A team of 6 contestants play a series of physical, mental, skill and mystery games across 4 themed zones gaining as many crystals as possible which determine how many seconds they get as they attempt to win a prize inside the Crystal Dome.




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Series cast summary:
Richard O'Brien ...  Self - Presenter / ... 55 episodes, 1990-2016
Richard Ayoade ...  Self - Maze Master 38 episodes, 2017-2020
Edward Tudor-Pole ...  Self - Presenter 28 episodes, 1993-1995
Sandra Caron Sandra Caron ...  Mumsey / ... 25 episodes, 1990-1993


A team of six strangers enter The Crystal Maze. These contestants are led through four themed zones by the eccentric host. Within each zone are a number of rooms, each containing some kind of game, puzzle, challenge or test. The team must choose one of their members to take on a challenge selected by the host. If they succeed they win a time crystal, if they fail they either leave empty handed or are locked in the room - requiring the team to expend a crystal to buy them out. Each time crystal is worth 5 seconds in the grand finale in which the contestants enter the Crystal Dome. There they get exactly as much time as they have won to gather as many gold colored foil tickets and as few silver ones as possible. But the tickets are being blown around inside the dome by huge fans. Written by Mark_a_Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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The Ocean Zone replaced the arguably dull and gray Industrial Zone after the end of series 3. Richard O'Brien only presented one series with Ocean, the ship was said to be "wrecked", lying underwater in a giant air bubble but was seen in pristine condition with shiny maple wood-panels intact. In the final two series with Tudor-Pole, the zone became much more dark, dank and damp and with shoddy furniture lying around and seaweed strewn in some parts of the zone. See more »


In one episode of series 4 a female contestant fell into the Aztec river while trying to get out of the row-boat and luckily escaped injury. See more »


[repeated line]
Richard O'Brien: You've gotta get your skates on.
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Version of Fort Boyard (2004) See more »


Composed by Zack Laurence
[series theme tune]
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Ahead Of It's Time
13 December 2002 | by Big Movie FanSee all my reviews

When I first saw The Crystal Maze back in 1990, I thought, "Wow, this is ahead of it's time."

Richard O' Brien (from the Rocky Horror Picture Show) was the host initially and was replaced in the show's later years by Edward Tudor Pole. O' Brien was irreplaceable and whilst Tudor Pole did his best to make the show his own, he failed miserably.

The game show itself was like something from the future which is why I thought it was ahead of it's time. There were all sorts of shows set in Medieval,Aztec, Industrial or Futuristic worlds. The contestants played the games and tried to obtain time points which could then be used inside the Crystal Dome at the end where the contestants tried to obtain gold tokens which were flying about. The prizes were very good indeed.

All in all, The Crystal Maze was superb and way ahead of it's time.

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