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


  • TV comedy
  • Channel 4 / Dave
  • 2015 - 2022
  • 116 episodes (13 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 12, Episode 1 - An Imbalance In The Poppability

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Desiree Burch, Morgana Robinson, Greg Davies, Guz Khan, Alex Horne, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Alan Davies. Copyright: Avalon Television
Greg and Alex welcome Alan Davies, Desiree Burch, Guz Khan, Morgana Robinson and Victoria Coren Mitchell with tasks featuring creepers, catapults and one (fake) cactus.

Preview clips

Prize task: The thing that, if you put it in a bag and sit on it, it would feel the nicest.

* Desiree Burch: Chicken fillets, as a substitute for human breasts. - 5
* Alan Davies: An inflatable car cushion and an electric toothbrush. - 4
* Victoria Coren Mitchell: (Fake) Diamonds. - 3
* Morgana Robinson: A spinning washing machine. - 2
* Guz Khan: A chair from the Taskmaster set. - 1

Task 1: Strike Alex with a ball. Alex may not run, hide or leave the Taskmaster grounds. Fastest wins. Your time starts now. (The contestants are wearing video cameras, and Alex can see the camera feed.)

* Morgana: 2:04, plus a bonus point for calling Alex Horne: "a little fucker." - 6
* Desiree: 6:03 - 4
* Victoria: 7:24 - 3
* Guz: 7:29 - 2
* Alan: 10:22 - 1

Task 2: Paint the most flattering picture of the Taskmaster in action on the canvas in the lab. The canvas will either be six inches or six feet above you. You must lie flat on your back on the creeper at all times. You have ten minutes. Your time starts now and you must tell Alex if you want the canvas to be six inches or six feet above you within the next ten seconds.

* Guz - 5
* Alan - 4
* Desiree - 3
* Morgana - 2
* Victoria - 1

Task 3: Pop the balloon. You must stay behind the rope at all times. You must not move the rope. You may buy the tools you need with time. Fastest wins. Your time starts when Alex has shown you his tool shop. (Tools for sale - Slingshot and bucket of stones: 1:00, Pebbles: 1:30 each, Forks: 2:00 each, Darts: 2:30 each, Rubber ducks: Free, Portcullis scissors: 8:00.)

* Alan: 9:00 - 5
* Victoria: 25:30 - 4
* Guz: 36:58 - 3
* Morgana: 56:00 - 2
* Desiree: 2:57:00 - 1

Live task, Part 1: Write down a cool hobby, a fun animal and a famous person. You have 30 seconds. Part 2: Strike a pose to represent first your cool hobby, then your fun animal, then your famous person. You will have ten seconds to strike a pose and must then hold the pose until the end of the round. The Taskmaster will attempt to guess what each pose represents. You may not make a noise or movement when posed. Most accurate guesses wins.

* Morgana: 1.5 correct guesses - 5
* Desiree and Guz: 1 correct guess - 3
* Alan and Victoria: No correct guesses - 1

Final scores

* Morgana - 17
* Desiree - 16
* Alan - 15
* Guz - 14
* Victoria - 12


Channel 4 initially broadcast a censored version of this episode in error.

Broadcast details

Thursday 23rd September 2021
Channel 4
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 24th September 2021 12:25am 4seven
Sunday 26th September 2021 2:15am 4seven
Monday 27th September 2021 1:35am E4
Tuesday 28th September 2021 11:35pm C4
Friday 1st October 2021 1:50am C4

Cast & crew

Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Alex Horne Host / Presenter
Alan Davies Self
Desiree Burch Self
Guz Khan Self
Morgana Robinson Self
Victoria Coren Mitchell 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
Roberta Grady Edit 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


Pop a balloon

Desiree Burch receives the questionable accolade of 'the worst attempt we've ever seen at any task'.

Featuring: Greg Davies & Desiree Burch.


Complaints over lack of swearing in Taskmaster

Producer Andy Cartwright tweeted a brief explanation towards the end of the broadcast: "Wrong version of Taskmaster played I'm afraid. Oops. Ding happens."

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 23rd September 2021

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