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thegeek5,231 posts since 1 Jan 2002
London London

It's probably safe to assume the original show was totally unique, nothing else was like it at the time, it came about by accident because it was basically Fort Boyard in different colours but the original fort wasn't available for whatever reason, I forget why, so all the changes they had to make to the format helped to make a unique show.

That's more or less the reason. It's no doubt been posted before, but BuzzFeed's history of the original show is well worth a read.
Neil Jones5,956 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
https://www.buzzfeed.com/patricksmith/to-the-crystal-dome posted:
I [Producer David G Croft] remember Channel 4 coming to me and saying, “David, would you like to make a celebrity version of Crystal Maze?” And I said, “Not on your life!” What a terrible idea. We worked very hard to keep an air of mystery around the series and to have integrity and back in 1990 to 1995 you just wouldn’t have done that. Now there would be a celebrity version – but there would also be a massive web presence which we didn’t have.
kernow1,447 posts since 18 Jan 2006

That’s correct, I presume there are no plans to air them.

I've always felt very sorry for any member of the public who participates in a gameshow etc, and then never actually gets to see themself on the telly because it doesn't bloody well get aired.

It’s the fact they usually don’t receive their prize money if isn’t, I’d be more concerned about.

I don’t think that’s a problem with The Crystal Maze, I doubt they hold their prizes back.

I think they're highly unlikely to be aired now (on Channel 4 at least, in a primetime slot), given the format changes which have taken place since the first series, e.g. the Mega Crystal.
Brekkie33,330 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
HTV Wales Wales Today
Interesting reading that Buzzfeed article and them slamming the idea of celebrity specials. They are of course right.

Talking of the three unaired episodes it is the sort of thing which gets tagged into a repeat run, but actually - and maybe tellingly - they've not really repeated the show that much in comparison to other formats like Gogglebox and 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown, which seem to air weekly on C4, E4 or More4. When the original revival run was commissioned for 20 episodes it was as if they had a daily repeat run in mind, but they've been quite sparing with the repeats.
It's great that everybody gets sarcasm.