Some of the world's most beautiful and valuable artwork were painted on the famous voyages of Cook, Banks and Darwin - work of the great natural history illustrators of their time.

Hundreds of years ago, these extraordinary drawings were the only means of recording man's discoveries in nature, but is there still a place for artists and illustrators in today's high tech world? Brian Leith finds out that today's wildlife illustrators still have a valuable and quite unexpected role in advancing our knowledge of the natural world.

Broadcast Dates

  • 20060807
  • 20070318