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The Crystal Maze is coming back for a full series, with comedian Richard Ayoade taking up the role of Maze Master. Channel 4 has commissioned 20 new episodes of the adventure gameshow, including some celebrity specials for Stand Up to Cancer. The 2016 show was hosted by Stephen Merchant and featured Sara Cox, Josh Widdicombe and Rio Ferdinand.


Channel 4 said that commissioning a full series was a "no-brainer" after the success of the one-off special as producers are looking for teams of five contestants who want to take on the Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Future zones of the maze. The original Crystal Maze designer, James Dillon, will mastermind the new purpose-built maze in Bristol. "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, I couldn't be more pleased and excited that Richard has agreed to become the new Maze Master - he's an inspired choice." said Tom Beck, Head of Live and Events at Channel 4.


Richard Ayoade is best known for playing Maurice Moss in The IT Crowd, he's also appeared in The Mighty Boosh, Garth Merenghi's Darkplace and Nathan Barley.

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