Robot Wars gets new series on BBC TWO, reboot to air in 2016

Posted 13/01/2016 at 1:31pm

Robot Wars is getting a new series on BBC TWO this year, it has been announced. A new six episode run will air later in 2016 and will be filmed in a brand new 'bullet proof' arena in Glasgow.

Robot Wars originally aired on BBC TWO between 1998 and 2003, for seven main series and two spin-off series called Robot Wars Extreme. It moved to commercial broadcaster Five for one final series in 2004 before being dropped due to falling ratings.

The new series will feature six episodes, each one hour long, and will be filmed on the outskirts of Glasgow in a brand new 'bullet proof' arena. The series is being made by Mentorn, the same production company that created the original.

Presenting line-ups for the new-look Robot Wars have not yet been revealed, however within hours of the announcement former presenter Craig Charles tweeted that while he had yet to be contacted by anybody involved in the production, he would 'love to do it'.

Craig took over the hosting duties of Robot Wars from the original host Jeremy Clarkson before the second series, and presented the show until the end of the Seventh Wars.

It has yet to be confirmed whether other key elements of the original version of Robot Wars, like the House Robots, will be making a comeback for the new series.

The announcement of the return of Robot Wars comes less than a year after the very similiar show BattleBots made a successful comeback to television in the US. Both shows ran simulatenously in the late 90s and early 2000s.

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