Via sea urchins, caterpillars and some truly fascinating locusts, he illustrates the method but more importantly, the meaning, of change in the animal world. Almost without fail, it’s a repurposing, a function of new evolutionary priorities. So are there human equivalents? Clearly, there are. When animals need to fly, they grow wings. When humans do, they invent aeroplanes. Our metamorphoses are internal, intellectual and existential and they have far reaching implications for our collective future.
Wonderfully thought-provoking TV and exactly the kind of personal yet universal musing that BBC4 does best. Phil Harrison