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7/01/2011 11:24:00 am - Reported by Marcus


Matt Smith is to star in a new BBC Drama playing Bert Bushnell, one half of the team which took the double scull Olympic Gold Medal for the UK in the 1948 London Olympics.

The film shows how Bushnell, and his partner Dickie Burnell, overcame class differences to win the event for Britain. Filming will take place in August with Smith returning to the role of The Doctor, to film this year's Christmas Special, in the Autumn.

Bert And Dickie, 1x90 single, written by William Ivory, made by BBC Drama Production


Just six weeks before the final of the 1948 London Olympics, Bert Bushnell and Dickie Burnell are teamed together to race for Olympic gold in the double sculls. This is the uplifting story of their achievement and how London managed to pull off a brilliant, if make do and mend Olympic Games at a challenging time for the city and the nation

Meanwhile the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, joins Graham Norton this Saturday on BBC Radio 2 from 10am. Questions for the actor can be emailed to the show at graham.norton@bbc.co.uk