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Gemma Atkinson ‘in talks to compete on celebrity version of Gladiators’ after bosses confirm spin-off following success of BBC’s revival series



Gemma Atkinson is reportedly in talks to appear in a celebrity version of Gladiators.

The physically challenging game show was revived by the broadcasting giant in January, 32 years after its original ITV launch and 16 years after Sky One scrapped an earlier revival.

After it proved to be a success, it was confirmed that a celebrity version of the program was in the works.

A source told the Mirror: ‘Gemma heard there was a celebrity special in the pipeline and told her agent she would like to be involved.

‘Gladiators was Gemma’s favorite show as a child, and because she is now so into fitness, it would be her dream gig.

Gemma Atkinson is reportedly in talks to appear in a celebrity version of Gladiators after asking her team to put her forward
The physically challenging game show was revived by the broadcasting giant in January, 32 years after its original ITV launch and 16 years after Sky One axed a previous revival (Gladiator Electro pictured from the revival series)

‘Discussions are ongoing – the show team is pleased she is so enthusiastic.’

MailOnline has contacted Gemma’s representatives for comment.

Earlier this month it was confirmed that Gladiators was set to return to the BBC with a celebrity spin-off after the rebooted show became a ratings record.

Its arrival on the prime time Saturday evening program proved to be a ratings winner for the BBC, with 28-day viewing figures showing that 9.8 million people tuned in to the first episode.

The high share of viewers made it the most successful launch of an entertainment show on the BBC in seven years, with an average of 8.3 million viewers across the entire eleven episodes.

Its success means Gladiators will return with a second series expected to feature at least one celebrity-led version of the show in 2025, which is usually contested by members of the public.

“I can reveal that we are going to do a celebrity special,” executive producer and director of Hungry Bear Media Dan Baldwin, husband of TV presenter Holly Willoughby, told Radio 4.

‘You always watch old programs that are no longer on television. You’re always coming up with new ways to bring back a show.’

A source told the Mirror: ‘Gladiators was Gemma’s favorite show as a child and because she is now so into fitness it would be her dream gig.’
After it proved to be a success, it was confirmed that a celebrity version of the program was in the works

He added: “It’s no exaggeration to say that the response to Gladiators has been phenomenal. The episodes are packed with nail-biting drama, exciting action and enormous emotions.

‘In Series 2 the show goes from strength to strength. We have some great surprises in store for the fans. Are you ready?!?’

Kalpna Patel-Knight, head of entertainment at the BBC, said: ‘Gladiators has really started this year with a bang, and we’re so pleased that fans have flocked to the show.

‘It was great to hear how much families enjoyed watching this together as part of the BBC’s Saturday evening entertainment offering. We can’t wait for more action from the Gladiators.”

Elsewhere, Dom Bird, SVP of Gladiators production company MGM Alternative, International, said: ‘It was incredible to see Gladiators reignite the excitement this show always generated in Britain on Saturday evenings.

‘We’re delighted that a second series has been confirmed for BBC One and BBC iPlayer and we can’t wait to get back into the arena with our partners at Hungry Bear Media and the BBC.’

The popular game show originally aired on ITV from 1992 to 2000 before returning for a single series on Sky One in 2008 (presenter Ulrika Jonsson with some of the cast in 1994)
The rebooted show became the most successful launch of an entertainment show on the BBC in seven years, averaging 8.3 million viewers across its entire eleven episodes.

BBC chief Tim Davie had previously included a second series in his list of ‘big priorities’ for this year in a speech to the Royal Television Society.

He said: ‘It does of course mean that, despite budget pressures, we will prioritize big national occasions – from the Coronation, the Eurovision Song Contest, the Proms and Glastonbury, to the Olympics and the European Championships, or Strictly or Gladiators , Children in Need or even that big drama: Election Night.’

Many had predicted that a second series of Gladiators was on the way after it eclipsed the ratings of other shows including Dancing On Ice and The Masked Singer in January.

The popular game show originally aired on ITV from 1992 to 2000, before returning for a single series on Sky One in 2008.