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 9 - Nothing Matters

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Desiree Burch, Alex Horne. Copyright: Avalon Television
Taskmaster Greg Davies can barely conceal his contempt as he witnesses Alan yawning at a friend, Victoria throwing paint and his sidekick Alex Horne blowing cold air down Desiree's neck via a long tube.

Further details

Prize task: 40 things that are all the same and can all fit on a towel.

- Alan Davies: Tiny glasses of fizzy Blue Nun on a towel themed on Greg's hometown of Wem. - 5
- Desiree Burch: Tiny trophies, each containing a pound coin. - 4
- Guz Khan: Tennis balls on a really big towel. - 3
- Victoria Coren Mitchell: Cherry liqueur chocolates. - 2
- Morgana Robinson: Chips. - 1

Task 1: Have the longest telephone conversation without the other person knowing that you are trying to have a long telephone conversation. During the call you must not mention television or Taskmaster. Every minute you must reveal and carry out an action from the board. If the person you call says any of the keywords, you must hang up immediately. You must call someone within two minutes from now.

- Desiree: 8:27 - 5
- Victoria: 3:41 - 4
- Guz: 1:46 - 3
- Morgana: 0:53 - 2
- Alan: 0:20 - 1

Task 2: Strike the soldier with your throwing paint. The soldier will say your name every five seconds. You may not remove or tamper with your helmet. Fastest wins. Your time starts when you are correctly wearing your helmet [which makes the contestant only see what is behind them].

- Morgana: 1:39 (thanks to Alex not fitting the helmet properly.) - 5
- Desiree: 8:30 - 4
- Guz: 12:54 - 3
- Victoria: 13:30 - 2
- Alan: 19:20 - 1

Task 3: Get goosebumps. Your goosebumps must be revealed in the lab. Fastest wins. Your time starts now.

- Morgana: 2:49 - 5
- Alan: 13:51 - 4
- Desiree: 24:30 - 3
- Guz: Failed to get goosebumps. - 0
- Victoria: 0:56, but disqualified for just drawing goosebumps on her arm, but Greg says her will give her points retrospectively if he can find proof that Victoria is nicknamed Old Goosebump Arm. - 0

Live task (Team Task): Get the highest score by sliding your ducks. Each team will slide a pair of ducks three times. The duck slider must smirk at the Taskmaster while sliding their ducks. The winning team will receive five points per person. The losing team will get zero.

- Desiree, Guz and Morgana: 16 - 5
- Alan and Victoria: 8 - 0

Final scores

- Desiree: 21
- Morgana: 18
- Guz: 15
- Alan: 11
- Victoria: 8

Broadcast details

Thursday 18th November 2021
Channel 4
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 19th November 2021 12:10am 4seven
Sunday 21st November 2021 1:25am 4seven
Monday 22nd November 2021 2:30am E4
Thursday 25th November 2021 2:20am 4seven
Saturday 27th November 2021 2:05am 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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