Fife vintage specialist Scaramanga has solved the puzzle of how to get its products used in cult Channel 4 game show The Crystal Maze – starting with a key role in the latest celebrity edition.
Last Friday’s Celebrity Special, the first of the new series under the supervision of Maze Master Richard Ayoade, saw Dame Kelly Holmes unhook Scaramanga vintage iron keys from a board in the Medieval Zone but fail to find the right ones to unlock two Scaramanga vintage padlocks securing a 100-year-old Scaramanga antique teak storage chest along with antique Indian door hasps and staples.
The show also bought another Scaramanga antique teak storage chest which has a secret compartment as well as seven more padlocks. It’s thought they will be used in games in later episodes of the new series.
The new role for the Cupar vintage specialist’s products came about when owner Carl Morenikeji got a call from a games researcher at makers Fizz in March. He ordered some padlocks and the chests before a colleague later added more padlocks as well as the door hasps and staples.
As they’re specialists in original vintage and antique items, the firm was able to dispatch both orders the same day. Similar vintage and antique padlocks supplied by Scaramanga were used in Paddington 2, The Hobbit, Pan and Celebrity Big Brother 2016 and their wooden chests were used in the Legend of Tarzan movie two years ago.
The company, which also sells its bags, vintage furniture and homewares online and in its Cupar store, has also been used as a supplier of vintage and antique props for TV shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Celebrity Big Brother, Peaky Blinders, Jericho, Hollyoaks, 60 Minute Makeover and The Only Way Is Essex as well as seven major movies including The Hobbit, Maleficent and Victoria & Abdul.
Speaking about the firm’s latest TV role, Carl Morenikeji said: “I was delighted to see our products play a key role in the show’s Medieval Zone.
“I didn’t have a clue how they’d be used as that’s a closely-guarded secret and I had to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement to not reveal any details about our involvement until the show aired.
“When I founded Scaramanga 12 years ago I never imagined that by now our reputation for original vintage and antique items, as well as our own bags, would be so good we’d become the first-choice supplier for so many leading TV and movie props buyers.
“The good news for anyone trying to solve the problem of how to own items similar to the ones seen on the show is you can find us on Google Maps. If you can’t pop by, go to our website.”
Vintage fans can see the full range of Scaramanga trunks, chests, homewares and bags on their website at www.scaramangashop.co.uk