Members of the public are pitted against superfit Gladiators in trials of strength, speed and stamina.




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Series cast summary:
Ulrika Jonsson ...  Self - Hostess / ... 114 episodes, 1992-1999
John Anderson ...  Self - Referee 114 episodes, 1992-1999
John Sachs ...  Self - 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 ...  Self - 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


Members of the public are pitted against superfit Gladiators in trials of strength, speed and stamina.

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The ultimate challenge.


Did You Know?


When John Fashnu originally left the show, the producer's first choice of replacement was no other than motoring journalist Jeremy Clarkson. He declined. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Newman and Baddiel: Live and in Pieces (1993) See more »

User Reviews

Novel But Ultimately Ruined
21 August 2004 | by neiljones1981See all my reviews

So, Gladiators, the hit of the early 1990s. An striking example of how strong physical fitness can be a benefit to you, or an excuse to watch grown men and women running around in tight lycra shorts?

Initially this was good - it was new and it was interesting and, well, it looked good. An excuse for cheap kicks though, watching beautiful women in lycra which might explain the ratings.

The show was slow though - it was really struggling to fill its 60min time slot in some places. There was far too much talking and not enough action - I mean really, six games in 52 minutes of programme, I ask you? Fun House (the UK version) was able to cram five events (three sixty second games, a go-kart race and a two minute fun-house dash) into the space of just 25mins.

And that show lasted longer than Gladiators!

Thre's only so much one can take of John Anderson going "Contender, rrrrrrrready?! Gladiators, rrrrready?! Threeeee, twoooooo, oneeee, *blow whistle*. Likewise, there's only so much one can take of The Wolfman running around breaking all the rules, getting told off and making Ulrika Jonson quake in her boots. And when they started getting other officials to start talking down the microphone to announce stuff such as "You completed the danger zone in 25.9 seconds which is under 30 seconds" it became obvious where the show was going to go in terms of target audience (and it was confirmed when they made Junior Gladiators as well).

The games got dafter and more unimaginative as the years went by and the powers that be decided to almost totally drop all the earlier games. There was only so many ways to see contestant and gladiator compete against each other and stay transmittable for Saturday Night television. Of course, they'd used them all up by about the third series so games after that were rehashed versions of what had gone before. So then of course there was no variety. Damned if they do, damned if they don't.

Would have been better I reckon if there wasn't so much talking! I personally wasn't really that interested in hearing what Diane from Somerset thought about bashing Phoenix's brains out with the pugal stick, nor was there any real point in getting John Anderson to ham the audience up with the previously quoted phrase before every event, a clear sign that the warm-up man wasn't doing his job properly. Gladiators had just about lost its way altogether by the time it finished its run and we'd lost all interest by then. More variety needed, take note for whoever decides to revive this in the future.

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