Sundays 7pm E4’s Youtube channel,
Repeated Wednesday 10pm on E4
And so the speculation can finally come to an end and we can find out if the idea was worthwhile. What’s the point of rebooting GamesMaster? The kids are all getting their gaming content from Youtube anyway and they seem perfectly happy with that. And most won’t even be old enough to remember the original anyway so who is it trying to appeal to?
However for those of us who DO remember the original, as information on the show dripped out it seemed to be ticking all the right boxes. Acerbic Scottish comic host? Check. Industrial location of set? Check. Iconic personality who almost certainly doesn’t understand what he’s saying as GamesMaster? Check. Golden joysticks? Check.
So this is a weird one, we’re so used to reboots of iconic shows not passing the “why do I want to watch a worse version of something that already exists” test that to have a show that feels on the face of it like a natural continuation of something that’s not been on for twenty-five years is unsettling. I’m still not quite sure how well it’ll do, but it probably ought to have the 34-49 demo all sewn up.
Let us know what you think in the comments.