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Gladiators Reboot on BBC One

Here's what we know so far...

  • Gladiators is reportedly coming back to our TV screens on BBC One
  • Produced by Hungry Bear Media and MGM Studios
  • Recording is set to take place early in 2023 at Utilita Arena Sheffield
  • Holly Willoughby and Alex Scott are reportedly in talks as potential hosts

TV's Gladiators are set to return to UK TV screens three decades after the very first episode aired. It has been reported in Broadcast magazine that the iconic family entertainment show will be brought back, but this time to the BBC, by MGM Studios and Hungry Bear Media in 2023.

GladiatorsTV.com's podcast The GladPod, hosted by Jet (Diane Youdale), has recently covered the news of the reboot, also featuring Hunter (James Crossley), Scorpio (Nikki Diamond) and her daughter Emily Diamond, who has hopes of becoming one of the new Gladiators! They also speak to 5 of the biggest GladFans about exactly what they want from a brand new version of Gladiators.

Three of the legendary Gladiators from the original ITV series, Hunter (James Crossley), Lightning (Kim Betts) and Saracen (Mike Lewis), recently caught up with Josie Gibson and Craig Doyle on ITV's This Morning to discuss the reports of the new show, and take a trip down memory lane...

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 Pyramid, 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.

It’s exactly the kind of Saturday night family entertainment show that BBC One needs.

Production source told Broadcast magazine

It is believed that the new series will be recorded in 2023 at the Utilita Arena Sheffield, rather than the show's original home of the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham (now known as Utilita Arena Birmingham).

Holly Willoughby and the original Gladiators Ace, Panther, Jet, Hunter and referee John Anderson
Holly Willoughby and the original Gladiators Ace, Panther, Jet, Hunter and referee John Anderson

It has also been reported that Holly Willoughby is being lined up to host the brand new series of Gladiators. Holly was a massive fan of Gladiators in the 90s and actually went to see the show recorded twice!

The Sun has also reported that Arsenal legend Alex Scott has been having secret talks with the program makers Hungry Bear and the BBC. It has been said that Alex is very keen to do it, pending her schedule. Gabby Logan and Davina McCall are also said to be in the running.

It is expected that the hosts will be announced later this year. The new batch of Gladiators, all professional athletes, have reportedly already been cast.

More information on auditions and audience tickets will follow as soon as we have more information.

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