Lab Rats. Dr Alex Beenyman (Chris Addison). Copyright: BBC.

Lab Rats

BBC Two sitcom about rubbish scientists. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2008. Stars Chris Addison, Geoffrey McGivern, Jo Enright, Dan Tetsell and others.

Series 1, Episode 4 - A Bee

Lab Rats. Image shows from L to R: Professor John Mycroft (Geoffrey McGivern), Dr Alex Beenyman (Chris Addison), Dr Vaabit (Mike McShane). Copyright: BBC.
Convinced that his great rival, Dr Vaabit, has deliberately sabotaged his avocado plants, the Professor pursues a vendetta.

Alex and Cara, meanwhile, get into trouble trying to communicate with some of Dr Vaabit's bees - which they have been secretly farming in a filing cabinet.

Broadcast details

Thursday 31st July 2008
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Chris Addison Dr Alex Beenyman
Geoffrey McGivern (as Geoff McGivern) Professor John Mycroft
Jo Enright Cara McIlvenny
Dan Tetsell Brian Lalumaca
Selina Cadell Dean Mieke Miedema
Margaret Cabourn-Smith Secretary
Guest cast
Mike McShane Dr Vaabit
Writing team
Chris Addison Writer
Carl Cooper Writer
Production team
Adam Tandy Director
Simon Nicholls Producer
Armando Iannucci Executive Producer
Ali Bryer Carron Executive Producer

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