Robot Wars final is here! All about the series including a new twist...

Robot Wars is back tonight on BBC Two for its brand new series finale and here's all you need to know.

Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon return to present the new series of Robot Wars, with battles commentated by Jonathan Pearce.

This evening's episode sees the grand final. Nine battles will decide who becomes the new Robot Wars Champion.

Forty teams of roboteers have fought it out over the past five episodes for a place in tonight’s grand final. The finalists from the previous heats are joined by a wild card picked by the robot wars judges Professor Sethu Vijayakumar, Dr Lucy Rogers, and head judge Professor Noel Sharkey.


The finalist robots and the wild card will fight in two group battles, leading to the remaining four robots to battle it out in a mini-league.

As always, Presiding over the battles are three judges: Professor Noel Sharkey, Dr Lucy Rogers and Professor Sethu Vijayakumar. In the case of no clear winner they will appoint a winner based on competitors’ control, damage and aggression.

During their fights teams must try to dodge the arena hazards - The Pit, The Spikes, The Flipper and Fire. They also have the four House Robots to deal with: Matilda, Dead Metal, Sir Killalot and Shunt.

Meanwhile, this series there’s a menacing new twist. Hitting the Arena Tyre no longer automatically lowers The Pit. It can also activate a mode called Rogue House Robot. This releases a House Robot to attack the competitors for a period of ten seconds, anywhere in the arena.

Let battle commence!

Robot Wars airs tonight at 7PM on BBC Two

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