Fans of Total Wipeout have taken to the internet to voice their annoyance at the news that the show has been axed by the BBC.
Hosted by Richard Hammond and Amanda Byram, the show is similar to the defunct – but also hugely popular – It’s A Knockout, and sees contestants battling through a number of rounds in which they have to conquer assaults by obstacles.
When the news broke that the show would end after its current series, Twitter users and other internet forum posters urged other channels to buy the rights to the show.
Sun columnist Ally Ross said, “Even by the standards of the BBC this is a dumb decision…
“It is the only funny show the Beeb broadcast, apart from The Apprentice. Television just got a lot duller. I am spitting feathers.”
A BBC spokesman told TV Biz, “After four successful series of Total Wipeout, and one series of Winter Wipeout, the BBC has taken the decision that the next series will be the last.”
The Sun adds, “The Saturday night show — which is filmed in Argentina — often attracts more than 4.5million viewers.”
While the Daily Mail states, “The most recent series of Winter Wipeout averaged 3.85million viewers and the normal series from January to March last year pulled in an average of 4.8million.”
However, the show has been somewhat controversial in terms of the injuries some contestants have suffered while playing the game.
Cleo Rocos and Jade Goody’s personal trainer Kevin Adams sought legal advice after being injured on the show. Kevin tore ligaments and former Celebrity Big Brother star Cleo suffered a knee injury which left her on crutches for three weeks.
Former EastEnders star Joe Swash dislocated his shoulder, and ex-Olympic hurdler Sally Gunnell suffered severe bruising to her thighs.
But it seems that the show’s makers Endemol already have an idea for a replacement for the Wipeout series, so we’ll keep you posted on that.