Gladiators is an Australian television series which began airing on the Seven Network in 2008. It is a revival of the earlier series of the same name, and is based on the American and British versions of the show, which were also both revived in 2008.
The show is filmed at The Dome at the Sydney Showground, and is hosted by Tom Williams and Zoe Naylor. Respected NRL referee Bill Harrigan is one of the two referees for the show, the other is John Forsythe, who was a referee on the original series. Although not credited, the Sydney Altitude Cheerleaders were present in every episode, doing various routines throughout each episode whether an event was taking place or not.
Each episode features four events chosen at random, followed by the final round, The Eliminator. The 2008 series has featured many events that were initially featured in the first incarnation of Gladiators.
Events currently played include Atlaspheres, Duel, Gauntlet, Hang Tough, Hit & Run, Powerball, Pyramid, Suspension Bridge, The Wall and Whiplash. Pendulum, Sumo Ball and Vertigo were introduced as events for the first time in 2008. The events Joust, Pursuit, Skytrak, Swingshot and Tilt from the original series have not been contested in the new series.
As before, The Eliminator is played at the end of every episode.
So far there had been 2 red cards given out to Gladiators.
1. Thunder pushed a challenger inside the Atlasphere. He was given a yellow card by Harrigan, but ate the yellow card, and so he was given a red card.
2. Amazon let go of the sumo ball in the Sumo Ball game, and was given a yellow card by Harrigan, but during the post game interview, Amazon said "Bill would call a foul? As far as I'm concerned a foul's a bird! Bill has had it in for me since day 1!" Harrigan approched Amazon, but then Amazon walked away and celebrated like she had won. For walking away from Harrigan and for arguing with the referee, Amazon got a red card. The clip is on www.gameshowvideos.com
|Sam Brodie||Damien Nicholls|
|Simon Pavolo||Nick Hicks||1:01|
|Nathan Wood||1:05||Philip Breslin|
|Nick Hicks||1:04||Nick Hicks|
|Marcus Saltmarsh||Nathan Wood|
|Phillip Breslin||0:57||Phillip Breslin|
|Shane Elisara||Nick Hicks|
|Shaun Baxter||Paul Baird|
|Joseph McKay||1:06||Joseph McKay|
|Lincoln Burns||1:08||Lincoln Burns|
|Nikolai Sawaszenko||Joseph McKay|
|Simon Orton||DNR||Paul Baird|
|James Stretch||Simon Orton|
|Hayden Forder||Paul Baird|
The eventual winner of the Grand Final was Paul Baird.
|Bryony Barker||Nicole Sawon|
|Georgie Leake||1:27||Natasha Haines||1:11|
|Janere Reid||Natasha Haines|
|Julie Casella||Georgie Leake|
|Nicole Sawon||1:21||Georgie Leake|
|Rony Lebovics||Ashleigh Kelly|
|Ashleigh Kelly||DNR||Natasha Haines|
|Jacqueline Watson||1:26||Jacqueline Watson|
|Emily Sharp||Kim Papp|
|Kim Papp||1:26||Jacqueline Watson|
|Louise Symonds||Jacqueline Watson|
|Michelle Halemai||Michaela Williams|
|Michaela Williams||1:26||Kristine Banks-Smith|
|Kristine Banks-Smith||1:28||Michaela Williams|
The eventual winner of the Grand Final was Natasha Haines.
On September 9, 2007, it was officially announced by Seven that the show was being revived and will return for its fourth series in early 2008. Auditions for new gladiators took place via e-mail and closed on October 16, 2007 while auditions for challengers took place in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth from October 20 to November 4, 2007. Once the gladiators and challengers had been chosen, filming of all the episodes for season four took place from January 6 2008 to February 10 2008 at The Dome, Sydney Showground, New South Wales. Tickets went on sale for seats in the audience for $5 AUD each from Ticketmaster..
Speculation around who was going to host the new series was evident, with many reports in the media about celebrities which have either successfully or unsuccessfully auditioned. Seven Network presenter Tom Williams was reportedly the only male who was auditioned, and was picked up for the male co-host role immediately. For the female co-host role, the process was more intense, with many females auditioning, including swimmers Elka Graham and Brooke Hanson as well as actors Zoe Ventoura and Samantha Noble. On December 18, 2007, it was reported in the media that former McLeod's Daughters actor Zoe Naylor was being seriously considered as the female host, with an insider stating that "She looked amazing in the screen tests and there was a great vibe between her and Tom. She's fresh and fun." She ultimately ended up being chosen for the female co-host position.
With new Gladiators being chosen for the new series, it was reported on December 30, 2007 that former Australian rules footballer Anthony Koutoufides and Olympic Pole vaulter Tatiana Grigorieva were two of the new gladiators for the new series, but the Seven Network refused to confirm the selections, even though these reports ended up being true. Strongman Derek Boyer is the third celebrity to be picked up as a Gladiator, followed by former ironwoman Hayley Bateup being the fourth. The other ten Gladiators have a non-public background.
The following Table displays the Total Audience (5 City Metro) for each episode, as recorded by OZTAM and reported on MediaSpy
|Airdate||Total Viewers|| Position in Nightly|
| Position in Timeslot|
|March 30 2008||1,847,000||#1||Winner|
|April 6 2008||1,571,000||#1||Winner|
|April 13 2008||1,427,000||#5||Winner|
|April 20 2008||1,560,000||#3||Winner|
|April 27 2008||1,366,000||#7||Second|
|May 4 2008||1,276,000||#6||Second|
|May 11 2008||1,298,000||#6||Winner|
|May 18 2008||1,379,000||#4||Winner|
|May 25 2008||1,262,000||#6||Second|
|June 1 2008||1,229,000||#8||Second|
|June 8 2008||1,035,000||#9||Second|
|June 15 2008||1,277,000||#10||Second|
|June 22 2008||1,264,000||#7||Second|
|June 29 2008||1,020,000*||#11||Second|
|July 6 2008||1,258,000||#6||Second|