Thrown together just five weeks before the final of the 1948 London Olympics, Bert Bushnell and Dickie Burnell row together in the the double sculls.

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John Bushnell
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In 1948 a London beset by rationing and austerity measures has six weeks to go before the first Olympic Games after the war. With athletes having to supply their own kit the Labour government is desperately hoping the games will attract foreign tourists and their money. Working class Bert Bushnell is anxious for selection in the single sculls event and is upset when former Olympian medallist and innovative organizer Jack Beresford pairs him with journalist Dickie Burnell, whose privileged background he despises. Their initial poor performance sees them at odds but, after Bert has convinced Dickie that their boat needs alterations, their prowess and mutual respect increases. On the eve of the games a nervous Dickie is given confidence by Bert's father and applies a little of his own cunning to ensure a path to the finals. Ultimately Bert also seeks Dickie's father's reassurance, both elders having a secret of their own, and the pair go on to beat the favoured Danish duo and win Olympic... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Rowing the lake
23 September 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

To celebrate the 2012 London Olympics the BBC went back to the 1948 London Olympics for this docudrama based on true life events.

The London Olympics after World War 2 was hastily arranged at short notice by the British government even though there was post war austerity.

Matt Smith plays the working class Bert Bushnell who is hoping to compete at the single sculls but is teamed up with journalist Dickie Burnell portrayed by Sam Hoare from a privileged background and wants to please his distant but establishment father who it turns out was an Olympic medallist himself.

The pair start of coldly as they look to be mismatched before they bond and compete effectively.

The film is a slight tale, the performance are mainly perfunctory, Geoffrey Palmer stands out as Dickie's father with his sporting cap but the drama is rather plodding and dull when it needed to have more verve.


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