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(I think it might be time to revisit some of my older articles, especially since this one and a few others were written before or only just after I got my English GCSE. Something for me to consider.)
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*[[1995 Robot Wars UK Open (partially found rejected robot combat TV show pilot; 1995)]]
 
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*[[BattleBots Collegiate Championship (partially lost unaired spinoff of robot combat TV show; 2009)]]
 
*[[Mechanoids (partially found BBC game show; 2003)]]
 
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*[[Robotica (partially lost game show; 2001-2003)]]
 
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*[[Robot Wars: The Kick-Off (lost BNN robot combat special; 2001)]]
 
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*[[Robots Revenge (lost Discovery robot combat documentary series; 2001)]]
 
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*[[Why Hypno-Disc can't work in an office (lost YouTube video of Robot Wars competitor; 2007)]]
  
 
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Revision as of 12:17, 18 July 2021

Robotwars2016logo.jpg

Series 8 logo.

Status: Lost

After a twelve-year hiatus, the popular BBC robot combat gameshow Robot Wars returned for a new series in 2016. A total of six episodes were commissioned for the series, which were filmed in March 2016.

Before the filming of the six episodes began, however, a pilot episode was recorded in a single day, on March 1st, 2016. It was created so that the production team were able to practice handling the programme, such as testing camera equipment, prior to shooting the televised series.

A total of eight robots competed in the pilot, all of whom did not compete in televised battles in Series 8. This includes Basher, Ka-Pow!, Merlin, Monte, Reaper, Tanto, Turbulence and Wraith, the latter of whom would withdraw prior to the first battle due to internal fire damage. The remaining seven robots would compete in a battle format that would be used in the televised episodes. This would include four-way Group Battles, a second-round consisting of Head-to-Heads, and a Heat Final whereby the two highest-scoring robots in the Head-to-Heads would compete. However, only three Head-to-Head battles could be filmed in time, so Turbulence and Ka-Pow (who was actually outscored by Merlin), competed in the Heat Final, with Turbulence picking up the victory.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Image of Ka-Pow! vs Merlin, showing Dead Metal cutting into Merlin

Footage and images of the pilot are scarce; an image of the battle between Ka-Pow! and Merlin, which sees the latter being attacked by house robot Dead Metal, as well as a behind-the-scenes video recorded by Team Tauron, remains the only recordings of the pilot that are accessible to the public.[1] No footage from the production team has yet been publicly released.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Behind-the-scenes footage of the pilot.

See Also[edit | edit source]

Reference[edit | edit source]

  1. Reddit discussion of the pilot. Retrieved 18 Jun '17