The Real Chariots Of Fire


Published on Aug 6, 2012

'The Real Chariots of Fire', from Silver River and post produced at Prime Focus, uncovers the true story behind the Oscar-winning movie Chariots of Fire which traced the story of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, who both won gold medals at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. The hour-long documentary aired on ITV1 on Monday, 2nd July. Actor Nigel Havers, who played Lord Andrew Lindsay in the film, follows in their footsteps as he travels to Cambridge, Edinburgh and Paris to meet their daughters and uncover rare archive material. Celebrity fans including Sir Trevor McDonald, David Baddiel and Olympic medalist Dame Kelly Holmes explain what the film means to them, and there are contributions from actors Ben Cross, who played Harold Abrahams. Producer David Puttnam and Director Hugh Hudson also reveal the lasting legacy of the story that won four Oscars at the 1982 Academy Awards. Production Company: Silver River Broadcaster: ITV1 Presenter: Nigel Havers Executive Producer: Dan Goldsack Director: Adrian Sibley Production Manager: Melissa Hameed Archive Producer: Jane Bigger Note: If you're interested to learn more about Eric Liddell's life after the Olympics, watch The Story of Eric Liddle at

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