Ahh the late 90s. Post brit-pop bands on the radio, ant based animated films battling it out at the box office, and large robots beating the oil out of each other on tv, whilst a pre-Corrie Craig Charles shouted AWOOGA AWOOGA in the background… It was a simpler time… and now, Robot Wars is back!
BBC today announced the return of Robot Wars to BBC2 with 6 new hour long episodes. These are being produced by Mentorn Scotland, and shot in Glasgow, and will promises to be more technologically advanced than the 90’s show, but has the same premise of teams of amateur roboteers controlling bots which will battle to the robot death.
The show is being filmed in a new purpose built fighting arena in Glasgow with bullet proof glass, allowing the audience to get right up close to the action! The new show promises a ‘new structure with more robots, more battles and more science than ever before.’
Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, says: “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.”
Robot Wars originally aired from 1998 to 2002 on BBC then moved to Channel 5 for a final series in 2003. No news on a presenter, but it would be nice to see Craig back now that he’s off Corrie. I’m sure he could fit it around his Red Dwarf commitments.