We've been following the story of the new series of video game TV show GamesMaster for a while now, from the initial rumours to the confirmation that Scottish comic Robert 'Rab' Florence would be the main presenter. Now, we can reveal that the competition segments of the show will be filmed at Crossness Pumping Station in London, thanks to a tweet by one of Florence's co-presenters, Frankie Ward.
The pumping station was constructed between 1859 and 1865 by William Webster with the aim of upgrading London's overstretched sewerage system. Architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner described it as "a Victorian cathedral of ironwork", which sounds rather nice. You might recognise the location from the 2009 movie Sherlock Holmes.
Previous GamesMaster series has been filmed at Sunbury Pumphouse, St Paul's Church (Dock Street, London), Oxford Prison and Clerkenwell House of Detention.
Be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Robert Florence here.
This article was originally published by nintendolife.com on Tue 5th October, 2021.
Looks like an amazing location- I hope it’s had plenty of airing out since its days as a sewage pumping station
Nice nod to the pump house used for the original series. Bit weird that they're only asking for audience members on the day of filming, though?
Been meaning to visit this place for a while, always looks amazing.
@scottishwildcat covid times. No point asking 2 weeks ahead they need people that have clear covid tests right now.
Now I have to look up why that pumping station looks like a cathedral/ballroom/asian palace.
"Crossness" - so british<333
Wow that’s a strangely beautiful place for a pumping station.
@Stocksy I suppose so, but with most people double-jabbed these days there should be a lot fewer people needing to show a test result to get into this sort of thing. Even if I did need a test, I'd still prefer to know a week or two in advance just because I'm old and I need to plan things properly
@scottishwildcat 100% but I’m guessing cancellation rate right now is huge so they thought this would guarantee more people attend and not pull out last min. I am guessing just my feeling. Maybe they didn’t think they could have an audience and suddenly decided it was safe. Who knows… I just have a feeling it’ll be covid related
I used to regularly go in there when they were doing the restoration of the pumping station as it's on the grounds of the Thames Water owned wastewater treatment plant.
Nice old building and interesting work, but never got to see it finished a I had left few years before it was complete.
Why did captain N the gamemaster pop in my mind.
For big fans of GamesMaster check out this 4K FPV drone shoot of its current home / Crossness Pumping Station. It's awesome - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3wsq-ucuTo&t=3s
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