Celebrities battle it out on Dave for Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit


27 July 2016

Russell Howard, Bob Mortimer, Rachel Riley, David James and Jason Manford are among the 12 celebrities who will be taking part in Dave's brand new series Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit.

Each week, host and gaming enthusiast Dara O Briain will preside over the mayhem as two stars join the team captains - gaming geek Steve McNeil and gaming cynic Sam Pamphilon - to battle each other at their favourite computer games. The first episode sees former England goalkeeper David James square off against comedian and writer Susan Calman, and the incredibly competitive results - including a marathon bout of Tekken - are hilarious and entertaining for gamers and non-gamers alike.

Also appearing across the series - and with varying degrees of gaming knowledge and competency - are Dave Gorman, Marcus Brigstocke, Gina Yashere, Ed Byrne, Josie Long and Holly Walsh.

With resident gaming expert Ellie Gibson overseeing the action each week, games featured in Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit run the full range of creativity, popularity and technical wizardry. From contemporary blockbuster names such as Star Wars Battlefront to popular phone apps like Temple Run, all the way to the trailblazing likes of Pong and Tetris. Each contestant also chooses their own favourite game including much-loved franchises such as Sonic and the FIFA series to singular titles like Nidhogg and Chuckie Egg. And in the final round of every episode, Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit takes the game away from the controller for supersized, physical versions of video game classics.

Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit is produced by DLT Entertainment.

Starts Monday 5th September on Dave.

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DLT Entertainment

With offices in London, New York and Los Angeles, DLT Entertainment Ltd. is engaged in every aspect of television distribution and production around the world, as well as stage production in the US and in the UK where it owns London's Shaftesbury Theatre. Founded in 1963 as a distribution company by Don Taffner Senior, the company added television production to its portfolio in 1977. It has enjoyed terrific success in its nearly fifty years with legendary hits on both sides of the Atlantic including the multiple award-winning and BBC Trust praised sitcom My Family, As Time Goes By, Three's Company, Too Close For Comfort and Meet My Folks. In addition, DLT has built a reputation as a leading distribution company with classics such as The Benny Hill Show, The World at War, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood, The Russ Abbot Show, and Michel LeGrand and Friends.