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Videogame Nation: saluting a great UK gaming TV show

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After a shaky start, Challenge TV's now-cancelled Videogame Nation grew into a pretty perfect gaming magazine TV show...

At 10.27 a.m. on the morning of Saturday 4th June 2016 gaming enthusiasts across the land screamed in a collective wail of distress as it was announced that the following week’s episode of Videogame Nation was to be its last ever.

For fans of the

UK

’s only weekly show devoted to games it was a hefty blow. Yet another television programme centred on the world of videogames was meeting its demise after 4 series and an impressive 106 episodes. The outpouring of disbelief across social media was immediate. Fans who felt that the show had finally landed on a fun, winning formula for gaming TV were doubly dismayed.

As emerged in the days following the announcement, Videogame Nation was a victim of circumstance. Challenge TV chose not to renew the
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12 forgotten hosts of the biggest TV shows from Brian Dunkleman to Daisy Donovan

American Idol was announced to be coming to an end after 15 seasons yesterday (May 12), but did you know that Ryan Seacrest used to have a co-host?

Brian Dunkleman hosted the Fox competition's first season alongside Ryan Seacrest, before the latter took sole control. History has not been kind to poor old Brian since, with Fox TV CEO Dana Walden joking about a possible reunion for the pair.

"Where is Brian Dunkleman? If you give me his number, I will call and invite him," she joked, though Dunkleman gave as good as he got last night:

I knew American Idol would never last without me #Cancelled

— brian dunkleman (@briandunkleman) May 11, 2015

To honour Dunkleman, we have collected a few hosts of massive shows that you may have cruelly forgotten, starting with the man himself.

1. Brian Dunkleman (American Idol)

The comedian co-hosted the Fox series with Ryan Seacrest for its first season, which
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6 Things You Learn As Director Of L!ve TV

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In the continuing series of low-budget TV shows and channels that I’ve worked on I present to you, my good readers, six reasons why making L!ve TV wasn’t quite the fun ride you might imagine it would be. (If you missed the first, check it out here – 6 Sucky Truths About Working On Gamesmaster And Games World)

L!ve TV was a TV channel spewed forth from David Montgomery and Sun newspaper mogul Kelvin MacKenzie who, in a fit of madness, decided an entire channel made by the people who make the Daily Mirror would be a big hit. Janet Street Porter was plonked at the helm and it was supposed to offer a mix of lifestyle, news and celebrity info all broadcast live. Funnily enough Janet Street Porter and Jane Hewland (of Gamesmaster) were once colleagues – I guess I was destined to be connected to both.
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Fifteen to One, Catchphrase: Which other game shows should be revived?

It's game show heaven on television right now. Not only do we have all sorts of new formats making their way to screen, but some old favourites are getting a second lease of life, too - from Fifteen to One (airing daily on Channel 4) to the second series of the revived Catchphrase (Sundays on ITV.) But it got us thinking - what other game shows would we like to see return to our living rooms?

Well, we asked that very question to Fifteen to One's Sandi Toksvig and Catchphrase's Stephen Mulhern - and then had a bit of office debate about our own favourites...

You Bet! - Stephen Mulhern (Host, Catchphrase)

"This is an easy question: You Bet! It was one of my favourite TV shows and Matthew Kelly was one of my favourite presenters. I love it.

"I can give you some great examples that still amaze me to this day.
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Grand Theft Auto does TV, so why can't TV do video games?

Video games and gaming culture are virtually ignored by real-world television, but what games-related programming would you like to see?

Grand Theft Auto V – the most ambitious instalment of the world's most notorious gaming franchise, which will finally be released on Tuesday after unprecedented levels of hype – is about doing whatever you damn well want to do. Players exploring Los Santos, GTA V's sprawling yet crammed simulacrum of Los Angeles and the surrounding area, will do an awful lot of shooting and dangerous driving to develop the narrative. But you can just as easily treat GTA V as an endless adventure holiday in a state-of-the-art digital sandbox. You can go parachuting, play golf, punish yourself with a triathlon or even take up yoga. And if all that sounds like too much effort, you can just kick back in your crib and watch telly.

Sadly, the basic-cable subscribers of Los Santos
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Sir Patrick Moore obituary

Astronomer, television personality, British eccentric and a great populariser of science

Sir Patrick Moore, who has died aged 89, had the air of a crusty, uncompromising bachelor and slightly dotty boffin who could have walked straight out of a Victorian or Edwardian novel. An amateur but distinguished astronomer, star of television programmes including GamesMaster, prolific author, composer and manic xylophone player, he was a true, quite unselfconscious British eccentric – and a populariser of science without equal in an era of great but often abstruse discovery.

In his capacity as an astronomer, he helped map the moon and was for more than half a century until his death the presenter of BBC TV's The Sky at Night, missing only a single episode through illness, in July 2004. The following year the programme spawned a monthly magazine.

The Sky at Night appealed hugely to laymen as well as experts. This was largely because of
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Rip Sir Patrick Moore – GamesMaster, Genius

British astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore has died at the age of 89. A statement released this afternoon says that he “passed away peacefully at 12:25 this afternoon” at his home in Selsey, West Sussex.

Best known by some for his record breaking 50 plus years hosting of The Sky At Night for over 50 years, Sir Patrick held a dear position in the hearts of some gamers and gaming journalists thanks to his time as the GamesMaster on the Channel 4 TV show during the 90s.

He also wrote dozens of books on astronomy and his research was used by both the Us and the Russians in their space programmes.

A statement was released by his friends and staff announcing his passing:

“After a short spell in hospital last week, it was determined that no further treatment would benefit him, and it was his wish to spend his last days in his own home,

Astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore dies, aged 89

Astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore dies, aged 89
Astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore died today at the age of 89. Moore, who has hosted the BBC's The Sky At Night since it began in 1957, "passed away peacefully at 12.25pm this afternoon", his family and friends said in a statement.

[Moore in April 2012] The broadcaster died at his home in Selsey, West Sussex. The statement added: "After a short spell in hospital last week, it was determined that no further treatment would benefit him, and it was his wish to spend his last days in his own home, Farthings, where he today passed on, in the company of close friends and carers and his cat Ptolemy." Moore presented the BBC programme The Sky At Night for over 50 years, becoming the longest-running host of the same television show ever. He also hosted Channel 4 show GamesMaster, the first ever UK TV programme dedicated (more)
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Simon Amstell: 'Dysfunction is my career'

Put downs. Piss takes. Come backs. Simon Amstell can hand it out, but can he take it? Simon Hattenstone talks to the presenter-turned-standup about celebrity, upsetting his family and whether he's got any material left for his therapist

Simon Amstell made his name as a rude boy in TV shows such as Popworld and Never Mind The Buzzcocks by taking the piss out of pop stars. He then tired of that, went away and remade his name as a neurotic boy – the star (and co-writer) of a TV sitcom, Grandma's House, about a young man called Simon who makes his name on TV taking the piss out of pop stars, gets tired of it and is desperate to find his soul and make it as an actor. Grandma's House is self-referential post-modernism gone mad. It's also very funny – with its multiple Yiddishisms, the mother who gets such nachus from the celebrity her son despises,
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Feature: 'GamesMaster' Retrospective

Anyone who grew up playing video games in the 1990s will no doubt remember the phenomenon that was GamesMaster. As the first UK television show dedicated to competitive gaming, the series had a profound impact on the industry from the moment it hit the airwaves. Featuring regular review segments from a panel of Emap print journalists, exclusive previews, and contests between players claiming to be the finest in the world, the programme was everything fans could have hoped for from a primetime show dedicated to their number one passion. Although it enjoyed considerable success throughout its seven-season run, the show's creator Jane Hewland recalls facing an uphill struggle when pitching the idea to potential networks. "It took me nearly two years to sell it, during which time the [gaming] craze actually peaked," she told Digital Spy. "The show was turned down (more)
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