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Darwin's Brave New World 

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

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Excellent docu-drama
21 November 2010 | by ochichornyeSee 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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