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Robot Wars is coming back!

January 13th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments
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“​If there’s one thing that your television license ensures, It’s robot mayhem, on Robot Wars!​” What a way to kick off your Friday evening back in the day. For many twenty-somethings, this will be big news as on Wednesday, the BBC announced it is rebooting cult classic programme Robot Wars.BBC Two has commissioned a brand new six-episode series of the classic late 90s/early 2000s entertainment show. If you were too young to remember, Robot Wars​ saw groups of amateur mechanical wizards and their machines fighting it out in a series of challenges to be crowned the ultimate robotic champion.

The new series promises “more robots, more battles and more science” than before, and will be recorded in a purpose-built fighting arena in Glasgow.

Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, said: “Robot Wars is an absolute TV classic and I’m thrilled to be updating it for the next generation of viewers. With new technological advances making for an even more exciting and immersive experience, this is a fantastic example of the kind of content-rich factual entertainment that BBC Two excels at.”

It has yet to be confirmed whether longtime host Craig Charles will return for the new series, or whether any of the ‘house robots’ such as Sir Killalot and Matilda will be making a comeback. We reached out to both and they almost cut our hands off.

However, it does seem Charles at least is game:

It is also interesting to note that Jeremy Clarkson presented the first series of Robot Wars, before they revamped it to be more about taking chunks out of each other as opposed to a racing format.

Well, we know our man Saxon is excited anyway…

Are you?

Source: Squareeyed

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.