The classic BBC game show is coming back, with a new presenting team and more innovative robots.
Dara O Briain and Angela Scanlon have been confirmed as hosting the rebooted ‘Robot Wars’, which is heading back to BBC Two. The rebooted series will also see Jonathan Pearce returning as commentator from the new purpose-built fighting arena in Glasgow.
Dara O Briain will host the new ‘Robot Wars’.
Speaking about his new gig O Briain said, “I am thrilled to be presenting ‘Robot Wars’. 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.”
Angela Scanlon 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!”
The return of ‘Robot Wars’ was revealed last month, with Kim Shillinglaw, controller of BBC2 and BBC4, announcing: “‘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 BBC2 excels at.” The series originally aired on BBC Two from 1998-2003 and was hosted by Craig Charles. There’s no word yet on if Charles will have any involvement in the rebooted series.