ROBOT WARS PRESENTER LINE UP REVEALED AND NEW LOGO IS UNVEILED

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Dara O Briain and Angela Scanlon have been announced as the new presenters of Robot Wars when the series is rebooted for BBC Two with Jonathan Pearce returning as commentator.

Dara and Angela will get up close with the robots, the teams and get feedback from the Robot Wars judges while legendary commentator Jonathan Pearce will return with his inimitable take on the Robot Wars fights.

All the Robot Wars action will come from the new purpose-built fighting arena in Glasgow, which will allow viewers to get even closer to the action, with state-of-the-art cameras capable of capturing every crushing, sawing and scorching moment in incredible detail.

Dara O Briain said: “I am thrilled to be presenting Robot Wars. For too long, the schedules have cried out for a show in which dedicated amateurs toiling day and night, handcraft sophisticated automatons built on the delicate interplay of hand-wired servo motors with custom-built circuit boards and fingertip motion control, just to see them get smashed to pieces by a dustbin carrying a massive hammer. It's war, and how I love it so.”

Angela Scanlon added: “I'm so excited to be joining such a legendary show that, after all this time, still manages to make people squeal with joy. I cannot wait to see the robots in all their metallic glory playfully destroying each other!”

Jonathan Pearce said: “Robot Wars is an immensely enjoyable programme to commentate on. I am delighted to be involved and back among the cut and thrust of the robot battles. ACTIVATE!”

Channel Editor of BBC Two, Adam Barker, said: “I’m thrilled that Dara O Briain and Angela Scanlon will be fronting BBC Two’s reboot of Robot Wars.  Alongside the welcome return of Jonathan Pearce bringing his unique commentary to proceedings, they are the perfect team to bring to life all the excitement and drama from the arena and explain the innovation and technological advances being showcased in the new and improved robots.”

Acting Controller of Entertainment, Alan Tyler, said: “We are delighted to have such an enviable line up of talent at the helm of the new series. Dara is the perfect host for Robot Wars. Funny, intelligent, warm and genuinely enthused by both the engineering science and the passionate people behind the machines. I'm slightly worried he may actually apply to be a contestant. Angela’s razor sharp wit and clever curiosity, alongside Jonathan’s expertise and insight complete a perfect partnership. We can’t wait to bring the new series to the BBC Two’s audience.”

The new Robot Wars logo for the series, designed by Jump, has also been unveiled.

Mentorn Scotland’s Executive Producer, Andrew Robertson, said: “The logo totally encapsulates everything that is new about the series, updated technology, modernised armour, contemporary design and a seismic updated tonal shift from the original series.”

The new six-part series will be produced by Mentorn Scotland, part of the Tinopolis Group, in association with SJP Media, and will feature a new structure with more robots, more battles and more science than ever before. It also includes a raft of technological advances since the show first aired over a decade ago, and viewers can expect to see more innovative fighting machines as teams of amateur roboteers battle it out to win the coveted Robot Wars title.

Robot Wars fans can apply to see the battles first hand in the studio audience by contacting www.lostintv.com; emailing info@lostintv.com or calling 0208 5308100.

Follow Robot Wars on Social Media:

Facebook:           www.facebook.com/ukrobotwars

Twitter:                @ukrobotwars

YouTube:             RobotWars

For further information please contact:

Kiran Poonia, BBC Publicist

Kiran.Poonia@bbc.co.uk

For Mentorn Media queries please contact:

Louise Plank at Plank PR on 020 8995 3936, lou@plankpr.com

Notes to editors:

The new series of has been commissioned by, Acting Controller of Entertainment Alan Tyler and Jo Street BBC Commissioning Editor. Produced by Mentorn Media Scotland in association with SJP Media, it will be executive produced by Creative Director Entertainment at Tinopolis, Chris Brogden, Andrew Robertson of Mentorn Scotland and Jo Street for the BBC.

International sales of the series/format are being handled by Passion Distribution.

About Mentorn Scotland

Mentorn Media set up Mentorn Scotland, its Glasgow office, in 2002. Since then it has had a continuous and substantial production and development base in Scotland devising and delivering some award-winning and compelling content, adding up to hundreds of hours of original content.

Mentorn Scotland has made a range of major series for BBC Scotland including RTS Award-winning and British Academy Scotland Award nominated, Scotland Decides: The Big, Big Debate and the popular BBC Scotland series Clans and How Scotland Works.

Scottish-based productions include key returning BBC One titles: Question Time, Traffic Cops, The Big Questions, along with other Mentorn Scotland productions like Cutting Edge documentaries for Channel 4, single films for ITV including Britain’s Poshest Nannies, daytime series and popular formats: Cowboy Trap for BBC One; Hotel of Mum and Dad for BBC Three, and primetime series Watermen: A Dirty Business for BBC Two.

Mentorn Media can be followed on twitter: @MentornMedia

About the Tinopolis Group

The Tinopolis Group is dedicated to the creation and global distribution of world-class content. It is one of the largest remaining independent television producers with significant business bases in London, Wales, Glasgow and LA, producing high quality content for all key networks in both the US and the UK and for a fast-growing stable of brands and agencies. Tinopolis produces and distributes over 2,500 hours of award-winning broadcast and online content from major producers, including A. Smith and Co, Firecracker Films, Magical Elves, Mentorn Media, Passion Distribution, Pioneer Productions, Sunset + Vine and Tinopolis Wales/Cymru.

www.tinopolis.com

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ROBOT WARS REBOOTED FOR BBC TWO

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Mentorn Scotland, part of the Tinopolis Group, has been commissioned by BBC Two to produce a new series of theman and machine battle series Robot Wars, it was announced today (WEDS). 

The iconic entertainment show will return as a 6 x 60’ series and will feature a new structure with more robots, more battles and more science than ever before. 

The new series includes a raft of technological advances since the show first aired over a decade ago, and viewers can expect to see more innovative fighting machines as teams of amateur roboteers battle it out to win the coveted Robot Wars title.

The show will be recorded in a new purpose built fighting arena in Glasgow, allowing viewers to get even closer to the action, with state of the art cameras capable of capturing every crushing, sawing and scorching moment in incredible detail.    

The new series of Robot Wars has been commissioned by Channel Controller Kim Shillinglaw, Acting Controller of Entertainment Alan Tyler and Jo Street BBC Commissioning Editor. Produced by Mentorn Media Scotland in association with SJP Media, it will be executive produced by Creative Director Entertainment at Tinopolis, Chris Brogden, Andrew Robertson of Mentorn Scotland and Jo Street for the BBC. Passion Distribution has completed series and format rights for the show.

Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, said: 

“Robot Wars is an absolute TV classic and I'm thrilled to be updating it for the next generation of viewers. With new technological advances making for an even more exciting and immersive experience this is a fantastic example of the kind of content-rich factual entertainment that BBC Two excels at.”

Chris Brogden, Creative Director Entertainment at Tinopolis, said:

“Bringing back Robot Wars to our screens is hugely exciting.  Its return will see new and improved robots, with extraordinary innovation and power in these updated machines – it promises to be quite the competition.”

 Alan Tyler, BBC Acting Controller of Entertainment Commissioning said:

“The redeveloped Robot Wars proved compelling, offering a mix of real people, real passion and raw power. 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. We are excited to bring this clever new incarnation not only to an audience who loved the original but also to those who may be discovering it for the first time."

 

To apply please email robotwars@mentorn.tv

 

For further information please contact Louise Plank at Plank PR on 020 8995 3936 lou@plankpr.com or Andrew Francis at the BBC on 07834 845545 andrew.francis@bbc.com

 

 

Notes to editors:

About Mentorn Scotland

Mentorn Media set up Mentorn Scotland, its Glasgow office, in 2002. Since then it has had a continuous and substantial production and development base in Scotland devising and delivering some award-winning and compelling content, adding up to hundreds of hours of original content.

Mentorn Scotland has made a range of major series for BBC Scotland including RTS Award-winning and British Academy Scotland Award nominated, Scotland Decides: The Big, Big Debate and the popular BBC Scotland series Clans and How Scotland Works.

Scottish-based productions include key returning BBC One titles: Question Time, Traffic Cops, The Big Questions, along with other Mentorn Scotland productions like Cutting Edge documentaries for Channel 4, single films for ITV including Britain’s Poshest Nannies, daytime series and popular formats: Cowboy Trap for BBC One; Hotel of Mum and Dad for BBC Three, and primetime series Watermen: A Dirty Business for BBC Two.

Mentorn Media can be followed on twitter: @MentornMedia

 

About the Tinopolis Group

The Tinopolis Group is dedicated to the creation and global distribution of world-class content. It is one of the largest remaining independent television producers with significant business bases in London, Wales, Glasgow and LA, producing high quality content for all key networks in both the US and the UK and for a fast-growing stable of brands and agencies. Tinopolis produces and distributes over 2,500 hours of award-winning broadcast and online content from major producers, including A. Smith and Co, Firecracker Films, Magical Elves, Mentorn Media, Passion Distribution, Pioneer Productions, Sunset + Vine and Tinopolis Wales/Cymru.

www.tinopolis.com

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW MENTORN MEDIA SERIES GETS PUBLIC SINGING FOR SKY 1

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Mentorn Media, part of the Tinopolis Group, has been commissioned by Sky to produce a new entertainment Christmas special for Sky 1 that will showcase the singing talents of ordinary people across the country.

‘The Big Movie Sing-A-Long’, 1X60, will give the public a chance to perform their own renditions of famous musical movie hits and also invite the public to sing-a-long at home.

The musical numbers will be accompanied by dancing, performed against the backdrop of everyday life - from singing in the home and street to the local park and office.

A cross section of the public will take part in performances, ranging from families and friends to co-workers and an entire school community.

Featuring some of the biggest movie songs of all time, we’ll see the different groups of people discuss their song choice and what it means to them, before performing their own choreographed version of the song.

Commissioned by Bill Hobbins, Commissioning Editor – Factual, Sky Entertainment, the series will be executive produced by David Emerson, Head of Features and Formats Mentorn Media, and Gareth Davies, Executive Producer Mentorn Media.

Bill Hobbins said: “Karaoke meets Christmas in this great festive format for Sky 1.  A family singalong for all ages that’ll be warm, enchanting and above all, very funny!”

David Emerson said: “This is a feel-good family format which embraces the public’s love of belting out hits from blockbuster movies, and we’re delighted that Sky have commissioned this show. It’s a wonderful insight into the great part music plays in the life of everyday British people and a real Christmas treat.”

‘The Big Movie Sing-A-Long’ will air at the end of this year on Sky 1.

 

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KATIE HOPKINS TACKLES BRITAIN’S OBESITY CRISIS IN A NEW TLC DOCUMENTARY MADE BY MENTORN MEDIA

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TLC, the UK’s fastest growing pay TV entertainment channel for women, has commissioned KATIE HOPKINS: FAT STORY 1 YEAR ON from Mentorn Media, a one-off documentary special that sees the UK's most outspoken personality continue her crusade against Britain’s obesity crisis.

Katie Hopkins is tough on obesity having said that she would not employ someone who is overweight, and that fat people need to “eat less and move more and stop blaming everyone else for what they can control”. Last year, Katie gained and then lost over three stone in My Fat Story, TLC’s highest rating show, in an attempt to encourage the nation to lose weight by proving her theory that it is easy. A year on, Katie picks up the gauntlet once more, concerned that being overweight is fast becoming more acceptable and the new normal.

The follow-up documentary sees Katie investigate the worrying waistline of bulging Britain – and whether things have got even worse since her experiment.  The motor mouth journalist also meets the success stories - people inspired by Katie to join her online 'fat club' that now has 7,000 members to hear their amazing stories of weight loss with striking before and after pictures.

Clare Laycock, Head of TLC, UK & Ireland, said: “Katie’s first documentary, My Fat Story was a phenomenal success on TLC in the UK and abroad where nearly 10 million watched in the US alone. Katie returns to the channel as she has unfinished business, concerned that the obesity problem is getting worse, not better. Obesity is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges of our time and Katie will get to the heart of the matter in her unique, investigative style”.

Katie Hopkins: Fat Story 1 Year On was commissioned by Mark Procter, Acting Head of Production and Development, Factual Entertainment who said: “This is a timely opportunity for us to revisit the biggest challenge of Katie's life and relive those truly impactful moments that surprised even her harshest critics. Also featuring real-life transformative stories of incredible weight-loss inspired by Britain’s most outspoken personality, this promises to be yet another must-tell Katie Hopkins show”.

David Emerson, Head of Features and Formats for Mentorn Media said: “We’re delighted to be working with Katie Hopkins again with TLC on the follow up to My Fat Story. Weight and obesity are issues that Katie feels extremely passionate about and so we’re looking forward to Katie exploring the factors surrounding Britain’s growing waistline, whilst showcasing those who have managed to shift the pounds.”

The show will air on TLC in the UK and Ireland on 2 January 2016. Charlotte Reid is the Executive Producer for TLC, and David Emerson, Head of Features and Formats will oversee the series for Mentorn Media.

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Question Time Comes from London Tonight

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from London on Thursday 19th November 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from London,where Conservative Business Minister, Anna Soubry MP; Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, Andy Burnham MP; former Editor of Le Monde, Natalie Nougayrede; historian, Daily Mail columnist and former editor of the Daily Telegraph, Sir Max Hastings; 'Al Jazeera English' presenter, Mehdi Hasan, and the British/Russian businessman and owner of the Independent and Evening Standard newspapers, Evgeny Lebedev, face questions from the audience.

Question Time transmits on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.35pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes from London on Thursday Night

This week’s Question Time will be filmed in London in the wake of the Paris attacks. With an audience from across London, including its Muslim and French communities, we will discuss the implications of the deadliest terrorist attack in Europe in over a decade.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at: www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

 

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Question Time Comes from Stoke-on-Trent Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday 12th November 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Stoke-on-Trent, where Conservative Business Secretary, Sajid Javid MP; Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, Lucy Powell MP; UKIP Deputy Leader, Paul Nuttall MEP; writer and campaigner, Paris Lees, and Managing Editor of The Sun, Stig Abell, face questions from the audience.

Question Time transmits on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.35pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

 

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Question Time Comes from London Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from London on Thursday 5th November 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from London, where Conservative International Development Secretary, Justine Greening MP; Labour’s Chuka Umunna MP; the Green Party’s, Jenny Jones; Mail on Sunday columnist, Peter Hitchens, and writer and broadcaster, Victoria Coren Mitchell, face questions from the audience.

Question Time transmits on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.35pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes from Edinburgh Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Edinburgh on Thursday 29th October 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Edinburgh, where SNP’s Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure in the Scottish Government; former leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Annabel Goldie MSP; Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Kezia Dugdale MSP; singer and campaigner, Billy Bragg and Editor of MoneyWeek, Merryn Somerset Webb, face questions from the audience.

Question Time transmits on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.35pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes from Grimsby Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Grimsby on Thursday 22nd October 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Grimsby, where Conservative, Nadhim Zahawi MP; Labour’s former Home Secretary, Alan Johnson MP; leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage MEP; writer, Germaine Greer, and businesswoman and winner of ‘The Apprentice’ Michelle Dewberry, face questions from the audience.

Question Time transmits on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.35pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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