The new Robot Wars will return for a second series

Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon are back in the arena for another six-episode run

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Roboteers, stand by – because BBC2’s revival of mechanical melée Robot Wars is coming back for a second run of episodes.

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Originally running from 1998 to 2004, the series (which sees teams of amateur engineers unleash their home-made robots in an arena battle) was brought back to screens this summer in an updated format, becoming a hit with viewers who watched in their millions as Team Apollo fought their way to victory in the tournament.

Now, a new collection of tin-plated terrors will try for Apollo’s deadly throne in the new series, with hosts Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon also returning to watch over proceedings at Robot Wars’ custom-built Glasgow arena.

“Robot Wars is a brilliant BBC2 show, full of passion, specialism and spectacle,” channel controller Patrick Holland said in a statement.

“I am delighted that Dara and Angela will be once again challenging Britain’s finest robot builders to take on the dreaded House Robots.”

Executive producer Andrew Robertson added: “We’re delighted that the first series proved such a success and we can’t wait to see more amazing teams with the next generation of incredible robots in the arena.”

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Add the fact that applications are already open to join the new series (emailing robotwars@mentorn.tv), and consider our excitement thoroughly ACTIVATED.