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BBC gives Gladiators major shake-up ahead of new series – it should make the show even better

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THE search for new Gladiators to feature in BBC’s reboot is under way – and show bosses are looking to weed out any bores. They want to make sure the latest generation possess as much personality as they have muscles after fans accused the stars of 2008’s Sky version of being too bland.

Applicants are being asked to name their “super power” and reveal who would play them in a Hollywood movie. It’s an attempt to find larger-than-life characters who will be a big hit with viewers, just like the ITV Nineties series.

A show insider said: “Bosses want the new Gladiators to have bundles of personality, just like the original. “It’s tough to remember any of the Gladiators from the Sky version as they were deemed too robotic.

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