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 5, Episode 1 is repeated on Dave tomorrow at 11pm.

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

Series 1, Episode 3 - The Poet And The Egg

Celebs leave their dignity at the door as dastardly Mr Gilbert - aka Greg Davies - sets them some truly bizarre tasks, including building an egg tower.

Further details

Prize task: Most meaningful item.

* Romesh Ranganathan: His wedding ring. - 5
* Frank Skinner: His son's hobby horse. - 4
* Tim Key: A piston from the set of his Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning show. - 3
* Josh Widdicombe: I Blame the Beatles by Tom Widdicombe, a self-published book of his father's letters to the local newspaper. - 2
* Roisin Conaty: A dictionary. - 1

Task 1: Throw a teabag into a mug from the furthest distance. You have exactly one hour. Your time starts now.

* Tim: 23.87m - 5
* Frank: 10.04m - 4
* Romesh: 8.5m - 3
* Roisin: 2.4m - 2
* Josh: 15.1m (disqualified for putting milk into his mug first, rather than the fact his mug was wheelbarrow) - 0

Task 2: Using this device to track your route, create the best image for Taskmaster. You have one hour. Your time starts when you take your first step. Pop a balloon to signal you have finished your image.

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

Task 3: Buy a gift for the Taskmaster. Here is £20. You have ten weeks. Your time starts now.

* Josh: A tattoo of Greg's name on his foot. - 5
* Roisin: A mouse called Greg and £3 worth of scratch-cards. - 4
* Frank: Shades with wing mirrors in them that allow Greg to see behind him. - 3
* Romesh: A picture of Greg as an angel with duck feet. - 2
* Tim: £16 worth of book tokens, which came in a card worth £4. - 1

Task 4: Using only the items currently on this table, get this egg as high as possible. Highest wins. The egg must not break. You have 20 minutes. Your time starts now.

* Josh: 6.8m - 5
* Romesh: 1.11m - 4
* Frank, Roisin and Tim: All break the egg. - 0

Live task: Stand up after 100 seconds. Most accurate wins.

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

Final scores

* Josh - 22
* Romesh - 22
* Tim - 16
* Frank - 15
* Roisin - 9

Tie-break task: Give Frank Skinner's age in minutes. Closest wins.

* Josh: 200,000 - Winner (Frank was 30,505,028 minutes old at the time)
* Romesh: 150,000

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 11th August 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
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