Charles Darwin & The Tree of Life

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Charles Darwin & The Tree of Life

Series 1



Fossils have thrilled and intrigued David Attenborough since he was a young boy, when he’d spend all his spare time searching for rocks containing a trilobite or ammonite. So in 1989 he shared his enthusiasm in Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives, a film in which he found fossils of ancient sea creatures, sabre-toothed predators and dinosaurs.

The last of his personal favourites (Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life, 2009) focuses on his scientific hero, whose great insight revolutionised the way we see the world. As always, Attenborough’s passion for his subject is infectious and his skill at explaining fluently without lecturing is peerless.


In a documentary originally broadcast in 2009, to mark the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth, David Attenborough shares his views on the naturalist's theory of evolution, revealing why he believes it is now more important than ever before. He considers how Darwin reached his conclusions and the way major scientific discoveries have helped underpin and strengthen them since the publication of On the Origin of Species more than 150 years ago.

Cast & Crew

Presenter David Attenborough
Executive Producer Michael Gunton
Producer Sacha Mirzoeff
Writer David Attenborough
Documentary Nature