GamesMaster, then, got here alongside at simply the proper time to mine these emergent, interlocking seams of youth tradition, glitz, and leisure, and it wrapped the ensuing uncooked items in a bundle that was ground-breaking, handsome, youthful, edgy, pleasurable, informative, humorous, and, frankly, cool.
The present’s appear and feel was a powerful think about its success. Each collection befell in a brand new location (in chronological order: a church, an oil rig, a ‘prison’, hell, heaven, Atlantis and a desert island) and the units have been all the time immaculately dressed, lit and realised. But, arguably, it was one on-air aspect, above all others, that was instrumental within the present’s reputation: Dominik Diamond.
We already know that younger Harry Hewland was the catalyst for GamesMaster‘s existence, if only by virtue of his own existence. But what many people don’t know is that he was additionally liable for the choice to rent Diamond because the present’s host. In a way of talking.
Diamond had reached the ultimate 12 candidates to be a presenter on Channel 4’s new flagship late-night journal present The Word, however didn’t make the ultimate minimize. Fortuitously for him – and for us – GamesMaster‘s production team reached out to their equivalents in The Word to ask if they’d auditioned anybody who is likely to be appropriate for his or her new present, and Diamond’s identify was put ahead. The tape for his GamesMaster audition, wherein he commentated on a gaming problem, peppering his efficiency with double-entendres about ‘waggling joysticks’, made the manufacturing workforce – and, crucially, Jane Hewland’s son, Harry – snicker so onerous that the deal was sealed.
“It was the irreverent sense of humour that gave GamesMaster credibility with its audience: adolescent boys,” Hewland advised The Guardian in 2021. “For the kids to like us, we had to be badly thought of by authority figures. Also, we had to be slightly weird, like a secret world they could join in.” It’s onerous to learn that final sentence with out picturing Dominik’s eyes casting a mischievous glint by means of the spherical lenses of his trademark specs.
I’m Going Through Changes…
For the primary two collection of the present Dominik Diamond had the floppy-haired, red-jacketed really feel of a Butlins Redcoat revelling within the act of smuggling smut and cynicism over the heads of would-be censors – at half-past six within the night, no much less. Audiences beloved him, however Diamond – although he beloved the present – wasn’t fairly so enamoured together with his look. Especially the jacket. When McDonalds grew to become the present’s official sponsor forward of collection three, a mix of ideological objection and dissatisfaction together with his personal lack of inventive management prompted him to hold up the crimson jacket, seemingly for good. He even filmed a ‘death’ scene for the tip of collection two.