I’m some utterly brilliant news, Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon have been confirmed as the new presenters of Robot Wars, replacing original host Craig Charles.
Mock the Week star Ó Briain will take over from long-standing Charles as host of the BBC Two show, although nostalgic fans will be pleased to hear that Jonathan Pearce is returning as commentator, splitting his time between metal mayhem and Match of the Day duties.
“I am thrilled to be presenting Robot Wars,” Ó Briain said.
“For too long, the schedules have cried out for a show in which dedicated amateurs toiling day and night, handcraft sophisticated automatons built on the delicate interplay of hand-wired servo motors with custom-built circuit boards and fingertip motion control, just to see them get smashed to pieces by a dustbin carrying a massive hammer. It’s war, and how I love it so.”
Scanlon, who is best known as a presenter for Irish broadcaster RTÉ, added: “I’m so excited to be joining such a legendary show that, after all this time, still manages to make people squeal with joy.
”I cannot wait to see the robots in all their metallic glory playfully destroying each other!”
Robot Wars will commence again later this year on BBC 2