Archives for December 26, 2011

Little White Lies: Frozen Planet Fakery and the Fall of the BBC

By: Alice Bonasio

It is always sad when your heroes let you down, and this week one the people I most admire did just that: Sir David Attenborough.

When it emerged earlier in the week that certain scenes in the BBC’s latest wildlife documentary series Frozen Planet had been filmed in a zoo, I was truly shocked.

Not because they had used the footage of newly born Polar Bear cubs – which by any standards was amazing – but because they intercut it with scenes showing wild polar bears, with a narration that deliberately misled the viewer. [Read more…]