Frozen Planet fakery row continues

There was outrage among sections of the media last week when it emerged that parts of the acclaimed BBC series Frozen Planet were filmed in zoos, although no mention was made of it on screen.

The BBC have denied misleading viewers, saying that the filming was "standard practice" for natural history shows.

Sir David Attenborough, 85, has also defended the use of zoo footage, saying: "If you had tried to put a camera in the wild in a polar bear den, she would either have killed the cub or the cameraman."

He added that an explanation about the animal park footage would have ruined the atmosphere of the sequence.

"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's not falsehood and we don't keep it secret either," said Sir David.

In fact, the "fakery" probably only came to light as a result of a behind the scenes feature on the programme's website which explained how the shots had been achieved.

"How far do you take this?" Sir David said.

"'This is a penguin but actually it’s a different penguin colony than we did for that one' – come on. We're making movies."

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