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The Devolution of the Species

3 EpisodesProduced by Abe, Cam & GeorgeWebsite

The uninquisitive Syms Covington, Darwin's servant, recalls the HMS Beagle's historical second voyage concentrating on all the wrong details.


Episode 3 - Festive Water Buckets

After arriving at Bahia in Brazil, Captain FitzRoy reacquaints himself with an old college friend, who enrages Darwin by introducing them to a local slave owner. During their stay the crew unwittingly discover the dangers of the local carnival, get lost in a jungle, and conduct a very flawed survey.

The Devolution of the Species was created by Cameron Gray, Abraham de Cugnac and George Corrigan.

Written and directed by Abraham de Cugnac:

Written and produced by Cameron Gray:

With Original music by Matthew McCracken

Syms Covington was played by Christopher Adams:

Captain Robert FitzRoy by Ross Kernahan:

Charles Darwin By Rupert Sadler:

Doctor Robert McCormick by Freddie O'Donohoe

Lieutenant Wickham by Richard Brabin:

Captain Charles Paget by Joseph Blunt:

Alexander Derbishire by Johny Gill:

Arthur Mellersh by Richard Elliot:

Lucy Griffiths by Maggie Barnard:

Oyuwa by Ashraf Khalifa:

Fruit Merchant by Eduardo Lins

Local Girl by Cristina Noguera:

This episode was recorded by Dax Liniere at Puzzle Factory Sound Studio:

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