Interview: Maya Jama on Sky One's epic new series, Revolution

A Sky Original Production, new large-scale action entertainment show Revolution is a thrill-packed war on wheels, filmed on a jaw-dropping purpose-built course that only those with speed, skill and nerves of steel will be brave enough to face. The tournament starts on a vertigo-inducing platform high above the arena where 18 competitors (six inline skaters, six skateboarders and six BMX riders) race to make it through to a series of exhilarating rounds. Over eight episodes the competitors will scare us, entertain us, and ultimately impress us as they attempt to conquer the Revolution course. Ultimately, just one will be crowned champion and have the honour of lifting the inaugural Revolution trophy.

Across eight episodes, there are seven heats and one grand final. Each episode consists of five nail-biting rounds. Six contestants of each discipline compete in each heat.

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The series is hosted by Jackass legend Steve-O and Radio 1's Maya Jama - who tells us more...

We last saw you on Sky working with Sky Arts at the Isle of Wight Festival last summer. Revolution is totally different so what attracted you to it?

Yeah, it’s completely different. It’s my first extreme sports show. I wasn’t really into BMXing or skateboarding – I’m terrible at any kind of riding – but it’s been super exciting for me, with the crowd participation and being able to be so close to the action, I just feel it’s fresh, new and a completely different take on it. You don’t have to be into sports to enjoy it, it’s just about these people pushing themselves to the limit. It’s kind of like a gladiatorial battle to the final and I’ve loved every second.

What do you think it is that makes extreme sports so compelling to watch?

The bravery that I’ve seen is insane. I think you’ve got to be into thrill-seeking stuff initially because you’re flying high, you’re going really fast and these boys and girls are pushing themselves to the absolute limit. You’ve got to have both bravery and a risk-taking mentality. And also be someone who’s into fitness in general because you’ve got to push – you can’t do it if you’re unfit.

What do you think it is that makes extreme sports so compelling to watch?

The bravery that I’ve seen is insane. I think you’ve got to be into thrill-seeking stuff initially because you’re flying high, you’re going really fast and these boys and girls are pushing themselves to the absolute limit. You’ve got to have both bravery and a risk-taking mentality. And also be someone who’s into fitness in general because you’ve got to push – you can’t do it if you’re unfit.

 Revolution starts April 1st on Sky One

Revolution starts April 1st on Sky One

What were your first impressions of the Revolution set?

When I came up I couldn’t believe how big it was from outside, because it looks like something from Star Wars, and then getting inside and seeing that they’d built all this in such a short time is incredible. I think it’s one of the biggest TV sets in the country and one of the biggest skate parks in England, too, so most of the riders haven’t actually ridden on a course like this. It’s incredible for them to come to this adult playground and get to do things that they’ve never done before.

What are some of the highlights you’ve seen on the show?

Just witnessing how high you can get on the Rampage. I didn’t think people would be able to get higher than about a metre, but it’s insane. You’ve got a massive ramp for one, and then you are reaching this height and then you’ve actually got to land it. So it’s three difficult challenges. And even in the Reactor, which is an obstacle course, there are people riding BMXs over a wobbly bridge and I’m like, “How do you even have the balance for that?” Basically just seeing things which I didn’t think were possible on wheels.

What sets this apart from any other show on TV?

It’s the perfect blend of extreme sports and entertainment, so you can watch it even if you’re not into sports like this. But if you are into BMXing and skateboarding, it is going to be incredible for you to see people do things that you’ve never seen on telly before. It’s just a mix of everything in one, the perfect blend.

 

Revolution comes to Sky One on April 1st.