Richard Ayoade to host The Crystal Maze new series on Channel 4

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Richard Ayoade will host a new series of The Crystal Maze on Channel 4.

The channel has confirmed the commission of a brand new series of The Crystal Maze following a one-off celebrity special last year.

Stephen Merchant, who fronted the charity show in 2016, won't return with new Maze Master Richard Ayoade presenting the new 20 episode series.

As well as welcoming every day folk to take on the challenge, the new series also includes celebrity specials for Stand Up to Cancer.

Producers are already looking for teams of five contestants who have what it takes to navigate the Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Future zones of the maze. They will face a range of skill, mystery, physical and mental challenges to win crystals that equate to time in the final test – the legendary Crystal Dome.

Details of how contestants can apply will soon be announced.

The series will be filmed at The Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol, where a purpose built maze spanning over 30,000 square feet is being created by the original Crystal Maze designer, James Dillon (The Mighty Boosh, The Royle Family).

The new series of The Crystal Maze will air on Channel 4 later this year (2017)

Tom Beck, Head of Live & Events at Channel 4 said of the commission: "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.

"And I couldn’t be more pleased and excited that Richard has agreed to become the new Maze Master – he’s an inspired choice."

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