Gladiators BBC: Bradley Walsh and son, Barney, confirmed as hosts of show filming in Sheffield
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It is a fitting appointment for the Gladiators reboot as Barney’s mum, and Bradley’s wife, Donna Walsh was head choreographer for the Gladiator cheerleaders in the original series. The BBC hope the pair will bring their well-known charm, wit and chemistry to the Gladiators Arena, which will be in Sheffield.
Bradley Walsh said: “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.”
The 11-part series will see a new generation of superhuman Gladiators compete against a brave set of contenders in “the ultimate test of speed and strength”. The new series will see brand new games introduced, as well as some fan favourites returning, including Duel, Hang Tough and The Eliminator.
Barney Walsh said: “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.”
The original Gladiators series was broadcast on ITV, where Bradley hosts the iconic quiz show, The Chase.