Guy Mowbray, a Match of the Day classic, has landed a key part in the forthcoming Gladiators remake.
The 51-year-old football commentator will provide voiceover commentary for the BBC revival, which will be presented by Bradley Walsh, 63, and his 25-year-old son Barney.
Guy said it was an ‘absolute joy’ to be joining ‘such an iconic show’, adding: ‘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.’
Guy will be providing commentary as a new generation of superhuman Gladiators battle against a daring group of competitors in the ultimate test of speed, skill, stamina, and strength.
The revived lineup includes a James Bond actor, the UK’s fittest man, and a former England Women’s Rugby Sevens player.
While the athletes will perform comparable activities and the structure will stay the same, one big alteration has been implemented.
A source revealed: ‘These flimsy costumes were deemed acceptable when the show started but they’re probably a bit too revealing today.’
They continued: ‘The new ones won’t be too stuffy as they’ll highlight the female stars’ incredible physiques.’
At its height in the 1990s, the original ITV series drew over 14 million viewers.
Gladiators was resurrected in 2008, although it only lasted two seasons before being discontinued.
Guy, meantime, has hosted key events for BBC Sport, including the Africa Cup of Nations, European Championship, FA Cup, and Premier League.
Guy called the Euros final – and Italy’s eventual victory over England – live on BBC Television in the summer of 2021.
His unusual voice may also be heard in the EA Sports FC 24 video game.
Gladiators returns to BBC later this year.
Source My Celebrity Life.