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.

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Series 15, Episode 5 - Old Honkfoot

Taskmaster. Alex Horne
As the five intrepid comedians approach the halfway point in the series, Taskmaster Greg wants to put all of their skills to the test by challenging their short-term memory, their musicality, and their short-term memory. Frankie Boyle impresses with his falsetto. Kiell Smith-Bynoe wows everyone with his spoon retrieval abilities. And Mae Martin fakes their way into Little Alex Horne's wallet.

Prize task: The luckiest thing.

- Kiell Smith-Bynoe: A scratchcard bought by the luckiest woman in Britain. - 5
- Mae Martin: Lucky lenses, namely a pair of sunglasses to which four-leaf clovers, rabbit's feet and a horseshoe have been attacked. - 4
- Frankie Boyle: A bag that was left at a theatre by a fan of his, depicting himself and animals. - 3
- Ivo Graham: A maneki neko Japanese bobtail cat figure, a figure of ex-footballer Steve Bruce, his favourite lucky poker hand, and the silver spoon he was born with in his mouth, all stuck to a mortarboard. - 3
- Jenny Eclair: A photo of herself and her grandson. - 2

Task 1: Fake something. Best fake wins. You have 20 minutes. Ready steady go.

- Frankie: Fakes his own death. - 5
- Ivo: A member of crew pretends to be Ivo, pretending to be an Egyptian mummy. - 4
- Mae: Pretends to be a spirit medium, using information about Alex that they got from his wife. - 4
- Jenny: Fakes a heart attack, then a nosebleed. - 2
- Kiell: Makes a fake hand out of cake and eggshells. - 2

Task 2: Play the instrument indicated by the light. Each time you play an instrument correctly, another will be added to the sequence until you make a mistake. Longest sequence wins. There is a bonus point for the person who sounds the least worst. Your time starts when the first light goes on.

- Frankie and Mae: 9 - 5
- Jenny: 6 - 3
- Kiell: 5, plus bonus point for sounding the least worst. - 3
- Ivo: 5 - 2

Task 3 (Team Task): Salvage the most spoons. You may not leave the lab, and all spoons must be salvaged with a magnet. Your salvager must not remove their headwear. Most salvaged spoons brought to the lab wins. Also, from now on, you must speak in a very high-pitched voice. You have 16 minutes. Your time starts now.

- Jenny, Kiell and Mae: 9 - 0
- Frankie and Ivo: Disqualified for not getting to the lab in time. - 0

Live task (Team Task), Part 1: Stuff all these things in your teammate's outfit. If you are wearing a special outfit, you must stay on your spot and with your hands on your head at all times. Fastest wins. Part 2 (for the winning team only): Say how many things you stuffed in your teammate's outfit. If you are correct, your points are doubled. If you are wrong, the other team gets your points. You have one minute. Your time starts when Alex blows his whistle.

- Jenny, Kiell and Mae: Correctly guess there are 29 items. - 10
- Frankie and Ivo - 0

Final scores

- Mae: 28
- Kiell: 25
- Jenny: 22
- Frankie: 13
- Ivo: 9

Broadcast details

Thursday 27th April 2023
Channel 4
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 28th April 2023 12:35am 4seven
Saturday 29th April 2023 1:15am 4seven
Sunday 30th April 2023 2:15am 4seven
Monday 1st May 2023 1:15am 4seven
Wednesday 3rd May 2023 12:05am C4
Thursday 4th May 2023 1:15am 4seven
Friday 25th August 2023 8:00pm E4
Friday 2nd February 2024 11:05pm E4

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
Gabby Tomlinson Edit Producer
Rebecca Bowker Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Sam Montague Director of Photography
Will Charles Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer
Martin Rosten Graphics


Salvage the Most Spoons...

There is lots of high-pitch speaking in this one.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Frankie Boyle, Jenny Eclair, Ivo Graham, Mae Martin & Kiell Smith-Bynoe.

Spoon salvage

The teams are split into two, which sees one half of the team working to salvage as many spoons as possible while navigated by the other half of the team.

Featuring: Frankie Boyle, Jenny Eclair, Ivo Graham, Mae Martin & Kiell Smith-Bynoe.

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