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On the set of the new Gladiators
By Del Crookes
Newsbeat reporter

Gladiators is back on TV this weekend after an eight-year break. There's a new line-up of warriors and 32 new contenders waiting to claim a 50,000 prize. Newsbeat has been behind the scenes to see how the new gladiators compare to the classic 90s line-up.

Oblivion and Ice
The new gladiators include Oblivion (left) and Ice (right) - a former member of the British bobsleigh team

The new series of Gladiators is being filmed on a massive film lot at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

That's where films like The Bourne Ultimatum and Sweeney Todd were shot.

Straight away we're taken into the arena where powerball is being filmed.

Oblivion, who calls himself the Big O, said it had been harder than he'd expected.

He said: "Some of the events have been really, really tough on the fitness but also it's the nerves more than anything.

"Because there's a lot of people and they all want the contenders to win. None of them want us Gladiators to win."

The show returns on 11 May with presenters Kirsty Gallacher and ex-Arsenal striker Ian Wright. Original referee John Anderson is also making a comeback.

New challenges

Oblivion and Ice
Oblivion and Ice have a warm up on The Pyramid

There are all the old favourite challenges like duel, the wall, hang tough and the eliminator.

There are also some new challenges like the earthquake - a wrestling-based event that takes place on a shaking platform.

Gladiatior Ice, a former member of the British bobsleigh team, reckons the new series is set to be a big hit.

She said: "We already have that support from 10 years ago when people were big fans - there's a nostalgia surrounding it already.

"There's more height, water, more excitement... they'll be a lot of entertainment value this time around."

The programme originally ran from 1992 to 2000 on ITV.

It was presented by former weather presenter Ulrika Jonsson and ex-footballer John Fashanu.

Limited TV access

Oblivion and Ice
They certainly look the part - but will the show click with viewers?
However, fans of the original series may be disappointed because the show is only available on Sky One.

A TV rights row last year between BSkyB and Virgin means that only one in three people can now receive the channel.

There are also concerns about whether the show's format is too dated and if it can pull in a decent audience.

The last series was dropped in 2000 because of poor viewing figures.

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