Steve McNeil: Video Games (Work in Progress)

Presented by Steve McNeil

The creator of (and team captain on) "Dara O'Briain's Go 8 Bit" bangs on about video games for an hour. It might be some adapted bits from his forthcoming book about the history of video games (Hey! Listen!). It might be some anecdotes about his TV show. It might even involve playing games if he's not written enough stuff. No idea. He's not started work on it yet. First work in progress. Quality will be either variable, or consistently poor.

20:40 15 Mar
Studio - The Vaults, Leake Street
1hr 00m
As seen on TVMultimediaWork In Progress
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About the company

Steve McNeil


At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2007, Steve was part of Brendon Burns’ “Perrier” award-winning live comedy show, “So I Suppose This Is Offensive Now”. The show went on tour, filmed a DVD, had a West End run and appeared at 2008’s Montreal “Just For Laughs” festival. In 2009, he replaced Rik Mayall at short notice in the revival of Michael Frayn’s “Balmoral”, after Mayall had to withdraw due to illness.

In 2010, he began performing as one half of sketch comedy double-act “McNeil and Pamphilon”. They were finalists in the 2011 Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition, and long-listed for the 2012 Edinburgh Comedy Award. Broadcast appearances include Radio 4’s Sketchorama, MTV’s Flash Prank, ITV 2’s Comedy Cuts, Disney XD’s “Life Hacks” and BBC 1’s Richard Hammond’s Secret Service.

In 2013, McNeil and Pamphilon took the first incarnation of their videogaming/comedy show, “Go 8-Bit!” to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was immediately picked up for development for television by production company DLT Entertainment and is now a successful TV show on UK channel ‘Dave’, with McNeil & Pamphilon as team captains and Dara O’Briain as host. To date, the show has aired for 26 episodes over three series, plus 10 for its new companion show “Go 8 Bit DLC”.

Off the back of this new career focus, Steve began to establish himself in the videogaming community, bringing his comedic approach to a different audience. Initially writing reviews and features for the videogaming TV channel, Ginx TV, he soon went on to regular appearances in shows of theirs such as Console Yourself (3 series) and Videogame Nation on Challenge TV (4 series), which he also occasionally presented. In 2015 he produced, and hosted, 13 hours of live TV coverage of E3 for Ginx, and even created his own series for the channel, “Minecraft: Digging Deeper”. This went on to become one of the most highly viewed shows in



Press & Reviews

For previous works.

WiFi Wars:
- "Not To Be Missed" - The Guardian

McNeil and Pamphilon:
- "Wonderfully Funny" Time Out (Critic's Choice)

Go 8 Bit:
- Harnessing the banter and spirit of great British panel shows like Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Would I Lie To You...Go 8 Bit is the perfect deputation from the world of video games to have on the telly" - GamesMaster Magazine