Naturists accuse BBC of falsifying history by covering up actors
Naturists have accused the BBC of wrongly portraying history by putting clothes on actors in their depiction of civilisations that would have been naked in Andrew Marr's 'History of the World.'
British Naturism (BN) said that the BBC has "admitted to falsification of history" in the show about world history.
In response to a letter from the campaigners, BBC reportedly admitted to the irregularity, explaining that the costumes used in the dramatic reconstruction were to take into account the "sensitivities of the widest possible world audience."
"At a time when the BBC is under serious criticism for a lack of journalistic integrity, letters received by members of British Naturism show further evidence of misdeeds," the Daily Mail quoted a BN spokesman as saying.
"The BBC has admitted to the systematic falsification of history for profit and for fear of upsetting anyone. There are at least six falsifications in the few episodes of Andrew Marr's History of the World that we have reviewed.
"The facts are actually very clear, as the BBC concedes. The costumes in many of the re-enactments are either dubious or quite undeniably false. In the Exodus from Africa, Ancient Egypt, the Minoans, the Caribs, the Australian Aborigines, and members of a contemporary South American tribe, the costumes were the product of the BBC censors, not history," the spokesman said.
A BBC spokesman said, "Andrew Marr's History of the World used dramatic reconstruction to bring alive thousands of years of history."
"When filming a series for a mainstream audience on BBC One we have to take into account the sensitivities of the widest possible audience," the spokesman said.
In a letter to the group, Paul Kettle from BBC Audience Services wrote: "I'm sorry you were disappointed by the compromises in accuracy that we felt obliged to make in the production of dramatic reconstruction in Andrew Marr's History of the World.
"You are of course correct in pointing out that, in reality, natives in various scenes in the early part of the series would have been naked.
"But in making a series like this we have to take into account the sensitivities of the widest possible world audience," he wrote.