Members of the public are pitted against superfit Gladiators in trials of strength, speed and stamina.
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Ulrika Jonsson ...  Herself - Hostess / ... 114 episodes, 1992-1999
John Anderson ...  Himself - Referee 114 episodes, 1992-1999
John Sachs ...  Himself - Commentator / ... 111 episodes, 1992-1999
Kim Betts ...  Lightning / ... 111 episodes, 1992-1999
Michael Van Wijk ...  Wolf / ... 110 episodes, 1992-1999
Michael Willson Michael Willson ...  Cobra / ... 104 episodes, 1992-1999
James Crossley James Crossley ...  Hunter / ... 101 episodes, 1993-1999
Bernadette Hunt ...  Falcon / ... 99 episodes, 1993-1999
Michael Lewis ...  Saracen 97 episodes, 1992-1999
Michael Ahearne Michael Ahearne ...  Warrior / ... 87 episodes, 1992-1997
John Fashanu ...  Himself - Host / ... 77 episodes, 1992-1999
Helen O'Reilly ...  Panther / ... 72 episodes, 1992-1997
Suzanne Cox Suzanne Cox ...  Vogue / ... 68 episodes, 1995-1999
Mark Griffin ...  Trojan / ... 66 episodes, 1993-1997
Katherine Staples Katherine Staples ...  Zodiac / ... 66 episodes, 1993-1997
Mark Rhino Smith ...  Rhino / ... 66 episodes, 1995-1999
Judy Simpson Judy Simpson ...  Nightshade 62 episodes, 1993-1997
Diane Youdale Mayhew ...  Jet / ... 61 episodes, 1992-1996
Warren Furman Warren Furman ...  Ace 49 episodes, 1996-1999
Jennifer Stoute Jennifer Stoute ...  Rebel 49 episodes, 1996-1999
Jane Omorogbe 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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The ultimate challenge.


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10 October 1992 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

Fiesty scouse mom, athlete and last line of the nation's defense Eunice Huthart, who went on from two "Gladiators" series wins to become a stunt actress in the movie "GoldenEye". She continues to appear in major movies, often as Angelina Jolie's stunt double. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
John Fashanu: Awooga!
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Alternate Versions

For the VHS releases of the first 3 series from Silver Vision, the use of popular music for events and Gladiator entrances was omitted for copyright reasons. The only exceptions were Queen's 'We Will Rock You' for Atlaspheres, and Edwin Starr's 'War' (used as Shadow's signature tune) which remained intact. See more »

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Version of Bang! Bang! Bang! (1996) See more »

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Once silly but original, but towards the end silly and unoriginal
16 January 2002 | by bob the mooSee 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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