Idris Elba has signed on for a new BBC Two docuseries that'll see him try and educate young men and women throughout the UK on how to defend themselves without using weapons.
In the show, which is officially titled Idris Elba's Fight School, the Luther star will team up with local organisations, select seven recruits from disadvantaged backgrounds, and teach them "discipline, focus and determination – all key elements in the world of fight training."
"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," Elba told Radio Times.
"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," he continued.
"I want this project to be an ongoing presence that will continue to provide support and education for the community for years to come."
The programme will consist of four hour-long instalments as it follows the youngsters' progressions over the course of six months. Through the process, Elba will be joined by some of the boxing industry's former world class champions.
"Global superstar Idris Elba will bring his passion for boxing to help change the lives of some of the UK's struggling young people," Patrick Holland, the BBC Two Controller, explained. "This is BBC Two at its best; fearless, exciting, complex and premium."
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