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BBC One searches for the next stars of Gladiators

Finalists: Wesley Male, Bronte Jones, Marie-Louise Nicholson and Finlay Anderson


BBC One searches for the next stars of Gladiators

The Beeb are searching for more contestants to take on the Gladiators…

After ten gruelling weeks competing against the superhuman Gladiators, the final four contenders – Finlay Anderson, Wesley Male, Bronte Jones and Marie-Louise Nicholson – yesterday took to the arena one last time to see who had the will, the skill and the heart to be a winner and walk away Gladiators champion 2024.

Ultimately, having taken on Apollo, Athena, Bionic, Comet, Diamond, Dynamite, Electro, Fire, Fury, Giant, Legend, Nitro, Phantom, Sabre, Steel and Viper the victorious winners were Finlay Anderson an Army Officer who was put through his paces in the heats by coming against Giant in Duel and Apollo in The Ring before claiming victory in The Eliminator.

The Quarter Finals saw him injure himself on The Edge so he chose to forfeit the Gauntlet meaning he went into The Eliminator 11 seconds behind his opponent Wesley. However all was not lost as Finlay earned his place in the Semi Finals as the fastest runner up and managed to win which meant a rematch against Wesley in the Gladiators Final.

And Marie-Louise Nicholson a Dublin born personal trainer who scored maximum points 5 times over the series. In the heats she did struggle on the dreaded travelator but managed to power through to the Quarter Finals where she was able to escape Sabre’s claws and climb to the top of The Wall. Marie-Louise won her place in the Semis where she was dealt some powerful blows from an explosive Dynamite on Duel and sent over The Edge by Diamond.

However, she overcame a 9 second deficient on The Eliminator to take victory and become a finalist.

2024 winners: Finlay Anderson and Marie-Louise Nicholson with hosts Bradley and Barney Walsh

Now the BBC are on the look out for more challengers who think they can beat the Gladiators in the next series.

“We’re on the lookout for the bravest members of the British public who have the speed and skill to take on our superhuman Gladiators.”BBC

If you believe you have what it takes, then you’ll find all the details you need to apply for Gladiators series two here.

Gladiators, is described as an ‘iconic sports entertainment show’, produced by Hungry Bear Media and MGM Alternative UK. The hotly anticipated revival of the old LWT series gripped the nation and quickly became the biggest entertainment launch for a new series in seven years on the Beeb with 28-day figures showing that 9.8m viewers watched the first episode, with the series averaging 8.3 million viewers to date.

The final saw 4.2 million viewers turn to BBC One in the overnight ratings. This was the biggest audience on Saturday night beating Saturday Night Takeaway over on ITV1/STV, the channel home of the original Gladiators series.

‘The hugely successful first series hosted by Bradley and Barney Walsh saw 16 new superhuman Gladiators: quickly become household names as viewers cheered on their favourites as they competed against Contenders in iconic events such as Duel and Powerball, culminating in the iconic Eliminator.’BBC

The Beeb version of the format was filmed at the Utilita Arena in Sheffield.

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