Hot off the press comes the news that The Crystal Maze is to make a comeback via Channel Four for a complete series with the slightly left of centre Richard Ayoade, to host this iconic game show.

Speculation has been circling for a while over the series host and it’s finally been confirmed that deadpan funny man, actor, director, writer and television presenter, Ayoade, is set to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Richard O’Brien who hosted the original series which ran on Channel Four between 1990 and 1993 and then Ed Tudor-Pole from 93 until the show’s end in 1995.

The show will have a staggering 20-hour long episodes which are due to start filming later on in the year. Quite frankly, was there any question over who would have been the utmost perfect fit for this show? We can imagine the people down at the Great British Bake-Off aren’t too pleased to have lost a comedic host.

The Crystal Maze - Richard Ayoade

Tom Beck, Head of Live & Events at Channel 4, said: “The Stand Up to Cancer special was so brilliant and so successful that commissioning a series of The Crystal Maze was almost a no-brainer.

The Stand Up to Cancer special, which was filmed at the Crystal Maze live experience attraction in North London, aired back in October 2016 and was hosted by Stephen Merchant, was a special celebrity edition which had the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Sara Cox, Michelle Keegan, Josh Widdicombe and Jonnie Peacock all taking part in what was a hint of nostalgia to those who grew up during the original series.

The Crystal Maze

The new series, however, is getting its own purpose built Maze in Bristol over a huge space of 30,000 square feet and by the very hands of the original designer James Dillon.

Very much like its original series, teams of five will be made to tackle Future, Medieval, Industrial and Aztec zones with a variety of physical, skill, mental and mystery challenges all leading to the big finale in the Crystal Dome.

If you fancy being a contestant on the series you’re going to have to sit tight for a little longer as details on how to apply are yet to be made available.