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

Taskmaster

  • TV comedy
  • Channel 4 / Dave
  • 2015 - 2021
  • 105 episodes (12 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.

  1. 3rd November via British Comedy Guide: British comedies nominated for 2021 Rose d'Or Awards
  2. 21st October via Channel 4: Google joins forces with Taskmaster
  3. 8th October via Digital Spy: Taskmaster apologises for ongoing technical problems
  4. 6th October via Beyond The Joke: Why David Mitchell said no to Taskmaster
  5. 1st October via Chortle: Gremlins hit Taskmaster AGAIN
  6. 23rd September via Beyond The Joke: Complaints over lack of swearing in Taskmaster
  7. 20th September via Beyond The Joke: Victoria Coren Mitchell's red hair for Taskmaster?
  8. 8th September via British Comedy Guide: Comedies in the running for Edinburgh TV Festival Awards 2021
Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Greg Davies, Alex Horne. Copyright: Avalon Television

Key details

Genre
Comedy
Broadcast
2015 - 2021
Channels
Channel 4, Dave
Episodes
105 (12 series)
Creator
Alex Horne
Stars
Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner, Roisin Conaty, Josh Widdicombe, Tim Key, Jon Richardson and more
Writer
Alex Horne
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
Last new broadcast
Thursday 25th November 2021 at 9pm on Channel 4
Next repeats
  1. Series 12, Episode 10: Tomorrow at 12:10am on 4seven
  2. Series 12, Episode 10: Saturday at 2:40am on C4
  3. Series 12, Episode 10: Sunday at 1:15am on 4seven
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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