Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade

The Cambridge-educated son of a Nigerian father and Swedish mother, Richard Ayoade first came to prominence starring in and co-writing the 2000 Edinburgh Fringe show Garth Merenghi's Fright Knight with Matthew Holness, winning the Perrier Award for its sequel, Garth Merenghi's Netherhead, the following year. The show transferred to Channel Four in 2004 as Garth Merenghi's Darkplace, before spawning the spin-off 80s chat show spoof, Man to Man with Dean Learner, fronted by Ayoade's 'smut-peddler' character.

Appearances in The Mighty Boosh and Nathan Barley were followed by his highest profile role to date in Graham Linehan's sitcom The IT Crowd, playing socially inept tech support worker Moss, a role he reprised for an unaired US adaptation in 2009.

Establishing a parallel career as a music video director for the likes of The Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, he directed his first film, the coming-of-age comedy-drama Submarine in 2010, and his second, The Double, a nightmarish, dystopian comedy-drama, loosely based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's novella, in 2014.

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Channel 4 renews The Crystal Maze

12 new episodes ordered

Channel 4 has ordered 12 new episodes of The Crystal Maze.

Richard Ayoade will return as host for six normal editions and six celebrity specials in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.

Applications open tomorrow at  for teams of five contestants wanting to take part in the new episodes, which will be filmed in Bristol this spring. 

The show is already due to return soon with new episodes filmed in 2017/

Channel 4 commissioning editor Tom Beck said: ‘The return of The Crystal Maze has been a huge success on 4, thanks in no small part to the brilliance of Richard Ayoade as the Maze Master and the inspired production team at Fizz. 

‘I’m particularly pleased by the number of young viewers who loved the show – and it’s nice to have finally made a programme I can watch with my children.’

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Published: 22 Jan 2018

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2000

Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight

Edinburgh Fringe 2001

Garth Marenghi's Netherhead


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