Total Wipeout Is Wiped Out by Beeb

Eat red ball you hapless fool

The BBC’s axe of doom is to fall on Saturday night fall-over fest, Total Wipeout.

The BBC1 show, hosted by Top Gear’s Richard Hammond and Amanda Byram, will be dropped after its sixth and final series airs later this year.

Despite reliable ratings of around four to five million viewers per show, the show – including its highly entertaining spin-off Celebrity Wipeout – will be replaced with a new format rumoured to be in production by Endemol.

The BBC said: “After four very successful series of Total Wipeout, and one series of Winter Wipeout, the BBC has taken the decision that the next series, due to be broadcast later this year, will be the last.â€?

Boasting the “toughest obstacle course in the world”, the show has faced legal action from some contestants who sustained injury in the course of a challenge. Have these people never seen Takeshi’s Castle?

But the Beeb has maintained that the potential for injury and legal action claims has played no part in the decision to rid TV of this calamitous challenge show.

Famously, only one UK contestant has ever completed the hardest part of the course – jumping across four large red spring-loaded balls – which is actually located in Buenos Aires.

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