Ed­die Iz­zard’s Man­dela Marathon

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television - Lyn­dall Crisp

Satur­day, 8.35pm, SBS One On May 15 last year, co­me­dian Ed­die Iz­zard, 51, set out to run 27 marathons in 27 days as a trib­ute to Nel­son Man­dela and the 27 years he spent in prison. With a doc­u­men­tary team in tow, he planned to criss­cross South Africa through ar­eas that were mile­stones in Man­dela’s life. They in­cluded Mvezo, Qunu, Fort Hare, Jo­han­nes­burg, Soweto, Pre­to­ria, Rivonia, Cape Town and Robben Is­land where Man­dela was im­pris­oned for 18 years. Luck was not with the am­bi­tious Iz­zard in this first episode. At the end of the third marathon he was carted off to hos­pi­tal with med­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions caused by rugged ter­rain, hu­mid­ity and al­ti­tude. Tune in to part two next week to find out if he achieved his goal.

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