Rent The Voyage of Charles Darwin (1978)

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"The Voyage of Charles Darwin" is the BAFTA winning BBC series examining the life and work of the great naturalist, first broadcast in 1978 to wide critical acclaim. Written by Robert Reid, this seven part biopic of the father of evolutionary theory stars Malcolm Stoddard as Darwin and Andrew Burt as Captain Fitzroy with a supporting cast featuring George Cole and lain Cuthbertson. Narrated by the character of Darwin himself (Darwin's real journals provide the source material), he looks back over his life from his university days onwards.
Chosen for an expedition aboard HMS Beagle, young Darwin rejects a career as a doctor or minister, and during the five year global voyage that is to follow he devotes his life to science. But upon his return his radical theories are attacked by the scientific establishment. Darwin spends the next twenty three years formulating his theory of natural selection, culminating in the controversial publication of his landmark work 'On The Origin Of Species' in 1859. Shot on location in the UK, the Galapagos Islands and South America, this celebrated series won two BAFTAs: Best Factual Series and Best Cinematography.
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Robert Reid
Simply Media
British TV, TV Dramas
Release Date:
Run Time:
400 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. I Was Considered a Very Ordinary Boy
2. My Mind Was a Chaos of Delight
3. How Wide Was the Distance Between Savage and Civilised Man
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
4. Can Any Mountains, Any Continent, Withstand Such Waste?
5. I Felt Myself Brought Within Reach of That Great Fact - That Mystery of Mysteries
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
6. Suppose That All Animals and Plants Are Represented by the Branches of a Tree - The Tree of Life
7. In the Distant Future, Light Will Be Thrown Upon the Origin of Man, and His History

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Absolutely top class 1970's series......throughout this Covid Lockdown debacle we have rationed ourselves to one episode per night....ravishing film making (with actors well known to anyone old enough to remember the 1970's.) We all know about Darwin and the Galapagos islands but this BBC series delves deep into Darwin's diaries and accounts of the 3 years aboard the ship Beagle. Apparently this big budget series nearly crippled the BBC. Highly recommended.

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