Dara O’Bri­ain’s Go 8 Bit­go8bit

While Steve McNeil and Sam Pam­philon’s live videogame show was a hit on the Ed­in­burgh cir­cuit, its move to Dave, the UK’s TV home for semi-scripted ban­ter, isn’t quite as suc­cess­ful. While the show’s cre­ators, host Dara O’Bri­ain and, in the Dic­tionary Cor­ner role, Eurogamer alum El­lie Gib­son, all know their onions, the pool of co­me­di­ans will­ing to go on a Dave panel show who also know and love games is, it turns out, the cen­tre of a rather small Venn di­a­gram. Su­san Cal­man and Ed Byrne are nat­u­rals; oth­ers less so. For years, com­mis­sion­ers have claimed TV and videogames don’t mix. This isn’t quite the el­e­gant ri­poste we were hop­ing for, but as the show beds in, and pro­duc­ers get a feel for the games and guests that do and don’t work, we’re cau­tiously op­ti­mistic for its fu­ture.

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