Set largely in England (but filmed in Canada), the made-for-TV Four Minutes is the story of Sir Roger Bannister, doctor by profession and runner by preference--and the first man to beat the four-minute mile. Played by Jamie Maclachlan, Bannister is accurately depicted as a brilliant Oxford medical student, who in the years following WW2 gains a reputation as England's fastest runner, but who regards his sports accomplishments as merely an adjunct to a pleasurable hobby, and thus avoids formal athletic training. Only after he fails to win a medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics does Bannister come to realize how important he has become as a morale-booster for a postwar Britain plague by shortages, rationing and unemployment. Shouldering this spiritual responsibility, Bannister submits himself to a grueling (but surprisingly scientific!) training regimen imposed by grumpy but gold-hearted paraplegic ex-athlete Archie Mason (Christopher Plummer). Although the outcome of the story is never in doubt, the script (by Sports Illustrated writer Frank Deford) manages to sustain a respectable level of suspense, especially when Bannister scambles to break the four-minute record before his rivals in the United States and Australia can do so--a feat described with forgivable overstatement by Bannister's father as one comparable to scaling Mount Everest! Originally slated for release in 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Roger Bannister's "great run," Four Minutes was not seen until it was picked by the ESPN2 cable service on October 6, 2005.