The BBC has admitted that a scene from a television documentary series showing tribal people living high up in treehouses was faked by the makers of the program.
An episode of the eight-part “Human Planet” series, which aired in 2011, depicted the life of the Korowai people of Papua New Guinea and included members moving into a treehouse.
The BBC said that during the making of a new documentary series for BBC2, entitled “My Year With the Tribe,” it emerged that the treehouse scene had been staged.
In a statement the BBC said, “The BBC has been alerted to a breach of editorial standards in an episode of ‘Human Planet’ from 2011 which concerns the Korowai people of Papua New Guinea.
“During the making of BBC2’s upcoming documentary series ‘My Year With the Tribe,’ a member of the tribe discusses how they have built very high treehouses for the benefit of overseas program makers.
“The BBC has reviewed a sequence in ‘Human Planet’ depicting this and found that the portrayal of the tribe moving into the treehouse as a real home is not accurate.”
It is not the first time that the eight-part series, narrated by the actor John Hurt, has been embroiled in a fakery scandal. In 2015 it emerged that the production crew used a semi-domesticated wolf after being unable to find a wild wolf to film on location.
In that episode, called “Deserts: Life in the Furnace,” two Mongolian camel herders fired shots in the direction of the “wild” wolf as it ran across the Gobi desert and then discussed their frustration at failing to kill it.
The BBC admitted that in reality the semi-domesticated wolf had been let off a lead just off camera and was filmed simply running to its handler, who was just out of shot.
In 2011 it also emerged that the BBC had filmed shots of a tarantula spider in a studio for an episode about wildlife in the Venezuela jungle.
The BBC said, “Since this program was broadcast in 2011, we have strengthened our mandatory training for all staff in editorial guidelines, standards and values.”
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【违背】wéibèi breach infraction or violation of a law, obligation, tie, or standard
【使陷入】shǐ xiànrù embroil involve in conflict or difficulties