BBC admits to faking scenes in documentary series, fans shocked and angry

BBC admitted that "the portrayal of the tribe moving into the tree house as a real home is not accurate"

Xinhua April 12, 2018
he BBC admitted that a scene in its Human Planet series inaccurately portrayed the lives of members of a community in Papa New Guinea. Korowai tribe told a BBC crew they created houses exclusively for the series. PHOTO: DAILY MAIL

LONDON: Fans of BBC expressed their shock and anger on social media after the broadcasting corporation admitted in a statement last week that scenes from its documentary series "Human Planet" were staged by the camera crew.

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An episode of the television documentary "Human Planet" depicted the life of the Korowai people of Papua New Guinea and shot scenes of tribesmen moving into a tree house. The BBC admitted that "the portrayal of the tribe moving into the tree house as a real home is not accurate."

Actually, during the making of BBC's upcoming documentary series, a member of the tribe talked about how they have built high tree houses for the benefit of overseas programme makers.

PHOTO: RADIO TIMES The tree house built by Korowai people of Papua New Guinea. PHOTO: RADIO TIMES

"Seems so natural! What is there left to trust in the world?" A netizen called Ali M tweeted.

"I want a refund on my TV license...TV programs are not as described and not fit for purpose," said a netizen Sparkle Sunshine.

It's not the first time that BBC's documentary series are embroiled in a fakery scandal. In 2011, BBC filmed shots of a tarantula spider in a studio for an episode about wildlife in the Venezuela jungle.

In the same year, "Frozen Planet" of BBC featured newborn polar bear cubs in a den with their mother, with many people assuming they were born and filmed in the Arctic.

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However, the cubs were actually in a Dutch animal park, as revealed in behind-the-scenes footage on the show's website.

In 2015, the production crew of a documentary about life of Mongolian camel herders used a semi-domesticated wolf after being unable to find a real wild wolf to film on location.

Viewers expressed their disappointment over these documentary scandals. "What a surprise, the BBC lying again," said another netizen Stevehixy on twitter.


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