Nova: Season 37, Episode 1

Darwin's Darkest Hour (6 Oct. 2009)

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Charles Darwin is taken aback when he receives a manuscript from a colleague, Alfred Wallace, which contains many of the same conclusions as he on evolution and the development of various ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sir Charles Lyell
Richard Donat ...
Dr. Robert Darwin
Vanessa Walton-Bone ...
Elizabeth Wedgwood
Daniel Lillford ...
Dr. Engleheart
John O'Keefe ...
Alfred Wallace
Mike MacPhee ...
William Fitzroy (as Mike McPhee)
Jacob Robertson ...
Simon Pattison ...
Horace Darwin
Owen Pattison ...
Rosin Boyle ...
Etty Darwin (as Roisin Boyle)
Jeff Schwager ...
John Gould


Charles Darwin is taken aback when he receives a manuscript from a colleague, Alfred Wallace, which contains many of the same conclusions as he on evolution and the development of various species. Darwin's theory was developed over a great many years and in flashbacks, the manner in which it developed is shown. He had many supporters and likely more critics. He knew that his ideas were radical and that they would conflict with religious thought on the subject of creation. In reviewing his thoughts however, he realizes that he can without much difficulty claim to have been the first to develop the theory. These events spur him on to publish his findings in his now famous book. Written by garykmcd

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In 1858 Charles Darwin struggles to publish one of the most controversial scientific theories ever conceived... while he and his wife Emma confront family tragedy.




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Required Viewing for Schools
7 October 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Evangelical churches and schools should (but won't) make this required viewing. Perhaps those misinformed and deluded millions who take the bible literally can learn something of the profound science in the Origin of Species and the honourable man who moved the world giant steps beyond mythology and superstition. Darwin is too little understood. This brave film is frank in its approach and does not skirt the religion issues. The writer obviously cared about the truth. Beautifully shot in Nova Scotia. Main actors are excellent. Not a bad performance anywhere. Bravo for an important story, well told. PBS should repeat and promote the film even more.

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