Bert and Dickie

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Bert and Dickie
Bert and Dickie DVD Cover.jpg
Cover of DVD
Written by William Ivory
Directed by David Blair
Starring Sam Hoare
Matt Smith
Geoffrey Palmer
Douglas Hodge
James Frain
Country of origin United Kingdom
Running time 89 minutes
Original network BBC One
Original release 25 July 2012

As part of the celebrations for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the BBC produced the film Bert and Dickie (also called Going For Gold: The '48 Games), depicting Dickie Burnell and Bert Bushnell's achievement at the 1948 Games.[1][2]



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


Paddy Shennan of the Liverpool Echo said Bert and Dickie is thoroughly absorbing and uplifting and a winning drama about a winning team. [3] James Watson of The Telegraph highlighted the performances of Douglas Hodge and Geoffrey Palmer: Douglas Hodge brilliantly conveyed John Bushnell’s almost embarrassed desperation for Bert to succeed where he’d failed. Playing Charles Burnell, Geoffrey Palmer was, as ever, hard to beat for lugubrious gruffness. and concluded his review with anybody whose eyes didn’t join Bushnell Snr’s in filling with tears is stronger than me. [4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The following is a table listing the awards and nominations received by Bert and Dickie[5]

Year Association Award Category Notes Result
2012 Monte-Carlo TV Festival Golden Nymph Best Television Film Nominated
2012 Monte-Carlo TV Festival Golden Nymph Television Films - Best Director: David Blair Nominated


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