ABC Nominated in 2020 International Format Awards

ABC Nominated in 2020 International Format Awards


Sydney, Australia: The highly anticipated International Format Awards, celebrating the best of the best in creative format ideas, announced the finalists last night - with one of ABC’s most engaging programs shortlisted.

A finalist in the Best Competition Reality Format category, the ABC’s award-winning The Great Bee Challenge sees four families – some from the city, some from the country – participate in a life-change experiment.

Genuine and uplifting, the series features a host, a leading entomologist and an urban beekeeping expert who guide the families as they compete against one another to build thriving hives that produce delicious honey. The teams of novice beekeepers delve into the very latest science behind bee communication, brains, and behaviour, learning about why bees swarm, experiencing how bees see the world through multi-lensed eyes, and sampling unique types of honey.

All the contestants are keen to do their bit, at a time when bees are under global threat – but they’re also keen to win the challenges. Honey from the winning team is featured in a signature dish by an acclaimed chef from one of Sydney’s most iconic restaurants.

Series Producer Penny Palmer said: “The Great Bee Challenge is a fabulous family-friendly format. It takes an entirely different approach to science. A reality-style competition where the participants, all beekeeping novices, take us on a journey into the world of these remarkable creatures. Our novices experience first-hand the frustrations of changing weather, battle with the many enemies of the humble bee and learn a little bit about themselves. It’s warm-hearted, inclusive and very entertaining.”

The Great Bee Challenge format has been sold into the UK and optioned in six countries – making it one of the ABC’s most successful competition formats.

The International Format Awards will be announced on June 25.