Dara Ó’Briain: ‘Robot Wars is carnage – who doesn’t enjoy that?’

Robot Wars Presenters
Robot Wars, Dara O'Briain (Image credit: BBC/Mentorn Media Scotland/Alan)

Filming has finished on the new, rebooted Robot Wars and host Dara O’Brian is excited by the results!

BBC have announced their new version of Robot Wars is ready to cause chaos on BBC2 with a rebooted six-part series due to air soon.

Mock the Week star Dara Ó’Briain is joined by The One Show reporter Angela Scanlon, while renowned sports pundit Jonathan Pearce reprises his role from the original series as the show’s commentator.

Speaking about audience fondness for Robot Wars, in a recent release from the BBC Dara said:

“I think people love the show simply because everything just smashes into everything else… it is sparks and explosions and metal being torn up. It's carnage, who doesn't enjoy that?”

He also revealed filming in a purpose-built fighting arena in Glasgow has added something special to the new series:

“The atmosphere is brilliant, the crowd are chanting the names of the House Robots, shouting and cheering and wearing foam fingers and screaming for Sir Killalot!”

During the series 40 teams of amateur robot fighting enthusiasts will battle it out over six episodes to become Robot Wars Champion 2016.

Programme Name: Robot Wars - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: The House Robots Dead Metal, Sir Killalot, Matilda, Shunt - (C) Mentorn Media Scotland - Photographer: Alan Peebles

House Robots Dead Metal, Sir Killalot, Matilda, Shunt. (C) Mentorn Media Scotland. Photographer: Alan Peebles (Image credit: BBC/Mentorn Media Scotland/Alan)


But to makes things even trickier the arena contains the dangerous hazards of Fire, Spikes, The Flipper and The Iconic Pit, and intimidating house robots Sir Killalot, Matilda, Shunt and Dead Metal, who are merciless when dealing with the amateur competitors.

Dara explained: “One major thing about the new Robot Wars is that if you put any of the old House Robots in the pit with the ones that feature now, they would last about eight seconds because things have moved on.

“The House Robots grip harder than they used to, they smash further, they move quicker, they are terrifyingly bigger and heavier than the first time round. But then, aren't we all?

The original series ran from 1998 to 2004, and over the years has had a series of famous faces host the competition including Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, Coronation Street actor Craig Charles and presenter Jayne Middlemiss.

Elaine Reilly
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