Human Planet faked treehouse in West Papua

BBC admits an elaborate treehouse in 2011 series was made purely for the cameras.

The BBC has admitted a 2011 episode of its natural history series Human Planet faked a treehouse in West Papua.

In the episode narrated by John Hurt, the Korowai people were shown moving into a treehouse as a real home.

The error was discovered as producers made the upcoming series, My Year With The Tribe to be presented by Will Millard.

Millard now tells viewers: “This is not where they live, this is total artifice”.

“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 West Papua. During the making of BBC Two’s upcoming documentary series, My Year With The Tribe, a member of the tribe discusses how they have built very high tree houses for the benefit of overseas programme 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. Since this programme was broadcast in 2011, we have strengthened our mandatory training for all staff in editorial guidelines, standards and values.”

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