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.

Another series is in development.
Series 4, Episode 5 is repeated on Dave tomorrow at 11:10pm.

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 20th May 2021 on Channel 4 at 9pm
Length of episodes
1 hour
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 4 Episode 5: Tomorrow at 11:10pm on Dave
  2. Series 4 Episode 6: Tuesday at 11pm on Dave
  3. Series 4 Episode 7: Wednesday at 11pm on Dave
  4. Series 4 Episode 8: Thursday at 11pm on Dave
  5. Series 5 Episode 1: Friday at 11pm on Dave
  6. Series 5 Episode 2: Monday 2nd August at 11:15pm on Dave
  7. Series 5 Episode 3: Tuesday 3rd August at 11pm on Dave
  8. Series 5 Episode 4: Wednesday 4th August at 11pm on Dave
  9. Series 5 Episode 5: Thursday 5th August at 11pm on Dave
  10. Series 5 Episode 6: Friday 6th August at 11pm on DaveShow all repeats

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