News: Dara O Briain to Host New TV Gaming Show

Dara O Briain is to host a new game show bringing the world of classic and modern computer games to the Dave Channel.

Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit is based on the hit live Edinburgh show Go 8 Bit. Each week the show will see two celebrity guests compete to be crowned ‘8 Bit Champion’. 

The team captains are Steve McNeil, a self-confessed gaming geek, and Sam Pamphilon, a cynical amateur, who co-devised and hosted the original Edinburgh show. Each week they will guide their celebrity guest teammates including Bob Mortimer, Russell Howard and Susan Calman through five rounds of increasingly competitive, hilarious gaming contests. Whether it be an arcade classic like Pac-Man or the latest blockbuster Grand Theft Auto or Fallout title, Dara and the show’s resident gaming expert Ellie Gibson will be on hand to adjudicate, commentate and generally wind up the contestants.

There will also be larger-than-life game-inspired physical challenges. The series will be recorded in front of a live studio audience who will decide the winner of each round.

Following the announcement of the six-part series O Briain said, “Put a video game controller in the hands of a nun and she'll turn into a trash-talking bloodthirsty monster. Give a controller to a comedian and they'll do that too, but be funny. In video games veritas, my friends. This show is a raucous, back-biting, properly competitive celebration of the world's favourite pastime. Let’s Go 8 Bit!”

Iain Coyle, UKTV senior commissioning editor, said, “As someone who barely knows his Wii U from his ZX Spectrum, I was a huge fan of the live show. Add Dara to that mix and I think you’ve got yourself the potential to join gaming and comedy audiences in a completely unique way.”

Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit starts on Dave from Monday, Sept 5 at 10pm.  



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