Alasdair 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.
Produced 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.
In a long career, he has directed events in more countries than the CIA but with much less collateral damage. Duncan can actually direct whilst standing on his head (true). The greatest bassist that Status Quo never had, his philosophy displays a startling clarity: three chords is enough; more than that is jazz. Considers Archie Gemmill’s goal against Holland in the 1978 World Cup Finals the most heroic act by a Scotsman on a foreign field.
Another 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 is here to sort things out. Cruising to work in her TT, she enjoys a good thrill (probably explains why she works with us). Managing our various multi-camera shoots from foreign countries to live OBs on our doorstep, Lucy puts her body on the line to get the job done. We wouldn’t change anything about Lucy…except perhaps the questionable smelling goods she takes in for lunch. It’s all healthy. Apparently.
Cool, calm and collected. The production manager everybody wants in charge. Originally from Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Anne Marie knows more about television than television itself, and can put the fear into large tasks that would put the fear into any other human being. She’s so good in fact, we never want her to leave. That’s why we have hidden her shoes, so that she can’t.
Kevin is brand new to the Bees Nees world. He seems nice. So far. His previous experience includes sending a tv crew to Antarctica – perfectly well suited then for the challenges that lie ahead. Still in his early days here, we’ve learnt that Kevin is your man if there’s anything you need. He once smuggled a packet of roast chicken crisps into Russia for Vinnie Jones. Enough said.
Ayrshire lad through and through, oor boy David is made o’ nothing but the guid stuff. With his background in journalism, David is an expert at putting a story together and taking it to screen. From Scottish Prisons to South American jungles and even East Kilbride, he’s worked in some of the most challenging environments imaginable. With his tattoos, shirts buttoned up to the top and a moderately groomed beard, David is the definition of a modern-day man…just don’t call him a hipster.
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Insists that he’s from Newtonmore but since he has never mentioned shinty, we don’t believe him. As music researcher, Ewan is a walking repository of traditional music knowledge and believes that bothering musicians with questions is the finest job in the world. Accomplished musician he may well be, but his conviction that the highest cultural art form is a March/Strathspey/Reel competition remains baffling.
Having been brought up through the Bees Nees ranks, Caitlin is truly one of our own. What makes her so good is her superhuman ability to remain calm and positive under any given circumstance. So much so in fact that we tested if she was actually human, giving her a shoot to run in a drenched field far from home, surrounded by barking dogs in the cold and rain at 6am in the morning. No problem mate. Smiles all round. Guess the human question remains unsolved.
Feeling at home in Glasgow with its similar climate to the Isle of Lewis where she hails from, Rachel’s career path has taken her on a long and winding journey (literally), and we hope it stays that way as keeping our shows on the road is what she does best. Like Liam Neeson, Rachel possesses a very special set of skills that you can always count on her to take care of business. If you’re ever in doubt, then you’re probably wrong.
With a degree in accountancy recently under his belt, nobody knows more about finances than Scott. Out of everyone else in the office that is. If you hadn’t guessed it from his big charming smile, or indeed his surname, Scott is the boss’s son and with youth and looks on his side, he is confident that he’ll be the main guy around here soon. “It’s only a matter of time” he keeps telling us. Fingers crossed!