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 Herself - Narrator (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Charles Darwin (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Thomas Huxley (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Emma Darwin (3 episodes, 2009)
Joe Manning ...
 Sir Joseph Hooker (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Charles Lyell (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Richard Owen (3 episodes, 2009)
Paul Bertram ...
 Bishop Samuel Wilberforce (3 episodes, 2009)
John Gregg ...
 Prof. Adam Segdwick / ... (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Syms Covington (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Capt. Robert Fitzroy (3 episodes, 2009)
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 John Gould (3 episodes, 2009)
Jonathan Gavin ...
 Conrad Martens (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Alfred Wallace (3 episodes, 2009)
Tim Hunter ...
 Parslow (3 episodes, 2009)
Vanessa Kemeny ...
 Annie Darwin (10 Years) (3 episodes, 2009)
Lilliana Baires ...
 Annie Darwin (15 Months) (3 episodes, 2009)
Gemma Brittain ...
 Annie Darwin (3 Years) (3 episodes, 2009)
Harry Ikimis-Healey ...
 William Erasmus (3 Years) (3 episodes, 2009)
Reece Larkins ...
 William Erasmus (7 Years) (3 episodes, 2009)
Marcellus Jurcevic ...
 Charles Darwin (8 Years) (3 episodes, 2009)
Anita Hegh ...
 Caroline Darwin (3 episodes, 2009)
Beth Armstrong ...
 Susan Darwin (3 episodes, 2009)
Donald McDonald ...
 Darwin Snr (3 episodes, 2009)
Louis Fowler ...
 George Darwin (11 Years) / ... (3 episodes, 2009)
Nicola Bowman ...
 Ettie Darwin (13 Years) (3 episodes, 2009)
Jeremy Fokas ...
 Charles Darwin Jnr (2 Years) (3 episodes, 2009)
Rik Dawson ...
 Postman (3 episodes, 2009)
Charles Upton ...
 Leadsman (3 episodes, 2009)
Myles Ward-Thornton ...
 Sailor (3 episodes, 2009)
Lotte St. Clair ...
 Hettie Huxley (3 episodes, 2009)
Patrick Trumper ...
 John J. Bennett (3 episodes, 2009)
Hilton Harris ...
 Haka Maori #1 (3 episodes, 2009)
Wiremu Taylor ...
 Haka Maori #2 (3 episodes, 2009)
Romollo Hotere ...
 Maori Chief (3 episodes, 2009)
Kiana Takairangi ...
 Tattooed Maori Girl (3 episodes, 2009)
Frederick Reynolds ...
 Aboriginal Man #1 (3 episodes, 2009)
Matthew Shields ...
 Aboriginal Man #2 (3 episodes, 2009)
Corey Harrison ...
 Aboriginal Boy (3 episodes, 2009)
Alan Dearth ...
 Doctor Gully (3 episodes, 2009)
Adam Ray ...
 Lucas (3 episodes, 2009)
Sarah Herlihy ...
 Nurse (3 episodes, 2009)
Phil English ...
 Prof. Draper (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Young Susan Darwin (3 episodes, 2009)
Rachel Scott ...
 Ettie Darwin / ... (3 episodes, 2009)
David Suzuki ...
 Narrator (3 episodes, 2009)
Mike Bluett ...
 Additional Narration (2 episodes, 2009)
Lisa Matthews ...
 Additional Narration (2 episodes, 2009)
Katherine Thomson ...
 Additional Narration (2 episodes, 2009)
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Excellent docu-drama
21 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

Unlike National Geographic's 'Darwin's Darkest Hour', also made for the centennial year of the publication of 'On the Origin of Species', this three-part TV series treats its viewers as adults. It paints a convincing picture of how Darwin's theory was shaped by his experiences on the voyage of the Beagle, his studies at Downe House and correspondence with friends and colleagues. Unlike other dramas and documentaries, this one gives ample time to the vital roles of Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley, Alfred Wallace and Charles Lyell in motivating, criticising and publicly defending Darwin's work.

This is an Australian production, so the first episode understandably dwells a little longer than necessary on the importance of Darwin's visit to Australia and New Zealand. As a result, the vital clues Darwin found in South America and Galapagos are underexposed. On the other hand, the makers take ample time for the critical steps in the development of Darwin's ideas back in England, including his fascinating but odious experiments with barnacles.

The acting is fine, though there's a hint of an Australian accent in some of the characters. The landscapes that shaped the work of Darwin and his friends are beautifully filmed, and the music is stirring without becoming a distraction. Evolutionary writers and scientists offer interesting tidbits between the scenes. Overall, a job well done.


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