Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit and Brand New Sister Show Go 8 Bit DLC Start Monday 15th May on Dave
LONDON 7th April 2017: Vernon Kay, Russell Kane, Sara Cox, Lolly Adefope, Richard Osman and Rob Beckett are among the stars taking part in the second series of Dave's computer gaming comedy show Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit, which returns to screens on Monday 15th May at 10pm. And immediately following each new episode will be brand new games review show Go 8 Bit DLC (10x30').
Other comedians and presenters across series two of Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit are Edith Bowman, Gemma Cairney, Bec Hill, Elis James, Zoe Lyons, Sara Pascoe, Jon Richardson, Daniel Sloss, Ellie Taylor, and Robert Webb. Once again, they will be bringing their favourite games to play, while also testing themselves against some of the weirdest and best titles and tech from the gaming world. Games played range from classics like Mega Man 2 and Lemmings to cult titles like Octodad and Goat Simulator, up to modern-day bestsellers such as Angry Birds and Uncharted 4.
Go 8 Bit DLC is hosted by Go 8 Bit's resident games expert Ellie Gibson with team captains Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon. It will feature lively debates and reviews covering the history of video games with guest stars including comedians Susan Calman, Jamali Maddix, writer Rhianna Pratchett, musician Scroobius Pip and Harry Potter's Weasley twins, James and Oliver Phelps, while each week Dara O Briain will also pop in to discuss one of his favourite games of all time.
Ellie Gibson said, “I am very excited to be hosting Go 8 Bit DLC. I'm hoping it will offer an extended and enhanced user experience, so it's just like regular DLC, except we're not asking anyone to pay £7.99 for some new hats.”
Iain Coyle, UKTV senior commissioning editor, said, “After the great success of Go 8 Bit, it's a logical move for us to further engage with the gaming audience. Go 8 Bit DLC is a great fun show on its own terms and I'm delighted that we're also extending our relationship with Ellie, Steve and Sam.”
Steve North, Dave general manager, said, “Both Go 8 Bit and DLC come from a place of real love for gaming, yet at the same time they can be enjoyed by both gamers and non-gamers alike. They're a perfect example of how we're continually looking to innovate with Dave's programming.”
Donald Taffner Jr., executive producer and president at DLT Entertainment, said, “We are excited to be producing a second video game based show using the same team that initially developed Go 8 Bit. It is an honour that Dave has expanded the brand with the commission of Go 8 Bit DLC after only one series, and a testament to the popularity of Go 8 Bit.”
A DLT Entertainment production, Go 8 Bit DLC has been ordered by director of commissioning Richard Watsham and Dave general manager Steve North, and executive produced for Dave by Iain Coyle. Executive producers for the series are Donald Taffner Jr. and Michaela Hennessy-Vass. The series producer is Rohan Acharya and the series director is Fergus March.
Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit and Go 8 Bit DLC both start on Monday 15th May on Dave. Series one of Dara O Brian's Go 8 Bit is available to catch up on UKTVPlay.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Sky 111/246, Virgin 128/194, Freeview 12, BT & TalkTalk 12 On demand on Sky, Virgin and UKTV Play
Dave’s had a haircut and shave in recent years as it grows from awkward teenager to fully-fledged commissioner of new and original shows. And it’s not just comedy these days but entertainment and even some knock-out live sport. Hit UKTV Original commissions include Taskmaster, Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit and Crackanory, all laden with the biggest names in British comedy. Dave enjoyed critical success with two series of Hoff the Record, a mockumentary ensemble comedy led by the living legend David Hasselhoff.
As well as home-grown delights Dave also goes stateside, cherry-picking cult US Shows including the sharp-witted and sharp-suited Suits and much-loved Parks and Recreation along with Emmy-nominated The Last Man on Earth. This all contributed to Dave’s award win at the 2016 Broadcast Digital Awards for Best Entertainment Channel.
Dave is the UK's most watched non-PSB channel broadcasting to over 27 million people per month, and viewers continue to enjoy the ludicrously addictive American Pickers and UK remake of Storage Hunters. The channel continues to grow its original commissioning slate with political show Unspun With Matt Forde, Red Dwarf XI, fantasy comedy Zapped! and Celebrity Storage Hunters.
UKTV is the biggest multichannel broadcaster in the UK.
The award-winning independent has eleven imaginative brands - UKTV Play, Dave, W, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food. These include the two most popular non-PSB channels in the UK and account for 9.31% of the British commercial TV market. The company's most recent financial results showed record-breaking year-end revenue of £319m and EBITDA of £82m. It invested £148m in programming and related launches last year, and is becoming an increasingly significant investor in UK creativity.
UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, high-profile acquisitions and the very best of BBC, alongside programmes originally shown on ITV and Channel 4. The network embraces technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat, Amazon Fire and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories.
Now celebrating its 23rd year at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) - is proud to be the only British television broadcaster in The Sunday Times top 100 companies list.
About DLT Entertainment:
With headquarters in London and New York, 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 Sr., the company added television production to its portfolio in 1977. It has enjoyed terrific success in its fifty-six year history 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, Michel LeGrand and Friends, and Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit.
DLT is also a significant player in the artist management business with key investments in Milburn Browning Associates and The Galton Agency.
London's Shaftesbury Theatre, where Motown, The Musical is curently enjoying a sell out run, is owned by DLT.