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

Taskmaster

Channel 4 and Dave comedy show setting comedians tasks. 85 episodes (10 series), 2015 - 2021. Stars Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner and others.

Another series is in development.
Series 10, Episode 3 is repeated on E4 tomorrow at 11:05pm.

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

  1. 11th January: Comedy.co.uk Awards 2020 shortlist
  2. 21st December via Beyond The Joke: Taskmaster podcast to return in 2021
  3. 17th December: Taskmaster Series 11 line-up revealed
  4. 9th December via Beyond The Joke: Taskmaster goes even more global
  5. 4th December via Samsung Newsroom: Samsung launches comedy channel
Genre
Comedy
Broadcast
2015 - 2021
Channels
Channel 4, Dave
Episodes
85   (10 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
Friday 1st January 2021 on Channel 4 at 9pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 10 Episode 3: Tomorrow at 11:05pm on E4
  2. Series 4 Episode 5: Monday at 11pm on Dave
  3. Series 9 Episode 10: Tuesday at 2:10am on E4
  4. Series 4 Episode 5: Tuesday at 2:30am on Dave
  5. Series 4 Episode 6: Tuesday at 11pm on Dave
  6. Series 4 Episode 7: Wednesday at 11pm on Dave
  7. Series 1 Episode 1: Thursday at 2:05am on E4
  8. Series 4 Episode 8: Thursday at 11pm on Dave
  9. Series 10 Episode 4: Sunday 31st January at 11pm on E4
  10. Series 1 Episode 2: Wednesday 3rd February at 2:35am on E4Show all repeats
  11. Series 1 Episode 3: Thursday 4th February at 2:05am on E4

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