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The Genius of Charles Darwin

Series Description

“Master class on Darwinian theories” —The Times (U.K.)

“Dynamic look at the life, work, and legacy of Charles Darwin” —The Sunday Times (U.K.)


Published 150 years ago, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species changed everything—science, religion, and even humanity’s image of itself. Join Professor Richard Dawkins as he explains exactly how Darwin developed his revolutionary theory of evolution and why it’s still relevant today.

How do species evolve? What does “natural selection” mean in biology, politics, sociology, and philosophy? With passionate certainty, Dawkins provides answers, positing evolution as a matter of fact, not faith. In addition to interviewing scientific experts such as geneticist Craig Venter and paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey, Dawkins speaks with Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and other religious leaders about the existence of a Creator. Provocative, informative, and irresistibly watchable, this award-winning documentary offers lively new insights on an idea that still meets stubborn resistance.

Winner, Best Documentary Series (British Broadcast Awards, 2009)



  • Bonus disc containing six hours of interviews
  • “Three Tales from Galapagos Islands,” a 30 min. bonus special
  • “The Evolution of an Idea”: contributors to Darwin’s theory


About the Host

Evolutionary biologist and fellow of the Royal Society, Richard Dawkins has served as professor of public understanding of science at Oxford University. He has written dozens of scholarly and popular works, including the controversial bestseller The God Delusion.