The series originally ran on BBC Two from 1998 to 2003.
‘Robot Wars’, the technological game show which aired on the BBC from 1998 to 2003 is headed back to our screens and promises to be better than ever. The series, which was originally presented by Craig Charles, saw amateur and professional roboticists build robots to battle each other for supremacy every week.
Craig Charles orignally hosted 'Robot Wars' on BBC Two.
The rebooted series will consist of six new episodes to be broadcast on BBC Two later this year. “Robot Wars is an absolute TV classic and I’m thrilled to be updating it for the next generation of viewers,” said Kim Shillinglaw, controller of BBC2 and BBC4.
“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 will be filmed in a purpose-built fighting arena in Glasgow.
Since it’s been 13 years since the series was last on our screen, the new ‘Robot Wars’ promises to feature a “raft of technological advances and more innovative fighting machines.” “The redeveloped Robot Wars proved compelling, offering a mix of real people, real passion and raw power,” Alan Tyler, BBC’s acting controller of entertainment commissioning added.
"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.”
When ‘Robot Wars’ ended on the BBC in 2003 it then moved to Channel Five for one final series. Former hosts of the show include Jeremy Clarkson and Philippa Forrester, but ‘Red Dwarf’ actor Craig Charles was there for the show’s entire run. The BBC is said to have yet finalised who will present the rebooted series.