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BBC Apologises After Mistake In Sir David Attenborough's Seven Worlds, One Planet

BBC Apologises After Mistake In Sir David Attenborough's Seven Worlds, One Planet

The BBC has been forced to apologise after a mix up in a recent episode of Sir David Attenborough's Seven Worlds, One Planet documentary saw the wrong animal noises used.

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Footage in the recent South America episode of the series focused on the rare Andean bears scaling the trees of the Ecuadorian cloud forest.

However, the sound didn't quite match up with the images, as the soundtrack was instead of one of the country's most common bird sounds.

Oh dear. But the documentary makers' woes were not over yet, as later in the show two Andean bears were seen on a tree branch - but again the sound that was dubbed over the footage was from a different species.

According to reports in The Times, the unfortunate error may have happened because the red-legged seriemas birds are found in South America but are not present in the Maquipucuna reserve, which is where this particular episode was shot.

It's understood the episode will be re-edited with the new - and correct - versions re-uploaded to BBC iPlayer.

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Dr Alexander Lees was one of the experts who noticed the errors.

Producers had to pull the episode from BBC's streaming site and re-edit the episode. Credit: PA
Producers had to pull the episode from BBC's streaming site and re-edit the episode. Credit: PA

Speaking to The Times, the senior in biodiversity lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University said the BBC 'needed to pull their socks up'.

He said: "It's a case of giving people the honest truth about what's going on.

"The red-legged seriema is this big, crane-like thing which is nicknamed 'the voice of Brazil'. It makes a beautiful wailing sound that is instantly recognisable to several million people living in Brazil. It never occurs on that side of the continent."

In another shock revelation, the show's presenter and all-round national treasure Sir David Attenborough has told a newspaper that he no longer eats red meat.

But the dietary change was not the result of his fears over the planet's environmental standing, it's merely because he's 'gone off it'.

The 93-year-old said: "I can't remember the last time I had a piece of red meat. I eat fish. I'm not a strict vegetarian.

"I can't tell you why. I suddenly realised I hadn't been eating red meat for a long time. I've just gone off it. I'm not claiming any moral virtue at this point - I'm just saying I don't want to eat any red meat anymore.

"The world is changing. And with me and my family and friends there are more vegetarians, or 'fishertarians' or whatever they call them, than there were five years ago."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: TV and Film, UK Entertainment

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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