Robot Wars, the metal-crunching hit television series of the 90s, made a triumphant return to television on Sunday night after being off air for more than a decade.

The first episode of the revamped series, which previously aired on the BBC from 1998 to 2003, 
received an overwhelmingly positive reaction on social media, with some fans even saying it's better than the original. 

Irish duo, Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon, have taken over hosting duties from Craig Charles and Philippa Forrester and both received lots of praise from viewers.

The updated version of the show is filling the Sunday night slot dominated by Top Gear, and follows the old format of teams of engineers doing battle against other robots and House Robots in a special arena.

O'Briain posted a message about the positive reaction on Twitter, saying  "Am far away filming a thing, but woke to find a million tweets about @RobotWarsUK! Glad you enjoyed the show, many great battles to come!"

Plenty of people, it seems, were thrilled at the newly revamped show.

Scanlon recently said she isn't worried about comparisons to the show's famous presenting team Charles and Forrester.

"We're not trying to do what they did", she revealed. "You do your own thing and we're both there because we bring a certain level of interest and something different to the table.

"It was important for me not to pore over episodes and try to replicate what somebody did years ago.

"It's important to respect and acknowledge what they did, but not to be ruled by that."

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Speaking about the show's participants, Scanlon said: "At the heart of it, the stars of the show are the people who build the robots and they're kind of wonderfully eccentric and a bit bonkers.

"The relationship between them and their robots is really special - it's kind of heart-warming and heartbreaking at the same time.

"They spend so much time, money and effort painstakingly developing and engineering wonderful machinery that then gets destroyed within two minutes flat. Or two seconds! It's just mental."

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