Programme 1 - 9.00am Monday 5 January 2009
Melvyn tells the story of Darwin's early life in Shropshire and discusses the significance of the three years he spent at Cambridge, where his interests shifted from religion to natural science.
Featuring contributions from Darwin biographer Jim Moore, geneticist at University College London Steve Jones, fellow of Christ's College Cambridge David Norman and assistant librarian at Christ's College Cambridge Colin Higgins.
Programme 2 - 9.00am Tuesday 6 January 2009
Darwin's expedition aboard the Beagle in December 1831 and how his work during the voyage influenced and provided evidence for his theories.
Featuring contributions from Darwin biographer Jim Moore, Steve Jones, geneticist at University College London, David Norman, Fellow of Christ's College Cambridge and Jenny Clack, curator of the University.
Programme 3 - 9.00am Wednesday 7 January 2009
How Darwin was eventually persuaded to publish On the Origin of Species in November 1859 and the book's impact on fellow scientists and the general public.
Featuring contributions from Darwin biographer Jim Moore, Steve Jones, geneticist at University College London, Jim Secord of the Darwin Correspondence Project and Johannes Vogel, Sandy Knapp and Judith Magee, all of the National History Museum.
Programme 4 - 9.00am Thursday 8 January 2009
Melvyn visits Darwin's home at Down House in Kent. Despite ill health and the demands of his family, Darwin continued researching and publishing until his death in April 1882.
Featuring contributions from Darwin biographer Jim Moore, geneticist at University College London Steve Jones, Darwin expert Alison Pearn of the Darwin Correspondence Project and former garden curator at Down House Nick Biddle.
Reading list for Darwin: In Our Time
Books by Charles Darwin
On the Origin of Species
The Voyage of the Beagle
The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms
Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex by Charles Darwin (1871)
Darwin's Sacred Cause by Adrian Desmond and James Moore
Darwin: the Lifeof A Tormented Evolutionaist by Adrian Desmond and James Moore
Darwin's Island by Steve Jones
Charles Darwin by Janet Browne
Almost like a Whale: The Origin of Species updated by Steve Jones
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
The Ancestors Tale by Richard Dawkins
Wonderful Life by Stephen J. Gould.
Darwin by Adrian Desmond and James Moore (1991)