What time is The Crystal Maze on Channel 4, who is new Maze Master Richard Ayoade and which celebrity guests are appearing?

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IN the 90s, The Crystal Maze sent viewers into a frenzy as its contestants battled it out in the Crystal Dome, to win a variety of prizes.

And now the much-loved, puzzle-based game show has returned to our screens – here’s everything you need to know about the new series…

 Viewers from the 90s can't contain their excitement over this announcement - but will the Channel 4 show reel in younger viewers?

Viewers from the 90s can’t contain their excitement over this announcement – but will the Channel 4 show reel in younger viewers?

When is The Crystal Maze back on TV?

Episode six of The Crystal Maze airs tonight (Friday September 29) on Channel 4 at 8pm.

It goes up against EastEnders on BBC One, Mastermind and Only Connect on BBC Two, Teach My Pet To Do That and Coronation Stret on ITV and Britain By Bike on C5.

In total, there will be 20 hour-long episodes taking place in a specially-built maze in Bristol.

 Richard Ayoade is the tough new Maze Master

Richard Ayoade is the tough new Maze Master

What is The Crystal Maze all about?

Contestants of The Crystal Maze are challenged to navigate themselves through a labyrinth of tasks.

They pick up time crystals as they pass through each of the four zones – Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic – which they need to use in the final mission.

The team of six contestants must then battle in the Crystal Dome to win a cash prize.

 IT Crowd funnyman Richard Ayoade has been named as the new host

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IT Crowd funnyman Richard Ayoade has been named as the new host

Who is presenting The Crystal Maze?

TV geek Richard Ayoade has been officially announced as the new Maze Master for the series reboot.

The comedian found fame through his role in popular British programmes, including the Mighty Boosh and The IT Crowd.

Rocky Horror Picture Show writer and star Richard O’Brien was the first and most recognised host of the Crystal Maze, and presented the show from 1990 to 1993.

He was known for his kooky and quirky demeanour during the shows games, including his Victorian sense of fashion and playing harmonica to play while he waited for contestants to complete the tasks.

 Stephen Merchant presented the Stand Up To Cancer special last year

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Stephen Merchant presented the Stand Up To Cancer special last year

Edward Tudor-Pole then took over the show and ran the proceedings before the show ended in 1995.

When the show was rebooted in 2016 for charity drive Stand Up to Cancer, The Office writer and star Stephen Merchant took on the role as the host.

But On January 12, The Sun exclusively revealed that Richard Ayoade had been given the part.

 Adam Buxton is one of the guests set to appear

Adam Buxton is one of the guests set to appear

Who will the guests on The Crystal Maze be?

Comedy actors Adam Buxton, known for numerous panel shows and podcasts, and Jessica Hynes, from Spaced and W1A, will be making cameo appearances in the programme.

Adam has his own character called Jarhead who lives in the Futuristic Zone, and asks contestants to answer riddles.

Jessica, meanwhile, plays The Knight, guardian of the Medieval Zone, who will present a major challenge to any foolhardy crystal collector wanting to get past.

 The Knight is not going to let anyone past without a fight

The Knight is not going to let anyone past without a fight

Can I apply to be on The Crystal Maze?

Think you could take on the Crystal Dome?

Unfortunately applications for the current season are now closed.

But as a heads up for next year, anyone over the age of 18 that is a permanent citizen of the UK can apply to be on the the show.

The official website revealed: “Producers [were] 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.”

Rylan Clark-Neal takes on a spinning log as he battles his way through The Crystal Maze

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