After a successful revival earlier this year, the new Robot Wars is gearing up for two festive specials this holiday season called Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars.

Prepare to deck the halls with robot bodies as Angela Scanlon and Dara Ó Briain return as hosts, presiding over two hour-long episodes that will see teams of celebrities (rather than the usual enthusiastic amateur roboteers) compete to build their infernal devices and battle it out in the arena.

What time is the Robot Wars Christmas Special on TV?

The first hour-long part of the Christmas "Battle of the Stars" will air at 8pm on Wednesday 28th December on BBC2, while the second part will be shown on Thursday 29th December at 8pm on BBC2.

Who’s in it?

As noted hosts Angela Scanlon and Dara Ó Briain are back in the arena to preside over the battles, and you can expect the usual presence of House Robots Sir Killalot, Matilda, Shunt and Dead Metal.

Sir Killalot, Matilda and Shunt

The celebrity guests (who will team up with an experienced roboteer from the series to build and battle some ‘bots) will include Radio 1 DJs Scott Mills and Chris Stark, with more celebrities revealed over the coming months.

Are any other robots coming back?

Outside the House Robots it’s a bit unclear, but we’d imagine the experienced contestants teaming up with the celebrity guests will be familiar faces from the most recent series, so it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to have cameos for their robot creations.

What are the best shows to watch on TV this Christmas?

And what time are they on?

Doctor
Who

Call the
Midwife

Strictly Come Dancing
Christmas special

Grantchester 

Maigret's Dead Man
 

Sherlock

Mrs Brown's Boys

Outnumbered

We're Going on
A Bear Hunt

EastEnders

Coronation
Street


Emmerdale

The Great
Christmas Bake Off

Witness for the 
Prosecution

Ethel and Ernest
 

Last Tango in
Halifax

To Walk Invisible:
The Bronte Sisters

Jonathan
Creek

Birds of a
Feather

Walliams
and Friend

Robot Wars
 

Philomena Cunk
On Christmas

The Real Marigold
On Tour 

The Entire
Universe

Gogglesprogs

The Windsors

Blankety
Blank

The Flying Scotsman
From the Footplate

Still Open
All Hours

Revolting
Rhymes