Renowned football commentator Guy Mowbray, known for his distinctive voice in top-tier football, is set to provide the commentary for Gladiators, the iconic and thrilling sports entertainment show making its debut on BBC One and iPlayer.
Guy, who has lent his voice to BBC Sport for prestigious events like the Africa Cup of Nations, European Championship, FA Cup, and Premier League, captivated millions of viewers in the summer of 2021 with his live commentary of the Euros final, capturing Italy’s historic victory over England on BBC Television. His unique voice is also featured in the EA Sports FC 24 game.
In this new role, Guy will be delivering the play-by-play commentary for the show, as courageous contenders face formidable challenges posed by the mighty Gladiators.
Guy Mowbray says: “It’s an absolute joy to be the voice of such an iconic show. The Saturday night memories will come flooding back for many, whilst it’s brilliant to think of a new generation being introduced to an all-new, even more ripped group of Gladiators! They are serious athletes, as are all the contenders who’ve been bold enough to take them on. The best thing for me is that the format is the same as it ever was – only better!”
Dan Baldwin says: “We are delighted to have the iconic voice of Guy Mowbray onboard. Guy calls the action like no other commentator, he is top of his game. His commentary is going to add another exhilarating layer to Gladiators.”
Produced by Hungry Bear and MGM Alternative UK for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, Gladiators (consisting of 11 episodes, each lasting 60 minutes) was commissioned by Kate Phillips, Director of Unscripted. The Executive Producers are Dan Baldwin and Lou Brown for Hungry Bear, and Dom Bird for MGM Alternative UK. Kalpna Patel-Knight serves as the Head of Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC, with Clodagh O’Donoghue as the Commissioning Editor.
The original American Gladiators series was conceived by Johnny C. Ferraro and Dan Carr, with further development by Johnny C. Ferraro.
Additional details about Gladiators, including broadcast schedules, will be disclosed in due course.