Across The Lake (BBC-1 1988, Anthony Hopkins, Rosemary Leach)
Period drama Across The Lake, shown as part of the Sunday Premiere strand, looked at the last sixty days in the life of speed ace Donald Campbell who in 1967 famously crashed his craft “The Bluebird” whilst trying the break the 300mph barrier.
His first run had notched up an incredible 297mph and during the course of his second run he did go faster than 300mph but his craft then lifted out of the water and completely disintegrated on landing. Campbell’s body was only recovered in 2001.
The real Donald Campbell was a legendary figure and was following in his father Malcolm’s footsteps, even continuing the name of his various crafts in honour of his father. Throughout the fifties and sixties he broke many water speed records. Anthony Hopkins is brilliant in the lead role, very strong as Campbell and there is quite the air of sadness over the whole production given that you know how it ends before it begins.
Across The Lake was repeated the following year (27 July) and hasn’t been seen since. Reproduction Bluebird constructed by Jack Lovell, Alain De Cadenet
Broadcast 4 September 1988