24/11/2016 09:16 GMT

'Planet Earth 2': BBC Admits To Recreating Sound Effects In The Studio After Being Caught Out By Viewers

A 'limited range of microphones' is to blame, apparently.

If you thought the sound effects on ‘Planet Earth II’ were real, it turns out the BBC have been tricking you. 

Show bosses have admitted to “recreating” a number of nature noises in the studio to accompany the footage on the hit documentary series.   


Programme makers were caught out after a number of viewers questioned the authenticity of some of the sound effects during Sunday (20 November) night’s episode. 

Many blasted the “fake” sounds the could be heard as a jaguar crunched into a caiman’s skull, as well as a millipede’s footsteps.

The BBC has said they use recreate a number of sounds for use in the show to “create a sense of a wild place, as well as emotion and drama”, as they often can’t pick up many sounds due to a “limited range of microphones”. 

A spokesperson told The Sun: “Range and ambient noise ensure quite a lot of wild sounds simply cannot be recorded in the field.

“As a result, wildlife film-makers often turn to sound designers to recreate something that sounds like it would in the wild — a soundtrack that is true to nature.”

‘Planet Earth 2’ has enchanted viewers since it began airing earlier this month, attracting over 10 million viewers each week.

It has also beat ‘X Factor’ in the ratings, with the shows airing head-to-head each Sunday. 

‘Planet Earth 2’ continues on Sunday 27 November at 8pm on BBC One. 

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