What Darwin Didn't Know

Tonight at 9pm on BBC 4
(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."


  1. I thought this was an excellent programme continuing the standards of BBC 4. Perhaps from someone I might learn what the music used in the programme was. I recogise some of it as that used on the BBC 'Coast' and I still need to know what is and the composer of, that hauting, very repetetive music used.

  2. Anonymous8:23 PM

    Well, I have just watched this programme and I am pretty sure some of the music was by Henry Purcell since it was the same that Walter Carlos disturbingly adapted for the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick's film "A Clockwork Orange" almost 40 years ago.

    Pedro Pepe

    pmpepe @ yahoo.com

  3. Anonymous4:53 PM

    Sounded a lot like Philip Glass...

  4. Anonymous8:04 AM

    It did sound a lot like Philip Glass.

    Did you ever find out what it was? The same (afaik) music is being used on the Eden adverts that I've seen over Christmas.