8:30pm Sunday, July 22 on TV One
TV ONE’s Sunday Theatre – The Audi New Zealand series continues with the inspirational story of New Zealand’s greatest ever day at the Olympics, in The Golden Hour.
Based on the true-life heroics of iconic New Zealand Olympians Peter Snell and Murray Halberg, and their visionary coach Arthur Lydiard, The Golden Hour is the story of three men who shared the same dream. A dream almost no one thought they were capable of achieving.
Spanning the years between the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and the 1960 Rome Olympics, The Golden Hour follows Halberg as he reaches out to a new coach, Lydiard. Halberg starts a new training regime that is so far outside of conventional 1950′s thinking, that others warn him that he is putting his life in danger. But the results speak for themselves.
Tensions are raised when a new-comer is introduced to Lydiard’s tightly-knit training group. 19-year-old Peter Snell becomes a special project for Lydiard, who immediately sees his winning potential, much to the annoyance of Halberg and the other runners.
As the three men make their long journey to Rome, the hopes of a nation rest on their shoulders. And on 2nd September 1960, within one hour, they will make New Zealand history.
The Golden Hour features compelling candid interviews from the men today and combines archived film with original drama scenes to give an incredibly intimate picture of these exceptionally driven men. Together, these three men provide us with the truly inspirational story of New Zealand’s greatest ever day at the Olympics.