I am delighted to report that thanks to a kind colleague, I received a few days ago a copy of THE FORGOTTEN VOYAGE, the docudrama I really wanted to watch about Wallace's discovery of natural selection (see my post from the 21st August below). This 50 minute film was directed by Peter Crawford and broadcast by the BBC as part of its The World About Us series in 1983.
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Today, the 20th August 2008, is the 150th anniversary of the publication of the theory of evolution by natural selection by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace in the Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London. To read their epoch-making paper click HERE and to read an account of how they came to publish the theory together click HERE.
I can reveal the exciting news that two production companies in the UK are seriously considering making TV documentaries about Wallace which would be broadcast next year as a 'response' to the many programmes about Darwin which the BBC and others are currently making to coincide with the Darwin anniversary celebrations of 2009.
Professor Ildeu C. Moreira (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) has informed me of the following forthcoming Brazilian events and publications which will feature Wallace:-
1) There will be a "Homage to Alfred Russel Wallace" session during a Workshop for the Popularisation of Science & Technology in Amazon (II Workshop de Difusão e Popularização de Ciência e Tecnologia na Amazônia), Belém, August 25-29, 2008. See http://www.cultura.ufpa.br/labdemon/2wdpcta_homenagem.htm
To hear a short interview about Wallace by famous British comedian Bill Bailey, which was recorded at the 150th anniversary of the discovery of natural selection event at the Linnean Society on July 1st 2008, click the following link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/audio/2008/jul/07/science.weekly.podcast