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When is the Gladiators 2024 final?

10 episodes in, it's time for their crowning moment.

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Bradley Walsh interviewing gladiator Giant.,© Hungry Bear Media Ltd,James Stack
Gladiators co-presenter Bradley Walsh interviewing Giant. (Hungry Bear Media Ltd)

BBC One's reboot of the muscular gameshow Gladiators is now just days away from its grand final.

Following a week off air to accommodate the FA Cup match between Manchester City and Newcastle United, father-and-son duo Bradley and Barney Walsh returned to our screens to present the second semi-final last Saturday (23 March) with contenders Chung Leung, Wesley Male, Marie-Louise Nicholson, and Kerry Wilson rearing to go once again.

When is the Gladiators 2024 final?

The Gladiators final is set to air at 5.50pm on BBC One and iPlayer this Saturday (30 March).

Who is competing in the Gladiators final?

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Wesley has made it to the finals of Gladiators 2024. (BBC)

The final episode of this year's Gladiators will see Wesley Male taking on Finlay Anderson in the men's final.

35-year-old Wesley was a late arrival in the competition, joining the show as a standby contender in the quarter final stage as a replacement for Finley Burkitt who could not compete due to an injury he picked up in the heat. He has earned his place in the final though, and could be a strong contender to win the final.

Finlay has been a strong contender on Gladiators 2024. (BBC)
Finlay has been a strong contender on Gladiators 2024. (BBC)

Standing in his way is army officer Finlay Anderson, who qualified for the quarter-finals after beating Ashley in the Eliminator in Heat 3. Finlay is also only through the finals by the skin of his teeth, as he already faced Wesley in the next round, losing to the admin officer, but making it through to the semi-finals as the fastest runner up.

Finlay faced Jake Spence in his semi-final, but triumphed in the Eliminator to book his place in the final.

In the women's final, we will see Marie-Louise Nicholson taking on Bronte Jones to be named 2024 champion.

Marie-Louise has made it to the finals of Gladiators 2024. (BBC)
Marie-Louise has made it to the finals of Gladiators 2024. (BBC)

Marie-Louise was a surprise winner in the semi-finals after taking on the Eliminator with a nine-second time penalty. She surprised the arena by beating Kerry to the finish line after her opponent stumbled on the Travelator.

She'll be facing firefighter Bronte Jones for the title. "I never expected to get this far, I just thought I'll try my best," Bronte told BBC Radio Sheffield after making it through to the final.

Does Bronte have what it takes to win Gladiators? (BBC)
Does Bronte have what it takes to win Gladiators? (BBC)

Despite her success on the show, the 23-year-old admits she find its hard being on camera. "More than the games, the hardest part is being in front of the camera all the time," she said.

"It's something I'm not used to at all."

What happened in the second Gladiators semi-final?

Wesley is a Gladiators 2024 finalist. (BBC One)
Wesley is a Gladiators 2024 finalist. (BBC One)

First up was the challenge known as Duel, which saw the likes of Giant, Bionic, Fire, and Dynamite take to the towering podiums with their cotton-bud bashers. Each Gladiator bar Fire was able to best their opponent, who drew with Kerry as time ran out.

The Wall came second; Chung, Kerry and Marie-Louise defeated their respective gladiators while Wesley was caught by Steel. Next was The Edge, with Legend and Apollo beating both of the men, and Diamond putting Marie-Louise in her place. Kerry was the big winner of that round, though, knocking Sabre off her perch.

Luck wasn't on the side of Chung in the Powerball round. Following Apollo's crunching tackle, the contender was forced out of the competition through injury and replaced by previous star Matt Jones. This horrendous twist preceded the Gauntlet and Eliminator challenges.

Wesley came out on top in the end, booking himself a place in next weekend's final. Laughing, he commented: "I gave that absolutely everything. I'm ready for bed! Let's go baby!"

Marie-Louise was victorious in the semi-final. (BBC One)
Marie-Louise was victorious in the semi-final. (BBC One)

Meanwhile, despite a nine-second gap between her and Kerry, Marie-Louise shocked everyone by winning her semi-final. "I can't believe it! [I just thought] have fun, I'm done, Kerry is an absolute animal. I couldn't have wanted to be beside anyone better and I knew she's got this and I can't wait for her to be in the final. It was just go go go! Beeline it, see what happens. The crowd were insane! I just... had fun," she said.

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