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 Herself - Narrator 3 episodes, 2009
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 Charles Darwin 3 episodes, 2009
Rick Jon Egan ...
 Thomas Huxley 3 episodes, 2009
Katie Fitchett ...
 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 ...
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 ...
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 Leadsman 3 episodes, 2009
Myles Ward-Thornton ...
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 ...
Sarah Herlihy ...
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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