Robot Wars: The Kick-Off (lost BNN robot combat special; 2001)
Before Dutch Robot Wars: Series 1, a robot combat gameshow, was broadcast on BNN channel Nederland 2, a special episode was broadcasted a week prior on December 24th, 2001. Known as Robot Wars: The Kick-Off, it was presented by Rob Kamphues and Bridget Maasland, and featured a behind-the scenes take of both the Dutch and original BBC versions of the show.
According to various Dutch sources, the special was said to have featured several interviews, including with the presenter of the British version of the show, Craig Charles. It also featured an insight into the Dutch competitors, including the journey they took to reach the Robot Wars arena in the United Kingdom, as well as the history of the BBC version of Robot Wars. Also included in the special is behind-the-scenes footage of the setup and shooting of the programme, and appearances made by the gameshow's House Robots.
Availability[edit | edit source]
Both Robot Wars: The Kick-Off and Dutch Robot Wars: Series 1, received few re-runs on BNN, nor were released on home media. But although all episodes of Dutch Robot Wars: Series 1 can be found online, no footage or screenshots of Robot Wars: The Kick-Off is as of yet accessible to the public. Two other specials according to zQcentral.nl were also broadcast on 10 and 17 December, although the existence of both remains unconfirmed.
See Also[edit | edit source]
- 1995 Robot Wars UK Open (partially found rejected robot combat TV show pilot; 1995)
- BattleBots (found game show; 2000-2002)
- BattleBots Collegiate Championship (partially lost unaired spinoff of robot combat TV show; 2009)
- Mechanoids (partially found BBC game show; 2003)
- Robotica (partially lost game show; 2001-2003)
- Robot Wars (lost MTV pilot of British robot combat gameshow; 2000)
- Robot Wars (partially found unaired or partially aired battles of BBC gameshow; 1998-2017)
- Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors: Season 1 (found TNN robot combat gameshow; 2001)
- Robot Wars Revealed (partially found BBC Choice spin-off of robot combat gameshow; 1998)
- Robot Wars: Series 8 (lost unaired pilot of BBC gameshow; 2016)
- Robots Revenge (lost Discovery robot combat documentary series; 2001)
- Why Hypno-Disc can't work in an office (lost YouTube video of Robot Wars competitor; 2007)