Charles Darwin, the father of evolution and recently voted the man of the last millennium, was chronically ill for most of his adult life. Was his fatal illness, as convention tells us, brought on by his own neuroses? Was this great man of science really a neurotic basketcase fit for the Victorian madhouse? Or was he instead the unwitting victim of an appalling disease caused by an insidious tropical parasite, which he acquired during the voyage of the Beagle? Dr Rob McCall believes Darwin was struck down by a South American 'assassin bug' - carrying a disease that today infects millions of people. He sets out to solve the riddle, but it will take police forensics and the latest medical knowledge to get even close to an answer.
Documentary telling the little-known story of how Darwin came to write his great masterpiece On the Origin of Species, a book which explains the wonderful variety of the natural world as emerging out of death and the struggle of life. In the twenty years he took to develop a brilliant idea into a revolutionary book, Darwin went through a personal struggle every bit as turbulent as that of the natural world he observed. Fortunately, he left us an extraordinary record of his brilliant insights, observations of nature, and touching expressions of love and affection for those around him. He also wrote frank accounts of family tragedies, physical illnesses and moments of self-doubt, as he laboured towards publication of the book that would change the way we see the world. The story is told with the benefit of Darwin's secret notes and correspondence, enhanced by natural history filming, powerful imagery from the time and contributions from leading contemporary biographers and scientists.
A young Welshman, Alfred Russel Wallace from Usk in Monmouthshire, was responsible for the theory of evolution and not Charles Darwin according to a controversial documentary. The programme shows how Darwin lied and concealed the fact that it was letters from Wallace, a beetle collector, which formulated the ideas behind the theory. Darwin, y Cymro a'r Cynllwyn is a detective story, which unravels one of the greatest injustices in the history of science. It's a programme which revolutionises our understanding of how Charles Darwin arrived at the ideas that underpinned his theory of evolution as presented in 'The Origin of Species'.