Robot Wars is back and the House Robots are bigger, better and really, really angry.'
This deliciously dangerous cult classic returns home to BBC 2, 8pm, Sunday 23rd July 2016. Robot Wars is a British television game show, where '40 teams of amateur robot fighting enthusiasts battle it out to become Robot Wars Champion.'
The original Robot Wars was aired February 20, 1998 to March 28, 2004. In its heyday, 'first Jeremy Clarkson then Craig Charles presided over amateur and professionally built mighty machines battling it out in the arena while avoiding hazards and the more powerful house robots.'
'The new six-part series promises a "raft of technological advances", says the Daily Telegraph, as well as a new purpose-built fighting arena in Glasgow.'
'State-of-the-art cameras capable of capturing every "saw, claw and flame-thrower will allow viewers to feel even closer to the action than before", says The Guardian.'
'One new robot to look out for is the unassumingly named Gabriel, says Niki Boyle at Wow 24/7, who was privy to filming. "Only because, in a world of nippy little motorised flippers, the big shiny galoot with a five-foot Perspex axe is a sight to behold," he writes.'
'Who will be presenting?
Gone, unfortunately, is the irrepressible Craig Charles, replaced by an all-Irish duo of Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon.'
[Dara Ó Briain is a comedian and presenter of Mock The Week. Angela Scanlon is a TV presenter, broadcaster and journalist for RTÉ]
Dara Ó Briain: '"Well, the Craig Charles thing, that was 12 years ago," he told the Daily Mirror. "He did a big acting job....I did it in a much more sports-event kind of way. There was more investment in the teams."'
Angela Scanlon: '"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."'
'There's also a new selection of judges who will pick a winner if the battle ends in a disappointing draw. Noel Sharkey, Professor Sethu Vijayakumar and Lucy Rogers all have vast levels of robotics experience.'
'For those for whom the newness is all too much, original commentator Jonathan Pearce will return to provide his tongue-in-cheek insight on the battles themselves.'
'What about Matilda and the house robots?
'The house robots appear not to have changed very much. Dark and shadowy pieces of metal resembling some of the more famous machines are visible in a series of ominous teaser trailers from the BBC's press office:'
Robot Wars: 'Coming Soon' Official Teaser Trailor #1 https://youtu.be/lyJMmSMwME4
Robot Wars: 'Coming Soon' Official Teaser Trailor #2
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