Roboteers stand by. Yes it really is happening, the television sensation of the early 2000’s where homemade machines of mayhem went toe to toe in what could only be described as complete and utter carnage is soon to hit screens once more… it could only be Robot Wars. Famed for pitting the spiked, bladed and clawed battling bots up against each other in an arena which included saw blades, flame throwers, and of course the fearsome house robots, the show was last seen on British television in 2004 after 7 action packed seasons.
Fronted by popular DJ and general all around cool bloke Craig Charles, Robot Wars captured the imaginations of a whole generation of science fans, as well as of course fans of things that blow up. The BBC announced today that “The iconic entertainment show will return as a 6×60’ series and will feature a new structure with more robots, more battles and more science than ever before.” on their website.
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As technology has advanced, so accordingly have the possibilities for Robot Wars – a new purpose built arena has been constructed in Glasgow, and some say it’s even bullet proof. Of course, the BBC have taken a modest approach to hyping the new series, and have highlighted the show’s education aspect over all else.
“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.” Said Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four.
Whilst the science behind the ‘bots is impressive, we’ll always have one thing on our minds when we remember Robot Wars – the genuinely awe inspiring mechanical violence which was beamed directly to our television sets. It’s as of yet unknown if the new short series of six episodes will see the return of Craig Charles, who undeniably was the face of the show, with a spokesperson for the BBC saying it’s as of yet too early to speculate about presenters.
It’s been over ten years since we last saw the robots do battle – a lot of things have changed – miniaturization of computer technology, for example, as well as more reliable batteries, more powerful motors and incredible advances in sensors and other essentials for making the ultimate robot. The technology is cheap and pretty widely available too, so this run could be the start of something awesome. Stay tuned for more.
Via: The Mirror