'Our Planet': BBC accuses Netflix of copying filming techniques, stealing presenter David Attenborough
Netflix's upcoming series 'Our Planet' is out in April next year and David Attenborough's new show on BBC One, 'Dynasties', starts on November 10
BBC has accused Netflix of copying "'filming techniques" from its award-winning shows such as 'Planet Earth' produced by its Natural History Unit. According to Mirror, an insider from BBC said that Netflix's upcoming series 'Our Planet' voiced by David Attenborough "wasn't original at all".
The source was quoted by Mirror as saying, "They’ve nicked the filming techniques, the stories, even the title from us, not to mention the presenter. And it’s been made by an ex-BBC producer who still makes natural history programmes for the BBC. There is nothing in any way original about this series."
Attenborough, 92, has a strong relationship with former NHU chief Alastair Fothergill who made 'Our Planet'.
"The only difference is they used 600 crew for the work we’d have done with around 60. Sir David will always be part of the BBC. This is not the end of the relationship with him. We’ve just lent him to Netflix," added the source.
Attenborough's new show on BBC One, 'Dynasties', starts on November 10 and he is associated with at least three others series in production with BBC.
According to the report by Daily Mail, speaking at the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) State of the Planet Address, Attenborough said, "Today we have become the greatest threat to the health of our home. But there’s still time for us to address the challenges we’ve created if we act now. We need the world to pay attention. 'Our Planet' brings together some of the world’s best filmmakers and conservationists, and I’m delighted to help bring this important story to millions of people worldwide."
Netflix has shot the eight-episode series over four years and in 50 countries. The show is scheduled to release in April.
According to Netflix, the series will "take viewers on an unprecedented journey through some of the world's most precious natural habitats and reveal amazing sights on Earth in ways they've never been seen," reported Daily Mail.