First, for those readers of this blog who are outside the UK, I should say that Martha Kearney is a heavyweight current affairs presenter for the BBC. She is also a keen beekeeper and cares greatly about the plight in which the bees find themselves. She is a patron of Bees for Development and has presented previous programmes about bees. This is the first programme about her own bees.
As a natural beekeeper I found the first episode distinctly disquieting. Here was somebody who, in the words of the Guardian, came across as ‘a warm and engaging presenter’ yet her relationship with the bees seemed largely driven by her self-confessed passion for honey. Indeed the production of a particular sort of honey is what the programme is all about. Sadly, as is often the case, once one focuses on honey, one can so easily loose sight of the bee. This, I fear is the case here.