BBC Two has ordered Best of Men, a 90 minute one-off drama written by Lucy Gannon. The drama is being produced for the BBC by Whitby Davison Productions, with Harriet Davison and Matthew Read serving as executive producers. Tim Whitby is set to direct.
Best of Men is set in the 1940’s and tells the story of Guttmann, a talented neurologist, who arrived at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and against the odds transformed its Spinal Injuries Unit into a place of miracles, hope and determination.
The one off drama stars Eddie Marsan and Rob Brydon in leading roles. Marsan plays Dr Guttmann; an inspirational doctor who transforms the lives of his patients and staff. While Rob Brydon plays Sergeant Wynn Bowen; a Welsh soldier with a large personality, whose life is forever changed after he’s paralysed and admitted to Stoke Mandeville under the care of Dr Guttmann. Joining Rob Brydon and Eddie Marsan is a large supporting cast which includes: George MacKay as William Gardiner, Niamh Cusack as Nurse Edwards, Nigel Lindsay as Mr Gardiner, Ben Owen-Jones as Neil, David Proud as Jeremy and Richard McCabe as Dr Cowan.