E4 has ordered Bad Robots, a six episode hidden camera show about pieces of every day technology turning on their users.
Bad Robots features a range of everyday machines, from vending machines to photo booths, giving their users a really hard time. Argumentative vending machines, patently biased pub quiz machines, abusive electronic road signs and overly helpful service tills also feature on the series
The six episode series, which was initially piloted as part of Channel 4’s Blaps, was created by Nathan Eastwood and is being produced by independent production company Objective Productions. Ben Spiteri is serving as the series producer, while Paul Routledge is attached to direct. The executive producers are Nathan Eastwood and Andrew Newman.
“The strength of Bad Robots is the simplicity of its idea – it’s a show about everyday machines (computers, automatic doors, road signs, self -service tills etc.) pranking people”, said Phil Clarke, Channel 4’s Head of Comedy. “We interact with machines every day; We rely on them utterly, and trust them implicitly. We’ve learnt to obey their instructions without question. So what happens when the machines go bad? This new prank shows reveals that there is nothing more hilarious, and nothing more enduring, than the human spirit when confronted by a bad robot.”