RIP Sir Patrick Moore: Astronomy legend and GamesMaster star dies aged 89

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patrick-moore.jpgSir Patrick Moore, astronomer, broadcaster and Games Master star, passed away this weekend aged 89.

Succumbing to the ill health that had made him wheelchair bound in recent years, Moore passed away at 12:25 on Sunday 9th December at his home in Selsey, West Sussex, where he had lived for 40 years.

Moore, a self-taught star-gazer, presented the pioneering BBC programme The Sky At Night, revealing the mysteries of the universe in layman’s terms to the nation for over 50 years.

But for many Tech Digest readers, Moore will probably be best known for his role in video game TV show GamesMaster. The first ever show in the UK dedicated to video games, the Channel 4 show saw Patrick Moore play the titular Games Master, a disembodied head who dished out tips, advice and challenges to contestants, between 1992 and 1998.

You’ll find a clip of the first ever GamesMaster show below.

GamesMaster was apparently being considered for a new series recently. You can read about that here.

RIP Sir Patrick Moore – 4 March 1923 – 9 December 2012.

Gerald Lynch