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  • 2012
  • Season 50
  • 12 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • News and current affairs
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Episode 1: What's Killing Our Bees? A Horizon Special

Summary

Bees are worth £430million to Britain's agriculture sector and a third of UK food is reliant on pollination, but their numbers have been falling dramatically. In this film, journalist and beekeeper Bill Turnbull examines the array of conflicting evidence in a bid to determine what is responsible for the decline and meets scientists who are fitting radar transponders to the insects to establish why numbers are falling

Review

We’re all dimly aware that bees are in trouble. We may even have an idea of what’s to blame for their dramatic decline – intensive agriculture, pesticides, parasites? What Bill Turnbull does brilliantly here is go through the science in detail (just enough to be rigorous, not so much it gets bogged down) to see what can be done about the “bee apocalypse”.

It helps that he clearly loves bees and has a feeling for them – Turnbull keeps them and makes his own honey. But it probably helps more that years on the breakfast sofa have given him the ability to probe the heart of an issue. In this case he shrewdly summarises the debate about neonicotinoid pesticides with the help of a wonderful German professor
who uses tiny antennae attached to bees’ backs to chart their movements. And in the end Turnbull arrives at a possible solution that seems devastatingly simple: basically, plant more flowers.

Details

Released on
2013-08-02
Languages
Formats
Colour

Credits

Crew

rolename
PresenterBill Turnbull
UnknownAidan Laverty
ProducerSophie Robinson
DirectorSophie Robinson
DirectorPaul King
ProducerPaul King

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  • Summary

    Bees are worth £430million to Britain's agriculture sector and a third of UK food is reliant on pollination, but their numbers have been falling dramatically. In this film, journalist and beekeeper Bill Turnbull examines the array of conflicting evidence in a bid to determine what is responsible for the decline and meets scientists who are fitting radar transponders to the insects to establish why numbers are falling

    Review

    We’re all dimly aware that bees are in trouble. We may even have an idea of what’s to blame for their dramatic decline – intensive agriculture, pesticides, parasites? What Bill Turnbull does brilliantly here is go through the science in detail (just enough to be rigorous, not so much it gets bogged down) to see what can be done about the “bee apocalypse”.

    It helps that he clearly loves bees and has a feeling for them – Turnbull keeps them and makes his own honey. But it probably helps more that years on the breakfast sofa have given him the ability to probe the heart of an issue. In this case he shrewdly summarises the debate about neonicotinoid pesticides with the help of a wonderful German professor
    who uses tiny antennae attached to bees’ backs to chart their movements. And in the end Turnbull arrives at a possible solution that seems devastatingly simple: basically, plant more flowers.

    Details

    Released on
    2013-08-02
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterBill Turnbull
    UnknownAidan Laverty
    ProducerSophie Robinson
    DirectorSophie Robinson
    DirectorPaul King
    ProducerPaul King
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