THE BBC have slammed Netflix for ‘ripping off Planet Earth and stealing Sir David Attenborough’, it has been reported.
Bosses at the Beeb are unhappy with Netflix series Our Planet, which is narrated by the same broadcaster as the channel’s award-winning nature programmes.
Show insiders have insisted that the programme is not a copy of the BBC’s annual Natural History Unit productions – such as Planet Earth.
The Netflix series has been made by NHU chief Alastair Fothergill, who has a long-standing relationship with Sir David.
A source told The Mirror: “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.
“The only difference is they used 600 crew for 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.”
Our Planet is due to be released to Netflix subscribers in April next year.
Although Attenborough has worked with other broadcasters in the past, including Sky, the shows have always been different to his work with the BBC.
Meanwhile, the star’s latest BBC series, Dynasties, is due to launch tomorrow night.
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He will also return to the Beeb next year with Seven Worlds – an exploration of the different continents.
As if that wasn’t enough, 2020 will see Fothergill and Attenborough work together for the BBC with the production of Perfect Planet.
Frozen Planet II is also due in 2021.
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