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"Robot Wars" Is Coming Back And Fans Of Robot Violence Can't Wait

There has been no confirmation so far on whether Sir Killalot will appear.

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Well, it's coming back to the BBC.

The BBC said in a statement on Wednesday that it had commissioned a six-part series from Mentorn Scotland, which will be filmed in a purpose-built "fighting arena" in Glasgow.

In exciting news for fans of robot violence, there will be more robots 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 BBC said.

The BBC wouldn't confirm any other details, such as when it might appear on our screens.

The original show ran from 1998 to 2001, before Channel 5 ran it between 2003 and 2004. It went on to be a hugely successful TV format and international versions were made in dozens of countries.

There were rules to the show, involving "the pit", "immobilisation", and so on, but it was basically robots hitting each other. If you're too young to remember it, this is what all TV was like in the '90s.

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There has been no word yet on whether Red Dwarf actor-turned-DJ Craig Charles will reprise his role as the show's host.

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Craig Charles and the house robots promoting The Robot Wars Live Event, at the London Arena and at the Wembley Arena in 2001


The robots people made for the show were really impressive.

The producers and the BBC have not yet said whether the "house robots", such as Sir Killalot and Matilda, will return.

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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