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The Mark Steel Lectures Charles Darwin BBC

Posted on March 28, 2011
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Please subscribe to Youtube channel WhyEvolutionIsTrue for more documentaries on evolution. Delving further, and more imaginatively, into the evolution of Charles Darwin than ever before, the Mark Steel Lecture takes this modern hero off the ten pound note and into the present day. We follow him onto the Beagle and into the bedroom, and worry for his sanity as he fashions a turtle out of mashed potato. A tortured figure whose distress eventually forced him to take to his bed and watch Animal Hospital and Countdown all day (probably), this is the show that tells you things about Darwin you never knew – including his opinion on the taste of Galapagos tortoise urine. Featuring Martin Hyder as Charles Darwin and – in one of his final TV appearances – the late Bob Monkhouse as himself.
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25 Responses to “The Mark Steel Lectures Charles Darwin BBC”

  1. sanphaka04 on March 28th, 2011 9:59 am


  2. moonlightbateman on March 28th, 2011 10:52 am

    Read Vox Days’ “The Irrational Atheist” and Wired Magazines observation that atheists tend to be quarrelsome, socially challenged people with unpleasant personalities such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Madalyn Murray O’Hair. One could reasonably hypothesize that there is likely to be a strong correlation between Aspergers and atheism. Aspergers Syndrome (AS) is a neurobiological disorder on the autism spectrum (some even claim it is merely Autism)

  3. 12318dan on March 28th, 2011 10:52 am

    This is a great documentary about Darwin. Very funny in some parts. Thank you.

  4. Kargoneth on March 28th, 2011 11:11 am

    I like this Darwin in modern times. Amusing. Cool story as well.

  5. HiLRoYpwns on March 28th, 2011 11:56 am

    I laughed. Why not bring out some information and have a good old chuckle alongside with it?

  6. OldSchoolSkill on March 28th, 2011 11:56 am

    Oh yeah… I should have thought of that! Good point. ;-)

  7. Introspective91 on March 28th, 2011 12:24 pm

    @OldSchoolSkill Because, Americans deny the theory of Evolution and accept the theory of god and christianity…

  8. OldSchoolSkill on March 28th, 2011 1:05 pm

    Bloody Brilliant this!
    Now, why don’t we see this kind of programming in the USA?

  9. Shavarnarak on March 28th, 2011 1:36 pm

    I loved this one, it was a good laugh.

  10. AnonEyeMouse on March 28th, 2011 2:06 pm

    I recommend Dihydrogen Monoxide. Diluted in a tall glass of water, naturally.

  11. DeeDemonwitch on March 28th, 2011 2:33 pm

    @3DWHIZZ ;)

  12. WhyEvolutionIsTrue on March 28th, 2011 2:57 pm

    Please subscribe for more documentaries and talks about evolution.

  13. 3DWHIZZ on March 28th, 2011 3:56 pm

    @DeeDemonwitch ..Ya, you can tell he’s holding back the laughter!

  14. 3DWHIZZ on March 28th, 2011 4:33 pm

    LOL…the only thing missing from that video was Micky Mouse, himself…..too funny!

  15. pandorachild on March 28th, 2011 4:46 pm

    I just got the god delusion and i shit you naught, the religious trolls havnt sent me a comment in 4 days!

  16. jonbob0008 on March 28th, 2011 5:19 pm

    @TheSpankymonkey It is. :( Not that Justin Beiber is much better…

  17. TheSpankymonkey on March 28th, 2011 5:38 pm

    @Totaltwist – Annoying, it used to make me so angry every morning. One because i couldn’t sing but mostly because even if you just paid lip service to it and moved your lips, you would get into trouble for not singing. Grrrr.

  18. TheSpankymonkey on March 28th, 2011 6:05 pm

    @jonbob0008 – Yeah but it must be intolerable to have to live in a country with hannah montanah and justina baby face…. agagaggagaa……

  19. Astrobrant2 on March 28th, 2011 6:22 pm

    @uskafighter I didn’t notice that before. Just one more chuckle.

  20. Astrobrant2 on March 28th, 2011 6:39 pm

    @xIntoThePitx You know where that came from, don’t you?

  21. alachabre on March 28th, 2011 7:13 pm

    The beginning reminds me of the Eddie Izzard bits on the Anglican religion. “Cake, or DEATH!”

  22. Gorteenminogue on March 28th, 2011 7:14 pm


  23. zh1412 on March 28th, 2011 7:33 pm

    Haha:) This is good stuff!!

  24. uskafighter on March 28th, 2011 8:14 pm

    I love how the Giraffe at 11:34 is just watching him like, “WTFuck is he doing?” as he jumps for the bag of chips.

  25. DeeDemonwitch on March 28th, 2011 8:23 pm

    I just love the way Mark Steele explains things :)

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