A derivative of a US series, ‘Gladiators’ was a fixture of the 90s, pitting athletic civilians against a group of well oiled, beachwear clad types with the titular name. It made a brief star out of Wolf and others, had a few arrests, and always ended with the Eliminator.
Now, after a failed reboot in 2008, Gladiators is back, this time on the BBC. There will be new games, loved old games, we presume an entire new cast of Gladiators, and as this is the BBC we imagine Jonathan Pierce will be along to fucking ruin it with his assholery.
The 11 episode comeback starts in 2023.
“Gladiators is back and a whole new generation of viewers can now look forward to watching a Saturday night spectacle like no other,” the BBC said, “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!”
It’s going to be interesting because there’s a whole professional class of Ninja warrior competitors out there, but we’ll probably just get Steve from Aldi so as not to embarrass the talent.