Robot Wars (TV series)
Robot Wars was a British game show modelled on a US-based competition of the same name. It was broadcast on BBC Two from 1998 until 2003, with its final series broadcast on Five in 2003 and 2004. Additional series were filmed for specific sectors of the global market, including two series of Robot Wars Extreme Warriors with U.S. competitors for the TNN network (hosted by Mick Foley and Rebecca Grant), and two of Dutch Robot Wars for distribution in the Netherlands. The fourth series of the UK Robot Wars was brought to the United States on TNN as Robot Wars: Grand Champions in 2002, and hosted by Joanie Laurer. In 2003, the roboteers themselves formed The Fighting Robot Association and with their associated event organisers, carry on participating in competitions for new audiences. The US had their version of Robot Was on Nickelodeon and was produced by Steven C Patti. And it was hosted David Azer (one of the host of the Now defunct Nickelodeon GAS: Games and Sports for Kids)
- Jeremy Clarkson: Man may have tempered the spectre of nuclear evil but, tonight, I have the unenviable task of reporting that warfare has been taken out of man's hands. We're now at the mercy of machines and a battle - the likes of which we have never seen before - is about to begin. Outside the studio, women have lashed themselves to the railings. Britain is about to witness the birth of Robot Wars. Which is all about robots... fighting.
̇** The very first introduction to Robot Wars.
- Jonathan Pearce: Leighbot? Pepperpot!
- Announcer: Please welcome the man who oils Kryten's bearings, Craig Charles.
- Jonathan Pearce: Ah, brilliant, superb gymnastics from Cassius!
- Announcer: Please welcome the man who thought a Kalashnikov was a form of bronchitis, Craig Charles.
[Cassius 2 loses against Pussycat in Round 2]
- Craig Charles: You were actually my favorite robot to win this. I had my money on you guys.
- Rex Garrod: Well, you lost again!
- Craig Charles: Well, you can grovel and beg, when you're down on all fours. But we'll show no mercy, on Robot Wars. Bye-bye.
[After the competition, a somewhat moving tribute to fallen House Robot, Matilda, has met her bitter end.]
- Jonathan Pearce: Matilda, created at the dawn of Robot Wars, R.I.P. - Rust In Peace. D.I.A. - Destroyed In Action. D.Y.W.B. - D'you wanna bet?!
[Or has she? Matilda re-enters the arena covered in bandages. The crowd goes wild.]
- Jonathan Pearce: Oh, yes. The Matriarch of Mayhem, the Sister of Slice & Dice, the Grandmother of Grinding Metal... WILL BE BAAAAAACK!!!
Ending Disclaimer (from the Nickelodeon version)
- Announcer: And remember: Building robots is extremely dangerous, And should not be attempted without great care.
About Robot Wars (TV series)
- Yeah, well the first day, I was in the dressing room and looking in the mirror, and looking down at the arena. And they were pulling the robots into the arena on an invisible twine because nothing was working. And I was thinking: "Oh my God, what have I done with my career?" And you know, within the blink of an eye, it was the most watched show on BBC2.
- Craig Charles