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There’s going to be a new series of the Crystal Maze this year

Will you start the fans, please!

By Rebecca Shepherd, 16 January 2017
There’s going to be a new series of the Crystal Maze this year

In the 90s, there was nothing better than a cosy Saturday night in watching the popular TV show The Crystal Maze.

And this year, more than 20 years after the show finished, millennials will get to enjoy the same experience, as the British TV show will be making a comeback to Channel 4 this year. 

The It Crowd’s Richard Ayoade will be taking over from original host Richard O'Brien, hosting 20 hour-long episodes and it will be filmed at a purpose-built maze in Bristol that spans over 30,000 square feet.


#RichardAyoade is the new host of The #CrystalMaze, returning to @channel4.

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The new maze is being created by designer James Dillon, who designed the maze in the original series - which ran from 1990 to 1995. 

Viewers can expect to see contestants in teams of five take on physical, skilled, mental and mystery challenges and they will travel through the classic Aztec, Medieval, Future and Industrial zones.

That’s before taking on the best bit of course – collecting silver and gold tickets in the magical crystal dome!

The new series follows on from the success of the one-off celebrity revival last year for Stand Up to Cancer, which picked up 3 million viewers. 


Tom Beck, head of live & events at Channel 4, said: "The Stand Up to Cancer special was so brilliant and so successful that commissioning a series of The Crystal Maze was almost a no-brainer.

"And I couldn't be more pleased and excited that Richard has agreed to become the new Maze Master – he's an inspired choice."

The new series, from RDF Television's Fizz team, will be announcing details on how to be a contestant soon and when it's set to launch this year. 

Neale Simpson, creative director at Fizz adds: "It was a huge privilege to bring this channel-defining show back as a special for Stand Up To Cancer. We’re thrilled at the prospect of building a maze to the scale and cinematic spectacle of the original, and our hope is to bring a new vision to the legendary time travelling adventure that will excite the next generation of viewers."

But if you can't wait for the new series to start, why not get involved with The Crystal Maze live attraction, which is currently running in London and Manchester?