Dara O'Briain's 'Go 8-Bit' is the UK's Latest Video Game TV Show

By Tom Pritchard on at

TV is no stranger to programmes covering the topic of video games. GameMaster, Thumb Bandits, Charlie Brooker's Gameswipe, and so on. Now there's Go 8-Bit, coming courtesy of of Irish comedian (and the man who admitted he can't finish the first level of Gears of War) Dara O'Briain.

O'Briain will host the six part programme, based on the live Edinburgh show of the same name, for Dave. So what the heck is it?

Each week will feature two celebrity guests who compete to be crowned '8-bit Champion'. To do that, they have to navigate five rounds of video gaming challenges in front of a live audience. The audience is important, because they're the ones who decide who wins at the end of each round. The games will vary, and the official blurb calls out Pac-Man, Grand Theft Auto, and Fallout. It also mentions 'cutting edge computer technology,' which sounds like a complicated way of saying VR.

Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon, creators of the original live show, will join O'Briain as team captains, along with the programme's resident gaming expert Ellie Gibson.

O'Briain said this about the upcoming show:

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!

Go 8-Bit is set to air this autumn on Dave. [Eurogamer]