Faster Higher Stronger (Stories of the Olympic Games)

BBC Productions Bristol   |   UK

History of the Olympics seen through the development of speed, strength, skill and beauty in four iconic events. The 100m,1500m, Gymnastics and Swimming. Interviews with Jim Hines who broke the 10 second barrier in winning the 100m at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, Nadia Comaneci explains how she scored the first ever perfect ten on the uneven bars at the Montreal Olympics of 1976 and Mark Spitz tells the story of his record haul of medals in the pool in Munich, and Lord Coe explains how he won 1500m not once, but twice. To illustrate these stories our award winning archivist Tim Jordan has found a veritable treasure trove of archive material " stills and footage " providing images from the 1896 Games to Beijing in 2008. For Faster Higher Stronger, BBC Productions Bristol, secured unique access to the film archive of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The series uses archive from the 1896 Games through to Beijing in 2008. Much of the archive used in this series has never been screened on television before. In addition to this collaboration with the IOC, our researcher sourced films from archives from around the World, much of which has never been seen in the UK.