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Byline: Jade Wright

THE Paralympics coverage may have fallen to Channel 4, but that doesn''t mean the BBC can''t whet our appetites with The Best of Men (BBC Two, 9pm).

The tale begins in 1944, when neurologist Dr Ludwig Guttman (Eddie Marsan) arrived at the spinal injuries unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. At that time, the prevailing medical attitude towards paralysis was that it was a permanent condition, but Guttman took a different view, believing his patients could still lead full and useful lives.

For him, sport was the key to achieving this, as it could build self-esteem along with physical strength. Four years later, Guttman was ready to hold the first national event for disabled athletes - which just happened to coincide with the opening ceremony of the 1948 London Olympics.

It''s an uplifting story, made more stirring by a cast that include George Mackay, Niamh Cusack, Nigel Lindsay and Rob Brydon.. JENNIFER Saunders: Back in the Saddle (ITV1, 9pm) is on a onewoman mission to reinvigorate the nation''s love of equestrian sports.

Somebody should tell her that the Olympics has just been staged, during which the British all got rather excited about the Team GB riders winning an array of medals. …

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