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


  • TV comedy
  • Channel 4 / Dave
  • 2015 - 2022
  • 117 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 13, Episode 1 - The Noise That Blue Makes

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Ardal O'Hanlon, Bridget Christie, Chris Ramsey, Judi Love, Sophie Duker
The award-winning celebrity challenge returns, with Greg Davies as the all-powerful Taskmaster and Alex Horne as his sidekick, setting all manner of perplexing and downright extraordinary tasks for five contestants from the comedy world - Ardal O'Hanlon, Bridget Christie, Chris Ramsey, Judi Love and Sophie Duker. They'll be facing all manner of tasks to test their daring, dexterity and dignity under pressure - and to also make them look just a little bit silly too.

Prize task: The thing that if you found it in a skip, you would be most excited by.

* Bridget Christie: A last will and testament, about 300 years old. - 5
* Chris Ramsey: A 1990s style business briefcase. - 4
* Sophie Duker: A sofa. - 3
* Judi Love: Now That's What I Call Music 24 on audio cassette. - 2
* Ardal O'Hanlon: A golf trophy. - 1

Task 1: Find all ten ducks. You must stay in the lab. Fastest wins. You have a maximum of 20 minutes. Your time started when you entered the lab.

* Chris: 7 ducks - 5
* Judi: 5 ducks, plus one stray duck from an old task created years ago. - 4
* Bridget and Sophie: 4 ducks - 3
* Ardal: 2 ducks - 1

Task 2: Create the best picture of the Taskmaster using only lipstick on your lips. You have ten minutes and your picture must fill most of the canvas. Your time starts now.

* Chris - 5
* Bridget - 4
* Ardal and Sophie - 3
* Judi - 1

Task 3: Devise a duel and have the duel with Alex. You have 20 minutes to devise your duel and have the duel with Alex. Most exhilarating duel wins. Your time starts now.

* Sophie: A rap battle. - 5
* Chris: A sporting battle with baskets on their back, trying to throw balls into their opponent's basket while on all-fours. - 4
* Bridget: A rather slow joust. - 3
* Ardal - Throwing fruit at each other. - 2
* Judi: Alex wearing roller-skates too small for him and throwing a ball at Judi's face, who is well-protected, drinking a cocktail, and throwing balls all over Alex's body. - 1

Live task: Count to 13 as a group, each player taking it in turns to say a number. Every time you say an odd number, you must also squat. Every time you say an even number, you must also jump. If you make a mistake, you are out. If you reach 13 or someone is eliminated, other rules will be introduced. If the Taskmaster thinks you have hesitated for too long, you will be eliminated. [Later rules: Salute on multiples of three; Pronounce multiples of four completely wrong; Say all the numbers in French; Spin around when saying any French number containing the letter "T"; Pretend to be sick when saying any French number containing a single letter "E".]

* Chris - 5
* Sophie - 4
* Ardal - 3
* Judi - 2
* Bridget - 1

Final scores

* Chris - 23
* Sophie - 18
* Bridget - 16
* Ardal - 10
* Judi - 10

Broadcast details

Thursday 14th April 2022
Channel 4
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 15th April 2022 1:55am 4seven
Sunday 17th April 2022 1:30am 4seven
Tuesday 19th April 2022 12:10am C4
Wednesday 20th April 2022 3:10am 4seven
Thursday 21st April 2022 1:10am 4seven

Cast & crew

Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Alex Horne Host / Presenter
Ardal O'Hanlon Self
Bridget Christie Self
Chris Ramsey Self
Judi Love Self
Sophie Duker Self
Writing team
Alex Horne Writer
Tim Key Task Consultant
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
Rebecca Bowker Editor
Harfun Li VT Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Sam Montague Director of Photography
John Ford Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer
Martin Rosten Graphics


What's in Chris Ramsey's MYSTERY suitcase?

In Episode 1 of Taskmaster's brand new series, we look at Chris Ramsey's best moments including an amazing lip-painting, the duel to end all duels and a duck hunt like you've never seen before.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Bridget Christie, Sophie Duker, Judi Love, Ardal O'Hanlon & Chris Ramsey.

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