A comment on Pharyngula in 2007:
In the Before Time, in the Long Long Ago, there was a BBC miniseries called The Voyage of Charles Darwin (imdb page) which was quite good. Much of it was filmed on location, and they even built a replica of the Beagle for it! Unfortunately, I do not believe it was ever available in VHS, Betamax, Laserdisc, or Selectivision(to say nothing of DVD…). Our University’s copy is in U-matic (a video format from the Proterozoic of homevideo). I would like to think that maybe the BBC will reissue it for the bicentennial, but who knows?
And in 2008:
There are several ways to put out a positive film about evolution and science – and one good way has already been broadcast, but not released, “The Voyage of Charles Darwin” in 1978. See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0216517/usercomments for details. Surely it would be relatively inexpensive to persuade the BBC to release this, or even re-edit it and update it for the upcoming Charles Darwin anniversary? Perhaps the Friends of Charles Darwin could lend a hand?
Then several blogs noted that the series had been uploaded to YouTube in many parts, including myself: DoD, Dawkins, The Red Notebook, The Beagle Project Blog, and New Papyrus. You could even download it from Atheist Movies. But the quality is not great…
With such interest in this film, you would think BBC would, in this year of all things Darwin, release it for all to enjoy (now and future generations). Well, apparently the decision to make a BBC series available on DVD is handled by a company called 2entertain, and they review each quarter public enquiries/requests. So, contact 2entertain at DVDenquiryline@2entertain.co.uk and request they release “The Voyage of Charles Darwin” on DVD in 2009!