Total Wipeout has been dropped by the BBC to free up cash for a Saturday evening show. The Richard Hammond-led show will return for its sixth and last series later this year. Total Wipeout, with its spin-off series such as Celebrity Wipeout and Winter Wipeout, has been a reliable fixture on the BBC schedule by drawing in around 4-5 million viewers per episode.
A BBC spokeswoman 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."
Due to the physical challenges involved in the show, some contestants have taken legal advice about the injuries incurred, in the past. On the celebrity edition of the show, actor Joe Swash, presenter Kirsten O’Brien and Olympian Sally Gunnell have all suffered injuries. A BBC spokeswoman said, however, the potential for injuries in the show have not influenced their decision to axe it.
It is understood that Endemol, the company who make Total Wipeout, are working on a new format for the BBC.
You can view clips from the show and the latest episodes here