The Crystal Maze is a British game show produced by Chatsworth
Television and shown on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom between
15 February 1990 and 10 August 1995. There was one series per
year, with the first four series presented by Richard O'Brien
and the final two by Ed Tudor-Pole. Each show was one hour
long, including adverts.
The show was originally intended to be a British remake of the French programme Fort Boyard, devised by Jacques Antoine. However, the unavailability of the French show's set led British producer Malcolm Heyworth to reinvent the show, using themed zones as a means to keep the show visually fresh.
The series is set in "The Crystal Maze", which features four different "zones" set in various periods of time and space. A team of six contestants take part in a series of challenges in order to win "time crystals". Each crystal gives the team five seconds of time inside "The Crystal Dome", the centrepiece of the maze where the contestants take part in their final challenge.
The maze cost £250,000 to build and was the size of two football pitches. At its height the show was the most watched on Channel 4, regularly attracting between 4 and 6 million viewers. In 2006 and again in 2010, the show was voted "greatest UK game show of all time" by readers of UKGameshows.com. This site describes the programme as "a highly-ambitious, high-risk show that paid off handsomely."
On 10 June 2015, being almost 20 years after the last episode aired, it was announced that The Crystal Maze would be making a comeback as a "live immersive experience" in London, starting in March 2016.
The Crystal Maze is a British game show devised by Jacques Antoine and shown on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. The show is set within "The Crystal Maze" - a labyrinth consisting of four different "zones" and its centrepiece called "The Crystal Dome". Each show has a team of contestants travel across the zones, competing in a range of different challenges, with a "time crystal" won for each challenge successfully completed. Upon reaching the centre dome, a time limit is calculated based on the crystals obtained and the team have to collect as many gold tokens as possible in the allotted time to win the prize.
The first four series, including three Christmas specials, were presented by Richard O'Brien, followed by two series and two specials hosted by Edward Tudor-Pole with a one-off, celebrity edition hosted by Stephen Merchant in 2016. On 13 January 2017, it was confirmed that Richard Ayoade would host a new 20 episode series later in the year.
In March 2016, The Crystal Maze Live Experience opened, allowing the public to buy tickets and compete in a replica of the game show's zones and challenges.