The Fight



Bob Mortimer (episode 2)


Bout MC: Johnny Vaughan

Referee: Steve Collins


Pett Productions for BBC One, 13 July and 29 December 2002 (2 episodes in 1 series)

BBC Three, 25 March 2005


Celebrity boxing match.

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The first episode pit Les Dennis against Bob Mortimer, with the victor Bob Mortimer hosting the second episode, where Ricky Gervais beat Grant Bovey. A series was planned for 2003, which would have pit Tony Hadley against John Pienaar, Donal McIntyre against Darren Day, the then-MSP Tommy Sheridan against the pundit Gordon Smith and the former Rangers Ian Durrant against Peter Grant. However, after the second episode, the British Boxing Board of Control threatened to revoke the licenses of the celebrities' trainers on the grounds the fights were unsafe for anyone above 35, and the BBC eventually had to postpone the series. Interestingly, John Pienaar was originally to face Boris Johnson.


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