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Check out the BBC's new 'Robot Wars' House Robots

Engadget Engadget 23/06/2016 Nick Summers
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After a long hiatus, the much-loved gladiatorial game show Robot Wars is returning to the BBC. The new series, which will consist of six hour-long episodes, is bringing back the old House Robot gang to smash, drop and ultimately humiliate contests. Only this time, they're bigger and stronger than before. Sir Killalot weighs a whopping 741 kilograms and can lift 300 kilograms -- roughly the weight of three competitor robots -- with each arm. Dead Metal's circular saw spins at 4000RPM and can cut through almost anything. Shunt's axe takes a quarter of a second to fire. Matilda's tusks can flip up to 1.5 tonnes. Together, they're a formidable bunch.

Fans of the original series will be saddened to hear that Craig Charles and Philippa Forrester won't be returning as presenters. Instead, the BBC has appointed Irish duo Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon, with veteran commentator Jonathan Pearce narrating each battle. The format for each show should be familiar though -- as Wired reports, the roboteers will be facing off in three-minute battles until one is destroyed or left unable to continue. In the event of a tie, a panel of judges will decide the victor.

We can't wait. Let battle commence.

BBC (Twitter), Wired

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