(also being broadcast on the BBC HD Channel)
Documentary which tells the story of evolution theory since Darwin postulated it in 1859 in 'On the Origin of Species'.
Evolutionary biologist Professor Armand Marie Leroi charts the scientific endeavour that brought about the triumphant renaissance of Darwin's theory. He argues that, with the new science of evolutionary developmental biology (evo devo), it may be possible to take that theory to a new level - to do more than explain what has evolved in the past, and start to predict what might evolve in the future.
Directed & Produced by: Tim Lambert
Executive Producer: Anne Laking
Guardian: "...a suitably celebratory examination of the evolution of evolutionary theory...it's a study made all the more crackly by Leroi's fossil-dry asides. Among the case studies are an Edwardian brainiac who crossbred 53,000 evening primroses. "Well," drawls Leroi, eyebrows hovering like bitchy zeppelins, "he was Dutch..."
Radio Times: "a top-class film."Time Out: "fascinating and occasionally demanding, this doc is exactly the kind of thing BBC4 does best."