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The following is a list of episodes of the British television game show Robot Wars, a series that was originally broadcast from 1998 to 2004 on BBC Two and later BBC Choice before moving to Five for the Seventh Wars, and back to BBC Two for the rebooted Series 8 and 9. The various international series of Robot Wars produced for American, Dutch and German audiences are also listed.

ContentsEdit

Series Episodes Channel Start Date End Date
UK Series
Robot Wars: The First Wars 6 BBC Two February 20, 1998 March 27, 1998
Robot Wars: The Second Wars 18 BBC Two November 6, 1998 March 19, 1999
Robot Wars: The Third Wars 21 BBC Two December 3, 1999 September 15, 2000
Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars 24 BBC Two September 22, 2000 February 23, 2001
Robot Wars Extreme Series 1 17 BBC Choice October 8, 2001 December 21, 2001
BBC Two October 26, 2001 February 15, 2002
Robot Wars: The Fifth Wars 15 BBC Choice May 6, 2002 May 27, 2002
BBC Two May 24, 2002 November 1, 2002
Robot Wars: The Sixth Wars 16 BBC Choice September 16, 2002 January 10, 2003
BBC Two November 8, 2002 April 4, 2003
Robot Wars Extreme Series 2 16 BBC Choice January 13, 2003 February 7, 2003
BBC Two May 9, 2003 September 19, 2003
Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars 22 Five November 2, 2003 March 28, 2004
Robot Wars: Series 8 6 BBC Two July 24, 2016 August 28, 2016
Robot Wars: Series 9 8 BBC Two December 28, 2016 TBC
US Series
Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors Season 1 7 TNN August 20, 2001 October 1, 2001
Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors Season 2 13 TNN April 6, 2002 July 1, 2002
Nickelodeon Robot Wars 6 Nickelodeon August 25, 2002 September 29, 2002
Dutch Series
Dutch Robot Wars Series 1 6 Nederland 2 December 31, 2001 February 4, 2002
Dutch Robot Wars Series 2 6 Nederland 2 March 17, 2003 August 4, 2003
German Series
German Robot Wars 5 RTL II October 6, 2002 November 2, 2002

UK SeriesEdit

Main article: Robot Wars

Series 1Edit

Main article: Robot Wars: The First Wars

Episodes of the first two series were around 30 minutes long. Also unlike later series the grand final was not given its own dedicated episode and was instead shown as part of the episode containing the final heat.

Overall
No.
Series
No.
Episode Broadcast
1 1 Heat A February 20, 1998
2 2 Heat B February 27, 1998
3 3 Heat C March 6, 1998
4 4 Heat D March 13, 1998
5 5 Heat E March 20, 1998
6 6 Heat F / Grand Final March 27, 1998

Series 2Edit

During the run of Series 2 two specials were also produced. The first, The Making of Robot Wars was a behind-the-scenes special on the making of the first series. A week after the end of the series The Best of Robot Wars was shown, an episode featuring selected highlights from the second series of the show.

Main article: Robot Wars: The Second Wars
Overall
No.
Series
No.
Episode Broadcast
7 1 Heat A November 6, 1998
8 2 Heat B November 13, 1998
9 3 Heat C November 20, 1998
10 4 Heat D November 27, 1998
11 5 Heat E December 4, 1998
12 6 Heat F December 11, 1998
13 7 Heat G December 18, 1998
14 8 The Making of Robot Wars December 31, 1998
15 9 Heat H January 8, 1999
16 10 Heat I January 15, 1999
17 11 Heat J January 22, 1999
18 12 Heat K February 5, 1999
19 13 Heat L February 12, 1999
20 14 Semi-Final 1 February 19, 1999
21 15 Semi-Final 2 February 26, 1999
22 16 Grand Final March 5, 1999
23 17 Grudge Matches March 12, 1999
24 18 The Best of Robot Wars March 19, 1999

Series 3Edit

Main article: Robot Wars: The Third Wars

Episodes starting with this series are 45 minutes in length.

Heat I was originally scheduled for broadcast on February 4 but was postponed to the following week due to extended tennis coverage.[1]

Overall
No.
Series
No.
Episode Broadcast
25 1 Heat A December 3, 1999
26 2 Heat B December 10, 1999
27 3 Heat C December 17, 1999
28 4 Heat D December 31, 1999
29 5 Heat E January 7, 2000
30 6 Heat F January 14, 2000
31 7 Heat G January 21, 2000
32 8 Heat H January 28, 2000
33 9 Heat I February 11, 2000
34 10 Heat J February 18, 2000
35 11 Heat K February 25, 2000
36 12 Heat L March 3, 2000
37 13 Heat M March 10, 2000
38 14 Heat N March 17, 2000
39 15 Heat O March 24, 2000
40 16 Heat P March 31, 2000
41 17 Semi-Final 1 April 7, 2000
42 18 Semi-Final 2 April 14, 2000
43 19 Grand Final April 21, 2000
44 20 International League Championship September 15, 2000

The First World Championship was produced at the same time as the rest of Series 3 and was originally released on video (between the broadcast of Heats M and N) before premiering on TV in 2001 on BBC Choice during the run of Extreme Series 1. This was followed by a repeat on BBC Two.

Overall
No.
Series
No.
Episode Video release date Broadcast Repeated
84 21 The First World Championship March 13, 2000 November 16, 2001 December 28, 2001

Series 4Edit

Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars

Following Christmas Day several special episodes were shown featuring various events. The first of these, the Celebrity Special was the only episode of Robot Wars to be broadcast on BBC One.

Overall
No.
Series
No.
Episode Broadcast
45 1 Heat A September 22, 2000
46 2 Heat B September 29, 2000
47 3 Heat C October 6, 2000
48 4 Heat D October 13, 2000
49 5 Heat E October 27, 2000
50 6 Heat F November 3, 2000
51 7 Heat G November 10, 2000
52 8 Heat H November 17, 2000
53 9 Heat I November 24, 2000
54 10 Heat J December 8, 2000
55 11 Heat K December 15, 2000
56 12 Heat L December 22, 2000
57 13 Celebrity Robot Wars December 27, 2000
58 14 Tag Team Terror December 28, 2000
59 15 Northern Annihilator December 29, 2000
60 16 Southern Annihilator December 30, 2000
61 17 War of Independence December 31, 2000
62 18 Heat M January 5, 2001
63 19 Heat N January 12, 2001
64 20 Heat O January 19, 2001
65 21 Heat P January 26, 2001
66 22 Semi-Final 1 February 2, 2001
67 23 Semi-Final 2 February 16, 2001
68 24 Grand Final February 23, 2001

Grand ChampionsEdit

Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars#Robot Wars: Grand Champions
No. Episode Broadcast
1 Heat A March 24, 2002
2 Heat B March 31, 2002
3 Heat C March 31, 2002
4 Heat D April 7, 2002
5 Heat E April 7, 2002
6 Heat F April 14, 2002
7 Heat G April 14, 2002
8 Heat H April 21, 2002
9 Heat I April 21, 2002
10 Heat J April 28, 2002
11 Heat K April 28, 2002
12 Heat L May 5, 2002
13 Heat M May 5, 2002
14 Heat N May 12, 2002
15 Heat O May 12, 2002
16 Heat P May 19, 2002
17 Semi-Final 1 May 19, 2002
18 Semi-Final 2 May 26, 2002
19 Grand Final May 26, 2002
20 Northern Annihilator June 2, 2002
21 Southern Annihilator June 2, 2002
22 War of Independence June 4, 2002
23 Tag Team Terror June 9, 2002

Extreme Series 1Edit

Main article: Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1

This was the first series to be broadcast on BBC Choice before airing on BBC Two. The Second World Championship was preceded on TV by the first TV broadcast of The First World Championship (produced as part of Series 3) following a video release in 2000.

Overall
No.
Series
No.
Episode Broadcast Repeated
69 1 Episode 1 October 8, 2001 October 26, 2001
70 2 Episode 2 October 9, 2001 November 2, 2001
71 3 Episode 3 October 10, 2001 November 9, 2001
72 4 Episode 4 October 11, 2001 November 16, 2001
73 5 Episode 5 October 12, 2001 November 23, 2001
74 6 Episode 6 October 15, 2001 November 30, 2001
75 7 Episode 7 October 16, 2001 December 7, 2001
76 8 Episode 8 October 17, 2001 December 14, 2001
77 9 Episode 9 October 18, 2001 December 21, 2001
78 10 Episode 10 October 19, 2001 January 11, 2002
79 11 Episode 11 October 22, 2001 January 18, 2002
80 12 Episode 12 October 23, 2001 January 25, 2002
81 13 Episode 13 October 24, 2001 February 1, 2002
82 14 Episode 14 October 25, 2001 February 8, 2002
83 15 Episode 15 October 26, 2001 February 15, 2002
85 16 The Second World Championship December 20, 2001 December 30, 2001
86 17 Forces Special December 21, 2001 January 4, 2002

Series 5Edit

Main article: Robot Wars: The Fifth Wars
Overall
No.
Series
No.
Episode Broadcast Repeated
87 1 Heat A May 6, 2002 May 24, 2002
88 2 Heat B May 7, 2002 May 31, 2002
89 3 Heat C May 8, 2002 June 7, 2002
90 4 Heat D May 9, 2002 June 14, 2002
91 5 Heat E May 10, 2002 July 12, 2002
92 6 Heat F May 13, 2002 August 16, 2002
93 7 Heat G May 14, 2002 August 23, 2002
94 8 Heat H May 15, 2002 August 30, 2002
95 9 Heat I May 16, 2002 September 6, 2002
96 10 Heat J May 17, 2002 September 13, 2002
97 11 Heat K May 20, 2002 September 27, 2002
98 12 Heat L May 21, 2002 October 4, 2002
99 13 Semi-Final 1 May 22, 2002 October 18, 2002
100 14 Semi-Final 2 May 23, 2002 October 25, 2002
101 15 Grand Final May 27, 2002[2] November 1, 2002

Series 6Edit

Main article: Robot Wars: The Sixth Wars
Overall
No.
Series
No.
Episode Broadcast Repeated
102 1 Heat A September 16, 2002 November 8, 2002
103 2 Heat B September 17, 2002 November 15, 2002
104 3 Heat C September 18, 2002 November 22, 2002
105 4 Heat D September 19, 2002 November 29, 2002
106 5 Heat E September 20, 2002 December 6, 2002
107 6 Heat F September 23, 2002 December 20, 2002
108 7 Heat G September 24, 2002 January 3, 2003
109 8 Heat H September 25, 2002 January 10, 2003
110 9 Heat I September 26, 2002 January 17, 2003
111 10 Heat J September 27, 2002 January 24, 2003
112 11 Heat K September 30, 2002 January 31, 2003
113 12 Heat L October 1, 2002 February 14, 2003
114 13 Semi-Final 1 October 2, 2002 February 21, 2003
115 14 Semi-Final 2 October 3, 2002 February 28, 2003
116 15 Grand Final October 4, 2002 March 7, 2003
117 16 UK vs Germany January 10, 2003 April 4, 2003

Extreme Series 2Edit

Main article: Robot Wars Extreme: Series 2

This was the last series of the original run to be broadcast on BBC Choice or BBC Two. Due to Five acquiring the rights to the show the last three episodes were never broadcast on BBC Two.

Overall
No.
Series
No.
Episode Broadcast Repeated
118 1 All-Stars Heat A January 13, 2003 May 9, 2003
119 2 All-Stars Heat B / Grand Final January 14, 2003 May 16, 2003
120 3 Annihilator January 15, 2003 May 30, 2003
121 4 Minor Meltdown January 16, 2003 June 13, 2003
122 5 Tag Team Terror January 17, 2003 June 20, 2003
123 6 New Blood Heat A January 20, 2003 July 11, 2003
124 7 New Blood Heat B January 21, 2003 July 25, 2003
125 8 New Blood Heat C January 22, 2003 August 1, 2003
126 9 New Blood Heat D January 23, 2003 August 15, 2003
127 10 New Blood Grand Final January 24, 2003 August 22, 2003
128 11 Robot Rampage January 27, 2003 September 5, 2003
129 12 Challenge Belt January 28, 2003 September 12, 2003
130 13 Iron Maidens January 29, 2003 September 19, 2003
131 14 University Challenge January 30, 2003
132 15 Commonwealth Carnage January 31, 2003
133 16 European Championship February 7, 2003

Series 7Edit

Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars
Overall
No.
Series
No.
Episode Broadcast
134 1 Heat A November 2, 2003
135 2 Heat B November 9, 2003
136 3 Heat C November 16, 2003
137 4 Heat D November 23, 2003
138 5 Heat E November 30, 2003
139 6 Heat F December 6, 2003
140 7 Heat G December 13, 2003
141 8 Heat H December 20, 2003
142 9 Heat I December 27, 2003
143 10 Heat J January 4, 2004
144 11 Heat K January 11, 2004
145 12 Heat L January 18, 2004
146 13 Heat M January 25, 2004
147 14 Heat N February 1, 2004
148 15 Heat O February 8, 2004
149 16 Heat P February 15, 2004
150 17 Semi-Final 1 February 22, 2004
151 18 Semi-Final 2 February 29, 2004
152 19 Grand Final March 7, 2004
153 20 Annihilator March 14, 2004
154 21 All-Stars March 21, 2004
155 22 The Third World Championship March 28, 2004

Series 8Edit

Main article: Robot Wars: Series 8

After a long hiatus, the series returned to BBC Two. The eighth series consisted of 6, 60-minute episodes.

Overall
No.
Series
No.
Episode Broadcast
156 1 Episode 1 July 24, 2016
157 2 Episode 2 July 31, 2016
158 3 Episode 3 August 7, 2016
159 4 Episode 4 August 14, 2016
160 5 Episode 5 August 21, 2016
161 6 Grand Final August 28, 2016

Series 9Edit

Main article: Robot Wars: Series 9

The ninth series consisted of 8, 60-minute episodes.

Overall
No.
Series
No.
Episode Broadcast
162 1 Battle of the Stars Episode 1 December 28, 2016
163 2 Battle of the Stars Episode 2 December 29, 2016
164 3 Episode 1 March 5, 2017
165 4 Episode 2 March 12, 2017
166 5 Episode 3 March 19, 2017
167 6 Episode 4 March 26, 2017
168 7 Episode 5 April 2, 2017
169 8 Grand Final April 16, 2017

US SeriesEdit

Robot Wars: Extreme WarriorsEdit

Main article: Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors

Season 1Edit

Main article: Extreme Warriors: Season 1
Overall
No.
Season
No.
Episode Broadcast
1 1 Robot Rebellion August 20, 2001
2 2 Annihilator August 27, 2001
3 3 Civil War September 3, 2001
4 4 Tag Team Terror September 10, 2001
5 5 War of Independence September 17, 2001
6 6 US Championship September 24, 2001
7 7 World Championship October 1, 2001

Season 2Edit

Main article: Extreme Warriors: Season 2
Overall
No.
Season
No.
Episode Broadcast
8 1 Heat A April 6, 2002
9 2 Heat B April 13, 2002
10 3 Heat C April 20, 2002
11 4 Heat D April 27, 2002
12 5 Heat E May 4, 2002
13 6 Heat F May 11, 2002
14 7 Heat G May 18, 2002
15 8 Heat H May 25, 2002
16 9 Grand Final June 1, 2002
17 10 Annihilator June 8, 2002
18 11 Tag Team Terror June 15, 2002
19 12 International Championship June 24, 2002
20 13 Robot Rebellion July 1, 2002

Nickelodeon Robot WarsEdit

Main article: Nickelodeon Robot Wars

This series had eight competitions that were put into six episodes. Three of the competitions (US Championship, International Tag Team Terror and the Annihilator) each had their own dedicated episode with the other five competitions being spread across the remaining three episodes in a format similar to the first series of Robot Wars Extreme in the UK. Episodes this series were around 22 minutes long to fit into a half-hour timeslot, including commercials.

No. Episode Broadcast
1 US Championship August 25, 2002
2 International Tag Team Terror September 1, 2002
3 Episode 3 September 8, 2002
4 Episode 4 September 15, 2002
5 Episode 5 September 22, 2002
6 Annihilator September 29, 2002

Dutch SeriesEdit

Main article: Dutch Robot Wars

Series 1Edit

Main article: Dutch Robot Wars: Series 1

A week before the start of the series the behind-the-scenes special Robot Wars: The Kick-Off was broadcast on December 24, 2001.[3][4]

Overall
No.
Series
No.
Episode Broadcast
1 1 Heat A December 31, 2001
2 2 Heat B January 7, 2002
3 3 Heat C January 14, 2002
4 4 Heat D January 21, 2002
5 5 Heat E January 28, 2002
6 6 Grand Final February 4, 2002

Series 2Edit

Main article: Dutch Robot Wars: Series 2

As with the first series a behind-the-scenes special also called Robot Wars: The Kick-Off (though some places also list it as The Making of Robot Wars) was broadcast the week before the start of the series on March 10, 2003.[5]

Overall
No.
Series
No.
Episode Broadcast
7 1 Heat A March 17, 2003
8 2 Heat B July 7, 2003
9 3 Heat C July 14, 2003
10 4 Heat D July 21, 2003
11 5 Heat E July 28, 2003
12 6 Grand Final August 4, 2003

German SeriesEdit

Main article: German Robot Wars

The series was broadcast on RTL II on Saturday evenings initially at 5.10pm, later moving to 5.15pm. Episodes were 45 minutes long.

No. Episode Broadcast
1 Heat A October 5, 2002
2 Heat B October 12, 2002
3 Grand Final October 19, 2002
4 Germany vs England October 26, 2002
5 European Championship November 2, 2002

ReferencesEdit

  1. Tectonic Robot Wars News (archived)
  2. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/alt.robotwars/kl_ytgEs1FA
  3. zQcentral.nl news article (Dutch)
  4. http://zoeken.beeldengeluid.nl/internet/index.aspx?chapterid=1164&filterid=974&contentid=7&searchID=3334111&columnorderid=-1&orderby=1&itemsOnPage=10&defsortcol=12&defsortby=2&pvname=personen&pis=expressies;selecties&startrow=1&resultitemid=2&nrofresults=15&verityID=/64462/65122/67283/119961@expressies Beeld en Geluid page (Dutch)
  5. http://zoeken.beeldengeluid.nl/internet/index.aspx?chapterid=1164&filterid=974&contentid=7&searchID=3334111&columnorderid=12&orderby=2&itemsOnPage=10&defsortcol=12&defsortby=2&pvname=personen&pis=expressies;selecties&startrow=2&resultitemid=11&nrofresults=15&verityID=/64716/65376/67538/120218@expressies Beeld en Geluid page (Dutch)

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