3-part drama-documentary Darwin's Brave New World with David Suzuki premieres
Sunday on CBC's The Nature of Things

VICTORIA, BC, Oct. 26 /CNW/ - Darwin's Brave New World, a controversial three-part drama-documentary series, recounts the extraordinary and often harrowing story of Charles Darwin's thirty-year struggle to piece together the mystifying puzzle he saw in nature. It all started with a voyage around the world aboard HMS Beagle. It was under Southern skies that Darwin's eyes were opened.

His masterpiece On The Origin of Species expounded a theory about the evolution of life on earth, but it would never have been published were it not for the help of three young scientists - Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley and Alfred Russel Wallace, each of whom had transformative voyages to the Southern hemisphere. The series explodes many of the myths surrounding Darwin. Received wisdom has it that Darwin experienced his `eureka' moment on the Galapagos Islands, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Based on Darwin's Armada by Iain McCalman, the series stars Australia's Socratis Otto as Charles Darwin and Canada's Rick Jon Egan as Thomas Huxley. Following a big-screen world premiere at The Ridge Cinema in Vancouver on Wednesday, Darwin's Brave New World, narrated by David Suzuki, host of The Nature of Things, launches on CBC television at 9.00pm on Sunday November 1st 2009. Episode One, Origins, is followed on November 8th by Evolutions, with the final episode Publish and Be Damned on November 15th. The 150th anniversary of the publication is November 22nd.

"The road to making Darwin's Brave New World was full of twists and turns", says Producer Andrew Ferns, "from hunting obscure locations to shooting high-profile interview subjects around the globe. The result is lush, poignant, and looks fantastic in HD, which is the best reward after a challenging and hard-fought campaign."

Certainly this quality was something the producers demanded as Executive Producer Pat Ferns comments, "The integration of drama and documentary elements is seamless and innovative. What excites me about Darwin's Brave New World is its freshness and originality, both in content and style."

Darwin's Brave New World is a Ferns Productions, Screenworld, Screen Australia co-production in association with ABC, CBC and ZDF-Arte with the support of BC Film, the Canadian Television Fund and Screen New South Wales.

A state-of-the art website will launch on November 1st.

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For further information: For further information: Andrew Ferns, (250) 744-6517, www.fernsproductions.com

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