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


  • TV comedy
  • Channel 4 / Dave
  • 2015 - 2024
  • 149 episodes (16 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 16, Episode 10 - Always Forks And Marbles

Taskmaster. Alex Horne
The series reaches an exhilarating climax as Sam Campbell designs a small bikini, Sue Perkins forgets about the milk, Lucy Beaumont feeds her young, Susan Wokoma pairs cornflakes with hot sauce and Julian Clary gently assaults an innocent Taskmaster Assistant.

Prize task: The thing that, when you turn it round, gives you the biggest shock.

- Julian Clary: An urn containing the ashes of a friend of him, which on one side has the word "shit" on it. - 5
- Lucy Beaumont: A lamp, the switch on it is made out of her own hair. - 4
- Susan Wokoma: Vanilla ice cream, which lists the ingredients on the back, including a component from the anal secretions of beavers. - 3
- Sam Campbell: A baby-doll with an ugly face. - 2
- Sue Perkins: A cut-out of the back of Alex dressed, on the back of which is the same cut-out of Alex naked. - 1

Task 1: Do something shocking, but family-friendly, with this doughnut. Most socking doughnut deed wins. You have 15 minutes. Your time starts now.

- Lucy: Dresses as a bird, chews up the doughnut, then feeds the doughnut to Alex as if he was her baby.
- Julian: Eats the whole doughnut and spits it out into Alex's face. - 4
- Susan: Eats as wide an assortment of various different foodstuffs including the doughnut as possible, then heads out to be sick. - 4
- Sam: Puts the doughnut in a bikini, puts it on the roof, and a bird knocks the doughnut off to its death. - 3
- Sue: Makes a catapult and fires the doughnut at Alex. - 1

Task 2: Demonstrate the most effective high-intensity four-part exercise routine. Each of your four exercises must be original, and must take place on this mat. The first must last eight seconds; the second, four; the third, two; and the fourth, one-second long. Also, each move must start with the following - Julian: "Yeah", Lucy: "Ahhh", Sam: a gasp, Sue: "Whoops", Susan: a scream - and end with the following - Julian: a scream, Lucy: "Whoops", Sam: "Ahhh", Sue: "Yeah", Susan: a gasp. You have a maximum of 15 minutes. Your time starts now.

- Julian - 5
- Sam - 4
- Sue and Susan - 3
- Lucy - 2

Task 3 (Team Task): Give your guest the best service [to the Taskmaster hotel]. He has 30 minutes. His time starts now.

- The Sues - 5
- JLS - 2

Live task: Throw a ball into the bath tub from behind the rope. You may not touch the rope. If a ball ends up not in the bath tub, you are eliminated. Last player standing wins.

- Sam: Survives one round. - 5
- Julian, Lucy, Sue and Susan: All fail first time around. - 1

Final scores

- Julian - 17
- Sam and Susan - 16
- Lucy - 14
- Sue - 11

Series scores

- Sam - 161
- Julian - 155
- Susan - 139
- Sue - 137
- Lucy - 129

Broadcast details

Thursday 23rd November 2023
Channel 4
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 24th November 2023 12:25am 4seven
Saturday 25th November 2023 2:15am 4seven
Sunday 26th November 2023 1:10am 4seven
Sunday 26th November 2023 10:00pm 4seven
Tuesday 28th November 2023 12:50am 4seven
Thursday 30th November 2023 12:20am C4

Cast & crew

Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Alex Horne Host / Presenter
Julian Clary Self
Lucy Beaumont Self
Sam Campbell Self
Sue Perkins Self
Susan Wokoma 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
Amy Tuckwell Associate Producer
Rebecca Bowker Editor
Hunter Allen VT Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Sam Montague Director of Photography
Ric Clark Director of Photography
Gary Parkhurst Director of Photography
Christina Baker (as Chrissie Baker) Make-up Designer
Will Charles Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer
Martin Rosten Graphics
Alex Horne Creator


Extended Task: Sue and Susan's Taskmaster Hotel

An extended version of Sue Perkins and Susan Wokoma's management of the Taskmaster Hotel.

Featuring: Alex Horne, Sue Perkins & Susan Wokoma.

Extended Task: Julian, Lucy and Sam's Taskmaster Hotel

An extended version of Julian Clary, Lucy Beaumont and Sam Campbell's time running the Taskmaster Hotel.

Featuring: Alex Horne, Lucy Beaumont, Sam Campbell & Julian Clary.

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