David Attenborough’s “Life of [CENSORED]”

3 08 2007

There are few things in this life that are finer than a good BBC nature documentary hosted by David Attenborough, and The Life of Mammals is, by far, my most favorite. Not everyone is quite so pleased with the documentaries being presented in an evolutionary fashion, however, and the blog Pardon My Paradox tipped me off to something fishing going on in the Netherlands. Indeed, “James Randi’s Swift” has the fuller story, and it seems that an evangelical public broadcasting corporation in the Netherlands called the EO recently aired The Life of Mammals, but removed most of the content relating directly to evolution, omitting the last program about human evolution altogether. I don’t think I need to tell you why an evangelical Christian broadcasting channel would have such problems…

Anyway, the “creative” editing of the EO was first noted on the Dutch blog Evolutie, which has some articles about the EO getting creative with a few other documentaries as well. It’s in Dutch and all the web programs I’ve used have absolutely mangled the text in translation, but if you understand Dutch go ahead and have a look.


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4 08 2007
DoubleW

I know that in the U.S., at least, TV networks will edit movies for content they can’t broadcast on the airwaves. Of course this is something else entirely, but I wonder how much say the BBC has after it has sold the broadcast rights. Can it revoke the contract? I hope it does.

7 08 2007
Gert Korthof

Hello,
for your information, there are now also English versions of the Youtube videos demonstrating the changes.
Check out under this user:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Obdurodon
Thank you.

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