BBC One to drop hit gameshow Total Wipeout after three years

Total Wipeout - Richard HammondBBC One has axed hit gameshow Total Wipeout after three years on air, it has been confirmed.

The broadcaster will air one more series of the madcap contest this year before dropping it for good.

In a statement, 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 transmit later this year, will be the last"

Hosted by Richard Hammond and Amanda Byram and filmed in Argentina, Total Wipeout sees contestants compete for a £10,000 prize by completing a series of gruelling obstacle courses, with signature challenges including the 'big balls'.

A total of six series have aired since 2009, including several celebrity specials featuring the likes of Fatima Whitbread, Chantelle Houghton and Chico.

The show has been popular with viewers, although ratings have dropped from a peak of 5.6million to 4million for recent episodes.

Meanwhile, A 'TV source' told the Daily Mail that its production company Endemol is already working on a replacement.

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