Dominik Diamond first entered the nation's consciousness as the host of the Channel 4 video game tv programme GamesMaster
, which ran from 1993 to 1998. Diamond brought a smutty schoolboyish innuendo
to his presentation involving golden joysticks
and bringing the use of the word 'pants
' as an insult to the UK's playgrounds. Complete with red jacket, floppy fringe, spectacles and an overbearing manner, Diamond's twattishness was an essential element to the show. The one series which he did not present, where he was replaced by ex-Press Ganger Dexter Fletcher
was far and away the weakest. After this experiment Diamond returned with a better haircut, and the shows emphasis began to move away from video games and towards banter
with guest presenters, even more juvenile swearing, double entendres
Since the end of Gamesmaster, Diamond has been striving to eke out an existence for himself in the nether regions of the UK media. Despite growing up in the small Scottish town of Arbroath
, Diamond is a huge Celtic
fan, and started work on the BBC Radio 5 live, hosting a sports related phone-in. This show ran for a few years, but Diamond eventually fell out with his BBC bosses, who took a dim view of his tendency to embark on long and disgust-filled rants about Glasgow Rangers
and their legions of followers. It must be said that these rants, although often libelous, were greatly entertaining to the fans of all other Scottish football
Diamond also found his way onto satellite channel BBC choice, and often will pop up as a celebrity rent-a-quote on the numerous nostalgia fests such as I love the 1990s. Diamond was last sighted as the host of the BBC Scotland show Caledonia McBrains, which seems to style itself as a Scottish Have I Got News For You, and which I have never seen.
Dom and Kirk's Night O'Plenty
There is one other gem in the Dominik Diamond catalogue. Back when the Paramount Channel
was launched in the UK, they actually attempted to commission their own shows, before they evolved into the home of every old American sitcom
that ever made syndication. One of these programmes was Dom and Kirk's Night O'Plenty
, possibly the lowest budget show to ever be broadcast. Taking its premise from Wayne's World
, the show appeared to be filmed in Dominik Diamond's front room, where he was ably assisted by his cohort Kirk Ewing
, another refugee and some-time co-commentator from Gamesmaster.
The show seemed to consist entirely of the two of them drinking lager, farting, speaking bollocks, playing darts, and leching over whichever female D-list celebrity they had managed to entice to appear. It was pure car-crash tv, and there can't have been more then 10 people that ever saw it, and after one masturbation joke too many Paramount eventually dropped the program with no warning. Still it was a format that was nicked by David Baddiel and Frank Skinner for their BBC2 show Fantasy Football League, and had the same attitude (and many of the same ideas) that would propel the hosts of The Adam and Joe Show to media-whoredom in the late 1990s.
Diamond has also appeared in print for many magazines, starting with the Gamesmaster
tie-in that was launched by Future Publishing
, he soon moved to Future's new football magazine 4-4-2
where he was a regular contributor. Since 1998 Diamond has been writing a column in the Daily Star
, a tabloid rag that has managed to adopt a more down-market position then the Sun
Diamond is currently married, and has one daughter, and lives in Glasgow.