The GladPod

GLADIATORS, READY! 30 years on from the first episode, Gladiators favourite Jet (aka Diane Youdale), journalist David and producer Paul Noddings are turning back the clock to celebrate the glory days of the best Saturday night family show on British TV in the 1990s, in association with GladiatorsTV.com. Joined by special guests, they will be learning about the characters and stories who made Gladiators what it was, and their lives before, during and after the show.

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S03-EP12: The One With Comet & Dragon

For the last episode in this series of The GladPod, we are joined by two of the brand-new stars of Gladiators Australia 2024: Comet (Tatyanna Pogonza-Dumas) and Dragon (Tyson Pedro).

Di, Dave and Producer Paul talk to this epic pair about how they've been feeling transforming into their Gladiatorial alter-egos, which Events they've thrived on in the arena and what message they have for their UK counterparts!

S03-EP11: The One With The Reboot Review

The Gladiators are back! Join 3 legendary OG Gladiators Jet (Diane Youdale), Saracen (Mike Lewis) and Rebel (Jennifer Stoute) as they get together with David Blackmore and Producer Paul to sit down and reveal what they really thought of the brand-new series of Gladiators on BBC One and iPlayer. Who are their favourite Gladiators? What did they think of the new Events? Listen in to find out...

S03-EP10: The One With Ace

Dive into Gladiators history with Ace (Warren Furman) on this week's GladPod episode. From failed Contender to Series 5 Gladiator legend, he spills exclusive stories about his Gladiatorial journey, including how a chocolate biscuit led to the birth of his iconic Gladiator name Ace. Join David and Producer Paul for an episode filled with surprises, laughter and shocks, including talking about an incident that almost had him sacked from the show! This is an episode not to be missed.

S03-EP09: The One With Rio

Embark on Rio’s journey of becoming the undefeated Queen of Duel from Series 5 (1996). Rio, aka Jane Omorogbe, shares her extraordinary story – from serving in the ambulance service to conquering the heights of Gladiator fame (whilst also discovering her fear of heights!). Tune in for a riveting conversation with this fan favourite, as she reveals her Gladiator story!

S03-EP08: The One With Muff Murfin

Dive into 90s nostalgia with Muff Murfin, the maestro behind Gladiators' iconic theme tune! Join Di, Dave, and Producer Paul as they uncover the story behind this unforgettable musical masterpiece on The GladPod.

S03-EP07: The One With Zodiac

In Series 2, the arena witnessed the meteoric rise of Zodiac, the first new female Gladiator, who left Contenders seeing stars! Join our hosts Dave, Di, and Producer Paul as they sit down with the phenomenal Gladiator herself, Kate Staples. Get ready for the untold tales, the epic highs, and the heart-wrenching lows that marked her incredible Gladiators career.

S03-EP06: The One With Khan

Khan (Radosav Nekic) was determined to get a part on Gladiators, finally securing his place on the team in Series 6, 1997. He chats to Di, David and Producer Paul on The GladPod about how he eventually got on the show, his famous training partner, a brutal battle with Gladiator Shark and his love of chickens!?

S03-EP05: The One With Ice

Once again, The GladPod goes international! This week's guest is American Gladiators legend, Ice aka Lori Fetrick.

Ice joins Di, David and Producer Paul to talk about how she joined "the stupidest show she'd ever seen", toured across America, competed in the UK as part of the International Gladiators team and the sad demise of the American Gladiators. It's an episode not to be missed!

S03-EP04: The One With Shadow

Shadow (Jefferson King) was the original Gladiators team leader and undisputed King of Duel! On this week's GladPod he chats to Di, David and Producer Paul about his memories of being a Gladiator and his controversial and explosive exit from the show...

S03-EP03: The One With Hawk

Hawk (Aleks Georgijev) was the first and only Welsh Gladiator on the original series, joining Gladiators in Series 1 back in 1992. He chats to Di, David and Producer Paul on The GladPod to discuss his Gladiatorial career and why now is the right time for him to take a trip down memory lane...

S03-EP02: The One With Scorpio

She was the very first Gladiator to be hired in the UK and Nikki Diamond aka Scorpio will be fondly remembered by many GladFans as the undisputed Queen of the Wall. She joins Jet (aka Diane Youdale), Producer Paul, and David to lift the lid on her time on the show.

S03-EP01: The One With Lightning

She's one of the original Gladiators and one of only four OGs to remain until the final series, Kim Betts aka Lightning joins Dave, Di and Producer Paul to lift the lid on her time on Gladiators.

S02-BONUS: The One With The 30th Anniversary

Jet (aka Diane Youdale), Producer Paul, and David are joined by special guests as they mark 30 years to the day since Gladiators first appeared on UK TV screens way back on October 10 1992.

S02-BONUS: The One With The Reboot Reports

With reports that the BBC is planning to bring Gladiators back to our screens after a 22-year hiatus since the original ITV series ended, fan favourite Jet, Dave and Producer Paul are back with a one-off episode with special guests.

S02-EP12: The One With Wolf

Playing the bad guy was a winning formula for Wolf, AKA Michael Van Wijk - the best known baddie in the business who had a legion of fans and only wanted to be loved. He joins Di, Dave and Producer Paul for an unmissable GladPod.

S02-EP11: The One With Nigel Lythgoe OBE

Di, Dave, and Producer Paul are joined by the God of Gladiators, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe OBE.

S02-EP10: The One With Siren

Di, Dave, and Producer Paul are joined by the sizzling Siren, AKA Ali Paton, the only Scottish Gladiator.

S02-EP09: The One With Kerryn

Di, Dave, and Producer Paul are joined by legendary champion contender Kerryn Sampey, runner-up of the 1994 Gladiators series and winner of Gladiators: The Ashes.

S02-EP08: The One With Doom and Enigma

Di, Dave, and Producer Paul are joined by Doom and Enigma, AKA Wayne Gordon and Jenny Pacey, from the 2008 Gladiators Sky revival series.

S02-EP07: The One With Delta

The GladPod heads Down Under as Di, Dave, and Producer Paul are joined by Aussie Gladiator favourite Delta, aka Karyn Lenehan.

S02-EP06: The One With Amazon

Di, Dave and Producer Paul are joined by Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies MBE, AKA Amazon.

S02-EP05: The One With The Costume Designer

Di, Dave and Producer Paul are joined this week by Stephen Adnitt who sketched each of the iconic Gladiators' costumes and insignia.

S02-EP04: The One With Laser

Tina Andrew - aka Laser - was travelling the world with her husband when she applied to be a Contender on Gladiators. However, just two days before they were due to leave the UK, Tina was informed she was needed in Birmingham immediately for the filming of the sixth series. After arriving in the production office she soon realised she wasn't going to be a Contender, Tina was going to become the newest Gladiator... Laser! She joins Di, David and Producer Paul this week to share her journey about her time before, during and after Gladiators.

S02-EP03: The One With Rhino

A firm fan favourite, Mark "Rhino" Smith joins Di, David and Producer Paul to share his journey about his time before, during and after Gladiators.

S02-EP02: Jet Revisited (Part 2)

Di, Dave and Producer Paul are back with the second part of Jet Revisited where Di shares more of her experiences as Gladiator Jet, tackles some fan questions, discusses the story behind her debut album 'No Covers' and also her life after leaving the iconic show.

S02-EP01: Jet Revisited (Part 1)

Di, Dave and Producer Paul are back with Series Two of The GladPod! Kicking off this hotly-anticipated series, Dave and Paul dive deeper into those early days of Jet to shed a bit more light on the life of Diane Youdale.

S01-EP12: The One With Panther

It might surprise you to learn that Helen O’Reilly - aka Panther - hated sports at school! But once she found the sport she loved in bodybuilding there was no stopping her - and after claiming a Miss Universe title, Helen was snapped up to become an original Gladiator. She joins David and Di this week to share her journey about her time before, during and after Gladiators.

S01-EP11: The One With The Commentator

Dave and guest co-host Vogue - aka Suzie Cox - speak with the voice of Gladiators - John Sachs. John provided the voice-over commentary for every series of the Gladiators on ITV and was hugely popular with fans of the show, but would he like to see the show return?

S01-EP10: The One With The Gladiator That Never Was

It wouldn’t be a shock if you don’t recall our guest, Metin Hussein was set to join Gladiators as Shark but a stomach ulcer saw his career end before it even started (despite featuring in promotional videos!)

S01-EP09: The One With The First Champion

Jet and Dave are talking to the first ever male contender champion - Weininger Irwin. Find out about how using a treadmill for the first time during the trials nearly ruined his TV chances...

S01-EP08: The One With Phoenix

Jet and Dave speak to Phoenix (Sandy Young) about her short time on Gladiators, why she is now breaking her silence on her departure and her life after the show. Find out how a desire to ‘tone-up’ after having her son, led her to achieve the Miss UK title and then become one of the orignal Gladiators.

S01-EP07: The One With Cobra

Jet and David are joined by Cobra (aka Mick Wilson) to hear his journey of becoming a Gladiator and his time on the hit show and why he now feels like he’s only ‘half a Gladiator’. Known for his high-kicks and splits when entering the Gladiators’ arena, Cobra was also the joker in the pack.

S01-EP06: The One With Rebel

As a professional athlete, joining Gladiators had not initially been on Rebel’s long-term career plan. But in our sixth episode, Jennifer Stoute tells Jet and Dave how she was won over by none other than Amazon (aka Sharron Davis) and the decision was the best she made.

S01-EP05: The One With The Superfan

Addicted to the show since the age of 10, Superfan Paul Noddings joins our fifth episode to tell Jet and Dave what kept him hooked on all things Gladiator and how his passion has shaped his life ever since he started a childhood obsession that has never really left him.

S01-EP04: The One With Vogue

Vogue joined Gladiators in series four, and in our fourth episode Suzie Cox tells Di and Dave how her journey to small-screen stardom began, what she loved the most about her life as a Gladiator and what's happened since.

S01-EP03: The One With Hunter

James Crossely - better known as Hunter - joins Di and Dave this week to chat candidly about joining Gladiators, his time on the show and what followed the Saturday night adulation he received from fans.

S01-EP02: The One With Jet

Of all the 34 lycra-clad Gladiators to grace our screens on Saturday nights in the 1990s, one who is still remembered most fondly, is Jet – aka Diane Youdale. David begins his Gladiatorial journey of discovery by grilling his co-host on becoming a Gladiator and sex symbol, her time on the hit show and what she's done since.

S01-EP01: The One Where We Start

Nearly 30 years on from the first episode of Gladiators, Jet (aka Diane Youdale) and journalist David start their journey of discovery to relive the glory days of the biggest Saturday night family show in the 90s.