Show Discussion: Dara O’ Briain’s Go 8 Bit Series 2

By | May 15, 2017

Mondays, 10pm,

Go 8 Bit DLC
Mondays, 11pm,

UKGameshows/Bother’s Bar Poll Winner Dara O’ Briain’s Go 8 Bit returns to our screens tonight (or any time during the last week on UKTV Play), a panel show that instead of asking questions asks our guests to take part in videogaming challenges.

We’ve watched the preview episode already and we can reveal that they’ve ingeniously changed two points of contention from last series, the stage revolving and the audience voting, by combining them. Otherwise it’s basically the same show (including the sometimes not great use of screen real estate). The guests on the first episode are TV’s hardest working man Richard Osman and Sara Pascoe. They should have chosen Micro Machines 2 and drag racing round the bath over driving round the billiards table in the original though, obv.

Following after the show (and has also apparently been on UKTV Play but rather unhelpfully under ‘G’ for Go 8 Bit when the main show is under ‘D’ for Dara O’ Briain’s Go 8 Bit I have literally just discovered this morning) is Go 8 Bit DLC which looks to be a straight videogaming magazine show starring Ellie, Steve and Sam. Ellie Gibson was one of my fave writers for Eurogamer back in the day so I look forward to watching this in due course.

13 thoughts on “Show Discussion: Dara O’ Briain’s Go 8 Bit Series 2

  1. Danny Kerner

    I agree the rotation pace increase combined with audience vote definitely increases the flow of the show but a feature which can put some mystery into the fourth game could be a pick a box scenario where three randomly approved games are put in a box and is picked by one of the guests. Also a bit more Jeopardy could be put in the final game by having a wheel with three options. Double, Triple or steal half points. This means there is some danger in the results of losing the game. Could be interesting if you lose 4 games in a row and then steal the win in the final game.

    1. Danny Kerner

      After some thinking there should be a fourth option known as Lv up which is instant win so the game is winner takes all.

  2. Danny Kerner

    They have adapted Masterpiece format for it’s second season. There are now 3 rounds instead of 4 (removed the item description round) so now only 3 £10k+ items per episode. Wether that’s a budget reason or lack of previously unseen items we will not know. Apart from that all other rounds remain except the photo hunt round is now done at other external venues.

  3. Brig Bother Post author

    Intrigued that DLC didn’t talk about anything current really. Were they all recorded a while ago?

    It’s certainly not unmissable, I’m not sure who it’s for really, but it wasn’t unpleasant.

    Ellie’s better off the autocue.

  4. Matt Clemson

    Society Game 2’s being pushed on Facebook, but I’ve no idea what schedule it’s on.

    Also, really rather liking Crime Scene 3, particularly the most recent episode! Reddit’s Korean Variety subreddit has been quite helpful at lining up links if you don’t have a VPN handy.

  5. Brig Bother Post author

    231k/1.6%, which is a bit of a drop from last series. 144k/1.6% feels OK for DLC at 11pm though.

    Still first one, not yet a trend etc.

    1. Cheesebiscuit

      May this be due to the the first episode being released a week early or is this factored in?

      1. Brig Bother Post author

        Maybe, but as an overnight it’s about 100k down on the S1E1 overnight (IIRC) which was released similarly. We won’t know what it consolidates to for another fortnight.

        It’s nothing to worry about yet (although compare with Taskmaster which is overnighting 400-500k), although the last series was on a steady downward trajectory.

  6. Crimsonshade

    Actually, it seems they just alternate between doing Bamboozle or the “guess the age” round in different episodes now, instead of doing both. Suspect it IS to do with budget…

      1. Daniel H

        I think it relates to the new series of Masterpiece with Alan Titchmarsh

  7. Steve Williams

    Well worth watching this week’s episode for the remarkable Tomb Raider round, which made me sick with laughter (literally, I had to go home from work today and I’m convinced that’s what made me ill). I see television’s Rob Sedgebeer has said on Twitter that it had to be substantially edited down, and it still went on for hours.


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