Eddie Izzard's Mandela Marathons

This series follows Eddie Izzard attempting to run 27 marathons in 27 consecutive days across South Africa to commemorate each of the 27 years of Nelson Mandela’s incarceration.

Eddie brings his humour and humanity to bear on the most difficult and moving of subjects.

As he travels the country, Eddie stops off at the places that matter most to Mandela, meets the people whose lives he has touched and reveals the chaotic story of a country that has undergone radical change. Eddie experiences adversity along the way and has to rapidly re-think his plans, producing a moving tribute to Nelson Mandela.

Production Information

Broadcaster: Sky One & Sky One HD

TX Date: May 2013

Format: 2 x 60

Related Series:  Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man for Sport Relief



Executive Producer(s):

Nick Catliff

Bill Locke


Eddie Izzard


As Eddie gingerly picks his way along his course, there’s an entertaining mix of Mandela’s inspirational life story, excerpts from some stand-up shows, and the marathon man’s hilariously tongue-in-cheek narration.