Letter: `Cheating' on TV

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Letter: `Cheating' on TV

Sir: There is justifiable concern about the reconstruction of "events" in television documentaries. I hope that we can have a similar scrutiny of documentaries about travel in distant and hostile places.

When we watch the intrepid travels of television explorers on foot, camel or bicycle through a wilderness, why do we never see the camera crew and their transport? Should we not suspect the accompanying presence of several trucks and caravans so that our poor struggling travellers, after a few minutes' shooting, can retire to the comfort of their mobile home for rest and recuperation? This could be as dishonest as a reconstruction of the facts in "actuality" documentaries..


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