When a Dutch religious TV station with a creationist agenda showed David Attenborough’s wildlife documentary series The Life of Mammals it edited out all references to evolution.
Evangelical Broadcasting made the changes to the BBC series when it was shown on Dutch TV this summer. In one example, Sir David’s commentary was changed from: “We will look at the lives of our closest relatives” to “we will also take a look at the apes”. Fossils are mentioned without the dates given in the BBC script. Several scenes with Sir David have been cut out of the Dutch version because they contradicted the fundamentalist view of creation.
Sir David Attenborough said he was “unhappy that they should change it because I meant what I said when I said it.”
The BBC usually allows broadcasters to make minor edits to its programmes to remove references that might be “inappropriate” in a particular cultural setting. Evangelical Broadcasting, therefore, is not seen as being in breach of its contract.