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


Dave comedy show setting comedians tasks. 74 episodes (9 series), 2015 - 2019. Stars Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner and others.

Series 10 scheduled for October 2020.
Series 4, Episode 3 is repeated today at 11:20pm.

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


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

2015 - 2019
74   (9 series)
Alex Horne
Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner, Roisin Conaty, Josh Widdicombe, Tim Key, Jon Richardson and others
Alex Horne
Andy Devonshire and Peter Orton
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!

The comedians do these tasks individually, under the careful gaze of 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
Title music by The Horne Section.
Laugh track
Yes and no; it varies

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 28th July 2015 on Dave at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 6th November 2019 on Dave at 9pm
Length of episodes
1 hour
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 4 Episode 3: Today at 11:20pm on Dave
  2. Series 4 Episode 4: Tomorrow at 11pm on Dave
  3. Series 4 Episode 5: Monday at 11pm on Dave
  4. Series 4 Episode 6: Tuesday at 11:15pm on Dave
  5. Series 4 Episode 7: Wednesday at 11:15pm on Dave
  6. Series 4 Episode 8: Thursday 13th August at 11:15pm on Dave
  7. Series 5 Episode 1: Friday 14th August at 11:20pm on Dave
  8. Series 5 Episode 2: Monday 17th August at 11pm on Dave
  9. Series 5 Episode 3: Tuesday 18th August at 11pm on Dave
  10. Series 5 Episode 4: Wednesday 19th August at 11:20pm on DaveShow all repeats
  11. Series 5 Episode 5: Thursday 20th August at 11:15pm on Dave
  12. Series 5 Episode 6: Friday 21st August at 11:20pm on Dave

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