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Dominik Diamond (original host)

Dexter Fletcher (series 3 only)

Dominik Diamond (again)


Various assistants ranging from cloaked dwarves, a monk, a diver, scantily clad women in the guise of angels and so on.


Channel 4, 1992-8


Games, games, games

More of a games show than a game show. Lots of discussion of the latest video and computer games, with usually at least two or three different challenges per show. These challenges involved a number of participants playing a game (usually arcade or console), commentated over by a non-entity from the video games press.

Former Scottish stand-up comedian Dominik Diamond (pictured) would award a Golden Gamesmaster Joystick to the player performing best and ruthlessly take the piss out of all the rest. One challenge per show would involve stars of variable celebrity. Half of the sole Dexter Fletcher series was spent on a Team Championship where 27 teams of three kiddies bragged of their prowess at computer games, only for 26 of the 27 to be proved wrong.

Original and final host - Dominik Diamond.

Cheats and tips

The show also featured reviews of the latest games, any review scoring under 88% indicating a game with few or no redeeming features. Most episodes also saw kids ask the Gamesmaster himself - an animated head of Patrick Moore (famous astronomer and advocate of computer games) viewed in a hall of mirrors - for tips or cheats on sundry console games.

Some episodes had random features, usually with D. Diamond sunning himself in some exotic and/or game-related location. Each series was set in a different location: churches, submarines, dungeons, desert islands, heaven, hell, Milton Keynes and so forth (see "Trivia" below).

Essential teatime treat for over five years, largely due to Dominik's single-and-a-bit entendres and innuendo.

Key moments

Some memorably wacky challenges such as "Who can discover the best secret moves on Tekken II?" and watching two-year-old kiddies competing on educational games.

Lots of very out-of-place celebrities trying to convince the kidz that they were "it".

Gordon Burns absolutely kicking ass on an obscure Tetris-like game.

Dave "Games Animal" Perry dying on Mario 64 within 4 seconds and subsequently throwing a monster moody.


Nicholas Parsons was first choice to play the Gamesmaster, but the facial distortion techniques applied didn't work properly. Hence Patrick got the job and all the kiddy street-cred that came with it.

The locations for each series were as follows:

Series 1 (early 1992) - church

Series 2 (late 1992) - oil rig
Series 3 (1993/4) - prison
Series 4 (1994/5) - Hell
Series 5 (1995/6) - Heaven
Series 6 (1996/7) - Atlantis
Series 7 (1997/8) - desert island

Theme music

Composed by Julian Wastall.


A Gamesmaster computer magazine was launched. It's still around today.


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