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S40 Ep1

My Garden of a Thousand Bees

Premiere: 10/20/2021 | 00:00:30 | Closed Captioning Icon

A story of surprise and revelation. A wildlife cameraman spends his time during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown filming the bees in his urban garden and discovers the many diverse species and personalities that exist in this insect family.

Premiere: 10/20/2021
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About the Episode

Taking refuge from the coronavirus pandemic, wildlife filmmaker Martin Dohrn set out to record all the bees he could find in his tiny urban garden in Bristol, England, filming them with one-of-a-kind lenses he forged on his kitchen table. See his surprising discoveries in My Garden of a Thousand Bees, premiering nationwide Wednesday, October 20 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/nature and the PBS Video app.

The documentary, which kicks off Nature’s 40th season on PBS, follows Dohrn during the COVID-19 lockdown of spring and summer 2020, as he becomes bee obsessed and develops relationships with individual bees. Filming more than 60 species of bees, from Britain’s largest bumblebees to scissor bees, which are the size of a mosquito, Dohrn observes how differences in behavior set different species apart from each other. Eventually, he gets so close to the bees, he can identify individuals just by looking at them.

Viewers will marvel at moments timely captured in My Garden of a Thousand Bees, such as bees laying tiny eggs preparing for the next generation, green-fanged spiders feasting on male flower bees and a female yellow-faced bee attacking a Gasteruption wasp to protect her nest. Other fascinating behavior featured in the program includes two male bees fighting each other over a female, different species of bees competing over territory and one busy bee building a nest with a shell and hundreds of sticks. Intrigued by the intelligence of one particular wood-carving leafcutter bee, Dohrn dubs her “Nicky” and sees life at her level as she leaves a lasting legacy in the garden.

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MY GARDEN OF A THOUSAND BEES

FILMED & NARRATED BY
MARTIN DOHRN

DIRECTED BY
DAVID ALLEN

PRODUCED BY
GABY BASTYRA

FILM EDITOR
STEVE WHITE

PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE
CLARE LUCAS

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
HUGH CAMPBELL

SOUND RECORDIST
AXEL DRIOLI

ADDITIONAL SOUND RECORDING
GARY STADDEN
BEN CAPP

DRONE
LEO WHITFIELD
LAURENCE HAMILTON-BAILLE

EDIT ASSISTANTS
JED ALLEN
SCOTT QUINN

CAMERA ASSISTANT
JACOB NICO-KATZ

COMPOSER
FRASER PURDIE

SOUND EDITOR
JONNY CREW

DUBBING MIXER
HANNAH GREGORY

FOLEY ARTIST
PAUL ACKERMAN

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CHRISTOPHER GENT

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BARRIE PEASE

COLORIST
PETE LYNCH

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SAMMY RAMSEY PHD
JOHN WALTERS

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ZARA TYNE
KATIE SMYTH
OLIVIA MASSEY
NATALIE DOHRN

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LAURA FLEGG

SPECIAL THANKS
GLOUCESTERSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST
KINGSDOWN CYCLING CLUB
PHIL NAYBOUR
HARRY MARSHALL
JOHN MURRAY
HILARY PROSSER
LOUISE VERGETTE
JOHN WATERS
THE BEES

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ANAND VARMA
CURIOSITYSTREAM
JAMES DUNBAR
AMMONITE FILMS

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“Castles” BY FREYA RIDINGS

“Spring at Last” BY PETE JOSEF

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Support for Nature: My Garden of a Thousand Bees was provided by The Hite Foundation, Bradley L. Goldberg Family Foundation and The Sun Hill Family Foundation in memory of Susan and Edwin Malloy. Series funding for Nature is also made possible in part by the Arnhold Family in memory of Henry and Clarisse Arnhold, The Fairweather Foundation, Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao, Charles Rosenblum, Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Leonard and Norma Klorfine, Sandra Atlas Bass, Colin S. Edwards, Gregg Peters Monsees Foundation, Koo and Patricia Yuen, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.

TRANSCRIPT

- In the spring of 2020, as the country goes into lockdown, outside the garden is coming alive.

As a wildlife filmmaker, I knew there were revelations here that could be just as amazing as anything I'd ever filmed.

These bees they just go vroom, you know, vroom.

Discovering the secret life of bees took me on a journey I was not expecting.

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