Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Greg Davies, Alex Horne. Copyright: Avalon Television.

Taskmaster

Channel 4 and Dave comedy show setting comedians tasks. 95 episodes (11 series), 2015 - 2021. Stars Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner and others.

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Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Greg Davies, Alex Horne. Copyright: Avalon Television.

Taskmaster

TV format in which Greg Davies and Alex Horne set a group of comedians various outlandish challenges

Genre
Comedy
Broadcast
2015 - 2021
Channels
Channel 4, Dave
Episodes
95   (11 series)
Creator
Alex Horne
Starring
Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner, Roisin Conaty, Josh Widdicombe, Tim Key, Jon Richardson and others
Writer
Alex Horne
Directors
Andy Devonshire and Peter Orton
Producers
Andy Cartwright and Alex Horne

Taskmaster sees Greg Davies take the title role of 'The Taskmaster'; setting a group of well-known comedians challenges and then ultimately deciding who wins.

Whether trying to paint the best picture of a horse while riding a horse, filling an egg cup with tears or trying to high-five a 55-year-old, one thing is for sure: Comedians have never been so competitive.

But it's much more than just a test of skill, wit and guile. They're risking more than their reputations, because in order to take part, they must put something personal into the prize pot... anything from valuable art to favourite items of clothing, even a wedding ring is on offer! Not only that, but at the end of each series the person who has scored the most points over the entire run will win the great prize in television: a golden trophy of the Taskmaster's head.

The comedians do these tasks individually, under the careful gaze of (Little) Alex Horne. When they are brought together for the Taskmaster to judge their efforts, none of them know how they've done or, even more crucially, how the others did.

Here they must try and convince the Taskmaster to reward their efforts. The results are sometimes up for debate but the Taskmaster's word is always final. With their personal possessions up for grabs, they have everything to play for - especially their dignity.

Rivalry is encouraged, dodgy tactics rewarded and bribes accepted in what is set to be the most the most dogged, hard-fought and ridiculous comedy show on TV.

Taskmaster started out as a critically acclaimed live show, also devised by Alex Horne, which ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 and 2011.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Taskmaster Bleeped (Family-friendly repeat title)
  • Taskmaster: Champion Of Champions (Special episodes starring past winners)
  • Taskmaster's New Year Treat (2021 special title)
Soundtrack
Title music by The Horne Section.
Laugh track
Yes, but type varies

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 28th July 2015 on Dave at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 8th April 2021 on Channel 4 at 9pm
Length of episodes
1 hour
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 5 Episode 5: Today at 6pm on Dave
  2. Series 4 Episode 4: Today at 10pm on Dave
  3. Champion Of Champions Episode 1: Tomorrow at 1:25am on E4
  4. Series 5 Episode 6: Tomorrow at 6pm on Dave
  5. Series 11 Episode 4: Tomorrow at 11:05pm on C4
  6. Champion Of Champions Episode 2: Wednesday at 1:05am on E4
  7. Series 5 Episode 7: Wednesday at 6pm on Dave
  8. Series 6 Episode 1: Thursday at 1:05am on E4
  9. Series 5 Episode 8: Thursday at 6pm on Dave
  10. Series 6 Episode 2: Friday at 2am on E4Show all repeats
  11. Series 6 Episode 1: Friday at 6pm on Dave
  12. Series 11 Episode 5: Saturday at 1:15am on 4seven
  13. Series 6 Episode 3: Saturday at 2:20am on E4
  14. Series 11 Episode 5: Sunday at 11:35pm on E4
  15. Series 4 Episode 5: Monday 19th April at 12:20am on Dave
  16. Series 6 Episode 2: Monday 19th April at 6pm on Dave
  17. Series 4 Episode 5: Monday 19th April at 10pm on Dave
  18. Series 6 Episode 4: Tuesday 20th April at 1:25am on E4
  19. Series 6 Episode 2: Tuesday 20th April at 3:10am on Dave
  20. Series 6 Episode 3: Tuesday 20th April at 6pm on Dave
  21. Series 6 Episode 5: Wednesday 21st April at 1:10am on E4
  22. Series 6 Episode 4: Wednesday 21st April at 6pm on Dave
  23. Series 6 Episode 6: Thursday 22nd April at 1:05am on E4
  24. Series 6 Episode 5: Thursday 22nd April at 6pm on Dave
  25. Series 11 Episode 6: Friday 23rd April at 12:10am on 4seven
  26. Series 6 Episode 5: Friday 23rd April at 2:50am on Dave
  27. Series 6 Episode 7: Friday 23rd April at 2:50am on E4
  28. Series 6 Episode 6: Friday 23rd April at 6pm on Dave
  29. Series 11 Episode 6: Saturday 24th April at 1:15am on 4seven
  30. Series 6 Episode 8: Saturday 24th April at 2:35am on E4

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