Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit: Series 3, Episode 1

Go 8 Bit
Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit - Series 3 - Back L-R: Sam Pamphilon and Steve McNeil. Front: Dara O Briain and Ellie Gibson. (C) UKTV.

The video game comedy returns Romans, worm-like humans, and some accidental racism.

Joining Dara and game expert Ellie Gibson this week are model Jodie Kidd with Sam Pamphilon and Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace with Steve McNeil. They start off with the James Bond-inspired Spy Hunter, but things pick up more as we enter the guest personal choices. Gregg plays against Sam in Total War: Rome II where Sam’s strategy seems to be inspired by Monty Python and the Holy Grail – “Run away! Run away!” Then Jodie has a deathmatch against Steve in Battlefield 1, which is made a lot more intense when over players join the server and start fighting against them in the middle of the game.

After this was the bizarre Push Me Pull You in which the players control two-headed worm-like people and have to hold onto a ball in their half of a circular court. Although it looks cute and revolting at the same time, the game was actually pretty thrilling, but the best was yet to come.

The final “double points” game, which involves super-sizing a classic, this time involves a scaled-up version of Game and Watch, with their version being called Dara’s Buttery Spuds, where Gregg and Jodie had to control Dara to move freshly baked potatoes across the screen.

This game resulted in a scenario so funny that my throat hurt form laughing: namely, Dara rightly taking umbrage at Ellie for creating a video game involving an Irishman and potatoes, and all the stereotypical and racist problems involved in that. Ellie was so embarrassed she struggle to speak as she explained the rules.

As said, this was an episode that got better as it went along. As the games resulted in weirder and weirder situations it all escalated into bizarre proportions. The fact that Jodie and Steve had to end up playing against other people who probably had no idea they were on TV; the excitement at watching people play a character akin to a cute human centipede; and then Dara having to deal with a lot of faux pas, it all made for great viewing.

Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit is on Dave at 22.00.