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


  • TV comedy
  • Channel 4 / Dave
  • 2015 - 2022
  • 106 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.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - Melon Buffet

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Alex Horne, Frank Skinner, Josh Widdicombe, Roisin Conaty, Romesh Ranganathan, Tim Key. Copyright: Avalon Television / UKTV
This week the comedians have to try and paint the best picture of a horse while riding a horse. Also, expect melon-eating, bath-emptying and pop-up tents.

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Further details

Prize task: Most unusual item.

* Tim Key: A reindeer skull. - 5
* Frank Skinner: A pair of grape scissors. - 4
* Romesh Ranganathan: A snow globe featuring pictures of his children. - 3
* Roisin Conaty: A photo of a bench a tramp had carved words into. - 2
* Josh Widdicombe: A football signed by the Plymouth Argyle squad, with the signatures faded from it. - 1

Task 1: In the lab there is a watermelon. Eat as much watermelon as possible. You have one minute. Your time starts when you open the door to the lab.

* Romesh: 301g - 5
* Tim: 302g (deducted a point for cheating) - 4
* Josh: 218g - 3
* Frank: 179g - 2
* Roisin: 9g - 1

Task 2: Paint the best picture of a horse, whilst riding a horse.

* Frank - 5
* Romesh - 4
* Josh - 3
* Tim - 2
* Roisin - 1 (moved from third to last due to her riding a mechanical horse rather than a real horse.)

Task 3: Completely empty this bathtub. Fastest wins. You must not remove the plug, tip or damage the bath. Your time starts now.

* Romesh: 2:50 - 5
* Frank: 7:42 - 4
* Josh: 8:52 - 3
* Roisin: DNF - 2
* Tim: 2:20 (disqualified for removing the plug) - 1

Live task: Pop up a tent, get in the tent, zip up the tent, put on a onesie in the tent, and emerge from the tent wearing the onesie. Fastest wins.

* Tim - 5
* Frank - 4
* Josh - 3
* Roisin - 2
* Romesh - 1

Final scores

* Frank and Romesh - 19
* Tim - 17
* Josh - 13
* Roisin - 7

Tie-break task: Find Alex. Fastest wins. Your time starts now.

* Frank: 1:50 - Winner
* Romesh: 2:27

Broadcast details

Tuesday 28th July 2015
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 29th July 2015 10:20pm Dave
Friday 31st July 2015 12:00am
60 minute version
Saturday 1st August 2015 10:00pm Dave
Sunday 6th September 2015 4:00pm Dave
Friday 1st January 2016 7:00pm Dave
Saturday 6th February 2016 10:00pm Dave
Sunday 7th February 2016 2:00am Dave
Tuesday 26th July 2016 10:00pm Dave
Wednesday 27th July 2016 1:55am Dave
Saturday 3rd December 2016 3:00pm Dave
Monday 2nd January 2017 10:00pm Dave
Saturday 7th January 2017 5:00pm Dave
Monday 1st May 2017 1:20am Dave
Monday 8th May 2017 2:00am Dave
Thursday 1st February 2018 10:00pm Dave
Monday 12th March 2018 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 14th August 2018 1:00am Dave
Tuesday 14th August 2018 12:00pm Dave
Sunday 21st July 2019 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 23rd July 2019 10:00pm Dave
Monday 30th March 2020 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 31st March 2020 12:00am Dave
Monday 13th July 2020 11:15pm Dave
Tuesday 14th July 2020 6:00pm Dave
Saturday 29th August 2020 2:00pm Dave
Monday 19th October 2020 8:00pm E4
Thursday 28th January 2021 2:05am E4
Monday 15th February 2021 6:00pm Dave
Monday 7th June 2021 12:20am Dave
Monday 5th July 2021 11:20pm Dave
Tuesday 4th January 2022 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 4th January 2022 11:00pm Dave

Cast & crew

Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Alex Horne Host / Presenter
Romesh Ranganathan Self
Frank Skinner Self
Roisin Conaty Self
Josh Widdicombe Self
Tim Key Self
Writing team
Alex Horne Writer
Production team
Andy Devonshire Series Director
Andy Cartwright Series Producer
Alex Horne Producer
Richard Allen-Turner Executive Producer
James Taylor Executive Producer
Jon Thoday Executive Producer
Hilary Rosen Executive Producer
Rob Aslett Executive Producer
Richard Watsham Executive Producer
Thomas Perrett Editor
Mark Sangster Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Dru Masters Composer


Prize Task

Greg Davies is the Taskmaster, with Alex Horne as his sidekick, in this brand new series coming to Dave. Here the contestants try to impress the Taskmaster with their unusual items.

Featuring: Greg Davies & Alex Horne.

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