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Charles Darwin, Nature´s Son

Today we’re beginning a brand new series, all about the great naturalist Charles Darwin. The series was made by China Central Television, to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of Darwin’s birth, and the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the publication of his classic work, ‘On the Origin of Species’. In fact, this was the first original biographical documentary about a foreign figure ever made by CCTV. In all, from preparation to filming and post-production, the series took over a year to complete. Some of that time was spent in England, where our CCTV crew visited a number of places associated with Darwin, including his birthplace in the town of Shrewsbury, as well as Cambridge and Oxford Universities. There, they conducted a series of interviews with experts on Darwin, which put together give a fascinating picture of the glorious but at times troubled life of the great naturalist.

Charles Darwin: Nature´s Son Part 1- A free spirit

Charles Darwin´s education gave him a foundation in the doctrine of Creation prevalent throughout the West at the time, as well as knowledge of medicine and theology. More significantly, it led to his interest in natural history, which culminated in his taking part in the second voyage of the Beagle...

Charles Darwin: Nature´s Son Part 2 - Goodbye to youth

After gaining his bachelor of Theology degree from Cambridge University, he was offered an opportunity to join a voyage to South America. His experiences during the voyage and the studies he conducted shaped the rest of his work and life...

Charles Darwin: Nature´s Son Part 3 -My world

Darwin was just 22 when in December 1831 he embarked down his famous five-year voyage on board HMS Beagle. The ship reached South America at the end of Feburary of 1832. While the Beagle charted the coastal line, Darwin collected bones of fossils on land. He kept detail notes of observations and speculations...

Charles Darwin: Nature´s Son Part 4 -The mystery of species

By the time his epic five year voyage on HMS Beagle came into a land on October 1834, Darwin was already a celebrity. Back in England, Darwin hurried to Cambridge , there he saught advice from some leading scientists on how he should organize the remarkable collection of specimens he had brought with him...

Charles Darwin: Nature´s Son Part 5 -The down house

In 1839, Darwin married his cousin Emma Wedgwood. Following the birth of their second child, the family moved to down house in Kent, in England´s southeast. Darwin would live there for the next 40 years until his death. The house and its surroundings provided him with plenty of aspirations. It was in the down house that he conducted several of his key experiments supporting his great theory of evolution by natural selection...

Charles Darwin: Nature´s Son Part 6 - A remarkable theory

It was more than 20 years after his epic voyage on HMS Beagle, before Darwin had finally published his classic on the origin of species. Yet, Darwin would have like to spend even longer on his research. The fact was he has brought publication forward because of the presentation of another younger scientist named Alfred Russell Wallace of his own resitation on the similar thing...

Charles Darwin: Nature´s Son Part 7 - Debate of the century

These days, Darwin´s theory has been widely taught at schools. But things were totally different 150 years ago. When he first represented his ideas about evolution, they were considered revolutionary. In June, 1860, the newly opened Oxford University Museum of Natural History hosted one of the most famous debates ever held...