The First Olympics: Athens 1896
Lovingly detailed, this dramatization of the first modern Olympic Games, revived in 1896 by a French aristocrat (Louis Jourdan) with the help of a Princeton professor (David Ogden Stiers), followed the fortunes of a ragtag team of amateur American athletes whose Olympic triumphs stunned the sports world. Veteran performers like Angela Lansbury, Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers (the husband-and-wife acting team from "Born Free" and other British films) and Honor Blackman were joined by a large cast of relative unknowns, including Alex Hyde-White (Wilfrid's son) and Jason Connery (Sean's son), who made up the Cinderella team and their competitors. This five-hour miniseries was filmed in England and Greece, including the Athens stadium that was the actual site of the 1896 games. Emmy Award nominations went to Stiers as Outstanding Supporting Actor, to composer Bruce Broughton for his score (Part 1), and to the art directors and set decorator.