Total Wipeout, the BBC show fronted by Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond and AMANDA BYRAM, has been axed by the BBC. The show, which features contestants attempting to negotiate the "world's toughest obstacle course" was a reliable ratings banker though the BBC are looking to free up space and finances for a new Saturday evening show, reports the UK's Guardian newspaper.

Total Wipeout, which pulls in around 5 million viewers per show, will come to an end following the next series. 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". Total Wipeout is shown in 29 different countries, with all of them bar the U.S. version shot at the same obstacle course in Argentina. The show has attracted notable controversy with some contestants taking legal action over injuries incurred on the obstacle course. In the celebrity version, Eastenders actor Joe Swash, former Olympian Sally Gunnell and children's presenter Kristen O'Brien have suffered injuries. One of the most notorious sections of the course sees contestants having to jump across four huge springy balls - with only one contestant on the UK version ever negotiating it successfully.

A BBC spokeswoman said the potential for injury or any legal action from contestants had not affected the decision to cancel the show.