DEVOTED fans have been lapping up the return of noisy hit Robot Wars.
Angela Scanlon told us last week how the new generation of robots were so big and deadly she had to shelter behind bulletproof glass with co-presenter Dara O’Briain.
And Irish comedian Dara says it is a totally different landscape.
“One major thing about the new Robot Wars is that if you put any of the old House Robots in the pit with the ones that feature now, they would last about eight seconds because things have moved on,” he insists.
“The House Robots grip harder than they used to, they smash further, they move quicker, they are terrifyingly bigger and heavier.
“But then, aren’t we all?”
Dara, who was the witty host of The Apprentice: You’re Fired for years until he quit last series, says the devastation among the robots is the appeal for many.
“It’s carnage, who doesn’t enjoy that?” he laughs.
“They give their all in the first round and are often still being repaired by the time they need to fight again in round two.
“Also, the human story of Robot Wars is really popular, a team of three people working together in a shed – fans who have put months of time, effort and passion into it.
“But then their appearance on the show lasts 40 seconds because they drove their robot into a pit.”
And the knowledge of those at the filming in Glasgow was, like the robots, at a whole new level.
“Frankly, judging by the teams competing this time around, if you didn’t actually build a robot after you saw the show, you can’t call yourself a true fan!”
Robot Wars, BBC2, tonight, 8.40pm (8pm in England).