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Series 9 of Robot Wars will air in early 2017, returning to the Glasgow arena used in the previous series. The series will again be hosted by Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon, with commentary from Jonathan Pearce, also featuring the same Judges as Series 8. The previous year's House Robots return, as well as the reigning champion Apollo[1].

Episode 1 will air on Sunday 5th March, 2017 at 7pm[2].

HistoryEdit

The series was first confirmed through online articles released in the early hours of October 11, 2016[3].

Applications for competing teams closed on October 21st. The series was filmed in one block in December 2016, from the 2nd to the 7th[4]. The filming block included 2016's Christmas Special, Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars, and the main series, airing at a later date.

As they were not announced in any press packs, as was the case with Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon, Judges Professor Noel Sharkey and Dr Lucy Rogers confirmed their involvement via Twitter[5][6], Noel Sharkey also confirming Sethu Vijayakumar's involvement[7]. The return of Jonathan Pearce was confirmed by the UK Robot Wars Facebook account[8].

The first teaser trailer for the series aired on February 10th, 2017[9], officially referring to the series as Series 9 for the first time, and confirming that the series will air soon. Two alternate versions of the trailer exist with different background music; the first version uses "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift; the second uses "The River (Dubstep Remix)" by Blues Saraceno.[10]

The airdate of the series was first revealed on February 16th by the BBC[11], also confirming the eight competitors in Episode 1. On February 18th, an extended trailer aired after Match of the Day, where Sir Killalot, Shunt & Matilda destroyed a Vauxhall Corsa.

On February 22nd, competing teams were given permission to confirm their participation in the series, and release official imagery. Draven was the first robot to be revealed this way[12], followed by Eruption[13].

FormatEdit

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.

EpisodesEdit

Episode 1 Edit

Main article: Robot Wars: Series 9/Episode 1

Robots competing: Aftershock, Crank-E, Jellyfish, Nuts 2, Rapid, Sabretooth, Terrorhurtz, TMHWK

Episode 2 Edit

Main article: Robot Wars: Series 9/Episode 2

Robots competing: Cherub, PP3D, Lord Draven, Push To Exit, Hobgoblin, Behemoth, Cobra, Eruption

Robot Wars: Battle of the StarsEdit

Main article: Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars

Although not officially part of any series, Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars, a two-part celebrity special, was filmed alongside Series 9, and aired on December 28-29th.

Episode 1Edit

Main article: Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars/Episode 1

Episode 2Edit

Main article: Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars/Episode 2

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2016/robot-wars?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_press_office&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=corporate
  2. https://twitter.com/BBCTwo/status/834418838108241920
  3. http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-10-11/the-new-robot-wars-will-return-for-a-second-series
  4. https://www.facebook.com/UKRobotWars/?fref=nf
  5. https://twitter.com/NoelSharkey/status/804475189442514945
  6. https://twitter.com/DrLucyRogers/status/801826222758043648
  7. https://twitter.com/NoelSharkey/status/804648406463324161
  8. https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnofficialRobotWars/505287449751025/?notif_t=group_activity&notif_id=1476052083606516
  9. Series 9 Teaser Trailer
  10. Alternate version of the Series 9 teaser
  11. https://www.facebook.com/UKRobotWars/posts/796143087216709
  12. https://www.facebook.com/Dravenrobot/videos/1781803485170585
  13. https://twitter.com/EruptionRobot/status/834426328518684674

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