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Rob Brydon for BBC Paralympic drama 'Best of Men'

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Comedian Rob Brydon and Tyrannosaur actor Eddie Marsan have been cast in BBC Paralympic drama Best of Men.

The 90-minute feature tells the story of Dr Ludwig Guttmann, a German doctor whose use of sport to treat patients in the 1940s led to the birth of the Paralympic Games.

Rob Brydon - The Welsh comedian and actor turns 46 on Tuesday.

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Eddie Marsan

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Marsan will portray Guttmann, while Brydon stars as Sergeant Wynn Bowen - a paraplegic Welsh soldier whose life changes forever when he is admitted to the doctor's hospital.

Birdsong's George MacKay, Niamh Cusack of Heartbeat and EastEnders actor David Proud, who suffers from spina bifida, will also appear.

Ben Stephenson, controller BBC drama commissioning, described Best of Men as "a moving human story that reveals the largely unknown history behind the birth of the Paralympic Games, which is particularly poignant as it will be broadcast in the same year the UK will host the London 2012 Games".

Writer Lucy Gannon added: "The more I discovered about Dr Ludwig Guttmann, the more intrigued I became. His story is amazing and he really is an unsung hero, the man who revolutionised life for paralysed people."

Best of Men, which is directed by Tim Whitby, will air on BBC Two later this year.

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