'Robot Wars' Reboot Coming to BBC

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The late 1990s game show featuring radio-controlled battle robots will return with a "raft of technological advances."

Robot Wars, the British TV game show that first aired on the BBC in 1998, reaching a peak of 6 million viewers and spawning two seasons of U.S. spinoff Robot Wars Extreme Warriors on Spike (then known as TNN), is returning to U.K. screens. 

The BBC announced on Wednesday that the show is being rebooted for its BBC Two channel in an initial run of six hourlong episodes, set to be shot in a purpose-built arena in Glasgow and featuring a new structure with "more robots, more battles and more science" than before.

"The new series includes a raft of technological advances since the show first aired over a decade ago, and viewers can expect to see more innovative fighting machines as teams of amateur roboteers battle it out to win the coveted Robot Wars title," the public broadcaster said.

The new Robot Wars will be produced by Mentorn Media Scotland, in association with SJP Media and executive produced by Chris Brogden, Tinopolis' creative director entertainment, Andrew Robertson of Mentorn Scotland and Jo Street for the BBC.

"Robot Wars is an absolute TV classic, and I'm thrilled to be updating it for the next generation of viewers," said Kim Shillinglaw, the controller of BBC Two and BBC Four. "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."