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


  • TV comedy
  • Channel 4 / Dave
  • 2015 - 2024
  • 160 episodes (17 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.

  • Due to return for Series 18
  • Series 2, Episode 1 repeated Monday at 11pm on Dave
  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 82


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Series 15, Episode 1 - The Curse Of Politeness

Taskmaster. Image shows left to right: Frankie Boyle, Ivo Graham, Jenny Eclair, Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Mae Martin
Frankie Boyle, Ivo Graham, Jenny Eclair, Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Mae Martin are the courageous comics entering the Series 15 crypt to task like they've never tasked before.

Prize task: The most dependable thing that weighs about one kilogram.

- Mae Martin: A full English breakfast. - 5
- Kiell Smith-Bynoe: A toaster. - 4
- Frankie Boyle: A portrait of him on horseback, featuring his children. - 3
- Jenny Eclair: 21 eggs. - 2
- Ivo Graham: Four toilet rolls. - 1

Task 1: Have the best first dance at a wedding with Alex. You can choose whatever music you want, but must be wearing these headphones throughout. Your first dance must last no more than a minute. You have 20 minutes to prepare. Your time starts now.

- Kiell: Dancing to "Boogie Wonderland" by Earth, Wind and Fire. - 5
- Mae: Dancing to "Zorba The Greek" by Mikis Theodorakis. - 4
- Jenny: Dancing to "Ride Of The Valkyries" by Richard Wagner. - 3
- Ivo: Dancing to "Dizzy" by The Wonder Stuff. - 2
- Frankie: Dancing to "Today's Your Day (Whachagonedu)" by Fat Lip. - 1

Task 2, Part 1: Completely unwind this ball of string. Your time started when you said Alex's name. Part 2 (printed on the back of the task): Put a neat ball of string on the cushion. Fastest wins. You do not have to unwind the ball of string. Your time started when you said Alex's name.

- Mae: 2:35 - 5
- Jenny: 3:54 - 4
- Kiell: 5:07 - 3
- Ivo: 7:24 - 2
- Frankie: Never read the back of the task, thus he never put a ball of string back on the cushion, and as such his time is still going. - 1

Task 3: Get all the rubber rings on your bargepole. You may not touch bargepole or rubber rings at any point. You have a maximum of half an hour. Your time starts now.

- Mae: 7:07 - 5
- Ivo: 7:41 - 4
- Kiell: 26:30 - 3
- Frankie and Jenny: One ring each in time allowed. - 2

Live task: Throw your items into your bucket. You must select one item when Alex blows his whistle. You must then throw that item when Alex blows his whistle again. If your bucket falls, you're disqualified. You must stay on your spot and you must not move your spot. Most items in a standing bucket wins.

- Frankie and Jenny: Nothing, but buckets still standing. - 5
- Ivo, Kiell and Mae: Buckets fell. - 0

Final scores

- Mae: 19
- Jenny: 16
- Kiell: 15
- Frankie: 12
- Ivo: 9

Broadcast details

Thursday 30th March 2023
Channel 4
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Alex Horne Host / Presenter
Frankie Boyle Self
Ivo Graham Self
Jenny Eclair Self
Kiell Smith-Bynoe Self
Mae Martin 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
Vicky Winter Line Producer
Amy Tuckwell Associate Producer
Mark Lucey Edit Producer
Mark Sangster Editor
Rebecca Bowker Editor
Iain Chambers VT Editor
Joe Swanson VT Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Sam Montague Director of Photography
John Ford Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer
Martin Rosten Graphics

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