IT WASN’T in much doubt, but the BBC confirmed today that our beloved Robot Wars has been recommissioned.
The rebooted series will return for another six-part run, and Mentorn Scotland is already scouting for contestants. Filming will take place in December at the same custom built arena in Glasgow, and the show will be presented again by Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon.
There’s no word yet on any change to the formula, but you know what they say about if it ain’t broke’. Except quite a lot of things get broke.
Last year’s relaunched series was won by Apollo, built by three former Pontins Bluecoats, a flipper robot that actually took out several of the house robots and proved that it’s not all about being a robotics engineer.
The INQUIRER has repeatedly said that we wanted to get involved in the second series to try to bring some more AI and IoT to the brute force. But we understand that the closing date for entries is just 10 days away, and that successful applicants will be told on 28 October, giving them a month and a bit to build their robot.
We asked about a secondment to take part, but apparently we have to write tech news or something, so it looks like we’re out of the running again this year.
However, knowing how much we love the programme it would be great to keep tabs on one of this year’s teams. So if you plan to take part and want us to adopt you (it involves sending us newsletters every month and giving us a cuddly toy of your robot) please get in touch.
Meanwhile, back to the announcement. Kate Phillips, BBC controller of entertainment commissioning, said: "The return of Robot Wars with Dara and Angela at the helm has proved that BBC Two viewers, like our robot creators, haven’t lost their passion for creative wizardry and mechanical warfare. With even more formidable House Robots and very determined teams we can’t wait for the battles to begin!"
If you want to take part, you can email Mentorn Scotland. µ
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