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Review: At Home with the Furys - An honest look behind the scenes at one of the biggest names in sport

At Home with the Furys is out on Netflix from August 16
At Home with the Furys is out on Netflix from August 16 At Home with the Furys is out on Netflix from August 16

At Home With the Furys (Netflix, nine-part documentary series)

BOXER Tyson Fury's name is known throughout the sporting world for his dominance and success in the ring, and his personality and family have made him a household name – but, like all big stars, we wonder what they're like once they're behind closed doors at home.

New Netflix series At Home With the Furys is a refreshing look at how a global sports star handles the change from training camps and world title fights to school runs and life after boxing.

The series starts three weeks after the 'Gypsy King' announced his retirement from the ring, at the Fury mansion in Morecambe, north-west England.

This first glimpse of Tyson trying to cope with the morning school run almost foreshadows the events that unfold in the following months.

The initial tone is definitely one of reflection on a career well-spent, and relief that he can be there and "be a husband, father and son", as he puts it.

The series is a brilliant window into the mindset of what happens after the sport stops. The idleness, the search for purpose and the joy of spending more time with family: the Fury family take the audience on a journey that most people can relate to on some level, be it retiring, losing a job, or trying to get yourself out of a rut.

Tyson doing the school run with his sons (Prince John James Fury and Prince Tyson "Tutty" Fury II ) following his retirement. Picture by Netflix
Tyson doing the school run with his sons (Prince John James Fury and Prince Tyson "Tutty" Fury II ) following his retirement. Picture by Netflix Tyson doing the school run with his sons (Prince John James Fury and Prince Tyson "Tutty" Fury II ) following his retirement. Picture by Netflix

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Tyson was diagnosed with bipolar personality disorder, anxiety and depression a few years ago and, in the series, he defines boxing as an 'escape' from his mental issues.

It is clear to see the toll that the lack of this outlet takes on the 'Gypsy King', with the documentary showing the audience what it's like for Fury to mentally and physically adapt to a whole new lifestyle.

Tyson and Paris Fury at his surprise 32nd birthday party, which is covered in the new Netflix docuseries, 'At Home with the Furys'. Picture by Netflix
Tyson and Paris Fury at his surprise 32nd birthday party, which is covered in the new Netflix docuseries, 'At Home with the Furys'. Picture by Netflix Tyson and Paris Fury at his surprise 32nd birthday party, which is covered in the new Netflix docuseries, 'At Home with the Furys'. Picture by Netflix

One example that sticks out is a trip to Pompeii with his wife, Paris, and her reaction to her husband's erratic behaviour.

The series also covers Tyson's brother Tommy's career, and his relationship with his girlfriend, Molly-Mae Hague, who was pregnant while filming. She features prominently as Tommy deals with the challenges in his professional and personal life, along with becoming a dad for the first time.

At Home With the Furys spans the whole of Tyson's retirement as well as his re-emergence on the boxing scene, finishing with his 'comeback' fight with Derek Chisora, which we experience from the family's perspective and the way they support him.

Tyson Fury had little trouble beating Derek Chisora despite being retired for the previous three months.
Tyson Fury had little trouble beating Derek Chisora despite being retired for the previous three months. Tyson Fury had little trouble beating Derek Chisora despite being retired for the previous three months.

Overall, the series does a great job of shining a light on what it is like to retire at the top and how people suffering from mental health issues deal with changes in routine. At Home With the Furys is a must-see for any Tyson Fury fan, and will perhaps change a few people's opinions on the lineal heavyweight champion of the world.

RATING: 4/5

The first episode of At Home With the Furys will be available to stream from August 16, see netflix.com fordetails.