Members of the public are pitted against superfit Gladiators in trials of strength, speed and stamina.
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 Herself - Hostess / ... (108 episodes, 1992-1999)
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 Himself - Commentator / ... (108 episodes, 1992-1999)
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 Himself - Referee (108 episodes, 1992-1999)
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 Lightning (107 episodes, 1992-1999)
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 Wolf (107 episodes, 1992-1999)
Michael Willson ...
 Cobra (102 episodes, 1992-1999)
Bernadette Hunt ...
 Falcon (98 episodes, 1993-1999)
James Crossley ...
 Hunter (98 episodes, 1993-1999)
Michael Lewis ...
 Saracen (97 episodes, 1992-1999)
Michael Ahearne ...
 Warrior (85 episodes, 1992-1997)
John Fashanu ...
 Himself - Host / ... (77 episodes, 1992-1999)
Helen O'Reilly ...
 Panther (70 episodes, 1992-1997)
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 Trojan (65 episodes, 1993-1997)
Katherine Staples ...
 Zodiac (65 episodes, 1993-1997)
Suzanne Cox ...
 Vogue (65 episodes, 1995-1999)
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 Rhino (65 episodes, 1995-1999)
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)
Jane Omorogbe ...
 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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Mike Adamle, the host of American Gladiators (1989) took over from Ulrika Johnson to host International Gladiators, so Ulrika Johnson took a break from the show. See more »

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Fashanu, John: Awooga!
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Once silly but original, but towards the end silly and unoriginal
16 January 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Two men and two women compete against same sex gladiators in a series of physical challenges. Points are awarded for different levels of achievements in each game. At the end of the show points are converted to time, with the most points giving one contestant a head start over an assault course (The Gauntlet), the winner in each sex went through to the next round of shows leading to the grand final.

Once this was an original idea - game shows with real physical competition! Real people facing off against larger than life Gladiators. This allowed the competition to be intense and exciting, allowed for the Gladiators to be characters and over react to everything - treating every game like it was the World Cup Final! For a while it worked, we forgot that the Gladiators were steroid pumped and really lacked character, and we forgot that the games were a bit daft and were pretty much the same every week. As a bit of Saturday night entertainment it was up against the unbeatable (at the time!) Noel's House Party and actually did pretty well. And of course we all pretended that we watched it for the competition and not to see beautiful women, sweating in small shorts!

However as the years went on the presenters became less capable, the Gladiators were revealed as basically pantomime dames with muscles and the games became either tired (due to endless repetition) or silly (as they searched for new ideas). Now (2002) the idea of fighting as a game show has been done so many times (with paintball, with robots etc) that it no longer has a novelty value.

Overall it was OK at the start but quickly became camp and uninteresting - how many times can you watch Wolf shouting at a referee before being ejected from the game with an air of daftness. Gone and forgotten!


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