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Darwin's Darkest Hour (Season 36, Episode 10)
TV Episode | 104 min | Documentary, Biography

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...See moreCharles 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 See less
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John Goldsmith (teleplay)
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Updated Oct 6, 2009

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Oct 6, 2009 (United States)

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25 cast members
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Henry Ian Cusick
Charles Darwin Charles Darwin   See fewer
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Frances O'Connor
Emma Darwin Emma Darwin   See fewer
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Nigel Bennett
Sir Charles Lyell Sir Charles Lyell   See fewer
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Richard Donat
Dr. Robert Darwin Dr. Robert Darwin   See fewer
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Vanessa Walton-Bone
Elizabeth Wedgwood Elizabeth Wedgwood   See fewer
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Jeremy Akerman
Parslow Parslow   See fewer
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Daniel Lillford
Dr. Engleheart Dr. Engleheart   See fewer
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John O'Keefe
Postman Postman   See fewer
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Rhys Bevan-John
Alfred Wallace Alfred Wallace   See fewer
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Mike MacPhee
William Fitzroy (as Mike McPhee) William Fitzroy (as Mike McPhee)   See fewer
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Jacob Robertson
Frank Darwin Frank Darwin   See fewer
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Simon Pattison
Horace Darwin Horace Darwin   See fewer
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Owen Pattison
Lenny Darwin Lenny Darwin   See fewer
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Rosin Boyle
Etty Darwin (as Roisin Boyle) Etty Darwin (as Roisin Boyle)   See fewer
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Jeff Schwager
John Gould John Gould   See fewer
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Lee J. Campbell
John Bennett John Bennett   See fewer
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David Hughes
Reverend Innes Reverend Innes   See fewer
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Andrew Gillies
Uncle Jos Wedgwood Uncle Jos Wedgwood   See fewer
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Emily Power
Annie Darwin Annie Darwin   See fewer
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Gordon Gammie
Dr. Robert Grant (as Gordan Gammie) Dr. Robert Grant (as Gordan Gammie)   See fewer
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Gary Levert
Joseph Dalton Hooker Joseph Dalton Hooker   See fewer
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Andre Davey
Society Member (uncredited) Society Member (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joe the Dog
Darwin's Dog (uncredited) Darwin's Dog (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kevin Kumar-Misir
Andes Companion (uncredited) Andes Companion (uncredited)   See fewer
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7 / 10 | 170 votes