Oh My Word
Any Brit of a certain age well remembers GamesMaster, the Channel 4 television that lit up our screens during the 1990s. Hosted by Dominik Diamond, then Dexter Fletcher, and then Dominik Diamond again. kids and celebrities gathered on a selection of bizarre but creative sets in order to battle it out in the latest and greatest games, all under the watchful eye of the titular “Games Master”, played with magnetic indifference by the late Sir Patrick Moore.
And it appears that – nearly 25 years since the show left our screens – GamesMaster is getting set to return. Channel 4 has announced that it is rebooting the iconic series, which will arrive later this year as a “social first” show before transferring to the station’s on-demand platform E4. An image on Channel 4’s website also depicts legendary actor Patrick Stewart, but strangely there is no mention of him in the actual blurb.
The new show will feature only a handful of episodes, as five celebrities fight it out, elimination-style, to be crowned the winner and take home the famous Golden Joystick… I might be out already, folks. The new show will also feature a number of “social segments” including Meet the Gamer, The Contender, Speed Runs, and, course, tips from the Games Master themselves.
There is no mention anywhere on Channel 4’s site as to whether the new show will feature Kendo Nagasaki battling a child at WWF Wrestlemania, Dave Perry getting really angry after losing a Super Mario 64 challenge, or a young Simon Amstell being a cheeky little prick – but here’s hoping. I’m all for the return of Games Master on paper, but frankly it just won’t be the same without Dominik Diamond turning every single sentence into a metaphor for his penis.