It’s finally time to let the wars begin again. That’s right, your favourite childhood TV gameshow, Robot Wars, is making a comeback.
BBC Two have revealed plans for a six-part revival in a “literally bullet-proof arena” in Glasgow later this year, in news that is sure to spark some kind of mass nerd riot.
The amateur-built robots will do battle in a knock-out competition in front of a live audience just as they do in the original, presented by Craig Charles and Philippa Forrester from 1998 until 2003.
1990s nostalgia: The top 10
1990s nostalgia: The top 10
1/9 Number 10: Not being able to change plans using mobiles
Don't you miss the time when plans never changed at the last minute because they were made on a landline? 22 per cent of people agree with you.
2/9 Number 9: Renting videos from the local shop
A quarter of people surveyed said they missed renting videos from the local shop. So much more of an event than going on Netflix.
3/9 Number 8: 90s toys
Troll dolls, Beanie Babies and friendship bracelets were among the toys that 27 per cent of people want back.
4/9 Number 7: Saturday night television
Gladiator's, Noel's Houseparty and Blind Date were among the classics of Saturday night television. 28 per cent of people said they missed watching it with their families.
5/9 Number 6: Waiting for photos to be developed
We're taking more photos than ever but the hundreds of pictures are rarely printed. Almost 30 per cent of people missed waiting for their holiday snaps and making an album.
6/9 Number 5: Hand-written thank you notes
Almost a third of people miss sending and receiving hand-written thank you notes.
7/9 Number 4: Buying singles on cassette or vinyl
Records might be fashionable again but the humble cassette never made a comeback. 32 per cent of people missed buying singles on cassettes or vinyl.
8/9 Number 3: Top of the Pops
Cancelled in 2006, TOTP was an institution for more than 40 years. 34 per cent of people would still rather watch it than trawl YouTube for music videos.
9/9 Number 2: Having pen pals
Pen pals from school could last for years, especially with the time it took to actually write and post letters. 35 of people think email just isn't the same.
Producers have promised fans more “new and improved” robots, dramatic battles and “extraordinary innovation and power” to put any doubts that the glory of Robot Wars could ever be restored to bed.
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“The redeveloped Robot Wars proved compelling - offering a mix of real people, real passion and raw power,” said Alan Tyler, acting controller of entertainment at the BBC, adding that the crowd will be drawn closer to the chaos with state-of-the-art cameras.
“It is fundamentally driven by the eccentricity of the brilliant brains behind the machines.”
It remains unknown whether house robots Shunt and Sir Killalot will be returning, but our fingers and toes are firmly crossed.
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