BBC4: Monday 18 January, 10.00pm
Paul Bettany as 19th century naturalist Charles Darwin, struggling with issues of faith and ill-health as he completes the book that will change everything. “You have killed God, sir!” exclaims Toby Jones excitedly, eager for Darwin to complete On the Origin of Species.
Darwin’s devout wife Jennifer Connelly is less enthusiastic: “Do you really care so little for your immortal soul?” Christopher Young’s fulsome music is occasionally a bit much, but mostly this emotional costume drama adopts a measured approach to a subject that remains incendiary in the US – according to a 2009 Gallup poll, only 39 per cent of Americans believed in the theory of evolution… 150 years after Darwin’s work was published. In the year of Trump, the number’s probably dipped.