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BBC shelves Human Planet over whale-hunting breach

Broadcaster withdraws series from distribution amid doubts over harpooning scene

The BBC has withdrawn its TV series Human Planet from distribution after finding a second editorial breach in a matter of weeks.

Earlier this month the corporation said a scene in one episode showing tribal people living in treehouses had been faked by the programme’s makers. Now, it has said a scene showing a hunter apparently harpooning a whale is not an accurate portrayal of the man’s role.

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My Year With the Tribe review – an ethical quagmire in the Indonesian jungle

What begins as an attempt to film an ‘untouched’ society soon unravels – and the ensuing documentary about documentary-making made me feel uneasy

My Year With the Tribe (BBC Two) is an unsettling documentary. Its presenter, Will Millard, an upbeat writer and expedition leader who seems cut from the cloth of 90s Jamie Oliver, sets out to West Papua in Indonesia to document the holy grail sought by many anthropological documentary-makers – a society untouched by the modern world. Millard has visited the region many times before and speaks Indonesian, but he has yet to meet the remote Korowai people. So, he heads into the rainforest without any fixed plans, in the hope that a “traditional” family will let him film with them for a sustained period. “I want to try something different,” he explains, aware that this has been attempted before, offering four visits over the course of a year as his Usp.
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BBC admits treehouse scene from Human Planet series was faked

Scenes of Papua New Guinea tribe building very high homes staged for programme makers

The BBC has admitted that a scene from a television documentary series showing tribal people living high up in treehouses was faked by the makers of the programme.

An episode of the eight-part Human Planet series, which aired in 2011, depicted the life of the Korowai people of Papua New Guinea and included members moving into a treehouse.

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Guardians of the Galaxy updates!

With just a few days until the sequel to the amazing Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) comes out, news has already hit that writer and director James Gunn will indeed be returning to make the third installment.

Anyone who saw the first film will know that its great mix of comic book mayhem, mixed with its incredible soundtrack and hilarity, will be excited about the follow up, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which hits cinemas on April 27.

This time we have the full Guardian line up, set a couple of months after the events of the first, with Star Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and even Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) on board the rebuilt Milano. We already know that we are bound to meet Ego the Human Planet (Kurt Russell) who it turns out will be Star Lord’s dad?
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‘Bears’ a gorgeous but untrustworthy new documentary from Disneynature


Written by Alastair Fothergill and Adam Chapman

Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey

UK and USA, 2013

During its fledgling years as a film studio, the Walt Disney Company helped revolutionize the nature documentary with its True-Life Adventure series. Here, as never before, audiences could thrill to the story of seals, beavers, bears, tigers, and the rest of the creatures sharing space with us on Earth. These days, what is most striking about these early documentaries is less the physical ground they cover, and more that they come from a patient time in filmmaking. Documentaries like The Living Desert and Seal Island featured narration and music, and sometimes attempted to play up the humor of an animalistic situation, but they were still created by people who afforded their presumed audience a base level of intelligence. In some respects, these nature documentaries were born out of the insistence on
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Groundbreaking 'Pandas 3D' commissioned for Sky 3D

Sky 3D has announced plans for groundbreaking one-off film Pandas 3D.

Produced by Oxford Scientific Films in a co-production with the Chinese Wildlife Conservation Association and the China Conservation and Research Centre, the 60-minute documentary will showcase the highly endangered giant pandas in the Wolong National Nature Reserve in China.

The production has had unrivalled access to the nature reserve during a critical time in the species' history as fresh attempts are made to take giant pandas back into the wild.

Alongside the natural breeding programme, it will also capture the captive breeding programme, including footage of newborns, young pandas playing, and methods of encouraging pandas to get in the mood with panda sexercise and panda porn videos.

It will be directed by Nicolas Brown (Human Planet) and produced by Caroline Hawkins (Meerkats 3D).

Caroline Hawkins, creative director of Oxford Scientific Films, said: "It is a privilege to have this opportunity.
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Amazon Cyber Monday Deals Guide

Cyber Monday is here and are offering DVD and Blu-ray sales deals for this online-centric final day of the week-long discount shopping sales period. Below are the biggest bargains I've found, many of which have carried over from the Black Friday sales. This is your last chance to get this discounts though, it all goes back to normal soon.

Please note that Dark Horizons will earn a very small referral fee when readers purchase something on Amazon through one of the links below. Said fee helps contribute towards the site's running costs, so if you do grab something - thank you. In terms of personal recommendations for titles and bargains below:

Cyber Monday Blu-ray Picks:

The Criterion disc sale is continuing apace and there's a whole separate article for it right here. Joining since yesterday are titles like "Black Orpheus," "Certified Copy," "Eating Raoul," "House," "La Haine," "The Last Days of Disco,
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Disney Blu-ray Roundup: ‘The Aristocats’, ‘Pocahontas’, and More

It’s a good time to be a Blu-ray and Disney buff. Of course, this has been true ever since Blu-ray became the format of choice, beating HD-DVD in the format wars from a few years ago. (Who doesn’t have fond memories of the format wars? Oh, sure, there were casualties, but we had fun, didn’t we? Of course, it’s not as memorable as the Rock ‘n’ Roller Cola Wars Billy Joel sang about it, but what is?) The last few months, in particular, have been fruitful for Disney fans who own Blu-ray players. In fact, it’s come to a point where such fans’ wallets are getting too light. If you haven’t reached this point yet, you may get there this week, because Disney is releasing six—count ‘em, six—films on the HD format: The Aristocats, Chimpanzee, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure,
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Soundtrack Review: Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger by Nitin Sawhney

Simon Columb reviews Nitin Sawhney's new soundtrack for the silent Alfred Hitchcock classic The Lodger...

Nitin Sawhney has become a sought-after film composer through successful scores for Nike adverts and BBC's Human Planet TV series. This summer, in conjunction with Network Releasing and the BFI, Sawhney has composed a new score for Alfred Hitchcock's 1926 silent film The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog. I cannot help but smile at the apt timing of this release during the summer whereby sun is the last weather we Londoners are expecting - fog is much more likely. In addition to this, the film stars Ivor Novello as a man suspected of being the serial killer known as (how perfect is this in 2012...) 'The Avenger'. The film harks back to Hitchcock's roots in German Expressionism as he uses angular shots and reflects the mental states of the characters in the arrangement
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LoveFilm introduces high definition streaming

LoveFilm introduces high definition streaming
LoveFilm, the Amazon-owned TV and movie rentals company, has today announced the addition of high definition (HD) content to its streaming service. The HD functionality allows LoveFilm Instant members to stream selected films and TV shows over the internet in HDTV resolutions up to 1080p for no extra charge. LoveFilm Instant, the streaming-only package launched last year, on PC or Mac will give the option for full 1080p high definition, but members using their Xbox 360 or Samsung and LG connected TVs will get only 720p resolution. In the UK, HD streaming titles now available include The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Gnomeo and Juliet and Four Lions, along with Us TV shows such as Lost and Ghost Whisperer, and BBC documentaries, including Human Planet and Planet Earth. LoveFilm said that more HD titles would be added to the service over the (more)
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LOVEFiLM Goes HD in the UK and Germany

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Yesterday we brought you the news that Amazon’s LOVEFiLM had partnered with Universal to bring you exclusive streaming content and after seeing a tweet yesterday from @LOVEFiLM, they also announced that they would begin high definition streaming. We’ve now received the press release below which gives you more information.

This is a great move by the Amazon company as it now brings them up to speed with their main rival NetFlix who launched their service at the beginning of the year. Streaming is absolutely the way forward when it comes to watching movies it’s great to see these companies investing in it so heavily to push boundaries for the consumer.

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Amazon’S LOVEFiLM Launches High Definition Streaming – HD Day – 31st May 2012

LOVEFiLM, an Amazon company, today announced the launch of high-definition (HD) service, giving LOVEFiLM Instant members crystal clear viewing.

The HD functionality, available
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TV review: Robson's Extreme Fishing Challenge

You've got to love Robson Green. He tackled Brazil's fishermen and their dolphins – and he won

I've done a bit of fishing in my time – the old-fashioned kind, with a rod and reel and an f (as opposed to a ph). Not enough to call it an actual pastime, but I do like to keep an eye on the angling world. And I've always enjoyed a fishing programme on television. There used to be this brilliant bloke called John Wilson who would laugh like a hyena as he dragged some poor old tench out of a muddy Norfolk pond. John took up far too much of my time when I was a student and is probably the main reason I'm now not a partner at Goldman Sachs. (Does anyone else hear that as gold man-sacks by the way? No?)

More recently I've got into Tight Lines on Sky Sports, in
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Blu-ray Review - Planet Earth: Limited Edition

Planet Earth set the bar for high-definition documentaries when it first aired on the BBC in 2006. It's a beautiful series, featuring the wonders of our planet captured in striking detail on film. Now, five years since it originally premiered, it's being re-released on DVD and Blu-ray in a special edition package. There are two types of special edition releases, though: the normal special edition comes in a typical DVD case, but there's also a limited edition that comes in a globe.

That's right -- the Planet Earth: Limited Edition set comes in a globe that opens to reveal the set's six discs. It comes with a cool stand as well, so it can be perched on a shelf. The limited edition set is individually numbered as well, and includes a small packet of collectible photographs.

But while the packaging for the limited edition is different, both sets are essentially the same.
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TV highlights 05/08/2011

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Superheroes of Suburbia | Someone's Daughter, Someone's Son | BBC Proms 2011: Human Planet Prom | America's Got Talent | Big Love | Alan Carr: Chatty Man | The Rob Brydon Show

Superheroes of Suburbia

7.35pm, Channel 4

It's doubtful that Lois Lane or Mary Jane ever waved off Superman or Spider-Man with the words "Bye, be safe, don't do anything I wouldn't do", as wife Julie does for her husband The Dark Spartan, aka 27-year-old Will from Torquay. Like the others in this fabulously quirky documentary, Will takes his costumed superhero duties entirely seriously – despite the fact that he has yet to stop any crime. There is darkness and melancholy here, rumbling quietly below the surface, but it never threatens to unbalance Christian Watt's funny, original and very English film. Superb. Ali Catterall

Someone's Daughter, Someone's Son

9pm, ITV1

Just because a documentary is hard-hitting (such as the fly-on-the wall Strangeways earlier this year
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Proms 11 & 12: BBC Concert Orchestra/Hazlewood – review

Royal Albert Hall, London

This was not like any orthodox Prom you might have seen, nor was it like any orthodox gig. A tie-in with the BBC's Bafta-winning nature series Human Planet, it was an ambitious hybrid. Accompanying stunning footage from the series we had snippets of a Hollywood-style soundtrack (from Nitin Sawhney's score), a tantalising trailer for a forthcoming BBC4 documentary (Scrapheap Orchestra), and a kind of mini-Womad (in the form of five world music guests).

Sawhney's score didn't always work. Aside from a beautiful miniature entitled Man and Nature, most of it sounded a little pedestrian in isolation from the images. Fortunately, the rest of the show more than made up for this.

The guests were all artists featured in the series, playing music that seemed particularly attuned to an extreme landscape. There was the remarkable Rasmus Lyberth from Greenland, whose huge, melismatic voice was backed by violin and accordion drones.
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Doctor Who BBC Worldwide's biggest-selling TV show internationally

Along with brands including Top Gear, Lonely Planet and BBC Earth, Dr Who helps commercial arm earn £308m in revenue

Doctor Who was BBC Worldwide's biggest-selling TV show internationally last year and, along with brands including Top Gear, Lonely Planet, the international version of Strictly Come Dancing and BBC Earth, helped earn more than £300m in revenue.

The exploitation of everything from TV programmes to live events, DVDs and magazines for the five BBC power brands raked in £308.1m in revenue for BBC Worldwide, the corporation's commercial arm, in the year to the end of March.

This represented a 12.6% year-on-year revenue increase for the elite group of brands, which will be soon be joined by Walking with Dinosaurs. These brands accounted for 27% of the total £1.16bn revenues BBC Worldwide made last year. BBC Worldwide said that 45% of its total sales now come from just 12 brands.

The top five individual
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Is there life on earth after Attenborough?

Sir David brought the natural world to the TV generation. But now that every corner of the planet has been captured on screen, Andrew Anthony asks how do his heirs build on his legacy?

In the beginning there was the word, and the word was with Attenborough, and the word was Attenborough. As an evolutionary scientist, Sir David Attenborough may laugh at the biblical allusion, but he has certainly had an instrumental role in creating our modern perception of the world. For not only did Life on Earth, his landmark 13-part 1979 natural history series, change our relationship with television, it also transformed our understanding of nature and the planet at large.

Tim Scoones, who is executive producer of populist wildlife show Springwatch, is in no doubt of the legacy of Life on Earth and its countless imitators. "It has been significant in reconnecting an increasingly disconnected human population with the
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Absolutely Must See: Human Planet on Bluray

This 3 disc set is a must for anyone who enjoyed the BBC series Planet Earth or Life. Showcasing man's ingenuity in surviving environmental extremes the eight episodes that form  Human Planet are visually and audibly stunning but even more than that they are genuinely moving documents of human perseverance. In Oceans we meet a tribe that only touches land when they need to refuel their houseboats. In Deserts we watch a group of women use ancient navigate the blank slate of a massive desert. In the Arctic we witnessa Narwhal hunt. That's right! I said Narwhal hunt. This isn't a set to watch once and put on the shelf. This is a set to introduce friends- especially children to, and to re-watch whenever you need a...
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BBC's Sherlock wins best drama award at Baftas

Series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman beats Downton Abbey and Misfits at TV awards ceremony

It was appropriate that BBC1's acclaimed modern retelling of the Sherlock Holmes story should triumph at the Bafta TV awards on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday.

The updated crime drama beat ITV1's Downton Abbey to the best drama series prize and one of its stars, Martin Freeman, won best supporting actor for his role as Doctor Watson.

But Benedict Cumberbatch, who starred as Sherlock Holmes, lost out in the lead actor category to Daniel Rigby, who played Eric Morecambe in another BBC drama, the Victoria Wood-produced comic biopic Eric and Ernie.

Freeman described the show as a "love story" between Holmes and Watson. "Not just a love story – these two people who love and need each other in a slightly dysfunctional relationship, but in a relationship that works," he said.
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BAFTA TV Awards 2011: The winners in full

BAFTA TV Awards 2011: The winners in full
Digital Spy presents the full list of winners from the 2011 Philips British Academy Television Awards. > 'Towie', 'EastEnders', 'Sherlock' win BAFTAs

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Being Human (BBC Three)

Downton Abbey (ITV1)

Misfits (E4)

Sherlock (BBC One) - Winner! Entertainment Performance

Rob Brydon - The Rob Brydon Show (BBC Two)

Stephen Fry - Qi (BBC One)

Harry Hill - Harry Hill's TV Burp (ITV1)

Graham Norton - The Graham Norton Show (BBC One) - Winner! Specialist Factual

Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art (The Making Of) (More4)

Flying Monsters 3D (Sky3D) - Winner!

Human Planet (BBC One)

Pompeii: Life (more)
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