Video game obsessive Dara O’Briain will present a new show about gaming for Dave this autumn.
Go 8 Bit sees two celebrity guests compete to be crowned 8 Bit Champion of the week by playing both vintage video games such as Pac-Man or newer titles like Fallout.
The team captains are gaming geek Steve McNeil and anti-gaming cynic Sam Pamphilon. They created hit Edinburgh Festival show Go 8 Bit which the TV series is based on. Also joining O’Briain is gaming expert Ellie Gibson as the show’s adjudicator.
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.”
O’Briain has often tweeted about his love of video games and included a routine about Metal Gear Solid in his stand-up show that was extracted for his appearance on BBC1’s Live At The Apollo in 2012.
There have been relatively few TV shows about gaming, though ITV’s Cybernet ran for 15 years until 2010. Charlie Brooker also presented Gameswipe, a spin-off of his Newswipe and Screenwipe series, but that was only a one-off for BBC2 in 2009.
Go 8 Bit is the latest original series from Dave, following the likes of Red Dwarf, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and a second series of David Hasselhoff’s mockumentary Hoff The Record.
There will also be two new series of the Greg Davies-fronted gameshow Taskmaster. Following the success of last year’s series, in which Josh Widdicombe got Davies’ name tattooed on his left foot to help win the show.
The new contestants joining Davies and co-host/series creator Alex Horne are Richard Osman, Katherine Ryan, Joe Wilkson, Jon Richardson and Doc Brown.
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