GamesMaster Show 📺
Release Date, Cast, Plot, Review, Opinions

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Video games are now present everywhere you go… But this wasn’t like this when GamesMaster aired for the first time.

This page is dedicated to the grandfather of European gaming TV shows.

 
Everything About GamesMaster (1992 – 1998)

 

GamesMaster was a British television show that debuted among the launches of the SNES and Mega Drive. Is considered the first-ever UK television show dedicated to all-things gaming.

It first targeted pre-teens but received outstanding acclamation after focusing on teenagers and young adults. Its success transferred to a different format (tie-in magazine) with the help of Future Publishing and lasted over twenty years (1993 – 2018).

 

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

GamesMaster aired from 1992 to 1998. It all began when the Jane Hewland set up Hewland International. With her own production company and her son’s love of video games, she pitched the idea of the show until Channel 4 became interested in the concept.

An initial budget of  £10,000 per episode was provided for the first season (10 episodes).

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Cast and Characters

 

Dominik Diamond and Sir Patric Moore were the “protagonists”, one being the presented and the other appearing in pre-recorded inserts, respectively. You can a list of guests below:


Series 1 – 

 

  • John Fashanu
 
  • Gary Mason
 
  • Annabel Croft
 
  • Eric Bristow
 
  • Jimmy White
 
  • Archer MacLean
 
  • Ashley Paske
 
  • Pat and Mick
 
  • Kendo Nagasaki
 
  • Pat Cash 
 
  • Emily Cash
 
  • Barry McGuigan
 
  • Emlyn Hughes




Series 2

 

  • Tony Slattery
 
  • Frank Bruno
 
  • Vinnie Jones and Nick Pickard
 
  • Rory Underwood
 
  • Take That
 
  • Jim Duggan
 
  • Gladiators (Shadow and Jet)
 
  • Kristian Schmid
 
  • John Parrott
 
  • Richard Norton
 
  • Johnny Herbert
 
  • Todd Carty
 
  • Bob Holness
 
  • Linford Christie
 
  • Colin Jackson 
 
  • Ian Wright
 
  • Mark Wingett
 
  • Huw Higginson
 
  • Cathy Dennis
 
  • Ulrika Jonsson
 
  • Vic Reeves
 
  • Gordon Burn
 
  • East 17 
 
  • Josie Lawrence 
 
  • Tony Daley 
 
  • Steve Backley 
 
  • Duncan Goodhew
 
  • Kevin Conway 
 
  • Sean Kerly
 
 

 

 

Series 3

 

  • Daniel Pesina (Johnny Cage)
 
  • Elizabeth Malecki (Sonya Blade) 
 
  • Gabrielle 
 
  • Gladiators (Cobra, Shadow, Falcon, and Scorpio)
 
  • Utah Saints
 
  • Steve Punt
 
  • Hugh Dennis
 
  • Sean Maguire
 
  • Monie Love 
 
  • Nigel Benn
 
  • Barry McGuigan
 
  • Dani Behr
 
  • Liam Botham 
 
  • Vinnie Jones
 
  • Les Ferdinand
 
  • Dennis Wise
 
  • John Barnes
 
  • Simon Amstell
 
  • Mike Doyle
 
  • Lorraine Chase
 
  • John Altman
 
  • Robin Askwith
 
  • Wayne Morri
 
  • Robert Duncan
 
  • Graham Bickley
 
  • Ray Meaghe
 
  • Games Mistress
 
  • Simone Robertson
 
  • Kriss Akabusi
 
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan 
 
  • Randy Savage
 
  • Kevin Keegan
 
  • Crash Test Dummies 
 
  • Bad Boys Inc 
 
  • Andrew Paul & Lisa Geoghan (The Bill)
 

 

 

Series 4 – 

 

  • Frank Skinner
 
  • Richard Divizio (MK II Baraka)
 
  • Bruce Roberts
 
  • Dan Falzon
 
  • Sarah Vandenbergh
 
  • Jimmy White 
 
  • PJ & Duncan 
 
  • Andrew Cole
 
  • Kasey Keller 
 
  • Andy Townsend
 
  • Ian Kelsey
 
  • Camilla Power
 
  • Rupert Moon
 
  • Dewi Morris
 
  • Let Loose
 
  • C.J. Lewis
 
  • Marcus Alexander Bagwell 
 
  • Del Wilkes
 
  • David Coulthard
 
  • Roger Black
 
  • Du’aine Ladejo
 
  • Prince Naseem
 
  • Natalie Imbruglia
 

 

 

Series 5 – 

 

  • The Shamen 
 
  • Jadene Doran 
 
  • Stephen Hendry 
 
  • Dean Holdsworth
 
  • David Kerslake 
 
  • Phil Babb
 
  • Graeme Le Saux
 
  • Dean Holdsworth
 
  • Phil Babb
 
  • Johnny Herbert
 
  • Mark Blundell
 
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan 
 
  • E.Y.C.
 
  • Whigfield 
 
  • Mr Motivator (Derrick Evans)
 
  • Stewart Lee
 
  • Richard Herring
 
  • Janick Gers
 

 

  • Patsy Palmer & Dean Gaffney (EastEnders)
 
  • Donna Air and Vicky Taylor (Byker Grove)
 
  • Stuart Wade and Tonicha Jeronimo (Emmerdale)
 
 

 

Series 6

 

  • Samantha Fox
 
  • Danny John-Jules
 
  • John Regis
 
  • Tony Jarrett
 
  • Paul Leyshon
 
  • Uri Geller
 
  • Richard Rufus
 
  • Michael Duberry
 
  • Chris Armstrong 
 
  • Zoë Ball
 
  • Deepak Verma
 
  • Bear Van Beers
 
  • Tracy Shaw
 
  • Adam Hollioake
 
  • Phil Tufnell
 
  • Paul McKenna
 
  • The Brotherhood (band)
 
  • Gene (band)
 
  • Michael Fish
 
 
 

Series 7 – 

 

  • Jo Guest
 
  • Kaleef
 
  • Ryan Rhodes
 
  • Khalid Shafiq 
 
  • Sol Campbell
 
  • Christian Dailly
 
  • Emma Harrison 
 
  • Sarah Vandenbergh
 
  • Carryl Varley
 
  • Catalina Guirado
 
  • Debbie Flett
 
  • Emma Noble
 

Plot/Synopsis (What is GamesMaster about?)


The show consisted mostly of challenges from the “GamesMaster Champion” between gamers. Then it changed its focus more on the actual games, with reviews of new releases.


Two of the show’s trademarks were the setting changing each year, much like levels in a video game; and the titular Games Master, a disembodied head (played by Sir Patrick Moore) who dispensed advice on video games to those who needed it, albeit with a sharp tongue.

 

 

 

Review and Opinions of GamesMaster


Users all over the internet comment “there have been many video game shows over the past decades (or so) but none as good as GamesMaster.”

Both the nostalgia and quality production of the show highly affects people’s memories. And it’s also proven in the number of seasons aired (7 in total).

Figures were still strong and a re-commission was planned, but changes in Channel’s 4 senior staff pushed the program off the air. They didn’t see the potential of a gaming show for the adult audience.

But, time was all it was needed… Because GamesMaster is coming back soon!

 

 

 

 

GamesMaster Reboot (2021 – )

 

 

A newly-released press release announces the comeback of the show, with the help of Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 partnership. Leveraging the previous format, contestants will compete in challenges to win Golden Joysticks trophies. Game reviews will also feature.

It will be hosted by Robert “Rab” Florence, Frankie Ward, and Ty Logan.

All three will join the new floating head of GamesMaster: Sir Trevor McDonald.

UK’s prominent journalist and newsreader is “delighted to be taking on this iconic role for a new generation of viewers.”



How to watch GamesMaster’s comeback? Three 60-minute episodes will premiere on E4’s YouTube channel and the rest will follow in linear play on E4.



Dominik Diamond is also coming back for the 30th anniversary of GamesMaster to share his memories on a new book called “GamesMaster: The Oral History.”