Man vs machine game show Robot Wars is getting a new incarnation. Producer Mentorn Scotland has been commissioned by BBC Two to make a six-episode reboot that will feature “more robots, more battles and more science than ever before.” The show first aired in 1998 with Jeremy Clarkson as host (see video below) and ultimately sold around the world.
The brainchild of former LucasToys designer Marc Thorpe, the entertainment series sees amateur roboteers pit their creations against one another in an arena battle. The UK update comes after ABC had success this past summer with BattleBots, an offshoot of the original American version of Robot Wars. BattleBots was recently renewed for a second run.
The new Robot Wars will include technological advances with what’s promised to be more innovative fighting machines. It will be shot in a purpose-built arena in Glasgow in front of a live audience. But, says BBC acting Controller Alan Tyler, “the show is still fundamentally driven by the eccentricity of the brilliant brains behind the machines.”
Exec producers are Tinopolis’ Chris Brogden; Andrew Robertson of Mentorn Scotland and Jo Street for the BBC. An airdate is still to be set.
Here’s a clip from the original Robot Wars, featuring Clarkson: