About Fight Club: A History of Violence

Sean Bean looks at the popularity of close combat contests throughout the Tudor, Victorian, Georgian and Elizabethan eras and the effect on mind and body

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Throughout the ages, British men and women have always fought each other, and this brand new and exclusive series spectacularly brings to life the duels, the pugilism and the not-so-noble pursuits that Britain has had a grim fascination with.

The four-part series narrated by Sean Bean tells the story of organised fighting, one of the oldest and most controversial forms of entertainment.

Draw! For one episode the series analyses the psyche of Georgian duellists

Draw! For one episode the series analyses the psyche of Georgian duellists

Throughout the centuries close physical combat has been used to entertain the public, make fortunes for gamblers, help people escape the bonds of slavery, aid diplomatic relations, settle scores and protect personal honour. Fight Club: A History of Violence looks at the realities of these ruthless one-on-one contests and how they affected the mind and body.

Four eras of fighting are covered in the series - Victorian, Georgian, Elizabethan and Tudor - with the dark and unforgiving reality of life in the ring revealed in each episode.