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Barbarella
03-01-2010, 11:58 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8c/Crystal_maze.jpg


It was always one of my favourites and thanks to Challenge TV it's on repeat on a fairly regular basis.

And of course with Richard O'Brien as host what's not to like about it. He was excellent hosting the show. Although Ed Tudor-Pole did a sterling job too, O'Brien just had the edge.

Any other fans here?

Seven
03-01-2010, 02:36 PM
I used to love it when Richard O'Brien did it, he was defo the best. I used to love to watch some of those who were a bit full of themselves fuck it up after yelling at everyone else.

Barbarella
03-01-2010, 02:59 PM
I used to love to watch some of those who were a bit full of themselves fuck it up after yelling at everyone else.
You got plenty of them for sure. They'd be real smug and after ignoring everything they'd been told, get locked in.

Or else you'd get the completely vacant ones who needed their team mates guide them every step of the way.

I always loved Richard O'Brien's asides to camera too.

I think in the first few series, if they actually managed to win, they didn't get to choose the prizes but that changed in the later series where they actually had a choice of what they got.

Emma
03-02-2010, 03:00 AM
I loved the Crystal Maze, but only with O'Brien. Never liked Tudorpole.

Remember Mummsie that O'Brien would always talk about?

303
03-02-2010, 04:33 AM
I used to love that show. The challenges in the Aztec show were my favourite. If they ever made a new series, I think it should be hosted by our own S.D. It seems right that he could follow on from Richard O brien and Ed Tudor Pole.

Ludwig
03-02-2010, 05:04 AM
I used to watch it when I was really little and for the longest time I thought the bald guy was Patrick Stewart.

Method Man
03-02-2010, 05:44 AM
I wonder if Richard O'Brien has learnt a new tune on his Harmonica yet.

Barbarella
03-02-2010, 06:26 AM
Wow, good to see other fans here.



Remember Mummsie that O'Brien would always talk about?
Em, sure I remember Mummsie. The lady who played her was Sandra Caron who also played Auntie Sabrina if you remember. Just for the sake of trivia, Sandra Caron was the sister of Alma Cogan.


I used to love that show. The challenges in the Aztec show were my favourite.
Yep, the Aztec zone was always my favourite too. I liked most of the zones - e.g. Ocean, Medieval. The only one I wasn't too keen on was Industrial.


I used to watch it when I was really little and for the longest time I thought the bald guy was Patrick Stewart.
Nope! I don't think Patrick Stewart can play the harmonica.


I wonder if Richard O'Brien has learnt a new tune on his Harmonica yet.
Ha, I'm sure he's learned one or two since then.

I really wish they'd bring it back for a new series and I think the general consensus is that Richard O'Brien was the best. I met him once while he was playing the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the West End and he was just as eccentric and charming as he was in the show.

"To the Crystal Dome!"

Method Man
03-02-2010, 07:09 AM
"Will you start the fans, please!"

Barbarella
03-02-2010, 07:12 AM
"Will you start the fans, please!"
XD

This could be catchphrase central.

Don't even get me started on Bullseye.

I'm a fan of that too

Method Man
03-02-2010, 07:50 AM
^ LOL! Bullseye :D It's so funny watching it back on Challenge. "Let's take a look at what you could win. A 15" Colour TV with a VCR!" It's weird to think that was once a desirable item.

The contestants were always from the midlands and would always win a speed boat which was absolutely perfect for them...




This could be catchphrase central.


Let's check it with Bully

303
03-02-2010, 08:34 AM
A 15" Colour TV with a VCR!" It's weird to think that was once a desirable item.




I fell of my chair when I read that, LOL.

I hardly ever saw anyone win in the crystal dome, but were the prizes really extreme like a parachute or skydiving lessons or something along those lines?

Also regarding Crystal Maze and Bullseye, I was on an awesome pub quiz machine that had 2 games based on those shows. The Crystal maze game was solid, but I won 10 on Bullseye

Not Mechanical
03-02-2010, 09:32 AM
This could be catchphrase central.

http://rtone.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/catchphrase.jpg


I hardly ever saw anyone win in the crystal dome, but were the prizes really extreme like a parachute or skydiving lessons or something along those lines?

Yeah, that's how I remember it, at least. I always thought it was cooler to get one those little crystals you'd get if you didn't win, anyway.

Barbarella
03-02-2010, 12:16 PM
A 15" Colour TV with a VCR!" It's weird to think that was once a desirable item.
Totally. Bully's prize board almost always included a trouser press too. Still, it would have come in handy for the shell suits.


The contestants were always from the midlands and would always win a speed boat which was absolutely perfect for them...
I know and they were expected to stand and wave and look totally pleased with it.


Let's check it with Bully
"Keep out of the black and into the red. Nothing in this game for two in a bed"

There was a multitude of catchphrases on Bully.


I hardly ever saw anyone win in the crystal dome, but were the prizes really extreme like a parachute or skydiving lessons or something along those lines?
Realistically you needed around 8 crystals to give you 40 seconds of time in the Crystal Dome which wasn't always achievable.

Regarding the prizes: The first ever law firm I worked for used to give employees rewards like that for a job well done, meeting targets, that kind of thing. There is a company who specialise in these kind of promotions and one of the Barristers in our firm, his son worked for the company. I always thought it was a really cool thing to do.


Also regarding Crystal Maze and Bullseye, I was on an awesome pub quiz machine that had 2 games based on those shows. The Crystal maze game was solid, but I won 10 on Bullseye
10 is probably more than some people actually won on the show.

Because I'm a massive fan of darts I love Bullseye. It was always good to see the professionals going for the Bronze Bully.

I adore Peter Kay's routine on Bullseye. It's hilarious.


http://rtone.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/catchphrase.jpg
LOL ... say what you see


I always thought it was cooler to get one those little crystals you'd get if you didn't win, anyway.
They were Swarovski crystals and they did look pretty cool.

Method Man
03-02-2010, 03:40 PM
This is my favorite thread EVARRR!!

Catchphrase was awesome, brilliant picture Not Mechanical! Does anyone listen to Chris Moyles show in the mornings. He has Car park catchphrase with Roy Walker doing voice overs. That's pretty funny.

Norsefire
03-02-2010, 04:00 PM
wow this is going back some years, I always used to watch this. Didn't like that new host too much but I still watched it, it was a good show.

I used to watch Fort Boyard as well, it was sort of like a newer crystal maze in a way, not as good, but I enjoyed that show as well.

Barbarella
03-02-2010, 04:06 PM
Catchphrase was awesome, brilliant picture Not Mechanical! Does anyone listen to Chris Moyles show in the mornings. He has Car park catchphrase with Roy Walker doing voice overs. That's pretty funny.
I listen to Heart in the mornings so I can't say I've heard the Chris Moyles show.


We could turn this into the 80's/90's Game Show Appreciation Thread.

I do however draw the line at 3-2-1 :P




wow this is going back some years, I always used to watch this. Didn't like that new host too much but I still watched it, it was a good show.
I thought Ed Tudor-Pole wasn't too bad but he wasn't as engaging as Richard O'Brien.


I used to watch Fort Boyard as well, it was sort of like a newer crystal maze in a way, not as good, but I enjoyed that show as well.
I never really got into that one. It looked too much like hard work.

Norsefire
03-02-2010, 04:13 PM
Same goes for Catchphrase as well really, the new host on that wasn't as good either. His only one good part is that clip shown on tv bloopers where he falls down the steps when he comes onto the show.

303
03-02-2010, 07:41 PM
lell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJQdEY82zs0

Seven
03-03-2010, 03:17 AM
I always thought the crystal you got when you lost was better than the prizes and I always wanted one.

I like catchphrase too - say what you see.

Barbarella
03-03-2010, 04:12 AM
His only one good part is that clip shown on tv bloopers where he falls down the steps when he comes onto the show.
That's right. Was his name Steve Penk ???


lell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJQdEY82zs0
LOL ... I've seen that one a few times. Talk about jumping to conclusions. All Mr Chips was doing was innocently charming a snake ;)


I always thought the crystal you got when you lost was better than the prizes and I always wanted one.
I know what you mean but like I said in the later series the contestants got to pick the prizes so I guess that's what they wanted.


I like catchphrase too - say what you see.
I remember watching Catchphrase one time and I'll swear that Roy Walker was really drunk.


I honestly thought that when I started this thread I'd get two or three responses at best but you guys are awesome.

I feel a Bully catchphrase coming on ...

"... all you'll get is your BFH ... bus fare home"

Method Man
03-03-2010, 07:58 AM
You get a crystal if you win too.

Why are the gameshows on TV these days rubbish. Infact I can't really think of any that are still on that are any good.

Seven
03-03-2010, 12:16 PM
I can't think of a good quiz show from recent years.

We used to watch The Generation Game every week as well....good game, good game.

And although not as good as the others, Blockbusters was ok - Can I have a 'p' please Bob?

Miss Lisa
03-03-2010, 05:50 PM
Bullseye - I didn't even watch it really, but every so often I'll burst out with "Iiiiiiiiiiin one!" "Iiiiiiiiiiiiin two!"

I fucking love Catchphrase. And Wheel of Fortune! And the Medieval Zone in Crystal Maze with mumsie. Awwww...

Norsefire
03-03-2010, 06:06 PM
Bullseye - I didn't even watch it really, but every so often I'll burst out with "Iiiiiiiiiiin one!" "Iiiiiiiiiiiiin two!"

I fucking love Catchphrase. And Wheel of Fortune! And the Medieval Zone in Crystal Maze with mumsie. Awwww...
yeah Wheel of Fortune was good as well. They used to show it in the afternoon not so long ago, on standard UK tv.

Barbarella
03-04-2010, 07:14 AM
Why are the gameshows on TV these days rubbish. Infact I can't really think of any that are still on that are any good.

I can't think of a good quiz show from recent years.
I guess one of my favourites from recent years is "Who Wants to be a Millionnaire". Anything with general knowledge really.


We used to watch The Generation Game every week as well....good game, good game.
Whenever I've seen older episodes of The Generation Game I've always enjoyed them, especially with Bruce Forsythe and Larry Grayson. Can't be doing with Jim Davidson though. Someone ought to take him out and shoot him in the back of the head.

Although I like Brucie I never got into Play Your Cards Right or The Price is Right.

"Nice to see you, to see you nice"


And although not as good as the others, Blockbusters was ok - Can I have a 'p' please Bob?
That sounds like a great show and I think it would be a good idea to bring it back.


"Iiiiiiiiiiin one!" "Iiiiiiiiiiiiin two!"
Come on now Miss Lisa .... you're really telling me you didn't watch it? ;)


And the Medieval Zone in Crystal Maze with mumsie. Awwww...
*high five*


yeah Wheel of Fortune was good as well. They used to show it in the afternoon not so long ago, on standard UK tv.
I'm so good at Wheel of Fortune it's unreal.

Miss Lisa
03-04-2010, 10:46 AM
I would so kick your ass at Wheel of Fortune.

S.D.
03-04-2010, 11:15 AM
If they ever made a new series, I think it should be hosted by our own S.D. It seems right that he could follow on from Richard O brien and Ed Tudor Pole.

This might be one of the greatest compliments anyone has ever paid me...

Incidentally, yes, I loved The Crystal Maze. I thought The Aztec area was a little boring sometimes, though I liked the challenges that took place inside the Temple. The Industrial area was cool as well, it made for awesome visuals seeing a man dressed in Edwardian attire prancing about a spaceship during a spell when Doctor Who was still decomissioned, though it would only be a few years later that Paul McGann popped up on our screens... I digress!
I do remember thinking the swap from Richard O' Brien to Ed Tudor Pole was a little strange at the time, but in retrospect, consider it much like the regeneration of a Time Lord and it makes a lot more sense. In fact, discussing it now, perhaps that's exactly the gimmick the producers were going for... a slightly mad, all-knowing dandy dashes from era to era, helping solve mysteries with a team of eager young people, all the while retaining a bemused, omnipotent sort of attitude to the whole affair...

ANYWAY! Staple evening viewing for a young S.D., I suppose that explains a fair bit. I actually thought there was something inherently melancholic, or spooky about the Ship area of the game, I seem to recall that for some challenges or intercut scenes, parts of it were upside down, due to it having sunk, and it always seemed rather creepy to me, but I loved the detail that had gone into making the whole thing so believable (at least at the age I was, I must have been about five or six years old when it started). I didn't traditionally watch a lot of television as a child, but re-runs of Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons, Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased), Doctor Who (of course), The Good Life, and then The Crystal Maze, Aquila and Maid Marian And Her Merry Men were all oft-enjoyed.

Barbarella
03-04-2010, 02:20 PM
I would so kick your ass at Wheel of Fortune.
I think we should go head to head!

The watches were pretty lame as a consolation prize I thought.


Some good observations there S.D. but I disagree about the ship area. Ocean was always one of my favourite zones. I think because like Aztec it was roomier and brighter so I enjoyed it much more than say Industrial.

Unlike yourself I watched way too much TV when I was a kid.

Did anyone else like 15-1? Bring it back I say.

Seven
03-05-2010, 09:45 AM
I didn't traditionally watch a lot of television as a child, but re-runs of Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons, Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased), Doctor Who (of course), The Good Life, and then The Crystal Maze, Aquila and Maid Marian And Her Merry Men were all oft-enjoyed.

Apart from the Maid Marian thing, which I never heard of, these are some of the finest programmes ever to grace our screens. I watched them all. Randall and Hopkirk (deceased) was one of our favourites, The Good Life is still brilliant today and Captain Scarlet is the best....This is the voice of the mysterons. Am I the only one to put sticky circles on my torch, turn off all the lights and doom Spectrum with my cunning plans?

I must say that Who Wants to be a Millionaire is superb and worthy of inclusion with the classics.

Norsefire
03-07-2010, 03:09 PM
Maid Marian And Her Merry Men were all oft-enjoyed.

I have been thinking about getting the DVD box set of that. I have wanted it for a while, but its so expensive.

lol, I found a Maid Marian Crystal Maze spoof on youtube.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGzYCkki8Es



This is a funny fail on the Crystal Maze

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOLZvAziLzc