Throughout the centuries close physical combat has been used to entertain the public; to make fortunes for gamblers; to escape the bonds of slavery; to aid diplomatic relations; to settle scores and finish vendettas; to protect and maintain personal honour.
This gritty series looks at the realities of these ruthless one-on-one contests and how they affected the mind and the body. It puts them into social and historical context by painting a vivid picture of the time in which they took place. Featuring vivid dramatised recreations, the series explores bare knuckle boxing, duelling and jousting as it traces the history of man to man – and woman to woman – fighting.
- Duration: 4 x 47 minutes
- Channel: Yesterday (UKTV)
- Available: 1 September, 2012
- Sales Link: TVF International