The Crystal Maze start date, celebrities line up and a new twist for 2019

The Crystal Maze 2019 celebrity contestants air date

The Crystal Maze Special 2019

The Crystal Maze returns for 2019 this month with brand new celebrity specials.

But which celebrity contestants are on the line up and when does it all start? Here's all about the new series!

The Crystal Maze air date

The Crystal Maze returns to Channel 4 at 8PM on Friday, June 21.

You can watch episodes as they air live or catch up by streaming via the All4 player.

The next series will again be hosted by Maze Master Richard Ayoade who will welcome more teams of five celebrity contestants, who will take on a host of skill, physical, mental and mystery challenges, in the hope of winning crystals that can be exchanged for time in the iconic Crystal Dome.

The Crystal Maze contestants

The first set of celebrities on the line up for The Crystal Maze have been confirmed.

Taking part in the first episode will be the GC herself - Gemma Collins - with team mates, her on/off boyfriend and fellow reality star James 'Arg' Argent, TV personality Carol Vorderman, stand up comic Ellie Taylor, and TV presenter Rick Edwards.

Future line ups of contestants are:

TV presenter Anita Rani with professional dancer AJ Pritchard; comedian Tom Rosenthal; gold medal winning Paralympian Hannah Cockroft; and sports presenter Jeff Stelling.

Model Nancy Sorrell with comedian Vic Reeves; TV personality Ferne McCann; former English cricketer Graeme Swann; and comedian Susan Calman.

Ackley Bridge actress Sunetra Sarker with politician Ann Widdecombe; reality TV star Wes Nelson; TV presenter Matthew Wright; and actress Nikki Sanderson.

DJ & TV presenter Melvin Odoom with Comedian Al Murray; actress Kara Tointon; Hollyoaks actor Ashley Taylor Dawson; and reality TV star Olivia Attwood.

Actor Steve Pemberton with professional dancer Oti Mabuse; reality TV star Jack Fincham; TV presenter Anna Richardson and comedian Russell Kane.

What's new on The Crystal Maze for 2019?

The 2019 series of The Crystal Maze will introduce the first brand new zone since the 1990s.

Describing the new Eastern Zone, Channel 4 teased: "Influenced by the historic art, architecture and monuments of East Asia, the zone will feature five games rooms for eight new games, set around a lily pond, cherry blossom trees and ornate vases.

"The new zone will join the Futuristic, Aztec and Industrial Zones, with all four featuring a host of challenging new puzzles in the forthcoming series."

The Eastern Zone has been designed by production designer, James Dillon, who designed all the original zones featured on the series.

He said: “It’s very exciting to be asked to design a new zone for The Crystal Maze. The challenge, to create a zone referencing such an ancient and beautiful part of the world, and to bring those intense, rich colours and textures to the mix of zones that make up the Maze, has been most enjoyable.”

The Crystal Maze airs on Channel 4 from Friday, June 21 at 8PM.

There will be 13 new episodes including a Christmas special.

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