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Robot Wars UK - Series I

This is the Robot Wars UK First Wars resource page. Here you will find the robots, the results and the gossip associated with the first televised compeition in the UK shown in 1997.

Host: Jeremy Clarkson
Pit reports: Phillipa Forrester
House robots: Shunt (mk1 - weak hammer and shovel), Sergant Bash (mk1 - flame thrower, most competent of series), Matilida (mk1 - lifting tusks and chain saw tail), Dead Metal (mk1 - cutting disk on long arm).

Format: Each show consisted of 4 rounds:

  • The gauntlet is a battle of competitor against assault course and house robots. Slowest time or least distance covered is eliminated.
  • Round two is a trial - ie a game to eliminate one more robot. In this series there was a different trial each week. Sumo (head to head with a house robot on a raised platform), British Bulldog (school type game - all robots against defending house robots), Soccer (competitors must score a goal against house robot defence. Last to score goes out.), Race (race around a figure of 8 track to complete most laps. Least laps is eliminated.), Maze (metal maze filled with obstacles and house robots - similar to gauntlet but bigger) and Snooker (attempt to pot balls past house robots - not so different from soccer really).
  • The four remaining robots are paired up to do battle head to head in the Semi. The winner of each Semi is then put into the Final for one last fight. The winner of the Final goes through to the melee in the last show to decide the overall winner of the series. The winner is bascially the last man standing at the end of the melee.
Programme 1  Gauntlet Trial - Sumo Semi Final
Roadblock     Roadblock vs Nemesis Roadblock vs Killertron
Barry Eliminated      
Shogun     Killertron vs Shogun  
Grunt   Eliminated    

Programme 2  Gauntlet Trial - Bulldog Semi Final
Uglybot Eliminated      
Scrapper     Scrapper vs Recyclopse Recyclopse vs Mortis
Detonator   Eliminated    
Mortis     Mortis vs Leighbot  

Programme 3 Gauntlet Trial - Soccer Semi Final
Wedgehog     Wedgehog vs Dreadnaught  
WYSIWYG   Eliminated    
Plunderbird I Eliminated      
Robot The Bruce     Cruella vs Robot The Bruce Wedgehog vs Robot The Bruce

Programme 4 Gauntlet Trial - Race Semi Final
Cunning Plan     Cunning Plan vs Bugs Cunning Plan vs The Demolisher
Krayzee Tokyo   Eliminated    
Sat'arn     Sat'arn vs The Demolisher  
The Demolisher        
Vector of Armageddon Eliminated      

Programme 5 Gauntlet Trial - Maze Semi Final
Full Metal Anorak        
Torque of the Devil        
Bodyhammer     Bodyhammer vs Torque of the Devil Bodyhammer vs Reali-T
Warthog Eliminated      
Psycosprout   Eliminated    
Reali-T     Reali-T vs Full Metal Anorak  

Programme 6 Gauntlet Trial - Snooker Semi Final
The Blob        
Elvis Eliminated      
T.R.A.C.I.E     T.R.A.C.I.E vs Prince of Darkness T.R.A.C.I.E vs Skarab
The Mouse   Eliminated    
Skarab     Skarab vs The Blob  
Prince of Darkness        

Programme 6 - Grand Final Melee
Roadblock - Champions, First Wars
Robot The Bruce
Cunning Plan