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One of the most iconic sports entertainment gameshows ever, Gladiators, returned to screens last weekend with an incredible 6 million viewers tuning in from 5:50pm on BBC One.

It's now been revealed by BARB that the first episode of Gladiators has consolidated to well over 8.2m on BBC One, making it the most watched programme of the week across all channels.

Hosted by father and son duo Bradley and Barney Walsh, the show will see a new generation of superhuman Gladiators competing against a brave set of contenders in the ultimate test of speed and strength.

They will take part in a series of brand-new games alongside classic challenges including fan-favourite The Eliminator.

Bradley Walsh says: “Wow! I can’t believe that I’ve been asked to be part of this iconic show. I used to sit backstage, or in the audience, every week watching my wife be part of this juggernaut and now I get to co-host a new version of GLADIATORS!!! Saturday night family entertainment at its best...ARE YOU READY ?!"

Barney Walsh says: “Gladiators has been a massive part of our family and it’s an honour to be asked to co-host this iconic show. I’m so excited for everyone to see the spectacle, elite athletes and fantastic family entertainment that is GLADIATORS.”

Gladiators continues Saturdays on BBC One and iPlayer.


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