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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