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 8 - A Couple Of Ethels

Taskmaster. Victoria Coren Mitchell. Copyright: Avalon Television
This week, Desiree draws on her face, Guz endures a ball to the groin and Alan loses an eye.

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Prize task: The best thing you use for something other than its actual purpose.

- Desiree Burch: A cat toilet she uses as a storage unit. - 5
- Alan Davies: A child's toothbrush with a sticky end to it, which he uses to pull out hard-to-remove halogen light bulbs. - 4
- Guz Khan: A clothes-hanger iPhone holder, which he doesn't use that often. - 3
- Morgana Robinson: Arse cream, which she uses to reduce puffy eyes. - 2
- Victoria Coren Mitchell: A bread bin, which she puts bread on and around, rather than inside. - 1

Task 1: Make and wear a popcorn necklace with at least five pieces of popcorn, and then do the opposite of the following: You must under no circumstances not avoid not making the bell not ring. The task is over when have either run the bell or not run the bell and say: "I did the right thing", three times. Fastest to not do the wrong thing wins. If you don't do the right thing, you lose five points. Your time started when you started reading the task.

- Guz: 5:37 and rang the bell. (The instruction orders you to not ring the bell, but you have to do the opposite, and thus ring the bell.) - 5
- Alan: 11 minutes and rang the bell. - 4
- Morgana: 16 minutes and rang the bell. - 3
- Desiree: 5:35, but did not ring the bell. - -5
- Victoria: 7:38, but did not ring the bell. - -5

Task 2 (Team Task), Part 2: Provide the most iconic and memorable commentary for this brilliant one minute of socially distanced sport. One of you must commentate on the action, the other(s) must provide analysis. Best commentary on the most brilliant socially distanced sport wins. You have 15 minutes. Your time starts now. Part 1: Play the most brilliant minute of socially distanced sport. You have ten minutes. Your time starts now.

- Alan and Victoria had the best sport; but Desiree, Guz and Morgana had the best commentary. - 5 points for everyone.

Task 3: Make your face look like another face when your face is turned upside-down. Most expressive and radically different upside down face wins. You have 15 minutes. Your time starts now.

- Alan and Victoria - 5
- Guz and Morgana - 4
- Desiree - 2

Live task: Pop up before the object, but only just. You are only allowed to pop up once. Closest to the pop before the pop wins the round. If you pop up after the object, you get no points in that round. Best after three rounds wins (Round 1: Toaster. Round 2: Jack-in-the-box. Round 3: Balloon.)

- Morgana - 5
- Guz - 4
- Alan and Victoria - 3
- Desiree - 2

Final scores

- Alan and Guz - 21
- Morgana - 19
- Desiree and Victoria - 9

Tie-break task: Blow a feather across a table as fast as possible using only your nose. Fastest wins.

- Alan: 9.5 seconds - Winner
- Guz: 28.7 seconds

Broadcast details

Thursday 11th November 2021
Channel 4
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 11th November 2021 11:05pm 4seven
Saturday 13th November 2021 2:15am C4
Sunday 14th November 2021 1:30am 4seven
Monday 15th November 2021 2:10am E4
Wednesday 17th November 2021 12:45am C4
Saturday 20th November 2021 2:00am 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

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