‘Gladiators’ revival set on BBC One by MGM

A Gladiators revival is coming next year on BBC One.

The competitive series returns with an 11-part series produced by MGM Television UK and Hungry Bear Media, focusing on “a brand new generation of superhumans who will go head-to-head against contestants in the ultimate test of speed and strength”.

According to BBC One, this new iteration of Gladiators will feature new games alongside classic challenges, culminating with the iconic The Eliminator event at the end of each episode.

Filming will take place at the Utilita Arena Sheffield in 2023. More information about the series, including broadcast details, will be announced at a later date.

It’s worth noting that Gladiators is being revived internationally by MGM while the studio is in limbo under new parent Amazon, while MGM is still trying to pull off a US reboot for American Gladiators. ‘ the original US format on which ‘Gladiators’ is based. Last fall, MGM partnered with WWE to create a version of the competition featuring WWE wrestlers, but there’s no word on when or where that project will end up.

Gladiators is a Hungry Bear and MGM Television UK Production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer and has been commissioned by Kate Phillips as Director of Entertainment. Dan Baldwin is executive producer for Hungry Bear and Dom Bird for MGM Television. The BBC editor-in-chief will be confirmed at a later date.

“Gladiators is back and a whole new generation of viewers can now look forward to a Saturday night spectacle like no other,” said Phillips, Director of Unscripted at the BBC. “Will the competitors have the will and skills to thrive against our powerful new gladiators? You’ll have to tune in to find out!”

Scot Cru, MGM Television’s Executive Vice President of Global Formats and Unscripted Content, added, “Gladiators is a format that is resonating with viewers worldwide. We are delighted to bring this acclaimed series to the BBC and can’t wait to introduce our British gladiators.”

https://variety.com/2022/global/global/gladiators-revival-bbc-one-mgm-1235350537/ ‘Gladiators’ revival set on BBC One by MGM

Charles Jones

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