According to reports, the BBC is in talks with the owners of the rights, MGM Studios, to reintroduce the intensely physical game show Gladiators, one of Britain’s biggest of the 1990s.
Insiders tell insiders that a new group of professionals have been chosen, and that filming will take place in Sheffield, northern England, three decades after professionals with unlikely but catchy names like Blaze, Falcon, and Wolf competed against contestants in a series of muscle-flexing challenges, the BBC hopes to bring the show back by next year.
The BBC has not yet revealed its plans for the programme, but according to a source quoted by Broadcast Magazine, “It’s just the kind of Saturday night family entertainment programme that BBC One needs.”
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While Strictly Come Dancing continues to draw sizable Saturday night viewers for the BBC, The Masked Singer has been a more recent hit for ITV.
Gladiators, which broadcast on ITV from 1992 until 2000, was one of the network’s top programmes. The touted competition, modelled after the American Gladiators television programme, was presided over by presenter Ulrika Johnson. Referee John Anderson participated in bot
h the original series and the quick remake that aired on Sky One in 2008 and 2009.
As of the time of publication, the BBC has declined to comment to the Guardian.