Giving it the full program title Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit is essentially a handful of celebrities having a laugh with both old and new video games.
It is better than Games Master ever was, even though Dave has tried to emulate the late great Patrick Moore’s giant floating head by having Dara as host with his giant head*.
Actually the format of the show owes more to the team captain Steve McNeil’sWifi Wars live interactive video game show.
First broadcast in September 2016 series 1 saw a great following quickly evolve and there are many happy people now that two more series have been commissioned.
With regards to the new series Dara O Briain said,
“What bittersweet news. The more time I spend making this fun exciting show about video games, the less time I have to play fun, exciting video games, and I’m already pretty bad at video games. In fact, the more I make this show the less qualified I am to be a guest on it. Now there’s an irony.”
The second and third series of Go 8 Bit will see a boost to ten episodes per series. The first new episode will happen sometime in 2017, keep posted for details.
Host Dara O Briain will be returning alongside team captains Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon. Resident gaming expert Ellie Gibson will also be returning.
DAVE the TV channel has actually become SciFind’s TV channel of choice in 2016. After their successful relaunch of scifi comedy Red Dwarf and their new commissions such as Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish, and the much shorter titled Taskmaster, there is much more to DAVE now than being a repeats channel.
<UKTV?s Dave is thrilled to welcome Irish comedian and presenter Dara O Briain, as he takes a journey into the realms of pure logic in his brand new and exclusive series, ?Dara O Briain: School Of launching Monday 16th April at 8pm on Dave.
The unlikely comedian-come-brainbox who studied maths and theoretical physics at University College, Dublin is on a mission to use all his knowledge and intuition to solve some tasty real-world brainteasers and conundrums. But instead of guesswork, Dara?s enlisting maths, physics, chemistry and logic, to solve a variety of problems.
Want to know how best to save a drowning man? Dara works out the optimum angle to jump into the river and pull them to safety. Want to know where to position yourself on a dance-floor to potentially get the highest number of kisses? Dara finds a way. Want to find out the most slices you can get out of a pizza if you?re only allowed to cut it three times? Dara?s your pizza-peculiar man!
Check out the Dara O Briain: School Of Hard Sums trailer here:
In each episode, Dara teams up with Oxford University maths professor Marcus du Sautoy and a variety of comedy guests including; Alex Horne, David O?Doherty and Jason Byrne, to dissect each puzzle and find out guaranteed ways to solve some serious quizzing complications!
I was so excited to hear that Red Dwarf was back on our screens, I knew as it was going to be on DAVE that the budget would not be half of the BBC TV episodes, but still I had high hopes.
Original Cast members Craig Charles (Dave Lister), Chris Barrie (Arnold Rimmer) and Danny John Jules (Cat) along with long term companion Kryten played by Robert Llewelyn with notable absence from either Norman Lovett or Hattie Hayridge as Holly
I made my first mistake, I watched the 3 parts on 3 separate days over the Easter weekend. This was not a great idea, hence my rating for the individual episodes as follows.
Red Dwarf: Back To Earth Part 1
Red Dwarf: Back To Earth Part 2
Red Dwarf: Back To Earth Part 3
Not good as you would imagine. But as mentioned on another Red Dwarf episode the sum of its parts is greater than the whole as I would overall give Red Dwarf: Back to Earth
Why? Well simply it was down to expectation, coupled with the breaking up of just over 60 minutes of new Red Dwarf (Dave has adverts) This meant that the first episode was just some physical gags relating to the giant squid, buffered with a little plot. Also the third episode dropped the user into a Red Dwarf that had no continuity with the rest of the series – a little explanation may have helped at the time – but being frank explanation in the first part would have dampened later revelations.
I am hoping that the fact that this Red Dwarf was set after a fictional ‘series 10’ actually gives me hope that series 10 will be made. Even if it isn’t please Doug Grant PLEASE give the go ahead for comics, audio (Red Dwarf as done by Big Finish – fantastic idea) or what ever to fill the gap, time is ticking on.
Overall if watched all together in one bulk (on DVD without adverts would be great) the story would reveal itself instead of being completely absent from part one).
I can see why Dave put it over 3 nights and if I weren’t so impatient I would have watched it on the Monday night where all three parts were shown back to back.