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

Episodes

Seasons


Years



8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1   Unknown  
2000   1999   1998   1997   1996   1995   … See all »
2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Catch Phrase (1986–2015)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Game show in which contestants try to guess well-known phrases or sayings from animated picture puzzles.

Stars: Roy Walker, Nick Weir, Stephen Mulhern
Top of the Pops (1964–2016)
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A rundown of the latest chart hits, featuring in-studio performances from popular music artists.

Stars: The Ladybirds, Pan's People, Jimmy Savile
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A mix of music, comedy and celebrity chat hosted by fast-witted comic Jonathan Ross.

Stars: Jonathan Ross, Stephen de Martin, Ian Parkin
TFI Friday (1996–2015)
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Comedy, guest interviews and live bands in the studio, from a bar in London's riverside studios.

Stars: Catalina Guirado, Chris Evans, Sharleen Spiteri
Mastermind (TV Series 1972)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A long-running series in which members of the public sit in a black chair to answer questions on a specialist subject and general knowledge.

Stars: John Humphrys, Magnus Magnusson, Gareth Kingston
A Question of Sport (TV Series 1970)
Game-Show | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Sporting celebrities are quizzed on their own and others' sports.

Stars: Sue Barker, Matt Dawson, Ally McCoist
Countdown (TV Series 1982)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The long-running words and numbers game.

Stars: Carol Vorderman, Richard Whiteley, Susie Dent
The Jonathan Ross Show (TV Series 2011)
Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

British talk show host Jonathon Ross talks with guests from around the globe.

Stars: Jonathan Ross, Olly Murs, John Bishop
The Weakest Link (2000–2017)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

British general knowledge quiz show which spawned imitations around the world, notably in the USA.

Stars: Anne Robinson, Jon Briggs, Adam Woodyatt
Masterchef Goes Large (TV Series 2005)
Game-Show | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Competition based series where amateur cooks progress through by successfully creating dishes that show off their technical skill and understanding of flavour. Guest judges include food critics and Mitchelin star chefs.

Stars: John Torode, Gregg Wallace, India Fisher
Celebrity Masterchef (TV Series 2006)
Game-Show | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Celebrities compete to win the coveted cookery competition title.

Stars: Gregg Wallace, John Torode, India Fisher
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The original British version of the quiz show that's become a worldwide hit. Host Chris Tarrant asks hopeful contestants a series of questions, each more difficult than the last. As the ... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Tarrant, Jeremy Clarkson, Eamonn Holmes
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The ultimate challenge.


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1992 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Female Gladiator Fox revealed in an interview that she really disliked her Gladiator name as she felt it didn't suit her personality, but liked her theme tune - 'Foxy Lady' by Jimi Hendrix. Ironically Fox kept her Gladiator name when she transferred to the South African team for their penultimate 5th series. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
John Fashanu: Awooga!
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Gamesmaster: Episode #5.10 (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Was alright for kids (which it was aimed at) but some years on it looks very corny and cheesy indeed
6 July 2006 | by davideo-2See 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. **


0 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed