“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.” – Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four
The iconic entertainment show, which originally aired on BBC Two before switching channels – twice, will return to its founding home as a six part series and will feature a new structure with more robots, more battles and more science than the previous versions.
The hour long episodes includes a raft of technological advances since the show first aired in 1998, and viewers can expect to see more innovative fighting machines as teams of amateur roboteers battle it out to win the coveted Robot Wars title.
The show will be recorded in a new purpose-built fighting arena in Glasgow, allowing viewers to get even closer to the action, with state-of-the-art cameras capable of capturing every crushing, sawing and scorching moment in incredible detail.
“The redeveloped Robot Wars proved compelling, offering a mix of real people, real passion and raw power. It is remarkable to see how much more powerful these robots have become since the series last aired, with battles now staged in an arena that is literally bullet proof. And yet, the show is still fundamentally driven by the eccentricity of the brilliant brains behind the machines. We are excited to bring this clever new incarnation not only to an audience who loved the original but also to those who may be discovering it for the first time.” – Alan Tyler, BBC Acting Controller of Entertainment Commissioning
Longest serving host was Red Dwarf and Coronation Street actor Craig Charles. Other presenters include Jeremy Clarkson, Philippa Forrester and Jayne Middlemiss. The series aired on BBC Two from 1998 through to 2001, it then switched to BBC Choice (BBC Three) and finally landed on Channel 5 for a series in 2003.