The Crystal Maze returning to TV with David Tennant tipped to host

Mumsy included?

The Crystal Maze Dome
Cash grab Contestants scramble for the money. Image Picture The Crystal Maze

The Crystal Maze is coming back to TV screens with Doctor Who star David Tennant reportedly lined up to host.

The popular game show has been off the air for more than 20 years, but new reports are emerging saying it’ll be back as part of Channel 4’s Stand Up to Cancer night – and the contestants will be celebrities.

“Few shows [have] been as magical and action-packed as The Crystal Maze.”

According to The Sun, if the show is a success it could end up returning for a new series.

“Even two decades after it last aired, there are very few shows that have been as magical and action-packed as The Crystal Maze. It is still remembered extremely fondly today,” an insider is quoted as saying.

“Channel 4 are hoping to tap into that nostalgia and believe viewers will jump at the chance to finally take on the show’s adventurous challenges themselves.”

Watch a classic clip from The Crystal Maze below:


The game show ran from 1990 to 1995 with Rocky Horror’s Richard O’Brien the original and eccentric “Mumsy” loving host. Ed Tudor-Pole followed him for a less-successful two-year stint.

At the height of its popularity the show would attract ratings of six million.

The Crystal Maze made a comeback in “experiential” form in North London earlier this year. Fans can test themselves in the Future, Medieval, Aztec and Industrial zones before flailing their limbs around in a desperate Crystal Dome cash grab.

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