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Darwin's Dangerous Idea [DVD] [2009]

Andrew Marr , Francis Whately , Kate Bartlett    Exempt   DVD
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  • Actors: Andrew Marr
  • Directors: Francis Whately, Kate Bartlett, Paul Olding
  • Writers: Andrew Marr
  • Producers: Francis Whately, Kate Bartlett, Paul Olding
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2012
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NEQS4M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,480 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Charles Darwin's theory of evolution sent shockwaves through the nineteenth century world, but its impact has continued to be potent and widespread - in society, religion, politics and science. Andrew Marr's fascinating documentary series tells the story of Darwin's amazing legacy…This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.This product is expected to play back in DVD Video "play only" devices, and may not play in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darwin's Dangerous Idea 24 April 2010
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When speaking from a 20/21'st Century viewpoint it is easy to ridicule the Bible based world of our Victorian forefathers; but we should remember that Biblical morality had underpinned their well ordered and highly successful World Order for centuries, and was far deeper rooted and more firmly believed by the bulk of Victoria's people than are the egalitarian liberal/socialist ideals of today's world. Thus it was fear of the longer term consequences which 'Natural Selection' would unleash rather than superstitous bigotry; which caused large numbers of those decent God fearing folk to loath both Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. These were radical ideas which ironically, our modernday Establishment now regards as incontestable orthodox truth.

Made in three parts which I have listed below, this highly informative 172 minute series is written/presented by Andrew Marr and co-produced by the Open University. It illustrates when, where, why and how Charles Darwin developed his theory as he did; the world changing effects that theory had, from it's publication down to our own day; and also how different political ideologies have interpreted Darwin's words very differently.

Episode 1: Body and Soul.
Largely an introductory prelude, this episode covers Charles Darwin's life and times, his famous voyage, the theory itself and much more.

Episode 2: Born Equal?
Andrew Marr is a TV 'insider' whose egalitarian liberal/socialist credentials are impeccable; but in this episode he challenges modernday orthodoxy just as Charles Darwin himself did two centuries earlier.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
This is a very well done and thought provoking series which adds to and complements David Attenborough's one off Tree of Life programme. That was concerned solely with Natural History and how Darwin's theory tied all living things together. This series explores the effects that idea has had on society and its exploitation for political ends vastly different and indeed contrary to what Darwin intended. There was no scientific basis or justification for these abuses, but Darwin was used to underpin prejudices and ill-advised policies. The refutation of these abuses and the use of his ideas to support entirely different principles was also well explained.
It also shows how his ideas are important as we seek to prevent biodiversity loss and mitigate climate change.
The series certainly shows that his theory is as relavant to current events as to the past and all in all is an excellent account of an aspect that could have been missed on this anniversary.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TV documentary at its best! 17 Nov 2009
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Fascinating, highly informative, and extremely thought provoking! Well written and powerfully presented by Andrew Marr, this is an exceptional mini-series. Thorough research and beautiful filming add to its magic and great archive material and tight editing complete the package.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The use and abuse of Darwinism. 1 Oct 2010
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This is an easy 5 star for anyone interested in evolution, social history or the environment, Andrew Marr does an excellent job. There are 3 episodes.

1. This is the introduction; it covers parts of Darwin's voyage on the Beagle. It gives the reaction to his book by the public and especially religious people. It covers the Scopes trial in America. It also has an equation to show how altruism can be compatible with evolution.

2. This covers how "survival of the fittest" led to eugenics in the UK (first formulated by Sir Francis Galton in 1883, drawing on the recent work of his half-cousin Charles Darwin), USA and Germany, eventually leading to the holocaust; this lead to the universal declaration of human rights in 1948. It goes on to show how DNA testing can be use to prevent genetic defects proliferating (Tay-Sachs disease).

3. There have been five mass extinctions, we are now in the sixth and it is caused by man. The science of ecology was based on Darwin's theory, and Wallace was the first to realise it. He describes the peppered moth and natural section. It shows how the use of DDT and Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring" lead to the rise of the modern environmental movement. He goes on to talk about how we are destroying the planet, global warming causing coral bleaching; the destruction of the rainforest and extinction. Darwin's last book was about worms and massively outsold Origin of Species. He ends with a call to preserve our environment.

There is much more detail in the DVD itself.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get the book as well- not the book of the film 23 Feb 2010
There is no copywrite in titles which is why Andrew Marr and the BBC can reuse the title of Daniel Dennett's truly brilliant and thought provoking book of the same name. DVD can never approach print for information density and presentation of long complex arguments. So enjoy the DVD, it is a good short summary, then get the book for a real intellectual feast.
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