What is better than a father and his children working together to build a robot and going on national television, fighting with these robots in an arena full of flaming pits and other bad-ass robots? I didn’t think you would have an answer.
For anyone that doesn’t know, Robot Wars was a very popular TV show that initially aired in 1998 and continued with 6 series all the way through until 2004. It had the ever popular “Master of Mayhem” Craig Charles as a host, a man so charismatic that he can draw an audience in by himself. It had lots of graphics, fire and explosions. For anyone who watched the show the will remember his famous line “Let the wars begin!” This meant that it was all about to kick off.
I was growing up around the time this show was coming out, as at the time I was quite young, but I have strong memories of this television show. I used to love sitting down and watching it with my Dad, and when I saw on LinkedIn that it was getting a reboot on BBC 2 this year, I was genuinely excited.
The show will be recorded in a new purpose-built fighting arena in Glasgow, allowing viewers to get even closer to the action, with state-of-the-art cameras capable of capturing every crushing, sawing and scorching moment in incredible detail.
Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, says: “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.”
I hope that the show retains a lot of the original features that made the show for me, such as the house robots, Sir Killalot, Matilda, Shunt, Sgt. Bash and others. These were the crème-de-la-crop of fighting robots and when they got involved, the duel was truly incredible. I guess they can be viewed as almost robot war referees or adjudicators who made sure that the competitors stayed in the zone, and finished them off after a gruelling battle, much to the disappointment of the robot’s team.
I also hope that we retain the pit of doom and fire pits from the original show which added a whole new element to the show and kept the matches long and interesting.
Overall this re-boot of a turn-of-the-century classic promises to bring a lot of entertainment to younger, as well as older audiences on a 60 minute format. I would love to see a return for Craig Charles who still has affiliations with the BBC, so it could be on the cards. I really hope that this new series isn’t cheesy and poorly made, but if they are creating a whole new arena with expensive videography equipment then I can’t see them wasting all of that money on a below average show. It will be really nostalgic for people like me who grew up with the show and hopefully it will inspire a whole new generation of kids to be interested in machinery and computers.
I also think that it will be really interesting to see if newer technology is incorporated in the shows such as drone cameras, or even drone fighters? Whatever happens I’m sure that this show will definitely be worth a watch, as technology has moved on a lot since 2003 so the quality of the show and the robots can only have improved over this time.