Thursday 14 December 2017

Keeping up with the McGuigans in ex-fighter Barry's BBC reality show

Barry McGuigan to star in new fly-on-the-wall series

Barry McGuigan. Photo: PA
Barry McGuigan. Photo: PA
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

The Clones Cyclone Barry McGuigan is to star in a new fly-on-the-wall BBC reality TV series.

Fight Game: The McGuigans will centre around the running of the champion fighter's family business Cyclone Promotions.

It promises to offer "a candid glimpse into the McGuigan family life".

Barry's wife, Sandra, and their sons Shane, Jake and Blain all feature in the programme.

Barry McGuigan
Barry McGuigan

However, Barry's actress daughter Nika, who played the part of Danielle Mullane in RTE's hit show Can't Cope, Won't Cope, will not appear in the programme.

As part of the show, several significant McGuigan family milestones have been captured on film - including the wedding of Barry's son Shane to his fiancee Sophie.

A spokesperson for the show was keen to stress that the documentary series will not be akin to the Kardashians franchise.

"This is very different," they said.

Most of the action centres on the build-up to two major fights.

The first is when Belfast's Carl Frampton defeated Mexico's Leo Santa Cruz in New York and became WBA Featherweight Champion of the World in July 2016.

The second fight took place on January 28, 2017, when Frampton lost his title following a points defeat in his rematch bout with Cruz in Las Vegas.

While much of the action may take place in the ring, producers of the programme insist it "is not just a series about boxing".

They insist the programmes are also about "relationships and the blood, sweat and tears at the core of both".

In one of the episodes Barry returns to his home town of Clones and visits his mum Katie.

During this programme he discusses his heartbreak over the death of his father Pat in 1987 and the suicide of his elder brother Dermot, which took place in 1994.

Speaking about the series, Barry said: "Boxing is life in a 12-round fight.

"Half a second and you're knocked out, you're looking up at the stars and it's over."

The documentary is produced by Ad Hoc Films, which previously produced Night Of The Fight: Hatton's Last Stand for ITV, which focused on boxer Ricky Hatton's failed attempted comeback.

Fight Game: The McGuigans is scheduled to air on BBC One Northern Ireland on Wednesday, May 17 at 10.40pm.


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