Fergus Beeley road rage: David Attenborough TV producer was like a 'demented Basil Fawlty' during road rage rant, say family

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A family blasted in a shocking road rage rant by the man behind Sir David Attenborough’s famous wildlife documentaries have described the former BBC producer as acting “like a demented Basil Fawlty”.

Fergus Beeley, who produced some of the wildlife veteran’s most famous series including Planet Earth, was filmed calling a grandmother “an old s***” during his three-minute tirade on the M27 in Hampshire.

The foul-mouthed rant was filmed by Simon Gale, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, who told The Sun: “He was like a demented Basil Fawlty. It would have been a comedy if it wasn’t so scary. He kept shouting he was going to make a citizen’s arrest.

“It was just bizarre. You could almost see the steam coming from his ears. He was saying ‘Get ready to die’. Who says that?”

In the footage, the award-winning producer can be seen repeatedly telling the family they had “assaulted” him and he was placing them under “citizen’s arrest”.  


He accused the family of assaulting him and said he wanted to place them under ‘citizen’s arrest’

At one point he can be seen telling a passenger “I do want you dead” before trying to force open his car door.

Mr Gale’s wife Louise, the couple’s 14-year-old son Josh and Mrs Gale’s 50-year-old mum Julie were also targeted in the attack.

The teenager was branded a “slob” and the grandmother “an old s***”

Mrs Gale told the newspaper: “He was a vile bully to say that to a kid. Josh was really shaken up. That bloke was absolutely off his rocker.”

Police were called to the road rage incident, but said the two men involved decided not to pursue a complaint.

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