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

Taskmaster

  • TV comedy
  • Channel 4 / Dave
  • 2015 - 2022
  • 117 episodes (13 series)

TV format in which Greg Davies and Alex Horne set a group of comedians various outlandish challenges. Also features Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner, Roisin Conaty, Josh Widdicombe, Tim Key and more.

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

Key details

Genre
Comedy
Broadcast
2015 - 2022
Channels
Channel 4, Dave
Episodes
117 (13 series)
Creator
Alex Horne
Stars
Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner, Roisin Conaty, Josh Widdicombe, Tim Key, Jon Richardson and more
Writers
Alex Horne and Tim Key
Directors
Andy Devonshire and Peter Orton
Producers
Andy Cartwright, Alex Horne, Richard Allen-Turner, James Taylor, Jon Thoday, Hilary Rosen, Rob Aslett, Richard Watsham and more
Companies

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.

Additional details

Also known as
  • Taskmaster's New Year Treat (2021 special title)
  • Taskmaster: Champion Of Champions (Special episodes starring past winners)
  • Taskmaster Bleeped (Family-friendly repeat title)
Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
Title music by The Horne Section.

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 28th July 2015 at 10pm on Dave
Next repeats
  1. Series 7, Episode 10: Today at 6pm on Dave
  2. Champion Of Champions 2, Episode 1: Tomorrow at 1:15am on 4seven
  3. Series 8, Episode 1: Tomorrow at 6pm on Dave
  4. Champion Of Champions 2, Episode 1: Tomorrow at 11:05pm on C4
  5. Series 8, Episode 2: Thursday at 6pm on Dave
  6. Series 8, Episode 3: Friday at 6pm on Dave
  7. Champion Of Champions 2, Episode 1: Saturday at 3:25am on 4seven
  8. Champion Of Champions 2, Episode 1: Sunday at 11:05pm on 4seven
  9. Series 8, Episode 4: Monday at 6pm on Dave
Most recent repeats

Recording details

Free tickets

  • The Clapham Grand - Series 1
  • Fountain Studios - Series 2 and 3
  • Pinewood Studios - Series 4 onwards
  • Quainton Road Station - Series 8 railway location filming
  • The Curzon Cinema - Series 10-12 screenings
  • White Waltham Airfield - Series 11 airfield location filming

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