Bugs: The Series

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  • 2018
  • 1 Season

Bugs: The Series is a British crime drama that ran for four seasons from 1995 to 1999. The show centers around the fictional government agency, The National Bug Investigation Squad (NABIS), whose job is to combat crime that involves bugs or insects. The show was produced by Brian Eastman, who also produced the hit show Poirot, and was created by writer-producer, Stuart Doughty.

The main character of the show is Nick Beckett (Jesse Birdsall), a former thief who is recruited by NABIS to use his expertise on bugs to help solve crimes. He is joined by Ros Henderson (Caroline Quentin), a woman with a background in chemical warfare who brings a scientific approach to their investigations, and Ed (Paul Slack), a computer hacker who provides valuable tech support. Together, they form a tight-knit team that takes on some of the strangest cases in the British criminal underworld.

The show's premise allows for a range of creative and often gruesome crimes, as the team investigates everything from murder by bee sting to bank heists involving specially trained ants. The use of bugs as a central theme gives the show a unique twist on the typical police procedural, and allows for some truly inventive cases.

The show also delves into the personal lives of the characters, especially Nick and Ros, who have a complicated relationship that evolves over the course of the series. Nick is haunted by his criminal past and struggles to move beyond it, while Ros deals with the aftermath of a traumatic incident from her past.

One of the show's strengths is its sense of humor, which is often dry and sarcastic. The banter between the team members adds a lighthearted tone to even the darkest of cases, and helps to make the characters feel more relatable.

The show's production values are impressive for a British TV series from the 90s, with slick editing and cinematography that often gives the show a cinematic feel. The use of bugs and insects is also well done, with practical effects and puppetry used to create some truly creepy crawlies.

The show was not without its controversies, however. In particular, some episodes were criticized for their treatment of animal testing, which was a hot button issue at the time. Additionally, the show's fourth season saw a change in direction, with a new showrunner taking over and a shift towards more traditional police procedural storylines. This change was not well received by fans, and the show was cancelled soon after.

Overall, Bugs: The Series is a unique and memorable show that stands out from the crowd of police procedurals thanks to its innovative use of bugs as a thematic element. Despite some flaws, it remains a cult classic among fans of British crime dramas.

Bugs: The Series is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on January 30, 2018.

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8. Netherlands
January 30, 2018
In Holland the chefs and researchers from the Danish Nordic Food Lab cook food with farmed bugs, and visit the international conference; Insects to Feed the World. But when we talk about how bugs can be a sustainable part of our food system, we have to consider whether our own food system is sustainable at all.
Italy / Denmark
7. Italy / Denmark
January 30, 2018
There are many cultures around the world, where bugs are not only eaten but are even considered a delicacy. In Sardinia, in Italy, they use the Casu marzu method on cheese, so that larvae start living in the cheese, and in Denmark it is possible to eat the larvae of bees.
6. Japan
January 30, 2018
In this episode the team is going to Japan, to capture the gigantic and deadly poisonous hornet, and they will be tasting rice, steamed with the feces of the cherry fruit maggot.
5. Peru
January 30, 2018
Will we be better off, if bugs are part of our daily foods? In Peru we are going to taste the Peruvian suri larva and skewers with bugs of the jungle. When Ben and Josh from the Danish Nordic Food Lab travel the world to eat and learn about bugs, it is about locating the delicate taste experiences.
4. Uganda
January 30, 2018
Who worries about how much money you have in your bank account, if you have truly tasty food in your garden? When the team from the Danish Nordic Food Lab travels around the world to learn from the two billion people, who are already eating bugs, it is about being happy and satisfied by what surrounds us.
3. Kenya
January 30, 2018
The team has arrived in Kenya, to learn how a termite queen tastes with mango and why the West is not eating bugs. Ben, Josh and Roberto from the Danish Nordic Food Lab have one goal: making delicious food available to more people. But preparing bugs is as complex as talking about how to prepare meat or fish.
2. Mexico
January 30, 2018
The journey goes to Mexico, where Ben and Josh from Nordic Food Lab, are going to visit an escamoles farmer. Escamoles are the edible larvae from ants, and Mexico€™s version of caviar. In addition to divine taste experiences from escamoles, honey larvae, honey ants and hornets, the team experiences a profound knowledge of food and nature, and not least how the two can coexist.
1. Australia
January 30, 2018
Ben and Josh from the Danish Nordic Food Lab have one goal: making delicious food available to more people. For three years, the chefs and researchers travel the world, to learn from the two billion people, who already eat bugs.
Where to Watch Bugs: The Series
Bugs: The Series is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Bugs: The Series on demand at Amazon, Kanopy and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 30, 2018