Gladiators return to television CONFIRMED by the BBC

A new 11-part series will air on BBC One in 2023.


Gladiators is one of the most exciting and energetic sports entertainment gameshows ever and originally ran on ITV from 1992 to 2000, with a revival on Sky One in 2008 and now for the first time since 2009, it has been announced during this year's Edinburgh Television Festival that it will be returning to television in its brand new home on the BBC.


The much-loved Saturday night staple will be back with a new series, made by Hungry Bear Media and MGM Television UK and will welcome a brand new generation of superhumans who will compete against contestants in the ultimate test of speed and strength.


The new series will include brand new games alongside classic challenges, culminating at the end of each episode with fan favourite The Eliminator.


Viewers can look forward to feeling the power of the Gladiators once again and can enjoy the challenge of the champions later in 2023.


The BBC's Director of Unscripted, Kate Phillips said "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!"


Dan Baldwin, Managing Director of Hungry Bear said "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."


To which Scot Cru, EVP of Global Formats and Unscripted Content at MGM Television added “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."


And Dom Bird, SVP MGM International Unscripted Television said "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 will air in 2023 on BBC One