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

Taskmaster

  • TV comedy
  • Channel 4 / Dave
  • 2015 - 2021
  • 105 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 11, Episode 1 - It's Not Your Fault

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Sarah Kendall, Alex Horne. Copyright: Avalon Television
Greg Davies sets tasks involving the perils of airport security, fashion for insects and the creative application of cling film and gaffer tape to Charlotte Ritchie, Jamali Maddix, Lee Mack, Mike Wozniak and Sarah Kendall. As usual, Alex Horne offers the intrepid contenders moral support, recording the key details as pests are controlled and plates are delivered.

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Further details

Prize task: The best thing you can carry, but only just.

* Mike Wozniak: A tune for a song featuring facts about animals. - 5
* Lee Mack: A representation of his children. - 4
* Sarah Kendall: A stolen bar fridge. - 3
* Jamali Maddix: A slightly hot potato. - 2
* Charlotte Ritchie: Her bedding. - 1

Task 1: Do the most impressive thing under this table with one hand. You must be looking at the camera and waving with your other hand throughout your impressive thing. You have 15 minutes to prepare for your impressive thing, then a minute in which to do your impressive thing. Your time starts now.

* Mike: Plays the Taskmaster theme tune on a balalaika. - 5
* Sarah: Gives Alex a makeover. - 4
* Lee: Attempts to make a feast. - 3
* Jamali: Spinning a cushion. Greg later gives him a bonus point after saying that he could also do it, but fails to do so. - 3
* Charlotte: A coin walk. - 2

Task 2: Catch the rat. Most ingenious catching of the rat wins. You must be at least three metres from the rat when you catch it. The rat will run over the red green in 30 minutes from now.

* Lee - 5
* Mike and Sarah - 3
* Jamali - 1
* Charlotte: Disqualified for not being three metres away. - 0

Task 3: Deliver all the plates to Alex. When carrying the plates, you must travel by scooter or bicycle or hoverboard. For every plate fallen or broken, you will have 20 minutes added to your time. Fastest wins. You may start moving plates in three minutes from now.

* Lee: 0:01:20 - 5
* Sarah: 0:02:29 - 4
* Mike: 0:03:02 - 3
* Charlotte: 0:05:12 - 2
* Jamali: 3:08:00 - 1

Live task: Stack your buckets so that they are taller than you, then put one beanbag on top of the buckets. You may not leave your spot at any point. Fastest wins.

* Sarah - 5
* Charlotte, Jamali, Lee and Mike: Keep knocking down each others' towers, and thus don't reach the required height. - 0

Final scores

* Sarah - 18
* Lee and Mike - 17
* Jamali - 7
* Charlotte - 5

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 18th March 2021
Time
9pm
Channel
Channel 4
Length
60 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 18th March 2021 11:20pm 4seven
Saturday 20th March 2021 3:40am 4seven
Monday 22nd March 2021 12:05am E4
Tuesday 23rd March 2021 11:20pm C4

Cast & crew

Cast
Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Alex Horne Host / Presenter
Sarah Kendall Self
Lee Mack Self
Jamali Maddix Self
Charlotte Ritchie Self
Mike Wozniak 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
Will Charles Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer
Martin Rosten Graphics
Tim Key Task Consultant

Video

Outtake: Have you ever shat in a bath?

From the first episode of Taskmaster series 11, Greg Davies poses the question - have you ever shat in a bath?

Featuring: Greg Davies & Alex Horne.

Press

A new series of Taskmaster began, which has every promise to match the highs of the last. Chief among the promiseers in series 11 is Sarah Kendall, the driest of Aussies, yet we also have grumpy Jamali Maddix, Lee Mack and the like, and the mix works (again) wonderfully well, crushing together those who will solve an impossible problem in methodical fashion and those who will throw proven natural laws to all 13 winds. Trapping a giant motorised rat in a net from three metres away, conveying 24 unbroken dinner plates on a hoverboard through a hangar, inviting a helium balloon to behave - never mind Taskmaster, this should be the primary task for all diplomats and wannabe 007s. As ever, creator Alex Horne and Taskmaster Greg Davies fashion great humour from abject failure. I think Greg's resolutely kind demolition of Charlotte Ritchie - "you didn't think your left hand was for anything?" - represents a touchstone in anthropology.

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 21st March 2021

Taskmaster review

As easy as keeping a cushion spinning on a finger.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 19th March 2021

TV review: Taskmaster, Series 11, Episode 1

This opening episode was one of the strongest out of all of them, and I'd be amazed if by the end this wasn't seen as one of the best, right up their with series 5 and 7.

Alex Finch, Comedy To Watch, 19th March 2021

Taskmaster brought theatrical silliness to panel shows

The Greg Davies-fronted show is a hit for Channel 4 after making the leap from Dave, but execs took some convincing that it could work, creator Alex Horne tells Isobel Lewis.

Isobel Lewis, The Independent, 18th March 2021

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