History Series / TheCrystalMaze

15th Mar '17 7:15:20 PM mlsmithca
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-->''Toooooooooooooooo the Crystal Doooooome!''

British GameShow running from 1990 to 1995, initially hosted by Richard O'Brien and later by Edward Tudor-Pole. Produced by JacquesAntoine. A remake of ''Series/FortBoyard''. (Channel 4 originally ''wanted'' ''Fort Boyard'', but couldn't get at the fort itself as the French series was massively popular at the time.)

Each week, six contestants would have to complete a series of challenges in four adventure zones (at first- Industrial, Futuristic, Aztec and Medieval. In the fourth series, Ocean replaced Industrial). Completing these challenges would mean receiving a time crystal. If contestants failed to leave the room (crystal or not) before time ran out, or broke certain rules in some games, they were locked in and could only be released in exchange for a crystal.

The final part was always the Crystal Dome, where contestants would have a certain amount of time (determined by how many crystals won- 5 seconds per crystal) to collect gold tokens[[labelnote:*]]more like tickets or bills[[/labelnote]] blown about by a big fan. Silver tokens were also present and these would result in a deduction from a score (which could- and often did- lead to a ''negative'' total score). If they got over a certain total, they would win prizes: usually adventure holidays in B-level British resort towns.

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-->''Toooooooooooooooo ->''Toooooooooooooooo the Crystal Doooooome!''

''The Crystal Maze'' was a British GameShow running from 1990 to 1995, initially hosted by Richard O'Brien and later by Edward Tudor-Pole. Produced Tudor-Pole, and produced by JacquesAntoine. A remake of ''Series/FortBoyard''.''Treasure Hunt'' and ''Series/FortBoyard'' creator Creator/JacquesAntoine. (Channel 4 originally ''wanted'' ''Fort Boyard'', but couldn't get at the fort itself as the French series was massively popular at the time.)

Each week, six contestants would have to complete a series of challenges in four adventure zones (at first- (originally Industrial, Futuristic, Aztec and Medieval. In the fourth series, Ocean replaced Industrial). Completing these challenges would mean receiving a time crystal. If contestants failed to leave the room (crystal or not) before time ran out, or broke certain rules in some games, they were locked in and could only be released in exchange for a crystal.

The final part was always the Crystal Dome, where contestants would have a certain amount of time (determined by how many crystals won- won - 5 seconds per crystal) to collect gold tokens[[labelnote:*]]more like tickets or bills[[/labelnote]] blown about by a big fan. Silver tokens were also present and these would result in a deduction from a score (which could- could - and often did- did - lead to a ''negative'' total score). If they got over a certain total, they would win prizes: usually adventure holidays in B-level British resort towns.



Although it wasn't very apparent to the viewer most of the show was in fact fixed: For example it was the production staff not the Captain that decided what games to play (Physical, Mental, Skill or Mystery) and was in fact decided well in advance of the show. Although on screen it looks instantaneous there was also significant length of time between a contestant entering a puzzle room and actually playing it sometimes in the region of 15 minutes. This was so the crew could set up equipment such as cameras and in some instances to actually reset the game if the player in question mucks up too badly in order to keep it interesting to the viewer. A far more in-depth list can be found on the other Wiki.

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Although it wasn't very apparent to the viewer most of the show was in fact fixed: For example for example, it was the production staff staff, not the Captain Captain, that decided what games to play (Physical, Mental, Skill or Mystery) Mystery), and was in fact decided well in advance of the show. Although on screen it looks instantaneous there was also a significant length of time between a contestant entering a puzzle room and actually playing it it, sometimes in the region of 15 minutes. This was so the crew could set up equipment such as cameras and in some instances to actually reset the game if the player in question mucks up too badly in order to keep it interesting to the viewer. A far more in-depth list can be found on the other Wiki.



* ThemeTune: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjRnyyJLNy0 Much more dramatic than it has any right to be]]

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* ThemeTune: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjRnyyJLNy0 Much more dramatic than it has any right to be]]be.]]
15th Mar '17 2:15:09 PM mlsmithca
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* TheCameo:
** Richard O'Brien and Mumsey make an appearance at the beginning of the 1993 ChristmasEpisode to explain their departure before Ed's takeover as host.
** Richard makes a second cameo in the 2016 revival through a computer screen, telling Stephen not to mess the job up and that [[Creator/DavidTennant the guy who played]] ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[DevelopmentGag would have made a better host]].[[labelnote:*]]When the revival was announced it was heavily rumoured that David Tennant would be the new host.[[/labelnote]]



* ComicallyMissingThePoint: On more than one occasion, a contestant completely fails to understand their task, leading O'Brien to helpfully offer advice on what to do. When they ''still'' don't get it, O'Brien will offer the advice again... and again... and ''again''. He's clearly getting irritated at these utter morons!
** One episode had a contestant simply stand there with a dumbfounded look for the entire 5 minutes.



* ComicallyMissingThePoint: On more than one occasion, a contestant completely fails to understand their task, leading O'Brien to helpfully offer advice on what to do. When they ''still'' don't get it, O'Brien will offer the advice again... and again... and ''again''. He's clearly getting irritated at these utter morons! One episode had a contestant simply stand there with a dumbfounded look for the entire 5 minutes.



* FortuneTeller: One of the inhabitants of the Medieval Zone was a stereotypical fortune teller who asked quiz questions and handed over a crystal (which was hidden in the base of her crystal ball) if the contestant answered correctly. O'Brien would provide the contestant with silver coins to cross her palm with. The fortune teller is his in-show mother, 'Mumsie', something that O'Brian made up on the spot during a first-series episode and it stuck. In Series 3, 'Mumsie' was replaced by 'Auntie Sabrina' - which was strange, because they were both played by Sandra Caron (possibly it was just an elaborate excuse to change her costume, as the characters did dress differently). 'Mumsie' returns in Series 4, announcing her arrival back in the ChristmasEpisode which kickstarts said series.
* GoldenSnitch: Ultimately, the number of crystals gathered meant nothing if the team gather too many (negative-scoring) silver tokens in the final stage. And they frequently did. (In theory, they could have used the extra time to check for silver tokens instead of just shoving in as many as possible, but apparently no-one ever thought of that.)
** Conversely... [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyzGI2aHhuQ&t=45m55s One Crystal + Crystal Dome]] = EpicFail. It actually happened twice.

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* FortuneTeller: One of the inhabitants of the Medieval Zone was a stereotypical fortune teller who asked quiz questions and handed over a crystal (which was hidden in the base of her crystal ball) if the contestant answered correctly. O'Brien would provide the contestant with silver coins to cross her palm with. The fortune teller is his in-show mother, 'Mumsie', something that O'Brian O'Brien made up on the spot during a first-series episode and it stuck. In Series 3, 'Mumsie' was replaced by 'Auntie Sabrina' - which was strange, because they were both played by Sandra Caron (possibly it was just an elaborate excuse to change her costume, as the characters did dress differently). 'Mumsie' returns in Series 4, announcing her arrival back in the ChristmasEpisode which kickstarts said series.
* GoldenSnitch: Ultimately, the number of crystals gathered meant nothing if the team gather too many (negative-scoring) silver tokens in the final stage. And they frequently did. (In theory, they could have used the extra time to check for silver tokens instead of just shoving in as many as possible, but apparently no-one ever thought of that.)
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) Conversely... [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyzGI2aHhuQ&t=45m55s One Crystal + Crystal Dome]] = EpicFail. It actually happened twice.



* TheCameo:
** Richard O'Brien and Mumsey make an appearance at the beginning of the 1993 ChristmasEpisode to explain their departure before Ed's takeover as host.
** Richard makes a second cameo in the 2016 revival through a computer screen, telling Stephen not to mess the job up and that [[Creator/DavidTennant the guy who played]] ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[DevelopmentGag would have made a better host]].[[labelnote:*]]When the revival was announced it was heavily rumoured that David Tennant would be the new host.[[/labelnote]]

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* TheCameo:
** Richard O'Brien and Mumsey make an appearance at
SpiritualSuccessor: Numerous pundits have compared this series to the beginning 1980-86 [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] children's series ''Series/TheAdventureGame'', in which teams of the 1993 ChristmasEpisode to explain their departure before Ed's takeover as host.
** Richard makes a second cameo in the 2016 revival through a computer screen, telling Stephen not to mess the job up and that [[Creator/DavidTennant the guy who played]] ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[DevelopmentGag
three (two celebrities, one civilian) would have made to complete various (untimed) games of skill and lateral thinking in order to get a better host]].[[labelnote:*]]When crystal.[[note]] Though the revival was announced it was heavily rumoured that David Tennant would be crystals played a different role; they purportedly allowed the new host.[[/labelnote]]contestants to return to Earth from the series' setting of the planet Arg.[[/note]] And like ''The Crystal Maze'', ''The Adventure Game'' had a GoldenSnitch final round in the form of the Vortex; if the contestants solved every puzzle with ease, they could still "lose" if they all stumbled into the Vortex in the final game (which happened more than once).
13th Jan '17 4:16:36 AM bombadil211
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The show remains a classic and repeats are still shown in syndication. In particular, it was and remains very popular amongst University Students, though there have been no DVD releases as yet. In 2015, it was announced that a "live immersive experience" in central London with Richard O'Brien's involvement would launch [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-crystal-maze-a-live-immersive-experience#/story funding through IndieGoGo]], which eventually opened in March 2016. Later that year, alongside a second live venue in Manchester being announced, a one-off CelebrityEdition {{Revival}} was shown on Channel 4, this time with Creator/StephenMerchant as the host, raising money for the charity ''Stand Up To Cancer''. No full series is ''currently'' planned, but that may change.

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The show remains a classic and repeats are still shown in syndication. In particular, it was and remains very popular amongst University Students, though there have been no DVD releases as yet. In 2015, it was announced that a "live immersive experience" in central London with Richard O'Brien's involvement would launch [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-crystal-maze-a-live-immersive-experience#/story funding through IndieGoGo]], which eventually opened in March 2016. Later that year, alongside a second live venue in Manchester being announced, a one-off CelebrityEdition {{Revival}} was shown on Channel 4, this time with Creator/StephenMerchant as the host, raising money for the charity ''Stand Up To Cancer''. No full

Due to the popularity of the "Crystal Maze Experience" and the celebrity revival, Channel 4 commissioned a brand new
series is ''currently'' planned, but that may change.
to be hosted by [[Series/TheITCrowd Richard Ayoade]] and broadcast in 2017, including a number of celebrity specials.
6th Jan '17 6:27:33 AM Morgenthaler
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The show remains a classic and repeats are still shown in syndication. In particular, it was and remains very popular amongst University Students, though there have been no DVD releases as yet. In 2015, it was announced that a "live immersive experience" in central London with Richard O'Brien's involvement would launch [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-crystal-maze-a-live-immersive-experience#/story funding through IndieGoGo]], which eventually opened in March 2016. Later that year, alongside a second live venue in Manchester being announced, a one-off CelebrityEdition {{Revival}} was shown on Channel 4, this time with StephenMerchant as the host, raising money for the charity ''Stand Up To Cancer''. No full series is ''currently'' planned, but that may change.

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The show remains a classic and repeats are still shown in syndication. In particular, it was and remains very popular amongst University Students, though there have been no DVD releases as yet. In 2015, it was announced that a "live immersive experience" in central London with Richard O'Brien's involvement would launch [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-crystal-maze-a-live-immersive-experience#/story funding through IndieGoGo]], which eventually opened in March 2016. Later that year, alongside a second live venue in Manchester being announced, a one-off CelebrityEdition {{Revival}} was shown on Channel 4, this time with StephenMerchant Creator/StephenMerchant as the host, raising money for the charity ''Stand Up To Cancer''. No full series is ''currently'' planned, but that may change.
30th Oct '16 9:21:09 PM PaulA
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* BaldOfAwesome: Richard O'Brien.
** The third host, StephenMerchant, is also sporting a bald head, although he originally [[DyeingForYourArt shaved his head]] [[{{Film/Logan}} for another role he had just finished filming]].

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* BaldOfAwesome: BaldOfAwesome:
**
Richard O'Brien.
** The third host, StephenMerchant, Creator/StephenMerchant, is also sporting a bald head, although he originally [[DyeingForYourArt shaved his head]] [[{{Film/Logan}} for another role he had just finished filming]].



* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Mr O'Brien dresses like a fashion designer, that is to say like a man who knows nothing about style.

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* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: ImpossiblyTackyClothes:
**
Mr O'Brien dresses like a fashion designer, that is to say like a man who knows nothing about style.



* TheCameo: Richard O'Brien and Mumsey make an appearance at the beginning of the 1993 ChristmasEpisode to explain their departure before Ed's takeover as host.
** Richard makes a second cameo in the 2016 revival through a computer screen, telling Stephen not to mess the job up and that [[{{DavidTennant}} the guy who played]] ''DoctorWho'' [[DevelopmentGag would have made a better host]].[[labelnote:*]]When the revival was announced it was heavily rumoured that David Tennant would be the new host.[[/labelnote]]

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* TheCameo: TheCameo:
**
Richard O'Brien and Mumsey make an appearance at the beginning of the 1993 ChristmasEpisode to explain their departure before Ed's takeover as host.
** Richard makes a second cameo in the 2016 revival through a computer screen, telling Stephen not to mess the job up and that [[{{DavidTennant}} [[Creator/DavidTennant the guy who played]] ''DoctorWho'' ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[DevelopmentGag would have made a better host]].[[labelnote:*]]When the revival was announced it was heavily rumoured that David Tennant would be the new host.[[/labelnote]]
17th Oct '16 1:17:24 PM SilentHunterUK
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The show remains a classic and repeats are still shown in syndication. In particular, it was and remains very popular amongst University Students, though there have been no DVD releases as yet. In 2015, it was announced that a "live immersive experience" in central London with Richard O'Brien's involved would launch [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-crystal-maze-a-live-immersive-experience#/story funding through IndieGoGo]], which eventually opened in March 2016. Later that year, alongside a second live venue in Manchester being announced, a one-off CelebrityEdition {{Revival}} would be shown on Channel 4, this time with StephenMerchant as the host, raising money for the charity ''Stand Up To Cancer''.

to:

The show remains a classic and repeats are still shown in syndication. In particular, it was and remains very popular amongst University Students, though there have been no DVD releases as yet. In 2015, it was announced that a "live immersive experience" in central London with Richard O'Brien's involved involvement would launch [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-crystal-maze-a-live-immersive-experience#/story funding through IndieGoGo]], which eventually opened in March 2016. Later that year, alongside a second live venue in Manchester being announced, a one-off CelebrityEdition {{Revival}} would be was shown on Channel 4, this time with StephenMerchant as the host, raising money for the charity ''Stand Up To Cancer''.
Cancer''. No full series is ''currently'' planned, but that may change.
17th Oct '16 11:43:55 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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Added DiffLines:

** Ed, on the other hand, wears his "scruffy dandy" look remarkably well.
16th Oct '16 3:49:38 PM Omegatron
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** Conversely... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faQ1TfarvZY One Crystal + Crystal Dome]] = EpicFail. It actually happened twice.

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** Conversely... [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faQ1TfarvZY com/watch?v=yyzGI2aHhuQ&t=45m55s One Crystal + Crystal Dome]] = EpicFail. It actually happened twice.
11th Oct '16 11:29:46 AM SkaroManiac
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* TheCameo: Richard O'Brien and Mumsey make an appearance at the beginning of the 1993 ChristmasEpisode to explain their departure before Ed's takeover as host.
** Richard makes a second cameo in the 2016 revival through a computer screen, telling Stephen not to mess the job up and that [[{{DavidTennant}} the guy who played]] ''DoctorWho'' [[DevelopmentGag would have made a better host]].[[labelnote:*]]When the revival was announced it was heavily rumoured that David Tennant would be the new host.[[/labelnote]]
11th Oct '16 11:15:47 AM SkaroManiac
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The show remains a classic and repeats are still shown in syndication, while [[EpilepticTrees rumours]] surface every couple of years about a {{Revival}}. The show was and remains very popular amongst University Students, though there have been no DVD releases as yet. Although a TV revival is still far off, a "live immersive experience" in central London with Richard O'Brien's involved has been announced and has managed to recieve [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-crystal-maze-a-live-immersive-experience#/story funding through IndieGoGo]]

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The show remains a classic and repeats are still shown in syndication, while [[EpilepticTrees rumours]] surface every couple of years about a {{Revival}}. The show syndication. In particular, it was and remains very popular amongst University Students, though there have been no DVD releases as yet. Although a TV revival is still far off, In 2015, it was announced that a "live immersive experience" in central London with Richard O'Brien's involved has been announced and has managed to recieve would launch [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-crystal-maze-a-live-immersive-experience#/story funding through IndieGoGo]]
IndieGoGo]], which eventually opened in March 2016. Later that year, alongside a second live venue in Manchester being announced, a one-off CelebrityEdition {{Revival}} would be shown on Channel 4, this time with StephenMerchant as the host, raising money for the charity ''Stand Up To Cancer''.


Added DiffLines:

** The third host, StephenMerchant, is also sporting a bald head, although he originally [[DyeingForYourArt shaved his head]] [[{{Film/Logan}} for another role he had just finished filming]].
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