Gladiators was a British television series produced by LWT for ITV on Saturdays nights from October 1992 to January 2000. It is an adaptation of the United States game show American Gladiators. A revival of the show was broadcast on Sky1 in 2008 and 2009.
The show was originally presented by John Fashanu and Ulrika Jonsson. John Fashanu was replaced by Jeremy Guscott in 1997, before returning for the final mini series in 1999.
The referee was John Anderson and the timekeepers over the show's run were Andrew Norgate, Derek Redmond and Eugene Gilkes. John Sachs commentated for the show from the beginning to the end and the gladiators were cheered on by a group of cheerleaders, known as G-Force.
Applicants who wanted to take part in the show had to go through fitness tests before they were selected to take part in the show.
Contenders faced the Gladiators in a number of events to score points which were used to calculate who had the head start in the final Eliminator. The difference between the two contenders scores were halved to calculate the head start time. For example, a contender who finished the events 10 points ahead of the other contender, would get a 5 second head start.
Events included -Atlaspheres, Catapult, Danger Zone, Duel, Gauntlet, Hang Tough, Hit & Run, Joust, Pendulum, Pole-Axe, Powerball, Pursuit, Pyramid, Skytrak, Sumo Ball, Suspension Bridge, Swingshot, Tightrope, Tilt, Vertigo, The Wall, Whiplash.
Gladiators included - Ace, Cobra, Diesel, Hawk, Hunter, Khan, Raider, Rhino, Saracen, Shadow, Trojan, Warrior, Wolf, Amazon, Blaze, Falcon, Flame, Jet, Lightning, Nightshade, Panther, Rio, Rocket, Scorpio, Siren, Vogue and Zodiac.