internationally acclaimed musicians and singers who remain close to their cultural roots.
The first of a 5 part series starts Saturday 16th March. 10pm. BBC ALBA.
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