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Darwin’s Brave New World is the story of how four young voyagers to the Southern Hemisphere changed our world, forever. The epic adventures of Charles Darwin, Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley and Alfred Russel Wallace revolutionized science, turned society on its head and gave birth to an extraordinary theory about the evolution of life on earth. In this brilliant three-part dramatised series, we take a fresh look at Charles Darwin’s oft-overlooked experiences in New Zealand, Australia and the Cocos & Keeling Islands and discover that these extraordinary places were crucial in formulating his radical theory of evolution. Australasia was also critical in forging the lives and careers of Darwin’s greatest allies: Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley and Alfred Russel Wallace. These three men would support and defend Charles Darwin through years of illness, isolation, agonizing self-doubt and religious crisis. Without their courage and tenacity, Darwin may never have published On the Origin of Species – his great work about evolution and a book that changed the way we understand our world and our place in it.

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Lisa Matthews  Jason Bourque
Katherine Thomson
Andrew Ferns  Sally Regan
Executive Producers
Mark Hamlyn  Sue Clothier  Pat Ferns
Dir. of Photography
Pieter Stathis  Kim Miles


Socratis Otto - Katie Fitchett - Joe Manning - Dan Spielman - Rick Jon Egan - Paul Gleeson - Anthony Simcoe - Paul Bertram - John Gregg - Matthew Waters - Simon Bossell - Simon Corfield - Wendy Hughes (narrator)

Production Details

Production Completion
History and national identity, Natural history and environment
Australia/Canada Co-Production
Production Company
Ferns Productions  Film Australia Limited  Becker Group Ltd