Robot Wars reboot axed by BBC after three series

By Joe Nerssessian, Press Association

Robot Wars has been axed by the BBC for a second time.

The show featuring duelling robots was rebooted on BBC Two in 2016 and ran for three series.

Presented by Dara O Briain and Angela Scanlon since its return, it is to be scrapped to “make room for new shows”, the BBC said.

Robot Wars presenter Dara O Briain (Robot Wars/BBC Two)

The show’s official Twitter page posted it was “sad to confirm” the BBC’s decision, adding: “A huge thank you to Dara & Angela, our brilliant judges Noel, Lucy & Sethu, all of the amazing teams and most of all…you for joining us on this amazing robot smashing adventure.”

They added the hashtag: “BringBackRobotWars”.

A number of the teams also shared messages on Twitter, with the Apollo Robot team writing: “We’re getting lots of messages from young fans saying @UKRobotWars inspired them so much.

“This is what the show is all about and it’s a shame the decision from @BBC will slow this down. But it won’t stop us and the rest of the teams!”

A BBC spokesman said: “We are very proud of Robot Wars and would like to thank Mentorn Media, the presenters Dara O Briain and Angela Scanlon, and all those involved in the last three series.

“However, in order to create room for new shows it won’t be returning to BBC Two.”

Robot Wars was originally broadcast on the BBC from 1998 to 2003, then on Channel 5 until 2004.

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