One of the most exciting and iconic sports entertainment gameshows in the world, Gladiators, is making a triumphant return to Australian screens.
Premiering on 8th January 2024, a new tribe of 21st century superhumans – the Gladiators – will wrestle, rumble, and battle brave Aussie Contenders from all walks of life, in the ultimate test of speed, strength, stamina, agility and power.
In true David vs Goliath fashion and against the breathtaking backdrop of a brand-new gladiatorial arena, the Gladiators and Contenders’ skills will be tested like never before, as they take part in a series of brand-new events, alongside classic challenges including fan-favourites; Hang Tough, Duel, The Wall, Powerball, Pyramid and The Eliminator.
Welcoming a new generation of fans to the spectacle of Gladiators with charm, wit, and sporting expertise, are iconic sporting heroes and our hosts, Liz Ellis and Beau Ryan.
The referee of the show is the former Australian Gladiator and rugby league player, Mark McGaw, also known as Hammer.
The return of Gladiators promises not only to be a thrilling spectacle, but also family-friendly viewing that brings together audiences of all ages. The entire family will have a front-row seat to the ultimate David vs Goliath battle, as Gladiators take on Contenders from all walks of life in a series of iconic events, with Contenders playing for the ultimate money-can't-buy-prize – joining as a Gladiator next season.
Gladiators is made for Network 10 by Warner Bros. International Television Production and executive produced by Johnny C. Ferraro and Barry Poznick. The original Gladiators series was created by Johnny C. Ferraro and Dan Carr and produced in association with Flor-Jon Films. Gladiators is distributed by Amazon MGM Studios Distribution.
It’s an iconic franchise and I'm excited about the reboot. It is set to showcase some of my favourite Gladiator challenges from the original series as well as throw up a few new ones for us to fall in love with!
Originally airing for 3 seasons between 1995 and 1996 on the Seven Network, 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 Kimberley Joseph throughout its original run, alongside Aaron Pedersen and Mike Hammond. Tony Schibeci provided commentary, while John Alexander refereed the events in the first series, and Mike Whitney thereafter. John Forsythe served as assistant referee.
The show enjoyed a brief revival in 2008 on the Seven Network and was presented by Tom Williams and Zoe Naylor. Bill Harrigan was one of the two referees for the show, the other was John Forsythe, who was a referee on the original Gladiators series.
Gladiators has also enjoyed various spin-offs, in countries such as the UK, USA, Finland, Sweden and South Africa. Australia also competed in various international special episodes such as International Gladiators, The Ashes (against the UK Gladiators) and Australia vs Russia.