British and Irish Lions | The Lions Tour documentary Two Sides will air on ITV

The British and Irish Lions, in conjunction with the South African Rugby Union, will release a highly anticipated three-part behind-the-scenes documentary from the 2021 British and Irish Lions Series.

The ‘Two Sides’ documentary series explores what happened at the Springbok and Lions camps during the 2021 Tour of South Africa.

Breaking away from the traditional format, “Two Sides” tells the story of the Lions and the Springboks on their first tour of South Africa since 2009.

The documentary features on-the-fly footage of both sides as they took part in a fascinating series of games, which was successfully held against the extremely difficult backdrop of a global pandemic.

This is the latest in a long line of critically acclaimed Lions tour documentaries, which includes the groundbreaking film ‘Living with Lions’ released 25 years ago.

Along with insightful insights into the teams’ preparations and what happened during matches, the documentary will also give fans a rare insight into how a unique and memorable sporting event works.

Lions players celebrate after Ken Owens scores a try

The British and Irish Lions and the South African Rugby Union are delighted to bring this three-part series to supporters with our broadcast partner ITV and broadcast sponsor Vodafone. Details on where the documentary will air in all other territories will be announced in due course.

The three-hour episodes of Two Sides, produced by Whisper and T+W, will air on Sunday, June 19 (10:20 p.m. BST); Monday, June 20 (10:45 p.m.); and Tuesday, June 21 (10:45 p.m.). The first episode airs on ITV1 at 10.20pm this Sunday. Visit for the full broadcast schedule.

Speaking about the new documentary, Ben Calveley, Chief Executive of British & Irish Lions, said: “British & Irish Lions and documentaries are inextricably linked. Going back to 1997 with the unforgettable “Living with Lions”, the Lions produced a documentary capturing the hidden moments of each subsequent tour.

“This particular documentary shows how both parties rose to the unprecedented challenge of staging a major sporting event during a global pandemic.”

South African Rugby Union CEO Jurie Roux added: “I know rugby fans will find this documentary fascinating and entertaining in equal measure, with the added twist this time of having a view of the two camps involved in this unique visit.

“We are delighted to partner with the British & Irish Lions on Two Sides, who will serve as a wonderful archive for rugby fans for decades to come.”

Charles P. Patton