An Ancient game is the lifeblood of an English Market town and the origin of soccer, rugby and American football.
Toward the end of Winter on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday the people of Ashbourne gather in the center of their town to renew the longest running sports rivalry on earth. The game is called Shrovetide Football and originates from two medieval communities living opposite the river Henmore. Today, they are known as Up'ards and Down'ards.
Each teams consists of hundreds if not thousands of people. The field of play... the town itself. There is no referee and few rules. Each game begins at 2pm and end at 10pm. The ball cannot be carried in motorized transport. Cemeteries, churchyards and memorials are out of bounds. Under no circumstance is manslaughter to be tolerated.
Director - Peter Baxter
Writers - Peter Baxter, Jay Nelson
Starring - Sean Bean