Robot Wars To Return To BBC2

Robot Wars is coming back! (Though it’s never really been away if you’ve seen the series’ metal stars continue their battles at various MCM Comic Cons.) A new new revamped series of six hour-long episodes has been commissioned to air later this year on BBC2, promising more robots, more battles, more science and “bullet-proof arena”. The audience will be brought closer to the action using state-of-the-art cameras.


The show, which will be produced by Mentorn Scotland features amateur-built robotic fighting machines battle for supremacy in a knock-out competition in front of a live audience. The show’s first run, which aired on BBC2 from 1998-2001 before moving to BBC Choice the Channel Five, was originally presented by Craig Charles, though there’s no news yet if he’s been approached to return. Our guess is that the “more science” shtick means it’s more like to presented by someone like one of the Bang Goes The Theory crowd.

It was commissioned by , acting controller of entertainment Alan Tyler and BBC daytime and nations commissioning editor Jo Street and is slated to feature more robots, battles and science.

“The redeveloped Robot Wars proved compelling – offering a mix of real people, real passion and raw power,” said acting BBC controller of entertainment Alan Tyler. “It is fundamentally driven by the eccentricity of the brilliant brains behind the machines.” Apparently he’d received numerous pitches for similar robot show but the revamped Robot Wars had proved to be the best.

Brogden said Robot Wars “promises to be quite the competition, [featuring] new and improved robots, with extraordinary innovation and power in these updated machines.”

BBC2 and BBC4 controller Kim Shillinglaw describes the show as as “an absolute TV classic… a fantastic example of the kind of content-rich factual entertainment that BBC2 excels at.”

But we’ll be tuning in for the carnage, right, not the annotated diagrams to explain how batteries work. [via Broadcast]


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