Have you ever imagined trying to balance on a high platform while a muscular gym bunny in a leotard pummels you with a giant cotton swab? The legendary 1990s TV show Gladiators returns and the BBC, which will broadcast the revamped show, needs contestants to take on a new generation of Gladiators.

The show, which was a Saturday night favorite from 1992 to 2000, featured a team of regulars, known as the Gladiators, who would take on a new set of ‘contenders’ each week. Throughout a series of challenges, the contenders would battle to defeat the show’s Gladiators, as a violent version of Eggheads.

The new series of the show will have 11 episodes, to be filmed later this year at Sheffield’s Utilita Arena. There are rumors that Diane Youdale, who was Jet in the original, might be involved as an expert.

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Gladiators is set for a big comeback on the BBC(Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

The BBC website on the show, which invites potential contenders to participate, states: “Contenders ready! Gladiators ready! Gladiators, one of the most exciting and energetic sports-entertainment game shows ever, will return to television in their new home. on the BBC. The much-loved Saturday night staple will return with a new generation of superhuman gladiators competing against a fearless field of contenders in the ultimate test of speed and strength.”

Production company Hungry Bear TV, which is making the show for the BBC, will be in Birmingham this April to test Contender. They are appealing to athletes from the Midlands counties, including Leicestershire, to come along and try for a chance to take on the new generation of Gladiators.

Contestants can apply for a place in the trials by clicking here to visit the BBC website.


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