Members of the public are pitted against superfit Gladiators in trials of strength, speed and stamina.
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 Wolf (107 episodes, 1992-1999)
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 Cobra (102 episodes, 1992-1999)
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 Hunter (98 episodes, 1993-1999)
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 Saracen (97 episodes, 1992-1999)
Michael Ahearne ...
 Warrior (85 episodes, 1992-1997)
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 Himself - Host / ... (77 episodes, 1992-1999)
Helen O'Reilly ...
 Panther (70 episodes, 1992-1997)
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 Zodiac (65 episodes, 1993-1997)
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Judy Simpson ...
 Nightshade (62 episodes, 1993-1997)
Diane Youdale Mayhew ...
 Jet (59 episodes, 1992-1996)
Warren Furman ...
 Ace (49 episodes, 1996-1999)
Jennifer Stoute ...
 Rebel (49 episodes, 1996-1999)
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 Rio (49 episodes, 1996-1999)
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Members of the public are pitted against superfit Gladiators in trials of strength, speed and stamina.

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When the show was repeated in 1995 during the summer season on ITV, at the end of each repeat, a voice-over would say "That was a repeat from 1994, and Shadow is no longer a gladiator". Jefferson King (Shadow) was fired from the show due to drug use. See more »

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Fashanu, John: Awooga!
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Referenced in Gamesmaster: Episode #2.7 (1992) See more »

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Was alright for kids (which it was aimed at) but some years on it looks very corny and cheesy indeed
6 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Jodie Marsh **** Michelle Marsh *** Kym Marsh ** Rodney Marsh * Hackney Marsh

Gladiators was a hugely popular show at weekends on ITV when I was a bit younger. It was even filmed in my home city (Birmingham) and (cringe!) I actually remember going to see it with my family. As a younger viewer, it has a certain appeal but seeing it endlessly churned out nowadays on Challenge TV I am only able to see it for the rather corny and cheesy show it is.

For some kids in the early 90s, the 'gladiators' with their superhero names (e.g. Panther, Saracen, Wolfman) and larger than life physiques must have seemed like great role models to look up to until the penny dawned and it became clear that many of them were just pumped up steroid abusers and in fact one or two even got found out and were penalized by the show's producers. The corniest character being the 'wolfman' who would frequently shock by getting aggressive with contestants or referee John ('contender reeeeeeeeady!!! Gladiator reeeeeeeeeeeeady!!! Three two one......wheeeeeeeeep!!!') Anderson before he did it so often it ended up becoming clear that it was all for show and the whole thing was basically just set up. The very premise of the show, wherein the main eventers were selected because of their 'ability' to carry on training for long periods of time without stopping and taking a break was rubbish because obviously the human body (male or female) can only carry on training for so long before they have to stop for a bit or risk dehydration, spraining ligaments or whatever.

As a kid, the show had appeal, but as many other reviewers have noted, 15 or so years on you can just see it in it's true colours, cheesy, corny and now even a little dated. Amazingly it ran from 1992 to 2000 when really everyone had become disillusioned and bored with it around 1995. **


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