The Voyage of Charles Darwin

The Voyage of Charles Darwin is a seven-part BBC television series tracing the life of the naturalist Charles Darwin, from his university days to the 1859 publication of his On the Origin of Species. The series is directed by Martyn Friend and stars Malcolm Stoddard as Charles Darwin, Andrew Burt as Captain FitzRoy, and David Ashton as Lieutenant Wickham. Young Darwin rejects a career as a doctor or minister when he is chosen for an expedition aboard HMS Beagle. Then Darwin takes a five-year exploratory voyage on the HMS Beagle as ships scientist. After the five-year voyage, he spends the next 23 years in working on and developing his landmark - On the Origin of Species. The series depicts the life of Charles Darwin in the 1800s, as well as how Darwin came about formulating his theory of evolution and natural selection.

Episode 1 - I was considered a very ordinary boy.
Young Darwin rejects a career as a doctor or minister when he is chosen for an expedition aboard HMS Beagle.

Episode 2 - My mind was a chaos of delight.
Darwin arrives in Salvador, Brazil, aboard the Beagle, and it is there that the naturalist decides to devote his life to science.

Episode 3 - How wide was the distance between savage and civilised man.
The Beagle heads into the waters around Tierra del Fuego with three captured Indians aboard.

Episode 4 - Can any mountains, any continent, withstand such waste?
Darwin discovers fossilized seashells in the Andes Mountains, and is convinced that the range was thrown up from the sea in recent geological times.

Episode 5 - I felt myself brought within reach of that great fact, that mystery of mysteries.
Capt. FitzRoy loses command of the Beagle; and Darwin witnesses the 1835 earthquake in Chile, and, in September, finally reaches the Galapagos Islands.

Episode 6 - Suppose that all animals and all plants are represented by the branches of a tree - the tree of life.
After a five-year voyage, Darwin returns to London aboard the Beagle.

Episode 7 - In the distant future, light will be thrown on the origin of man, and his history.
Darwin's evolutionary theories are attacked at a meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Oxford.

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