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Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON DEAN

THE BBC has found it­self em­broiled in a new “fak­ing” row af­ter it emerged that footage of a mother po­lar bear nurs­ing twin cubs was ac­tu­ally filmed in a ZOO.

Sir David At­ten­bor­ough’s commentary on BBC1’S Frozen Planet re­ferred to cubs be­ing born “be­neath the snow” and was in­ter­cut with gen­uine scenes of po­lar bears in the Arctic.

But the scenes were filmed at Ouwe­hands An­i­mal Park in the Nether­lands.

Telly leg­end Sir David de­fended the se­quence. He told

its sis­ter se­ries this land­mark BBC se­ries brought the won­der of the Bri­tish coun­try­side into our own liv­ing rooms and crack dens.

Pre­sen­ters Kate Hum­ble, Si­mon King and Bill Od­die spoke with en­thu­si­asm and au­thor­ity about the beasts in front of the cam­era. ITV1’S This Morn­ing: “Dur­ing the mid­dle of this scene, when you’re try­ing to paint what it’s like in the mid­dle of win­ter in the Pole, do you say, ‘Oh, by the way, this is filmed in a zoo?’

“It would com­pletely ruin the at­mos­phere and de­stroy the plea­sure of the view­ers. It’s not a false­hood.”

Alas, not ev­ery BBC doc­u­men­tary-maker dis­plays the hon­esty and in­tegrity of Sir David.

We have found more shame­ful episodes where Beeb pro­duc­ers have served up li­cence feep­ay­ers a bit­ter dish of LIES:

The badgers were par­tic­u­lar favourites and re­ceived moun­tains of fan­mail. But they were BO­GUS!

The “badgers” were in fact Bill Od­die along with old Good­ies pals Tim Brooke-tay­lor and Graeme Gar­den dressed in badger out­fits bor­rowed from Harry Hill’s Badgers’ Pa­rade. BBC’S land­mark se­ries chart­ing the rise and fall of pre­his­tory’s rul­ing species was a world­wide smash.

The se­ries spawned a spec­tac­u­lar tour that many saw as a real-life ver­sion of

One ques­tion re­mained. How on earth did the BBC man­age to cap­ture footage of beasts that died out count­less mil­lions of years ago?

An­swer: they faked it! The bron­tosauruses and tyran­nosaurus rexes seen on screen were lit­tle more than COM­PUTER AN­I­MA­TIONS, like Pac­man or Sonic the Hedge­hog! PHYSICS be­came fun thanks to this land­mark BBC se­ries pre­sented by former D: Ream key­boardist Pro­fes­sor Brian Cox.

Prof Cox, a real pro­fes­sor (un­like fel­low pop­ster Pro­fes­sor Green or Pro­fes­sor Yaf­fle off Bag­puss), brought space and that into our liv­ing room.

In the third show he ex­plained grav­ity while float­ing in­side the Vomit Comet – an aero­plane that sim­u­lates zero-grav­ity con­di­tions.

Only he wasn’t. Cox was float­ing around a spe­cial stu­dio af­ter be­ing pumped full of lighter-than-air bal­loon gas HE­LIUM… through his ARSE!

FAKERS: Sir David and the cubs that were filmed in

a zoo

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