Gypsy Blood, a film tracing the tradition of fist fighting in the traveller community, will be the first True Stories film to be shown on Channel 4.

The film, being produced by ClearStory by first time director Leo Maguire, follows two families raising their young sons to fight for their honour.

It will feature photographic stills and HD footage when it is broadcast on 19 January (Thurs) at 10pm.

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True Stories, the flagship feature-length documentary strand previously shown on More4, will now be broadcast on C4 and Film4.

The decision was made as More4 becomes increasingly more focussed on lifestyle. The move will result in more money being spent on original commissions, despite the number of slots for the strand being reduced by half.

Previously 40 slots were dedicated to True Stories films on More4. In 2012 that will be reduced to 20 with 10 commissions being shown on C4 and 10 acquisitions being made for Film4.

BBC Storyville documentary Knuckle also looks at bare knuckle fighting in the gypsy community. It was originally lined up for December, but is yet to be broadcast.

The film directed by Ian Palmer was 12-years in the making and follows the violent history of feuding rivals.