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 2013 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.
Sep 22 2014, 9:05 pmThe Iain Anderson Show Monday 22nd September - Wednesday 24th September 2014
Album of the Week: The Elizabethan Session (self titled). A stellar cast of folk musicians re-imagine the music of a bygone era in fine style. Major contributors include Martin Simpson, Jim Moray, Bella Hardy and a host of others. Elegantly arranged and performed. Archive Album of the Week: Mary Chapin Carpenter 'The Calling'. Her 9th studio album, released in 2007, The Calling is a masterclass in passionate, reflective songwriting, rooted in the rolling landscape of the Blue Ridge mountains. Songwriters of the Week: Calum and Rory Macdonald In the aftermath of the Scottish referendum, we present the songs of two enduring
Scottish songwriters whose work with Runrig and other projects will leave a legacy for future generations.
Sep 22 2014, 7:30 pmIn Production - Cobhair Chloinne/Paediatric Retrievals
Access based documentary series following the incredible work of Scotland’s Paediatric Retrieval Service. Based at Edinburgh’s Sick Kid’s Hospital and Glasgow’s Yorkhill Hospital, this specialist team of consultants and nurses are on call 24/7 to care for critically ill children who need to be transferred from across rural Scotland to a the Paediatric Intensive Care Units in Glasgow and Edinburgh. We are in the final post production stages of this new 6 part series, due to air end of September.
Episode 1: 20:30pm 22nd September BBC ALBA
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.
Sep 11 2014, 9:05 pmThe Roddy Hart Show Thursday 11th September 2014
This week on the show - our Record of Note comes from Aberdonian band Aerial, entitled 'Why Don't They Teach Heartbreak at School' which has come after a 13 year break. Live on Arrival we have a couple of tracks from Sam Cooke, Live at Harlem Square Club, 1963.
Feb 10 2014, 4:00 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.
Feb 08 2014, 8:00 pmCUIRM @ CELTIC - JULIE FOWLIS
Cuirm @ Celtic continues on February 8 with one of the brightest Gaelic folk artists around - Julie Fowlis - who brings a bigger band to our screens, although it’s the songs that shine as she showcases her upcoming fourth album. For someone who has, in the past, candidly admitted to being obsessed by songs and who regards songs as gifts, Julie Fowlis is a generous artist on the evidence of this transcendental performance. Her regular band - the effortlessly talented trio of Éamon Doorley, Duncan Chisholm and Tony Byrne - are augmented here by some special musical guests, including support act - the joyous sounding RANT. This quartet of violinists, stars in their own right, are worth the entrance fee alone for the crowd in attendance.
Bees Nees were proud to be at the Old Fruitmarket to capture this performance and are excited to bring it to your screens as part of the Cuirm @ Celtic series.
21:00 Saturday 8th February BBC ALBA
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
Apr 18 2013, 8:30 pmTaghadh Bho Na Trads
Taghadh Bho Na Trads, a music series featuring some of the winners of The Scottish Traditional Music Awards 2014, has wrapped up. After three shoot days down at Gorbals Sound, the eight part series will be starting on Friday the 18th of April. We'll hear some stunning performances from the award-winning musicians and our anchor, Linda MacLeod will be chatting to them. Among the award-winning musicians featured will be Gaelic Singer of the Year, Rachel Walker, Instrumentalist of the Year, Chris Stout and Up and Coming Artist of the Year, Robert Robertson.
First episode airs BBC ALBA Friday 18th April 21:30
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