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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."


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For further information please contact Louise Plank at Plank PR on 020 8995 or Andrew Francis at the BBC on 07834 845545



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.