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'The Crystal Maze' is officially coming back to our telly screens

Ellie Walker-Arnott

This is not a drill. 'The Crystal Maze' is officially returning to Channel 4. The broadcaster is set to air a one-off special as part of its 'Stand Up To Cancer' coverage this autumn, 21 years after the adventure gameshow last graced our TVs. 

The cult favourite saw members of the public complete puzzles, win games and conquer obstacles under time pressure in four zones – Aztec, Futuristic, Medieval and Industrial – to earn time in the legendary Crystal Dome. All of this awesomeness will be returning. 

A team of famous faces, who are yet to be announced, are currently limbering up to take part, Channel 4 says. They'll be guided around the maze by comedy actor and mega 'Crystal Maze' fan Stephen Merchant. But, rather than winning a lacklustre adventure day out, the celebrities will be competing to raise money for Cancer Research. 

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

The special episode will be filmed in London at The Crystal Maze Live Experience, which opened earlier this year. Founder Tom Lionetti-Maguire has said he is 'overjoyed that the beautiful world [he] created will be the backdrop to such a special comeback and such a worthy cause.' 

The special episode will air as part of Channel 4's 'Stand Up To Cancer' coverage on October 21. 

Here's everything you need to know about The Crystal Maze Live Experience 

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