Robot Wars to come back to fans’ screens

15th January 2016 Off By Sophie Dishman

It has been announced that Robot Wars is coming back. 

The comeback was announced on Wednesday, January 13.

Mentors Scotland, part of the Tinopolis, has been commissioned by BBC Two to produce a new series of the show.

The new series of the show has been commissioned by channel controller Kim Shillinglaw, Acting Controller of Entertainment, Alan Tyler, and Jo Street, BBC Commissioning Editor.

Ms Shillinglaw said: “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.

The battle entertainment show will return as a six part series of one hour episodes.

There will be a new structure with more robots, battles and more science that the previous series.

Viewers can also expect to see more innovative fighting machines.

There are still some original features to the show, with teams of amateur rooters battling it out to win the coveted Robot Wars title. 

The show will be produced by Mentorn Media Scotland in association with SJP Media and will be executive produced by Creative Director of Entertainment at Tinopolis, Chris Brogden, Andrew Robertson of Mentorn Scotland and Jo Street for the BBC.

Chris Brogden said: “Bringing back Robot Wars to our screens is hugely exciting. Its return will see new and improved robots, with extraordinary innovation and power in these updated machines – it promises to be quite the competition.

The new Robot Wars series will be recorded in Glasgow at a new purpose built fighting arena with state-of-the-art cameras.

Alan Tyler, BBC Acting Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, said: “The redeveloped Robot Wars proved compelling, offering a mix of real people, real passion and raw power.

Mr Tyler 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. We are excited to bring this clever new incarnation not only to an audience who loved the original but also to those who may be discovering it for the first time.