After a three-year hiatus, Ninja Warrior UK is returning to ITV with a new concept in which regular competitors compete against “Ninjas,” with a male and female winner.
The sixth season of Potato, produced by ITV Studios, will premiere in May, with two champions sought for the concept based on the 25-year-old Japanese program Sasuke, in which regular people are challenged on a very difficult assault course that has only ever been totally mastered by one UK person.
After a three-year sabbatical, Ben Shephard, Chris Kamara, and Rochelle Humes will return to host the eight-parter, which they have headed since 2015, and the new format will pit regular people against “Ninjas,” a team of elite warrior athletes. It will be broadcast on a Saturday evening.
The program will be all new, improved, and rejuvenated, according to Katie Rawcliffe, ITV’s Head of Entertainment Commissioning. It will “contain all the energy, excitement, and amusement needed to make addictive Saturday night watching.”
Michael Kelpie, Martin Scott, and Helen Tumbridge are executive producers, and Rawcliffe and Kevin O’Brien are commissioners.