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Sky One unveils 'bigger, badder' Gladiators

LONDON - Sky One has unveiled the 12 'Gladiators' who will appear in the revamped series of the hit 90s TV show.

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The satellite broadcaster said the new Gladiators are "bigger, badder and better than ever before" since the last appearance of the game show on UK screens eight years ago.

The recent success of the revamped American Gladiators series on NBC in the US saw Sky One snap up the rights. The new series, which airs in early May, will be presented by Ian Wright and Kirsty Gallacher.

Richard Woolfe, director of programming at Sky One, Two and Three said: "The games are bigger, the contenders are stronger and the Gladiators are even more unbelievable...we've found extraordinary characters. It's a colossus of a programme and it's going to blow people's socks off."

The full lineup of the new British gladiators as described by Sky are:

ATLAS (Sam Bond, 24, Bournemouth). As strong as He-Man, fights hard and with dignity.

BATTLEAXE (Shirley Webb, 26, Edinburgh). A weapon of war, domineering, aggressive and indomitable. Battleaxe is a warrior queen.

DESTROYER (Damar Martin, 38, Croydon). Determined and strong, angry and unstoppable - nothing gets in his way.

ENIGMA (Jenny Pacey, 25, Borehamwood). Mysterious and beautiful, contradictory and unpredictable, impossible to capture.

ICE (Caroline Pearce, 27, Cambridge). Cold, steely, frosty and beautiful.

INFERNO (Jemma Palmer, 24, Tamworth). Hot, fiery, dangerous and destructive.

OBLIVION (Nicholas Aldis, 21, Norwich). Leaves nothing in his path - extinguishes his opposition.

PANTHER (Kara Nwidobie, 26, Morecambe). Beautiful, sleek, aggressive and powerful. Panther is the strongest and fiercest of the wild cats.

PREDATOR (Du'aine Ledejo, 36, Newark). Volatile, quick and poisonous, hunts down prey and takes no prisoners.

SPARTAN (Roderick Bradley, 24, Grantham). Handsome, disciplined and brave. Will take on any army - the perfect warrior.

TEMPEST (Lucy Boggis, 19, Quintin, Wiltshire). Naturally beautiful, a force of nature bringing furious agitation and commotion.

TORNADO (David McIntosh, 22, Altrincham). Violently destructive windstorm full of unstoppable energy - leaves you in a spin.

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