Donald Campbell: Speed King

BBC2 (1 x 60 mins)

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Shortlisted for Grierson 2013 Best Historical Documentary

Using rare family archive and first-hand testimony from those who knew him best, this film sheds new light on the life of one of Britain's most compelling but tragic heroes. Donald Campbell was Britain's greatest Speed King, setting seven water and one land world speed record.

Yet, despite his triumphs, he was a haunted man. His father - Sir Malcolm Campbell - had been a prolific record-breaker but an indifferent parent. Donald lived in his father's shadow. Driven to outdo him, he smashed record after record but was dogged by bad luck, bad weather and the growing apathy of the British public.

In 1967 he took his beloved Bluebird to Coniston in the Lake District for an attempt on the water speed record. With the eyes of the world upon, him he crashed and was killed instantly. His body and his boat were lost for thirty years.

Speed King is his story.