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

Taskmaster

  • 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 10, Episode 1 - God's Haemorrhoid

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Alex Horne, Mawaan Rizwan. Copyright: Avalon Television
Hoping to impress the Taskmaster and be crowned the next champion are: Daisy May Cooper, Johnny Vegas, Katherine Parkinson, Mawaan Rizwan and Richard Herring. Wax seals will open, dreams will be made and/or broken, and Little Alex Horne will be wrapped around his master's little finger providing stats and moral support in the most ridiculous and ferociously fought game show on television.

Preview clips

Further details

Prize task: The nicest thing to put in your mouth.

* Daisy May Cooper: White wine - 5
* Richard Herring: Halloumi cheese with chilli in it - 4
* Johnny Vegas: Anti-reflux medicine - 3
* Katherine Parkinson: Braces - 2
* Mawaan Rizwan: A rubber teething toy shaped like a chicken wing. - 1

Task 1: Part 1 - Knock the coconut off its perch. Fastest wins. Your time starts now.

* Daisy, Katherine, Mawaan and Richard: All in less than 10 seconds. Each wins a gigantic teddy bear.
* Johnny: 25 seconds. Wins a small teddy bear.

Task 1: Part 2 - Put all these drinks on the table in the caravan without spilling a single drop. Also, you must be clutching this teddy at all times. Also, you must not walk on the grass while holding drinks. Fastest wins. Your time starts now.

* Everyone spills some of the drinks. - 0

Task 2: Make the largest object properly vanish. Largest object to properly vanish wins. You may not use any editing trickery. You have one hour. Your time starts now.

* Mawaan: Makes a cow that looks large disappear, but it is a small cow close to the camera that is moved out of shot. - 5
* Johnny: Performs a play in which Jeremy Corbyn summons a 200ft mutant chicken destroying London, where in reality a normal-sized prop chicken destroys a model version of London, and the chicken disappears behind a piece of blue paper being put in front of it. - 4
* Richard: Makes Little Alex Horne disappear using a mirror. - 2
* Katherine: Makes a sofa disappear by moving a partition in front of it. - 2
* Daisy: Makes a large cow disappear by moving into some bushes. - 1

Task 3: Land the most egg in the frying pan. You may not throw any egg. You must stay on this balcony and you may only use the contents of one of the boxes. You have twenty minutes or until you run out of egg. Your time starts now.

* Daisy: Bonus point for getting an egg closest to the pan.
* Johnny, Katherine, Mawaan and Richard: All landed eggs further away from the pan than Daisy. - 0

Live task: Get the most balls in your bucket. At the end of the task, all the balls in your bucket must be the same colour as each other. You will lose five points for every different coloured ball in your bucket. You may only touch your litter pickers and you must stay on your spot at all times. You have 100 seconds.

* Richard: 12 points - 5
* Daisy: 8 points - 4
* Johnny: 6 points - 3
* Mawaan: 5 points - 2
* Katherine: 4 points minus one penalty, totalling -1 point - 1

Final scores

* Richard - 12
* Daisy - 11
* Johnny - 10
* Mawaan - 8
* Katherine - 6

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 15th October 2020
Time
9pm
Channel
Channel 4
Length
60 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 17th October 2020 9:15pm E4
Sunday 18th October 2020 5:45pm E4
Tuesday 20th October 2020 10:20pm C4
Wednesday 21st October 2020 9:15pm 4seven
Thursday 22nd October 2020 10:00pm 4seven
Sunday 10th January 2021 11:00pm E4

Cast & crew

Cast
Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Alex Horne Host / Presenter
Daisy May Cooper Self
Johnny Vegas Self
Katherine Parkinson Self
Mawaan Rizwan Self
Richard Herring Self
Writing team
Alex Horne Writer
Production team
Andy Devonshire Series Director
Andy Cartwright Series Producer
Richard Allen-Turner Executive Producer
James Taylor Executive Producer
Jon Thoday Executive Producer
Rob Aslett Executive Producer
Andy Devonshire Executive Producer
Alex Horne Executive Producer
Dan Trelfer Edit Producer
Vicky Winter Line Producer
Thomas Perrett Editor
Mark Sangster Editor
Rebecca Bowker Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Sam Montague Director of Photography
John Ford Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer
Martin Rosten Graphics
Tim Key Task Consultant

Videos

Vanish a large object

The contestants must vanish a large object. Here's Mawaan Rizwan's attempt.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne & Mawaan Rizwan.

Daisy May Cooper carrying drinks

The contestants must carry some drinks, whilst holding a big teddy. Here's Daisy May Cooper giving it a go.

Featuring: Alex Horne.

Press

Review: Taskmaster

Taskmaster dumps Dave for C4.... and - hooray - is as silly as ever!

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 16th October 2020

Taskmaster, Channel 4 review

The comedy show makes a seamless transfer.

Veronica Lee, The Arts Desk, 16th October 2020

Taskmaster wins 1.7million viewers for Channel 4

That figure is roughly in line with what the show scored on Dave when catch-up viewing was also counted - which means the show is sure to grow its audience with the change in broadcaster, once on-demand requests are also counted. Channel 4 has also hailed the fact that the show won its 9pm slot among the key 16-34 year-old demographic.

Chortle, 16th October 2020

TV review: Taskmaster, C4

First episode, as thoroughly entertaining as ever.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 15th October 2020

Taskmaster series 10 review

Channel 4's task in poaching Dave's best programme was simple: don't screw it up. And by barely changing a single thing for Taskmaster's tenth series, they passed with flying colours.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 15th October 2020

Taskmaster review - a delightfully daft diversion

Sure, test and trace might be more medically useful, but would it be as much fun? Take your pleasures where you can.

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian, 15th October 2020

Taskmaster, series 10, review

So much fun, you could almost forget the pandemic.

Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 15th October 2020

Taskmaster podcast reaches No. 2 in charts

Ahead of the BAFTA winning tv show making it's Channel 4 debut on Thursday 15th October at 9pm, it was announced today that the brand-new official Taskmaster Podcast has reached number two in the iTunes charts only two days following the trailer release and before any episodes have aired.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 14th October 2020

Bruce Dessau on doing the first Taskmaster in Edinburgh

Taskmaster began life as an Edinburgh Fringe show 10 years ago. Comedy critic Bruce Dessau, one of the first contestants, recalls the fun, chaos and rivalry.

Bruce Dessau, i Newspaper, 14th October 2020

Taskmaster Series 10 review

Taskmaster may have changed channels but it's still just as side-splittingly silly as before.

Lauren Morris, Radio Times, 6th October 2020

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