I cannot wait for this to return!! Having the original Maze designer on board is such a coup!!! I expect the Maze to have the same audacious kind of set as it did before, but as it is over 20 years since it was last on, I hope it looks 10X as good as it used to. I cannot imagine what the Futuristic set will look like now!!! I hope there isn't too much reliance on CGI graphics - perhaps a tiny bit or not at all, but the set needs to look genuine from the start and so cool on Full HD sets!!!
I'm looking forward to Richard Ayoyade as Maze Master!!! Tbh, I have not really seen much of his work apart from some appearances on Last Leg and Cats does Countdown, as well as the IT crowd when flicking between programmes!! So it will be interesting how he plays it!! What he does need to do however, is to bring the magic of the Maze to the TV - the mystique, the intrigue, the strangeness of the objects in the zones etc - and have a few characters that he refers to, either as real people or computers etc, or as non playing parts. Stephen Merchant did well but he mocked the original programme slightly, which is alright as a one off, but the new Maze Master needs to create that thought that the Maze is a self contained world and he lives, breathes and inhabits the Maze, much like Richard and Ed did, in their own unique style!!!!
Will there be a Mumsie??? Noone has asked that yet??? Or will there be a new character for Ayoyade to relate to in Medievel??? I hope there are occasional nods to the past as well as moving forward into the future. I hope they use the old original theme tune, I wasn't keen on the new remixed version, it was alright but I didn't think as an orchestra, futuristic enough for the new series!!!
Also, they need to get at least 12 games in each episode, ideally 13. I don't think we'll be seeing 15 games as it used to be, having to allow for 3 advert breaks in an hour. They need to keep the chat to not excessive, there was a bit too much ramble in the one off edition. And Ed also did used to ramble a bit about nothing important which is why they only got 13 games when he did it.
And the Dome needs to much larger than the experience dome we saw in the TV special. Stephen Merchant was almost taller than the dome itself which looked a bit silly.
And the transition between zones needs to last longer in the new series than the one off, they were too brief!!!
And is 20 episodes in one go too much?? Will it be split into 2 series?? And I hope the new Crystal Maze will be on our screens for years to come!!! And not in that stupid filmic effect, just a normal filmed programme as the one-off edition was!!!
And how have Channel 4 found the money to make this series??? Are they hoping that international sales will help to plough that money back into the show or the bake off?? Are they using the money saved from losing Channel 4 Racing or not doing Big Brother??? Anyhow, Channel 4 is my new favourite awesome TV channel for reviving this show. I never thought it would be back on our screens again and yet, here it is!!! Let's hope they can come up with some decent idents before then to introduce the show!!!
At least Amanda Holden or Stephen Mulhern aren't hosting it!!!!
Anyway, bring it on!!!
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