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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.

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.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Fri 7 Mar 2014 23:05

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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

Credits

Role Contributor
Director Tim Whitby
Producer Harriet Davison
Dr Ludwig Guttmann Eddie Marsan
Private William Heath George MacKay
Cpl Wynne Bowen Rob Brydon
Sister Edwards Niamh Cusack
Dr Cowan Richard McCabe
General Blake Nicholas Jones
Sgt "Q" Hills Tristan Sturrock
Mr Heath Nigel Lindsay
Mrs Heath Rachael Spence
Nurse Carr Leigh Quinn
Else Guttmann Tracy-Ann Oberman
Neil Ben Owen Jones
Jeremy David Proud
Shirley Bowen Mali Harries
Dr Greene, Houseman Stephen McGonigle
Paul Edmund Digby Jones

Broadcasts

BBC TV blog: Acting in a Paralympic drama

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