We already knew Robot Wars is being rebooted by the BBC, but new details are starting to emerge.
First off, there’s an exciting trailer:
— BBC Two (@BBCTwo) February 3, 2016
But that’s not all…
Dara O’Briain and Angela Scanlon will be hosting
Dara O Briain, everyone’s favourite bald comedian (well, apart from Larry David), has been announced as the co-host of Robot Wars, alongside Angela Scanlon, who has mainly worked on Irish TV.
So it will be a double dose of Irish banter then.
“I am thrilled to be presenting Robot Wars,” O’Briain said. “For too long, the schedules have cried out for a show in which dedicated amateurs, toiling day and night, handcraft sophisticated automatons built on the delicate interplay of hand-wired servo motors with custom-built circuit boards and fingertip motion control, just to see them get smashed to pieces by a dustbin carrying a massive hammer. It’s war, and how I love it so.”
Which means that Craig Charles isn’t
Okay guys. I've heard the news but as yet have had no contact with anyone involved in the new production of robot wars.#lovetodoit
— Craig Charles (@CCfunkandsoul) January 13, 2016
But don’t feel too sorry for him:
On set of red dwarf today pic.twitter.com/SzTnTY8pXX
— Craig Charles (@CCfunkandsoul) February 3, 2016
Jonathan Pearce is back in the commentator’s seat
Legendary MOTD commentator Jonathan Pearce, whose over-the-top style actually worked much better in the original Robot Wars than it’s ever done for football, is returning. He has an unmatched ability to get outraged by robotic injustice, so it’s good to see him back.
There’s a new logo
Here it is:
Here’s how it compares to the old one:
See what they did there?
It’s being made in Glasgow
The new series of Robot Wars will be filmed in a new “purpose-built fighting arena” in Glasgow.
We’re not sure whether this means that Sir Killalot will be even harder, or the robots will be made from girders, but you can be sure it’ll be a proper square-go.
You can be in the audience
Robot Wars fans can apply to see the battles first hand in the studio audience by emailing email@example.com or by calling 0208 5308 100.