Pandora: BBC faces Ofcom row over interview edits

Following all the drama surrounding "Crowngate", the BBC is about to rocked by another testing row over its recent series, Earth: The Climate Wars.

In the second episode of the three-part documentary, presented by the science writer Dr Iain Stewart, it spoke to a number of the global warming argument's most notable naysayers. Several of them, however, are now furious about the way in which their views were represented. Lord Monckton, a former adviser to Lady Thatcher, has even gone so far as to report the BBC to the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom.

"I have no doubt Ofcom will act," Monckton tells me. "The BBC very gravely misrepresented me and several others, as well as the science behind our argument. It is a breach of its code of conduct. I understand they have to edit these things but I was interviewed for 90 minutes and they omitted all of my scientific evidence, leaving only a few comments which sounded as though I was sceptical for personal reasons. It was rather caddish of them."

The row is reminiscent of last year's squabble over the Channel 4 documentary, The Great Global Warming Swindle, when several scientists involved claimed they had been misled over the programme's intent.

Yesterday, the BBC insisted it was standing by the programme. Meanwhile, Monckton expects several of the programme's other contributors will follow him in registering a complaint.

"Quite a few people have been in touch about it," he adds.

From 'The Office' to the Oscars?

America's love affair with Ricky Gervais continues to blossom. Last week, the US press gushed over the British funnyman's televised banter at the Emmy awards with home-grown comic Steve Carell – who stars in the US version of The Office – saying their brief skit was the only highlight in an otherwise lacklustre ceremony.

It looks as if Gervais's appearance could pay dividends. Yesterday, several showbusiness publications were tipping him as a possible host at next year's Oscars. "There has been a lot of buzz about it and considerable speculative interest," says his spokesman. "I've no doubt he would love to do it. It would be great."

Gervais has almost made a side career at cracking gags at US awards cermonies. In 2003, he collected a Golden Globe for his version of The Office with the quip: "I'm from a little place called England. We used to rule the world before you."

Cherie's crimper ties the knot

While Tony Blair has been lording it up on the US lecture circuit, his wife Cherie has been reaching into her hat drawer.

Last week, I hear, she attended the glitzy civil partnership ceremony of her stylish hairdresser Andre Suard and his long-term beau, Lee Ryan. The couple, I gather, got hitched at Babington House, the private members' club in Somerset which they hired out for the entire day.

Cherie, who during the 2005 election racked up a £7,700 bill with Suard at the Labour Party's expense, attended the black and white themed day with her daughter Catherine, 20.

There was no sign though of her husband's former mouthpiece, Alastair Campbell, who in the past has also hired Andre to attend to his manly locks. Cherie has claimed (although this is strenuously denied by Campbell) that he once charmingly referred to Suard as "only a fucking hairdresser".

An easy way to lose friends

Robert Weide, director of How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, is clearly relieved that his working relationship with the film's author, Toby Young, has finally come to an end.

"The thing about him is that he's like a child you have to keep at arm's length," he said at the film's premiere. "I mean, that stuff about him being barred from the set wasn't true."

Huw's feeling a bit sheepish

The Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti's live interview with the BBC's Huw Edwards outside the Labour conference was rudely interrupted on Wednesday. A passer-by walked in front of the camera and held up a piece of paper in front of her face. Now I can't be certain, but I'm pretty sure the note said "sheep-shagger".

Frost reports

Time was when Sir David Frost was the at the forefront of all the latest political gossip, but these days he enjoys a quieter existence. When Pandora ran into him at a party for the jeweller Links of London on Wednesday, he had yet to hear about Ruth Kelly's unexpected resignation. "Actually, I'm completely out of the loop on news at the moment," he said. "I've been in America so I missed both conferences entirely."

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Ashdown Group: Human Resources Manager

£28000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: A successful organisation...

Recruitment Genius: Internal Recruiter - Manufacturing

£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Internal Recruiter (manufact...

Ashdown Group: HR Manager (CIPD) - Barking / East Ham - £50-55K

£50000 - £55000 per annum + 25 days holidays & benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Man...

Recruitment Genius: Operations / Project Manager

£40000 - £48000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This software company specialis...

Day In a Page

The long walk west: they fled war in Syria, only to get held up in Hungary – now hundreds of refugees have set off on foot for Austria

They fled war in Syria...

...only to get stuck and sidetracked in Hungary
From The Prisoner to Mad Men, elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series

Title sequences: From The Prisoner to Mad Men

Elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series. But why does the art form have such a chequered history?
Giorgio Armani Beauty's fabric-inspired foundations: Get back to basics this autumn

Giorgio Armani Beauty's foundations

Sumptuous fabrics meet luscious cosmetics for this elegant look
From stowaways to Operation Stack: Life in a transcontinental lorry cab

Life from the inside of a trucker's cab

From stowaways to Operation Stack, it's a challenging time to be a trucker heading to and from the Continent
Kelis interview: The songwriter and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell and crying over potatoes

Kelis interview

The singer and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell
Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea