Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man – Life on Robben Island






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South Africa

Sometimes, we must draw hope from the most unlikely places. As part of his incredible 27-marathons-in-27-days challenge for Sport Relief, Eddie completed a marathon on Robben Island, where his hero Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.

In this film, one of several daily updates for BBC3 tracing his journey, Eddie uses Mandela’s own words to describe the isolation and grinding routine of prison life. Yet, even in this bleak environment, the prisoner never gave up.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but triumph over fear,” Eddie narrates. Sharing one of the most poignant moments in Eddie’s epic journey, this film is also a moving tribute to the great man who inspired it.

From Mvezo (the birthplace of Nelson Mandela) to the finishing line in Pretoria, our team documented Eddie’s incredible journey every step of the way. Series Producer Steve Maud worked with Director of Photography Aaron Witchard to deliver daily content for BBC3’s new exclusively online channel on behalf of Lion TV.

Filming, editing and uploading over 100 short films in less than a month required absolute focus, logistical precision, and not a little stamina of our own. Eddie’s run captured the public’s imagination and raised more than £1 million for Sport Relief.

“Filming this day was an experience I’ll never forget,” says Steve. “It’s such an incredible story, we decided to use Mandela’s own words to capture that sense of history.”