THE BBC are under fire again after faking scenes in a documentary about Carol Vorderman.
Film makers allegedly persuaded people to lie as they concocted scenes for the ancestry show Who Do You Think You Are?
In the programme, cameras followed Vorderman through north Wales and traced the scene of a photograph.
But it has now emerged that one important “surprise” scene and some other details in the show, broadcast on September 27 were staged.
Vorderman wanted to know where a photo of her great-grandfather was taken and was shown asking passers-by in Prestatyn for help.
Finally, shop assistant Dawn Farrell identified it as Bodnant Gardens in the Conwy Valley.
But Dawn revealed: “A man told me Carol was going to come into the shop with a photo and ask me about it. He said, “She is going to show you a photo – could you tell her it is Bodnant?”
“I felt sorry for Carol. I realise she would never have gone along with it.”
A spokesman for Vorderman said: “She was not aware of any of this.”
The programme was filmed after concerns over faking were raised and orders were issued by BBC chiefs to end to such practices.
But a BBC spokeswoman insisted: “This is absolutely not a case of misrepresentation.
“We think viewers are aware that a formatted show is very different to an observational show and expect different approaches.”
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