Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots TX 26/07/17 9PM GMT & 02/08/17 9PM BBC4

Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots is Windfallfilms latest masterpiece where a small team explores if machines built to enhance our lives or could one day become our greatest rivals.

Presenters Professor Danielle George (Television’s Opening Night: How the Box Was Born, BBC Four), an electronics engineer from Manchester University, and robot supporter and Dr. Ben Garrod (The Day the Dinosaurs Died, BBC Two), an evolutionary biologist from Anglia Ruskin University and robo-sceptic, will uncover whether the rise of the robots will enhance the progress of humanity or ultimately threaten the survival of the human race.   With extraordinary access to the world’s leading robot-makers, they will meet the trailblazing machines who pioneered key evolutionary leaps for robot-kind, and their most advanced descendants – to uncover just how far we’ve really come.

Danielle and Ben will encounter various weird and wonderful creations – from Eric the UK’s first robot, to Erica one of the most lifelike robots on earth, who looks unnervingly like a human and increasingly acts like one.  They also meet Alpha, a 1930s gun-toting womaniser; Valkyrie a mighty female destined for life on Mars, and the incredible hybrid robots created by Boston Dynamics – inspired by humans, animals and technology.