TV Movie | 2012 | BBC [uk] | Drama | Great Britain

Project data

Length of movie90
Picture formatCinemascope (1 : 2,39)

    Brief synopsis

    Towards the end of the second world war Dr Ludwig Guttmann, a brisk refugee from Nazi Germany, arrives at Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire and is appalled to find the partially paralysed spinal patients heavily sedated and left to rot with bed sores. He immediately begins a new regime,disposing of old equipment and sedatives, bringing him into conflict with stern Sister Edwards and pompous consultant Cowan, as well as the patients. However the sister backs him when she realises he is treating her charges as people, not patients, talking to them and involving them in musical entertainments and sporting activity. Soon Whitehall are sending him all their spinal patients and, with visits to the pub and wheelchair sports taught by an army sergeant, he becomes the men's hero. With the war over Ludwig organizes national wheelchair sports competitions which will in turn lead to the establishment of the Paralympic games. An end title informs that in 1966, now a British citizen, Dr Guttmann was deservedly knighted for his part in bringing hope to the hopeless.



    ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
    Eddie MarsanDr. Ludwig Guttmann [L]
    Rob BrydonCorporal Wynne Bowen [L]
    Leigh QuinnNurse Carr [L] Emily Behr
    George MacKayPrivate William Heath [SR]


    Camera Departmentdirector of photographyMatt Gray
    Castingcasting directorToby Whale
    Costume Departmentcostume designerEmma Fryer
    Director's DepartmentdirectorTim Whitby
    EditingeditorDavid Thrasher
    MusiccomposerMark Russell
    Production Designproduction designerSarah Hauldren
    ScreenplayscreenwriterLucy Gannon

    Distributing companies

    BBC British Broadcast Corporation [uk]