Sheffield film-maker’s rallying documentary on TV

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A DOCUMENTARY made by a Sheffield film maker, which tells the story of the world’s craziest car rally, is to be screened on television tomorrow night.

Madness in the Desert tells the story of the Paris to Dakar rally and was made by Nether Edge-based documentary maker Richard Heap, 44.

It tells the story of French motorcyclist Thierry Sabine who got lost in the Libyan desert and survived his ordeal – and then founded the 9,000km rally across the Sahara Desert.

The rally became a ‘beacon for eccentric adventurers’, but ended in 2008 because of more than 60 deaths and terrorism in Africa.

Richard, of Slackjaw Film, travelled to France, Switzerland, Denmark and the Sahara to interview former winners of the event and also spoke to former participant Sir Mark Thatcher.

The Sheffield rock climber’s other documentaries include Made in Sheffield, about the birth of electronic pop in the city.

n The film is on tomorrow, Sunday, on BBC4 at 9pm.