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First look at The Crystal Maze 2017 reboot hosted by Richard Ayoade

We love nostalgia TV and are excited that 90’s game show’ The Crystal Maze’ will return for a full series later this year.

Earlier this year it was announced that the beloved 90s game show The Crystal Maze would be returning on Channel 4 for a full series, with comedian/filmmaker Richard Ayoade at the helm.

Richard Ayoade
Richard Ayoade

Today we get our first glimpse of the man in action.

In the new series, teams of five contestants will make their way through Aztec, Medieval, Future and Industrial zones of the maze before a final showdown in the iconic crystal dome.

The channel revived the show in 2016 after 21 years for a one-off celebrity special as part of its Stand Up to Cancer telethon, with Stephen Merchant as host. The show reached 4.3 million viewers and was so successful the channel decided to commission the series.

If you don’t remember The Crystal Maze when it was aired in the early 90s (and haven’t watched re-runs on the Challenge TV channel) then the show works like this: teams of five contestants take part in different challenges throughout zones of the maze, including Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Future zones. If the team wins enough crystals by completing the challenges, they enter the finally test in the legendary Crystal Dome to attempt to catch golden tokens to win prizes.

90's game show the crystal maze

Ayoade follows in the footsteps of Richard O’Brien, who hosted the original series back in the 90s, and writer/director Stephen Merchant, who hosted the one-off celebrity special last year.

 The 20-episode series will air on Channel 4 later this year. 

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