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Wallace in the Spice Islands

Episode 2 of 2

Comedian Bill Bailey ventures to Indonesia's Spice Islands to better understand how Victorian naturalist Alfred Wallace cracked evolution.

Comedian Bill Bailey ventures to Indonesia's remote Spice Islands, in the footsteps of his hero - Victorian naturalist Alfred Wallace. Wallace was a bug collector who survived pirate attacks, boating disasters and malarial fevers to change the way we see life on earth. Independently of Charles Darwin, he came up with the theory of evolution by natural selection. But he has since been forgotten.

In the second of this two-part series, Bill encounters boggle-eyed tarsiers, monkeys with mohicans and spectacular birds of paradise on his mission to understand how Wallace cracked evolution. Ultimately Bill achieves his goal of getting Wallace the recognition he rightly deserves.

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Fri 12 May 2017 16:15

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Role Contributor
Presenter Bill Bailey
Producer Sam Hodgson
Series Producer Tuppence Stone
Executive Producer Tim Martin


  • Sun 28 Apr 2013 20:00
  • Fri 7 Jun 2013 19:00
  • Sat 8 Jun 2013 16:10
  • Sat 8 Jun 2013 17:10
  • Fri 12 May 2017 16:15

Alfred Wallace: the Real Story

Dr George Beccaloni reveals the truth about Alfred Wallace and natural selection.