Presenter of The Sky at Night (BBC's, and worlds', longest
running TV Show), Sir Patrick is a national treasure, astronomer
and quite bitching xylophone player. Never one to take himself
too seriously, you can often catch Sir Patrick doing the sort
of things you would never expect an OAP to do, let alone an
eccentric 80 year old presenter. Some of these things have
included talking to impressionist Jun Culshaw dressed as Patrick
himself before playing along to 'Firestarter' on their xylophones,
playing air guitar with a walking stick in an advert for 'The
Best Air Guitar Album in the World Ever... 2!', and more recently
adlibbing the advert for The Darkness' new album 'Permission
to Land'. Of course, none of these, besides Firestarter possibly,
even come close to his role as the cult games lord, The GamesMaster.
it wasn't Sir Patrick that was first thought of for the role,
but instead Nicholas Parsons of 'Sale of the Century' fame.
A more terrifying prospect to concur is that Gary Glitter
(of being a sick kiddy pervert fame) was also thought of to
be The GamesMaster. Thank God for the brilliant imagination
of the Director, Cameron McAllister, who thought of Patrick
Moore for the role. It was an inspired choice and surely one
of the best pieces of casting that the televisual world had
Patrick loved the role and has commented since, "It really
was rather fun! I mean, I've done other things as well, but
one thing I will never do is to take myself too seriously!"
and he certainly didn't as every week we would see something
more eccentric and surreal, and you could tell that he was
enjoying every minute of it. Even when kids asked him for
questions on video games.
kids now leave him alone and tend not to shout out "Ooii,
GamesMarrstahhh" when they see him in the street. When
asked if he knew what to say when a kid would ask him a tricky
question, Patrick says, "No! the point is of course I
knew nothing about it! (laughs) This is a secret!! (laughs)
What it was all about, I've no idea!!!".
Patrick Moore is a genuinely nice person and a true British
hero - hard working, but is more than prepared to send himself
up. Us fans have nothing but respect for old 'chrome-dome',
so letís hope that should a new series return, that Sir Patrick
will be once again donning the mechanical monocle.