“Darwin’s Darkest Hour” on PBS
Introduction (Via PBS)
In crafting a film about Charles Darwin’s great dilemma—whether or not to go public with his incendiary theory of evolution—scriptwriter John Goldsmith faced some quandaries of his own: How do you offer a fresh portrayal of one of the world’s most iconic figures? Can you convey the essence of Darwin’s scientific ideas in the context of a compelling drama? What’s more, how do you avoid the “gotchas” of countless Darwin experts apt to catch any tiny inaccuracy? In this interview, Goldsmith, who years ago traced part of Darwin’s Beagle voyage to better understand the man, explains his fascination with both Darwin and his wife Emma, and the extraordinary research he did to get the details right.