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Time Commanders is back on the telly, tonight at 9pm

“You're getting mullered in the middle!”

Time Commanders, a TV show built around the Total War series of strategy games, is back for its third series after more than a decade off the box.

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If you're in the UK, you can catch it from 9pm this evening on BBC Four. Apparently the first episode features a team of board game enthusiasts going up against a group of actual wrestlers. I mean, whatever happens, that'll be an excellent visual.

Each team will be split into various roles (typically one general and two captains) as they fight their way through some big, historical battle, using the Total War engine. The episode then concludes with a head-to-head battle between the two. My money's on the wrestlers.

The show's previous host, Richard Hammond, has now been replaced with Gregg Wallace (don't forget the third g!), who's described as a "Total War enthusiast". I don't know if that's true, but he's certainly a fan of the word "mullered", as you'll discover in the preview below.

Anyway, I know full disclosure is important when you're a games journalist, so I better wrap this up with a brief confession: I had actually applied to be on this series of Time Commanders earlier in the year and despite really hamming up the fact that I was into video games, I heard nothing back. Livid.

I don't even think Gregg Wallace actually likes Total War. There. I've said it.

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