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PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a (more…)

Premiered: March 3, 1974

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Season 37, Episode 1 Darwin's Darkest Hour

First Aired: October 6, 2009

Part 1 of 2. A dramatization of the dilemma Darwin (Henry Ian Cusick) faced when, after honing his theory of evolution, he learned in 1858 that naturalist Alfred Wallace was preparing to beat him to the punch. To come forward would upset the Church and his wife Emma (Frances O'Connor), who believed the creation story but felt that to not come forward would relegate his life's work to the ashbin of history.

Guest Cast

Frances O'Connor Emma Darwin
Henry Ian Cusick Charles Darwin