wasn't even meant to be. It was regarded that Series 6 had
been the last we would see of GM over at Hewland International,
after hearing nothing back from Channel 4 regarding it. They
weren't even aware that a new series had been commissioned
until the very last moment as C4 had 'forgotten' to tell them.
However, being told too late meant that the first 8 shows
would have to be filled with repeats of Friends in the schedule
leaving the final show of the series with 10 shows to fill.
himself, who promised that the show would go out with a bang,
announced the new series in the GM forum at C4.com. I seem
to recall Dom answering a question about the opening titles
saying that they would feature him running through a series
of doors that would open to each series of GM. Interesting
idea and would have been great to see but instead the opening
sequence featured Dom dreaming about a Dessert Island and
running through a psychedelic dream of a forest, a town city
and tunnels before reaching his desert island with the two
beautiful girls awaiting him.
at the start of the series in November 1997 Dom said, "This
is the last ever series. We don't care how much Channel 4
begs us to come back. You can scream, you can stamp your feet,
you can cry great veils of tears but in ten weeks time, we
are taking this show off the air... for good."
started off in fine form with the first challenge featuring
Tomb Raider 2. A time when Tomb Raider was actually still
credible and crap movie cash-ins weren't yet in the pipeline.
Celebrity Pin-ups like Jo Guest, Emma Harrison, All Saints,
Emma Noble, Debbie Flett and Sarah Vandenberg all featured
this series along with non-celebrity pin-ups like Sol Campbell
and Chris Daily.
Features for this series of Games Master as Dominik's fear
of flying had reached epic heights and apparently it was even
written into his contract that he wouldn't be made to fly!
Most of the features were about N64 add-ons like the DD, which
never actually reached Britain. One of the amusing Christmas
features took a look at the new Barbie game that had come
was the last proper game playing challenge show and featured
an exclusive tournament on Tekken 4 with world champions fighting
it out to win the last ever Golden Joystick. Show 10 was a
teary-eyed nostalgic look back at the past seven seasons of
Games Master TV History, featuring a whole host of celebrities,
memorable games-playing challenges and Features.
of the show came all too quickly and we were left with Dom
sitting in front of the studio in dark lights talking to the
camera: "Well, that's it. I would like to thank the many
talented people that have worked on the show. They will all
go onto bigger things but none somehow will seem quite as
self indulgent as Games Master. I know some people might have
thought it's been in bad taste, but it was made with the conviction
that to you, the viewers, it meant something. So, I guess
really now with the last link of the last show I should come
up with the funniest gag in the history of Games Master… but
of the entire GM crew of Series 1-7 ran in silence before
the final shot of Sir Patrick Moore leaving the studio and
heading into a taxi ran. It was the end of a special show
and the end of a special era of youth television. Thanks to
all who made GM what it was. This site is a dedication to
Season 7 Judgement Rating - 76%
the greatest series to go out on, but still had some memorable
moments. The last show of the series made sure it would go
out on a bang and it was a fitting tribute to the life of
the show, thanking the loyal fans who had tuned in each week
to watch it, the trouble with the last show was that 28 minutes
was no where near enough time to do a proper farewell that
Games Master dissevered, it should have been a 60 minute show,
this would of given Dominik enough time to do a proper look
back at the past 7 years, the final show was all to fast and
finished before you had chance to take it all in.
been said the show will *never* return under any circumstances
but this was over 5 years ago now and what has been seen to
capture the crown of gaming TV? Sir Patrick has said he would
do a new series, Dominik has said that he'd "most likely"
present a new series, a lot of the crew admit that they'd
love to make a new series so let's hope the sun hasn't quite
set on GM just yet...