In an article written not so long ago by The Guardian there is a mention of the growing escape game industry that is "all the rage in the UK" and the title of the article is "After 25 years, it’s time to reboot The Crystal Maze". There truly seems to be a high demand for this kind of entertainment, be it experienced live or broadcasted on TV. We hear it almost every day at our HQ when we ask a team "How was it?". "It was just like Crystal Maze." - they respond 8 out of 10 times. People here already have it in them to watch teams solve puzzles, so it's just great that now they can partake in these experiences themselves.
All that I've described is actually a Japanese TV show. Not to say that the Japanese are the only ones that make over the top TV shows in Asia. For example, this show from China takes escape games to sci-fi futuristic levels, where it seems like sentient AI have taken over control and are playing with humans for fun. The amount of technology involved in this show is amazing, but it also means that there is a demand for this amount of polish and tech stuff.
At the beginning the first puzzle is almost exactly the same as in its Japanese counterpart only without the toilet plunger, but further into the video you can see puzzles that require loud shouting to solve or a room filling with water and what seems like 50 valves that you have to operate in order to stop the water flow. Serious stuff. And from what we know, live escape rooms like clueQuest are similarly tech heavy in Asia as well.
Maybe we'll see something like this in British television in the future as well, but for now we can only hope for a kickstarter project or some other way of crowd funding to reboot The Crystal Maze.