Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Here's your first look at the new zones on the brand new 'Crystal Maze'

crystal-done.jpg

The Crystal Maze might well lay claim to being the most ‘90s show of all time.

A show so ‘90s that its bald host had an implied mullet.

A show so ‘90s that it made puzzles – PUZZLES! – into compelling television.

A show so ‘90s that its idea of the future was about space travel and advanced technology, rather than a planet ravaged by the preventable consequences of climate change.

The things that worked in the ‘90s, however, have a different impact today. That means the revamped Crystal Maze zones – created as the programme prepares to return after a two-decade hiatus – have changed quite a bit.

The BBC got to take a look at the new set, which revives the zones from the original: Medieval, Industrial, Futuristic and, for some reason, Aztec.

Original ‘90s designer James Dillon was also involved in the new designs, and has explained the changes he needed to make.

"[I] wanted to get away from the original look, which was a slightly broken down and dystopian vision of the future,” Dillon says about the new Futuristic Zone.

“Now the vision is very clean, pristine, quite antiseptic – it's like the neighbourhood has come up a bit."

fut

The new Futuristic Zone

He also describes the Industrial Zone as “almost like a period set now”.

"There's so few elements from the original in daily life now. So much industrial landscape has disappeared, we don't do industry so much in this country anymore," he says.

"So its almost like a period thing now that you look back on and go, 'oh yes, that's what it used to be when you went to a factory or an industrial landscape.’”

In fact, it almost has the visual impact of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, the ‘80s-based show in which new Crystal Maze host Richard Ayoade made his name.

industrial

The new Industrial Zone

There was slightly less tweaking to do with the Aztec Zone (“a lot of sand”) and the Medieval Zone (which looks a bit like Mr Burns’ mansion in that Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons where he’s revealed to be a vampire.

az

The new Aztec Zone

med

The new Medieval Zone

When it comes to the Crystal Dome, the showpiece of the programme, it’s bad news for moat fans (we know you’re out there) with that element being removed. But if you like massive fuck-off disco balls, then boy are you in luck.

dome

The Dome itself

The Crystal Maze is back on TV this week, with a celebrity special airing on Channel 4 on Friday at 9pm.

The episode will feature Ore Oduba, Vicky Pattison, Alex Brooker, Lydia Bright and Louie Spence.

(Images: Channel 4)

Related

Richard-OBrien--Crystal-Maze-presenter.jpg

Richard Ayoade will host the new series of The Crystal Maze

rich.jpg

Surprisingly good style from nineties TV shows

CRYSTAL_MAZE_PREVIEW_276.jpg

10 things we learnt playing London's new Crystal Maze experience

More

'Game of Thrones' fans, could this beloved character be Cersei’s son?

Could it really be true?

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Aug 2017

Gendry's 'Clovis' alias in 'Game of Thrones' could reveal his purpose

This show is so damn smart

by Alex Finnis
17 Aug 2017

An old fairytale could spell doom for the 'Eastwatch Seven'

They may not all come back alive...

by Carl Anka
16 Aug 2017

HBO just made a very big 'Game of Thrones'-related mistake

Not the best timing...

by Carl Anka
16 Aug 2017

Louis C.K. has made a secret movie and the cast is unreal

How did he keep this one quiet?

by Tom Victor
16 Aug 2017

19 things you might have missed from 'Game of Thrones' S7 E5

Did you spot them all?

by Alex Finnis
16 Aug 2017

This 'Game of Thrones' fan theory reveals Littlefinger's possible plan

Is *this* what he's really up to?

by Carl Anka
16 Aug 2017

Game of Thrones fans are being urged to stop buying huskies

A record number have been abandoned

by Gary Ogden
16 Aug 2017

Here's everyone who has Valyrian steel in 'Game Of Thrones'

This will be hugely important in the wars to come

by Carl Anka
15 Aug 2017

Here's how Jon Snow's team know each other

Here's how Jon, Jorah, Tormud, Gendry, The Hound, Beric and Thoros became pals

by Carl Anka
15 Aug 2017