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Stephen Merchant will host The Crystal Maze revival

Published 02/09/2016

Stephen Merchant
Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant will be following in the footsteps of Richard O'Brien and Ed Tudor-Pole by hosting a one-off revival of The Crystal Maze.

Stephen Merchant is "honoured" to have been asked to present a one-off special of The Crystal Maze.

It had been rumoured that former Doctor Who actor David Tennant was in line for the hosting role, but now comedian Stephen has been confirmed to front the programme, which will air as part of Channel 4's Stand Up To Cancer campaign in October (16).

In a statement, Stephen said: "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.

"(Former hosts) Richard O'Brien and Ed Tudor-Pole leave big shoes to fill, but I have size 14 feet, so I'll do my best."

Stephen is best known for his work alongside comedic partner Ricky Gervais, including on shows such as The Office, Extras and Life's Too Short.

The Crystal Maze was a much-loved favourite among viewers when it ran from 1990 to 1995, with The Rocky Horror Picture Show creator Richard hosting until 1993, when Ed took over.

While it is being brought back for one episode only at first, bosses will consider bringing it back for a full series if it's a hit, The Sun previously reported.

"Even two decades after it last aired, there are very few shows that have been as magical and action-packed as The Crystal Maze," a source told the publication. "It is still remembered extremely fondly today.

"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."

The enduring popularity of The Crystal Maze was demonstrated recently after a real life version of the maze opened in London earlier this year (16). The organisers turned to crowd funding to raise money to build the giant construct, and hit their £500,000 target in just eight days.

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