Stephen Merchant responds to rumours of a ‘Crystal Maze’ revival series

Merchant hosts a one-off charity episode of the classic game show tomorrow night (October 16)

Stephen Merchant has shared his thoughts on making The Crystal Maze‘s TV comeback more permanent.

Merchant will host a one-off revival episode of the classic Channel 4 game show tomorrow night (October 16) as part of this year’s Stand Up To Cancer charity campaign. The creative team behind the episode have said that if it proves popular, a full series could follow.

However, Merchant cast doubts on whether he could present a full series of The Crystal Maze during a Facebook Live to promote the charity special yesterday (October 14).


“We haven’t discussed it being a series, but for me personally that would be tough,” he told fans watching on Facebook. “Because then I’d have to do it all the time, and I’m not sure I’m equipped to be a game show host. I don’t think I have that skill set.”

“This was really fun to do, I think I’ve done quite a good job, you can be the judge of that, but for now this is a one-off edition,” Merchant added.

The celebrity contestants joining Merchant in the charity special are Sara Cox, Josh Widdicombe, Rio Ferdinand and Michelle Keegan. The show’s original host Richard O’Brien is said to have filmed a “substantial cameo” for the special.

The Channel 4 show originally ran for 83 episodes between 1990 and 1995, with the first four series hosted by O’Brien, and the final two steered by Tenpole Tudor frontman Edward Tudor-Pole.

A live immersive version of the game show opened in London earlier this year. See how the NME team did here.