ROBOT: "Robot Wars" Continues To Burgeon

From: J. R. Molloy (jr@shasta.com)
Date: Fri Jan 11 2002 - 07:15:25 MST


Mentorn's robots dominate the globe
http://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/story/0,7493,630756,00.html
Robot Wars, the smash-hit BBC2 programme, is now one of the biggest global
moneyspinners in television.
The programme, which pits home-made robots against one another in a
gladiatorial arena, is expected to generate more than 100m in format sales
and merchandising such as robot toys.
Its success when it launched in 1998 astounded many - no-one could have
predicted the appeal of twisted metal, chainsaws and jets of flame. But the
show has proved a major magnet for male viewers worldwide and has been sold to
20 countries.

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