Gladiators return confirmed by BBC after years offscreen

Gladiators return confirmed by BBC after years offscreen

Gladiators return confirmed by BBC after years offscreen

Classic TV Series Gladiators is set to return to screens after more than a decade away and more than 20 years since it ended on ITV.

The show, which originally aired on ITV between 1992 and 2000 before a brief revival on Sky in the late 2000s, is due to move to the BBC for a further 11-episode run in 2023.

The format sees a number of guest competitors go head-to-head with gladiators, in a test of speed and strength.

The revival is set to include “all-new games alongside classic challenges, culminating at the end of each episode with fan-favorite The Eliminator.”



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Gladiators is back and a whole new generation of viewers can now look forward to watching a Saturday night show like no other,” said Kate Phillips, director of BBC’s Unscripted.

“Will the suitors have the will and skills to succeed against our mighty new Gladiators? You’ll have to log in to find out!”

Scot Cru, Executive Vice President of Global Formats and Unscripted Content, MGM Television added: “Gladiators is a format that resonates with viewers around the world. We are delighted to bring this revered series to the BBC and look forward to showcasing our British gladiators.”

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A few years ago, some stars of Gladiators spoke about the possibility of a revival, with Panther (Helen O’Reilly) recounting Hello Brittany that “there is a demand for it”.

“But at 58, I don’t know if I’ve passed it,” added the star.

Speaking about the show’s enduring popularity, Jet (Diane Youdale) also said: “I think it was one of the first reality TV shows, where the whole family could watch, and you got behind the plot of someone’s bottom [and rooted for] our suitors.”

Gladiators will return to BBC One and BBC iPlayer in 2023.

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