• Publication date: January 1, 2010

Let The Games Begin Everyday Joes And Janes Go Up Against The Mighty

"Gladiators" was a British television series produced from 1992 to 2000. It is an adaptation of the United States game show "American Gladiators". The first season was originally presented by John Fashanu and Ulrika Jonsson, and all the episodes of Gladiators UK were recorded at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

"Gladiators" was a British television series produced from 1992 to 2000. It is an adaptation of the United States game show "American Gladiators". The first season was originally presented by John Fashanu and Ulrika Jonsson, and all the episodes of Gladiators UK were recorded at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

It breaks down as follows; a pair of fit males and a pair of fit female members of the public [some with trifling claims to fame like being world kick-boxing champion, representing their country at diving, playing professional rugby or such], adopt the role of contenders taking on the might of trained Gladiators with similarly awesome names in a series of pseudo-combative events, aiming to earn as many points as possible.

Applicants who wanted to take part in the show had to go through fitness tests to before they were selected to take part in the show.

The contender with most points from each pair earns a half-second head-start for each point difference in a race over a fearsome oversized assault course. John Sachs provides crazed voiceover commentary from beginning to the end, and the gladiators are cheered on by a group of cheerleaders, known as G-Force. All the while Ulrika Jonsson and John Fashanu provide comments during events, in addition to interviews with the contenders between events.

Considered one of the defining game shows of the 1990s, the show is derived from the original "American Gladiators" which, contrary to expectations, had smaller resources as well as a smaller arena in comparison to spin-offs it spawned in other parts of the world, such as UK, Australia and Sweden.

Watch fit local celebrities take on the might of Lightning, Cobra, Saracen and Wolf, as they push through events like: Danger Zone, Hit & Run, Human Cannonball, Joust, and Powerball, Gladiators is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.