The 2017 series of Robot Wars is the ninth series of the show, returning to the Glasgow arena used in the previous series. It was first confirmed through online articles released in the early hours of October 11, 2016. The series is again be hosted by Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon, with commentary from Jonathan Pearce, and the previous year's House Robots will return, as well as the reigning champion Apollo. The House Robots and Judging panel is the same as that of the previous series, with Professor Noel Sharkey and Dr Lucy Rogers confirming their involvement via Twitter, Noel Sharkey also confirming Sethu Vijayakumar's involvement.
Applications for competing teams closed on October 21st. The series was filmed in one block in December 2016, from the 2nd to the 7th. The series includes 2016's Christmas Special, Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars, and the main series, aired at a later date.
The format is the same as that of series 8, the first time a series has followed the same format as a previous series, containing six episodes; five qualifying episodes and a Grand Final, with a sixth finalist being chosen as a wildcard by the Judges. There will be eight robots per heat, of the forty in total.
Four robots fight in each first-round qualifier, of which there are two per heat, allowing two robots to qualify through them. In the second round, a round robin format is used, where the four robots which qualified out of the first round in each episode will all face each other in a head-to-head battle, even if they had already met in the first round. A certain number of points is given to a robot, based on whether it lost (0 points), won via KO (3 points), or won via Judges' decision (2 points). The two robots with the most points fight again in the Heat Final.
Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars
- Main article: Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars
After audience ticket distributors Lost in TV first revealed that the 2017 series would feature recording blocks featuring celebrities, Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars was officially revealed by Radio Times on November 22, 2016. BBC Two confirmed this information on November 24, revealing Scott Mills and Chris Stark as competitors. The episodes aired as Christmas specials, on the 28th and 29th of December.
- Main article: Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars/Episode 1
Competing Celebrities: Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee, mentored by Gabriel Stroud, with Jar; Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, mentored by Shane Swan, with Interstellar: MML; Suzi Perry and Dallas Campbell, mentored by Craig Danby, with The Cat; Scott Mills and Chris Stark, mentored by Dave Moulds, with Arena Cleaner.
- Arena Cleaner vs Interstellar: MML: Arena Cleaner won by KO
- Jar vs The Cat: The Cat won by KO
- Arena Cleaner vs The Cat: The Cat won by KO
- Interstellar: MML vs Jar: Jar won by Judges' decision
- Interstellar: MML vs The Cat: Interstellar: MML won by KO
- Arena Cleaner vs Jar: Arena Cleaner won by KO
- Arena Cleaner vs The Cat: Arena Cleaner won
- Main article: Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars/Episode 2
Competing Celebrities: Robbie Savage, mentored by Jason Marston, with Robo Savage; Jordan Stephens, mentored by John Reid, with Dee; Neil Oliver, mentored by Will Thomas, with Soldier Ant; Kadeena Cox, mentored by Ellis Ware, with Kadeena Machina.
- Kadeena Machina vs Robo Savage: Kadeena Machina won by KO
- Dee vs Soldier Ant: Soldier Ant won by Judges' Decision
- Robo Savage vs Soldier Ant: Robo Savage won by KO
- Dee vs Kadeena Machina: Kadeena Machina won by KO
- Dee vs Robo Savage: Dee won by Judges' Decision
- Kadeena Machina vs Soldier Ant: Kadeena Machina won by KO
- Kadeena Machina vs Robo Savage: Kadeena Machina won
The UK Championship of the 2017 series will consist of six episodes, with no further details confirmed.
- ↑ http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-10-11/the-new-robot-wars-will-return-for-a-second-series
- ↑ https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnofficialRobotWars/505287449751025/?notif_t=group_activity¬if_id=1476052083606516
- ↑ http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2016/robot-wars?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_press_office&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=corporate
- ↑ https://twitter.com/NoelSharkey/status/804475189442514945
- ↑ https://twitter.com/DrLucyRogers/status/801826222758043648
- ↑ https://twitter.com/NoelSharkey/status/804648406463324161
- ↑ https://www.facebook.com/UKRobotWars/?fref=nf
- ↑ http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-11-22/robot-wars-to-return-for-two-celebrity-christmas-specials
- ↑ https://twitter.com/bbctwo/status/801828994500923392
- ↑ http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-11-29/what-time-is-the-robot-wars-christmas-special-on-tv
- ↑ https://twitter.com/MentornMedia/status/801785772223397888
- Robot Wars Official website
- UK Robot Wars Facebook page
- UK Robot Wars Twitter
- Robot Wars YouTube channel