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Idris Elba’s ‘Fight School’ greenlit for BBC Two

BBC Two in the UK have commissioned Idris Elba’s 'Fight School' – a 4x60’ series from Workerbee who are co-producing with Green Door Pictures.

26/08/2020

In this heartfelt and authentic series, Idris will be setting up an experimental fight school in London, which will provide an outlet for young men and women whose circumstances around their upbringing have not given them the opportunities to make the right choices and avoid street violence.

With deep consideration and consultation from local organisations, Idris will enlist seven recruits from across the UK, in the hope of teaching these young adults discipline, focus and determination – all key elements in the world of fight training. The life lessons learned from Fight School will hopefully give them the tools, determination and direction to transform their lives and stay with them long after the immediate challenge.

Audiences will see the recruits return home after their gruelling but life-affirming journeys, armed and empowered with their newfound knowledge and fresh perspectives that they will have gained in Idris Elba’s Fight School.

Living and training together over six intense months, they will battle it out against other amateurs and work towards a big showcase finale. If they can stick it out, this no-holds-barred, rough and ready experience will motivate them to make positive changes, but only if they are open to them. Whilst Idris and support professionals will be mentoring the young adults, they will be trained in the ring by the hardest and toughest in the boxing industry, who also happen to be ex-world class champions. This raw yet thought-provoking series will demonstrate what can happen when people are given a fighting chance to turn their lives around.

Idris Elba said: “I see history constantly repeating itself and can empathise with these kids. I believe there is a better way to teach people that you don’t need knives to protect yourself. It’s a proven fact that in urban areas where fight schools open, violent crime drops dramatically – which is why I wanted to do this project, in hope that we can change people’s lives. I want this project to be an ongoing presence that will continue to provide support and education for the community for years to come.”

Michael Jochnowitz, BBC Commissioning Editor, said: “We’re so proud to offer BBC Two viewers a ringside seat to this timely and important series which won’t pull any punches. Idris Elba’s passion and enthusiasm for this project meant we simply had to join him on this very personal quest to help transform futures and give young people hope”

Rick Murray, Managing Director for Workerbee, added: “We are thrilled to be going on another journey with Idris and hope we can really show that when people are given the right tools and attention to help them, they avoid making decisions that often have catastrophic consequences.”

Idris Elba’s Fight School was devised by Idris Elba and Green Door Pictures. The 4×60’ series for BBC Two was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Michael Jochnowitz. It is made by Workerbee who are co-producing with Green Door Pictures. The Executive Producers for Workerbee are Rick Murray and Michelle Chappell and Lorraine Burgess for Green Door Pictures.

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