Iconic entertainment show, Gladiators, is to return to TV in a new home on the BBC.
The Saturday night staple will be back with an eleven episode series, made by Hungry Bear Media and MGM Television UK and will welcome a new generation of Gladiators who will compete against contestants in the “ultimate test of speed and strength.” The new series will include new games alongside classic challenges, culminating at the end of each episode with fan favourite The Eliminator.
The show will TX later in 2023.
Kate Phillips, Director of Unscripted at the BBC says: “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!”
Scot Cru, EVP of Global Formats and Unscripted Content, MGM Television says: “Gladiators is a format that resonates with viewers worldwide. We are thrilled to bring this revered series to the BBC and can’t wait to introduce our UK Gladiators.”
Dan Baldwin, Managing Director Hungry Bear says: “It’s the perfect time for Gladiators to return. What other show combines electric excitement, superheroes, giant sponge fingers, elite athletes, and a pinch of pantomime? Watch out for the new breed of superhuman, supersized, superstars bursting on to your screens on BBC One and iPlayer.”
Dom Bird, SVP MGM International Unscripted Television says: “MGM UK is incredibly excited to deliver a huge show with the scale, energy and drama that Saturday nights on BBC One are made for. It’s going to be an epic series, pushing our next-level Gladiators and contestants to the very limits of their physical abilities.”
Filming will take place at the Utilita Arena Sheffield in 2023 and further information about the series including broadcast details will be announced in due course.
Gladiators (11 x 60) is a Hungry Bear and MGM Television UK production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer and was commissioned by Kate Phillips in her capacity as Director of Entertainment. The Executive Producers are Dan Baldwin for Hungry Bear and Dom Bird for MGM Television. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC will be confirmed in due course.
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