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


  • 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 12, Episode 3 - The End Of The Franchise

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Alan Davies, Alex Horne. Copyright: Avalon Television
The perfect Taskmaster contestant should be as versatile as an egg, able to turn their hand to anything from construction to choreography. This is the contestant that Greg Davies dreams of, yet instead, in this episode, he gets Victoria Coren Mitchell drawing an exploding cat, Alan Davies hurting himself with a rubber band and Desiree Burch doing something inexplicable when faced with sand. Alex Horne provides statistical analysis.

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Prize task: The most old-fashioned thing that you still use

* Desiree Burch: A chaise lounge. - 5
* Guz Khan: A Nokia mobile phone. - 4
* Alan Davies: A VCR and a video cassette of Jonathan Creek. - 3
* Morgana Robinson: A hand-held electric food mixer. - 2
* Victoria Coren Mitchell: Tipp-Ex. - 1

Task 1: Copy Alex. Alex will demonstrate his actions twice, then you will have one attempt to copy Alex. Closest copy wins. Your copying starts when you say: "Let's go."

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

Task 2: Make the highest sand bridge across the river. You may not leave the lab. Your sand bridge must support the egg, and the egg must be able to pass under the sand bridge. There are two bonus points for the most extravagant sand bridge. You have 15 minutes. Your time starts now.

* Alan: 11 inches, but given first place as his bridge is entirely made out of sand. Also given one bonus point for the most extravagant bridge. - 6
* Morgana: 21 inches using building materials hidden inside the table. Also given one bonus point for the most extravagant bridge. - 5
* Desiree: 10 inches - 3
* Victoria: 9 inches - 2
* Guz: 9.5 inches, but the egg cannot pass under his bridge. - 1

Task 3: Film the most thrilling 30 second sequence wearing the wellie-cam. You have 30 minutes. Your time starts now.

* Desiree: The objects in the house including a giant rubber duck try to kill everyone. - 5
* Morgana: The house is full of ghosts and Alex's disembodied head is in the caravan. - 4
* Guz: A West Country western film, with Guz throwing a wellie into Alex's groin. - 3
* Victoria: A slide show of a drawn James Bond film, featuring a nuclear weapon in the villain's cat. - 3
* Alan: Puppets of Alan and Victoria are sailing in the bath, but are attacked by giant man-eating rubber ducks. - 2

Live task (Team Task): Correctly guess your teammate's object. Your teammate will represent their object through the medium of shadows on the screen. Fastest correct guess wins two actual points per round.

* Desiree, Guz and Morgana - 4
* Alan and Victoria - 2

Final scores

* Desiree - 21
* Morgana - 18
* Alan and Guz - 14
* Victoria - 13

Broadcast details

Thursday 7th October 2021
Channel 4
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 8th October 2021 12:10am 4seven
Sunday 10th October 2021 1:10am 4seven
Monday 11th October 2021 1:00am E4
Tuesday 12th October 2021 2:20am 4seven
Tuesday 12th October 2021 11:20pm C4
Saturday 16th October 2021 2:45am 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
Rebecca Bowker Editor
Steve Nayler (as Steve Naylor) 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


Build the highest sand bridge

The contestants attempt to build an egg-stravagant sand bridge.

Featuring: Greg Davies & Alex Horne.


Taskmaster apologises for ongoing technical problems

The second and third episodes had problems with the contrast and brightness, which viewers called "uncomfortable" to watch. Subtitles were also unavailable for the programme.

Matilda Davies, Digital Spy, 8th October 2021

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