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Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit is the UK’s next video game TV show

Starring Eurogamer favourite Ellie Gibson!

We had GamesMaster in the nineties. Thumb Bandits in the noughties. Now, in the twenty-tens, we’ve got Go 8 Bit.


Comedian, TV presenter and Metal Gear Solid lover Dara O Briain hosts Go 8 Bit, a new six-part series for Dave based on the live Edinburgh show of the same name.

Not heard of Go 8 Bit? Check out the video, below.

Each week the show stars two celebrity guests who compete to be crowned 8 Bit Champion. There are two team captains: video gaming comedians Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon, creators of the original Edinburgh show.

Oh, and former Eurogamer favourite Ellie Gibson is also involved!

Here’s the official blurb:

Each week they will guide their celebrity guest teammate through five rounds of increasingly competitive, hilarious gaming contests. Whether it be an arcade classic like Pac-Man, the latest blockbuster Grand Theft Auto or Fallout title, the most cutting-edge computer technology – or even larger-than-life game-inspired physical challenges, Dara and the show’s resident gaming expert Ellie Gibson will be on hand to adjudicate, commentate, and generally wind up the contestants. The series will be recorded in front of a live studio audience who will decide the winner of each round.

And here’s a quote from Dara O Briain:

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!

Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit airs on Dave in autumn 2016. In case you haven’t seen it, here’s O Briain on the brilliance that is Metal Gear Solid, Live at the Apollo.

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