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 the skill to succeed against our mighty new Gladiators? You'll have to tune in to find out!

Kate Phillips, BBC Director of Unscripted

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History of the Gladiators

Originally airing for 8 seasons between 1992 and 2000 on ITV, each episode saw 4 Contenders compete against the show's Gladiators in various Events, such as Duel, Hang Tough and Powerball, to reach the series grand finale. The show was presented by Ulrika Jonsson throughout its original run, alongside John Fashanu and Jeremy Guscott. John Sachs provided commentary, while John Anderson refereed the events. Gladiators attracted over 14 million viewers at its peak.

The show enjoyed a brief, two-season revival between 2008 and 2009 on Sky One and was presented by Ian Wright, alongside Kirsty Gallacher and Caroline Flack.

Gladiators has also enjoyed various spin-offs, in countries such as the USA, Finland, Australia, Sweden and South Africa. There were also four seasons of a children's version 'Train 2 Win' between 1994-1998 which was broadcast in the UK on CITV.