Why has a major production company made a film for the 1980s about an athlete of the 1920s? Why has the man who produced "Midnight Express" turned to a story that could have come straight from the pages of "Boys' Own"? What is the secret of Eric Liddell's enduring charisma -- the man who would not run on Sunday, who sacrificed an Olympic Gold Medal to principle and then astonished the world by winning a different one, and who then slipped quietly out of the limelight to become a missionary in China?
Journalist Sally Magnusson wanted to find out. THis is her fascinating account of the hightlights of Eric Liddell's life -- 1924 Paris Olympics, adulation by fellow Scots and students of Edinburgh University, itinerant evangelism in war-ravaged China, death in a Japanese internement camp. This is the story of her search for Eric Liddell, the man -- not the saint. Part of his story has been filmed as "Chariots of Fire". Producer David Puttname believes that people today are seeking heroes again -- men like Eric Liddell.