Classic '90s game show is being revived for a one-off charity special in October
The creative team working on The Crystal Maze‘s upcoming comeback special have said the show could return for a full series if the one-off charity episode proves popular.
Channel 4 has recently confirmed reports that it is reviving the classic ’90s game show for a charity special in October. 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.
“If we can deliver the show we have the ambition to deliver and an audience loves it, we would love to look at making a series and we hope the channel would be excited about that,” the special’s creative director Peter Usher told Broadcast.
Nostalgia for The Crystal Maze had already been jump-started by a live immersive version of the game show which opened in London earlier this year. See how the NME team fared when they took part here.
“The live experience helped propel Crystal Maze into the headlines,” Usher also told Broadcast. “That’s why people at C4 were thinking about doing a one-off at the same time as we were visiting the experience and thinking there could be an opportunity to bring it back.”
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.