Podcast Heritage Special: the making of Chariots of Fire

The latest England Athletics podcast is the first of a special heritage-focused series all about the making of the film Chariots of Fire. Renowned former national coach Tom McNab, who previously conducted a series of interviews for our Coaching Voices series - is back in time to mark the centenary of the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.

As the 2024 Olympics return to the French capital this summer, it is poignant to look back at the 1981 hit film depicting the Games of 100 years ago, famously featuring the likes of gold medallists Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, and coach Sam Mussabini.

In this archive audio, McNab - the film's technical director - explains how actors were selected and trained to be athletes, what was historically true and where artistic licence was used, and how the film creatively got around unique problems that arose.

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Top image is a photo of a page in the British Olympic Association Official Report of the VIII Games 1924

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