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The Best of Men

Entertaining drama about the birth of the Paralympics in 1948. The remarkable Dr Guttmann comes to Stoke Mandeville Hospital and begins to tranform the lives of his patients. They are paralysed soldiers, written off and facing death from neglect. Their big breakthrough comes when Guttmann introduces sport into their rehabilitation.

Release date:

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Fri 7 Mar 2014 23:05

Screenwriter Lucy Gannon on the Writersroom blog

Screenwriter Lucy Gannon on the Writersroom blog
"Guttmann himself won me over. The character is so rich that any writer would walk over coals to write about him."

Read Lucy Gannon's post on writing the script for Best of Men on The Writersroom blog

Learn more about Ludwig Guttman

Learn more about Ludwig Guttman
Discover more about the founder of the paralympic games, Dr Ludwig Guttman.

Go to the Ludwig Guttman page


Role Contributor
DirectorTim Whitby
ProducerHarriet Davison
Dr Ludwig GuttmannEddie Marsan
Private William HeathGeorge MacKay
Cpl Wynne BowenRob Brydon
Sister EdwardsNiamh Cusack
Dr CowanRichard McCabe
General BlakeNicholas Jones
Sgt "Q" HillsTristan Sturrock
Mr HeathNigel Lindsay
Mrs HeathRachael Spence
Nurse CarrLeigh Quinn
Else GuttmannTracy-Ann Oberman
NeilBen Owen Jones
JeremyDavid Proud
Shirley BowenMali Harries
Dr Greene, HousemanStephen McGonigle
PaulEdmund Digby Jones

BBC TV blog: Acting in a Paralympic drama

The Best Of Men: Acting in a Paralympic drama

“Of all the things I have worked on I am most proud of this."