Ninja Warrior UK is returning to ITV, with a revamped eight-part series from ITV Studios label Potato, for Saturday night.

It is being billed as ‘bigger, faster, harder’ than the original and with a new competition structure.

There will be two champions, male and female. The contestants will not only face each other but they will also have to face the ‘Ninjas’ – a team of professional Ninja Warrior athletes – in head-to-head races, in front of a full audiene.

Ben Shephard, Rochelle Humes and Chris Kamara will host.

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at ITV, said: “This all new, enhanced and reinvigorated series of Ninja Warrior UK contains all the electricity, excitement and entertainment needed to make it compulsive Saturday night viewing. Let the challenges commence!”

Ninja Warrior UK is based on Sasuke, a TBS format. The series will be executive produced by Potato’s Michael Kelpie, Martin Scott, and Helen Tumbridge, and is set to go into production in May. The series is commissioned for ITV and ITV Hub by Kevin O’Brien, Commissioning Editor and Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning.

Ninja Warrior UK  extended beyond the screen, into physical leisure destinations with over one million people having visited one of the Ninja Warrior Adventure Parks in the last 12 months, and 13 venues now open across the UK including most recent openings in Milton Keynes and Chatham.

Alongside Ninja Warrior UK, Potato’s  slate includes  The Chase and Beat the Chasers, both hosted by Bradley Walsh. Also gameshow Moneyball fronted by football legend Ian Wright, Sitting on a Fortune hosted by Gary Lineker (which are also co-produced by Possessed), and Iain Stirling’s Celebability. Its slate of entertainment and reality includes Billie and Greg: The Family Diaries, Sam and Billie: The Mummy Diaries and Ferne McCann: First Time Mum for ITVBe, while their documentary focus includes Autopsy USA: The Last Hours Of…and Breaking the Band for Reelz.


Pippa Considine

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