Stephen Merchant to host ‘The Crystal Maze’ revival on Channel 4

He'll lead a group of celebrity contestants through the different zones to raise money for charity

Channel 4 has confirmed that it is reviving classic ’90s game show The Crystal Maze next month (October) for a charity special.

Though David Tennant had been rumoured to host the one-off revival episode, it will be actually be Stephen Merchant leading the celebrity contestants through the different zones as part of Channel 4’s annual Stand Up To Cancer night.

“As a huge fan of the original series, I’m honoured to support Stand Up To Cancer by hosting this one-off edition of The Crystal Maze,” he said in a statement. “Richard O’Brien and Ed Tudor-Pole leave big shoes to fill, but I have size 14 feet, so I’ll do my best.”

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It was reported earlier this week that a new series of The Crystal Maze could follow if the revival episode proves popular, but this has yet to be mentioned by Channel 4.

The Channel 4 show originally ran for 83 episodes between 1990 and 1995, with the first four series hosted by Richard O’Brien, creator of The Rocky Horror Show, 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.

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