Dara O’Briain to host new gaming show on UK TV

Please don’t suck

Dara O’Briain will be hosting a new video game show, Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit, on UK TV later this year.

The Edinburgh stage show is headed to TV Channel Dave and will initially consist of six episodes. 

Weekly team captains Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon will guide celebrity guests through five rounds of “hilarious gaming contests,” supported by comedians Dara O’Briain and games-journalist-turned-comedian, Ellie Gibson. The contests will span a whole range of games, from retro titles to the latest AAA. 

“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,” O’Briain said in a statement.

“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!” 

Executive producer Don Taffner Jr. added: “Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit is unlike anything else on TV. It is a completely new type of gaming show with its mix of gaming experts, comedians, guest stars and nostalgia to create an unmissable entertainment series.

“The show will combine our love for retro games with the latest technology and audience interaction that all viewers – young, old, male, female, and most importantly gamers and non gamers – will love. We are looking forward to working with UKTV and Dave to bring this exciting new concept to life.”

Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit will air in Q3/Autumn 2016 (that’s Fall to you Americans, and, uh, Spring(?) for you Aussies).

I still haven’t quite come to terms of the loss of GamesMaster, and I’m anxious not to get my hopes too high (remember Games World?!). How about you?

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