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Another day, another British publication claiming our beloved Irish comedians as their own. 

Ed Byrne and Dara Ó Briain have hit the roads of South East Asia for a three-part travel series, Dara and Ed's Road to Mandalay.

The programme, which kicked off on RTÉ One last Thursday, follows the duo as they mix with locals and visit some of the most exciting locations the region has to offer.

The series made its British debut on BBC 2 last Sunday, and sure enough, The Guardian had a thing or two to say about it the next morning. 

It read, "The increasingly dull and unedifying formula of sending white British men to far-flung places in search of 'strange and quirky' aspects of other cultures."

"The latest are Irish comedians Dara Ó Briain and Ed Byrne who, in Dara and Ed's Road to Mandalay, travel across Malaysia in the first of a three-part series exploring south-east Asia, 'one of the most rapidly changing places on earth'," 

However, the Wicklow native wasn't going to let this one slide. 

The word 'British was later deleted from the online review – but of course, Dara had to get the last word. 



This year is turning out to be a pretty great one for Kildare man Dara O Briain.

In January it was announced that Dara will join Angela Scanlon presenting the reboot of Robot Wars and now he's adding another game show onto his list.

The show is named Go 8 Bit and will air on Dave this autumn. It will see celebrities join Dara and battle it out against each other in classic and new games such as Pac Man and Grand Theft Auto.

”Put a video game controller in the hands of a nun and she’ll turn into a trash-talking bloodthirsty monster,” he told VIP.

“Give a controller to a comedian and they’ll do that too, but be funny. In video games veritas, my friends.

“This show is a raucous, back-biting, properly competitive celebration of the world’s favourite pastime,” he added.

We don't know about you, but we can't WAIT for this to air.


Two of our absolute FAVE Irish presenters are coming back for a reboot of Robot Wars.

Dara O Briain and Angela Scanlon have been announced as the new presenters for the BBC2 show.

The bubbly pair will be filming in a new purpose-built arena in Glasgow which will see them get up close and personal with the teams and of course, the robots.

Speaking about the show, it was clear that Dara is excited to be a part of it.

“I am thrilled to be presenting Robot Wars,” Dara said.

“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," he told VIP.

“Just to see them get smashed to pieces by a dustbin carrying a massive hammer. It’s war, and how I love it so."

Angela also seemed thrilled to be joining the reboot of the popular show.

“I’m so excited to be joining such a legendary show that, after all this time, still manages to make people squeal with joy,” she said.

“I cannot wait to see the robots in all their metallic glory playfully destroying each other!”

And we can't wait either.