Time Commanders is Coming Back and it's Looking for Contestants

By Julian Benson on at

The BBC is on form this year; as well as bringing back Robot Wars, it has commissioned a third series of Time Commanders, the programme that had amateur groups of historians trying to win famous historic battles recreated in the Total War games.

The historians wouldn't play the game directly. Instead, they'd stand around a fancy graphical table showing a top-down view of the battlefield and shout orders to people from Creative Assembly who would play out their moves in a multiplayer game of Total War. My memory may be tinged with a healthy dose of nostalgia, but I remember it as being a wonderful intersection of television and gaming. Games weren't there as the subject but as a tool to facilitate a subject.

Plus, more often than not the historians would crumble under pressure and see their entire armies wiped out after they made some mad bid to kill the enemy commander, or by launching an ambush too soon. It was just damn good television.

The other good news is that, as well as a new series being in the works, the producers are still looking for teams to take part. You can apply here.