Roboteers, stand by! 'Robot Wars' to return to television for a new series

The producers are promising "more robots, more battles and more science"

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The BBC has announced that Robot Wars is returning to television after a break of 11 years.

The show - which sees robots built by members of the public face off against each other, as well as a group of powerful 'house robots' - is due back for six hour-long episodes.

Mentorn Scotland has been commissioned to produce the new series for BBC Two, with the battles to take place in a purpose-built arena in Glasgow.

Alan Tyler, BBC Acting Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, says "it is remarkable to see how much more powerful these robots have become since the series last aired, with battles now staged in an arena that is literally bullet proof. And yet, the show is still fundamentally driven by the eccentricity of the brilliant brains behind the machines".

Robot Wars first aired on BBC between 1998 and 2003, while a final series was shown on the UK's Channel 5 the following year.

The show was initially hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, but Craig Charles took over for the bulk of the show's run.