Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit Cancelled After Three Seasons

Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit Cancelled After Three Seasons

UK TV channel Dave announces via tweet, no more Go 8 Bit planned, much to the surprise of the crew!

Premiering in September of 2016, Go 8 Bit was a British panel television show.  Two competing teams captained by the creators of the show, Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon were watched over by both video game expert Ellie Gibson and the show’s host, Irish comedian Dara O’brian.

Both Steve and Sam were joined by a celebrity guest each every week and would compete in a series of video game challenges. The games involved covered a wide range including the newest, retro and indie titles.

The last challenge involved super-sizing a game in some way so it became a physical challenge as well. For example, both players working as a team on an oversized NES controller.

The celebrity guests were largely made up of British comedians but there were also television and sporting stars making appearances as well.

Both my wife and I loved the show which finished the third season earlier this year. The show’s humour, along with the mixture of gamers and non-gamers trying to compete, really made for fun viewing. If they gave the guests a few beers, it almost felt like a gaming night round your mates house!

Back in 2016, the Unheard Nerd’s Will and Stuart were lucky enough to visit a recording of a show in the first season. You can read all about that here.

A clip from season 2 where the teams are competing with the indie title, Goat Simulator.

The news of the cancellation was made public when a fan asked Dave for any information about the show’s return via their twitter account.


Ellie Gibson, Go 8 Bit‘s gaming expert told Eurogamer,

“I’m sad there’s no more Go 8 Bit, for both personal and financial reasons. But I’m extremely proud of the three series we did and it was an honour to be on the show. I’m so grateful to have been a part of something that celebrated video games, and hopefully showed they can make for entertaining televisual content. Also I got to meet Kriss Akabusi. And to prove I am better than everyone else in the world at Aladdin on the SNES. So you know, swings and roundabouts.”

Team Captain Steve Mcneil was also surprised at the tweet from Dave, this was the first he heard about it!

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 Fellow team captain Sam Pamphilon tweeted, 

The story on Twitter is the cancellation of Go 8 Bit to many of the cast and crew has come via this tweet from Dave. Not impressed Dave, not at all.

Video game shows never seem to have much luck on mainstream television and this was one of the best of recent times.

Unfortunately, it’s game over for Go 8 Bit.


John Abbitt

About the author | John Abbitt

@UKFilmNerd | John loves the movies and he used to write for his own website, The Tydirium Hangar Bay, in the late 1990's. Whilst the web page idea became lost in the passages of time, John's love of film did not. Now he's back, writing for The Unheard Nerd.

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