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

Taskmaster

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

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Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Alex Horne, Frank Skinner, Josh Widdicombe, Roisin Conaty, Romesh Ranganathan, Tim Key. Copyright: Avalon Television / UKTV.

Series 1, Episode 1 - Melon Buffet

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.

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

Date
Tuesday 28th July 2015
Time
10pm
Channel
Dave
Length
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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

Videos

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, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner, Roisin Conaty, Josh Widdicombe, Tim Key.

How to eat watermelon really quickly

Tim Key and Romesh Ranganathan are challenged by the Taskmaster to eat as much watermelon as they can in 60 seconds.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Romesh Ranganathan, Tim Key.

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