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Gladiators TV Show Cast 2023

The Complete Lineup of the "Gladiators" Competing in the BBC Reboot

Gladiators TV Show Cast 2023
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Contenders, ready! Gladiators, ready! The '90s TV show loved by millions is officially returning to our screens this year — and with a brand new group of incredibly fit stars. The show will follow the original format in which a set of competitors take on a number of challenges against a new generation of "superhuman" gladiators, culminating in The Eliminator. The winners of each show will then go through to the final to win a prize.

The 11-part series has begun filming at the Utilita Arena in Sheffield and is branded as the ultimate test of strength and speed. And the new hosts to guide us through the epic setup are none other than Bradley Walsh and his son, Barney. The duo are a solid choice as they have a closer link to "Gladiators" than you might realise. Bradley's wife, Donna, was actually the head choreographer for the cheerleaders on the original series, Barney took some of his first steps on set, and Bradley appeared on a celebrity special in 1997.

The original "Gladiators" premiered in 1992 and was presented by Ulrika Jonsson and John Fashanu, and it ran until 2000. Those who were cast as gladiators were household names with the likes of Wolf (Michael Van Wijk), Lightning (Kim Betts), and Trojan (Mark Griffin) fast becoming firm fan-favourites. There has already been one revival of the hit TV show, airing on Sky 1 in 2008 and 2009, so the BBC's undertaking marks its second comeback. And it seems nostalgic TV is having a moment as other old-school shows are getting a reboot. "Big Brother" is returning this summer, the reality TV series which made Alison Hammond famous, while "Deal or No Deal" is coming later the year, hosted by Stephen Mulhern.

While we wait for the new "Gladiators" revival, we'll be making a list of the other '90s and '00s hits that we've been missing, just in case the powers of TV land are looking for more inspiration. Keep reading to learn more about the gladiators taking part in the BBC reboot.

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