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BBC Two drama “The Best of Men” - the history of the Paralympic Games
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Best of Men is a one off drama about the story of Dr Ludwig Guttmann whose work with wounded soldiers led to the first Paralympics in Rome 1970.
Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, said: - "Lucy Gannon has written a moving human story that reveals the largely unknown history behind the birth of the Paralympic Games."
The Best of Men will screen on BBC 2 on the 16 August 2012. It stars Rob Brydon and Eddie Marsan.
It tells of the story of how Dr Ludwig Guttmann arrived at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1944 and transformed the lives of his patients and staff. He used sports as a therapy to rebuild the strength of his patients. He started a new era of helping paralysed people to live fulfilling lives. Guttmann held the first Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948 in the grounds of the hospital.
Stoke Mandeville Hospital continues to have an international reputation having most recently become the first unit in the UK to achieve international accreditation for excellence in the care of adults and children with spinal cord injury.
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