DARA O BRIAIN NEWS
Scholastic UK have announcedthe acquisition of the debut children's book by Dara O Briain, Beyond The Sky.
In Beyond The Sky, Dara will reveal the fascinating secrets of space with his inimitable wit in what is set to be the family non-fiction favourite for Christmas 2017.
Dara said: 'I'm delighted to share my love of space and science with a whole new generation of astronomers and astronauts; and to show young people that the greatest sights in the universe can be sometimes be found by simply looking up.'
Miriam Farbey, UK Publisher and Global Non-Fiction Publisher, said: 'One of the UK and Ireland's best-loved comedians and presenters, Dara is going to be a brilliant new voice in children's publishing and we couldn’t be more proud to be publishing his debut book. There is literally no one smarter or more hilarious than Dara O Briain when it comes to talking to kids and their families about our weird and wonderful universe.'
The book will be published in September 2017.
Tune in Mondays at 10:00pm from Monday 5th September as Dara O Briain's Go 8-Bit begins on Dave.
Dara wants to play some games with the likes of Russell Howard, Bob Mortimer, Rachel Riley, David James and Jason Manford. Based on the smash hit live Edinburgh show, Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit sees celebrities battle each other at a host of classic and contemporary games - everything from Star Wars Battlefront and Temple Run to Pong and Tetris. Well, we're game. Are you? (The answer is Yes. Yes you are.)
Find out more here.
Tune in this Sunday on BBC Two at 8:00pm as Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon host the brand new series of Robot Wars, with commentary from the legendary Jonathan Pearce who returns from the original series with his inimitable take on the robot battles.
As well as battling it out against each other, the robot teams must avoid the infamous and intimidating House Robots. Aiming to terminate anything that strays into their Corner Patrol Zone - Sir Killalot, Matilda, Shunt and Dead Metal show no mercy as they menacingly patrol the arena ready to destroy.
As ever, you can catch up on demand on iPlayer once the shows have aired.
Dara and Ed's Asian Adventure, a brand new three part prime time travelogue series, has been commissioned for BBC Two, featuring Dara O Briain and Ed Byrne.
Following the success of Dara and Ed's Great Big Adventure which broadcast on BBC Two last summer, long term friends, comedians Dara O Briain and Ed Byrne pack their cases once more as they embark on an expedition of a lifetime crossing 3500 miles from the bright lights of modern day Malaysia to the jungles of Myanmar, exploring the rich history of the region and its links with Europe and the UK.
Dara and Ed will begin their journey in the glittering metropolis of Kuala Lumpur, where they'll explore the Malay sense of humour, have a go at lion dancing, and discover why Malaysia is one of the most diverse countries in the world. From there, they will travel north through the Malaysian peninsula, meeting indigenous tribes and taking part in a chicken beauty pageant, before crossing into Thailand where they will discover how the worst excesses of tourism are affecting the wildlife of Phuket. They will then head north to visit a Buddhist monastery which is home to one of the world’s toughest detoxes. Their adventure continues in Myanmar, where Dara and Ed will explore this little-known country which has only recently opened up to tourism, ending their journey in the legendary city of Mandalay.
Dara O Briain and Angela Scanlon will be the new presenters of Robot Wars when the series is rebooted for BBC Two, it was announced today.
Dara and Angela will report on all the action from the new purpose-built fighting arena in Glasgow, which will allow viewers to get even closer to the action, with state-of-the-art cameras capable of capturing every crushing, sawing and scorching moment in incredible detail.
Dara O Briain said: 'I am thrilled to be presenting Robot Wars. For too long, the schedules have cried out for a show in which dedicated amateurs toiling day and night, handcraft sophisticated automatons built on the delicate interplay of hand-wired servo motors with custom-built circuit boards and fingertip motion control, just to see them get smashed to pieces by a dustbin carrying a massive hammer. It's war, and how I love it so.'
The new six-part series will be produced by Mentorn Scotland, part of the Tinopolis Group, in association with SJP Media, and will feature a new structure with more robots, more battles and more science than ever before. It also includes a raft of technological advances since the show first aired over a decade ago, and viewers can expect to see more innovative fighting machines as teams of amateur roboteers battle it out to win the coveted Robot Wars title.
Tune in this Monday (21st September) as Dara O Briain hosts In Case You Missed It a unique TV review show on BBC Two at 10:00pm. The show features such family favourites as the Jeremy Kyle Kids Show and the National Health Lottery, and there is also a sneak preview of Mary Berry’s Powertools Special.
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Dara O Briain is a stand-up comedian, and television presenter, best known in the UK for hosting BBC’s Mock the Week, and in Ireland for hosting RTÉ 2’s The Panel.
Dara is one the few performers to host successful comedy shows in both the UK and his native Ireland at the same time. He started his career in television as a children’s presenter on RTÉ whilst performing his first stand-up gigs on the Irish comedy circuit, after studying at University College, Dublin, where he studied Mathematical Physics.
Dara came to prominence in Ireland as host of topical panel show Don’t Feed The Gondolas (1998-2000). He had to leave the show midway through its fifth season in order to perform at the Adelaide and Melbourne comedy festivals.
Dara later co-founded the television production company Happy Endings Productions, whose most famous show in Ireland is The Panel (2003-onwards). The show has become one of the most talked about shows in Ireland and was twice nominated for the Best Entertainment show IFTA (Irish Film and Television Award).
His big break in UK television came in 2003 when he became host of BBC2’s Live Floor Show. This led to an appearance as guest and, ultimately, four appearances as guest host of the popular news quiz, Have I Got News For You. By this time he had moved to the UK and was working on the British circuit full-time.
Dara sold out the entire run in Edinburgh in 2002, a feat he was to repeat for the next three years. By 2005, he was the biggest selling solo stand-up comedy show on the Edinburgh Fringe.
Dara’s hosted nine successful series’ of the comedy panel game Mock the Week for BBC television and can also be seen hosting BBC 2’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired.
Other notable television work sees Dara as an integral member of the Three Men in a Boat, alongside Griff Rhys Jones and Rory McGrath – the show is now in it’s fourth series. In 2007 Dara also fronted the BBC comedy interview programme Turn Back Time and in 2011 Dara co-hosted BBC1’s astronomical show Stargazing Live alongside Professor Brian Cox.
Dara is also one of the most sought after award show hosts in Britain and regularly hosts The Empire Film Awards and the BAFTA Video Game Awards.
Dara’s first book Tickling the English, released in 2009, proved to be an instant hit, remaining in the charts for nigh on two years after release. Part travelogue, part tour diary, the result is an affectionate, hilarious and often eye-opening journey through the Sceptred Isle.