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Long before the days of Total Wipeout and Hole in the Wall, there was the absolute 90s classic that was Gladiators – and now, the BBC has confirmed the hit gameshow will return late next year.
If you somehow missed one of the greatest sports entertainment gameshows on television, the format saw four contestants take on a series of challenges against a selection of athletic individuals known as “gladiators” – Michael Van Wijk’s Wolf arguably being the most memorable.
Equally memorable is referee John Anderson’s enthusiastic delivery of the line “contenders/gladiators, ready” ahead of every game.
The 11-episode series, which moves over to the BBC following broadcasts on ITV and Sky, will see the return of the fan favourite final round ‘The Eliminator’, as well as new challenges alongside the classics.
Kate Phillips, the BBC’s director of unscripted content, said: “Gladiators is back and a whole new generation of viewers can now look forward to watching a Saturday night spectacle like no other.
“Will the contenders have the will and skill to succeed against our mighty new Gladiators? You’ll have to tune in to find out!”
Yet it seems long-term fans of the show can’t wait that long to see its return:
\u201c@bbcpress Hope it goes better than when Sky tried to resurrect it in 2008.\n\nThe biggest problem that had was most of the Gladiators wanted to be Wolf and they came across as very unlikeable. One Wolf as a bad guy was a fun comedy villain, them all acting like that wasn't enjoyable.\u201d
\u201cMy 2023 schedule is pretty clear \ud83e\udd14\u201d
— BIG Wavy Roy Johnson \u2122 \ud83d\udcaa\ud83c\udffe\ud83c\udf0a (@BIG Wavy Roy Johnson \u2122 \ud83d\udcaa\ud83c\udffe\ud83c\udf0a)
\u201cGetting flashbacks to when I was at ONM and had to email interview questions to one of the new Gladiators when Sky One brought it back, so I emailed daft ones and she didn't play along and the whole thing read like unmitigated shite on a stick.\n\nAnyway, hope this is good\u201d