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 17, Episode 1 - Grappling With My Life

Taskmaster. John Robins
Joanne McNally, John Robins, Nick Mohammed, Sophie Willan and Steve Pemberton are the formidable five hoping to pass the Taskmaster's muster with their attempts to hunt for patatas, hoopla a gorilla and hug a special friend.

Prize task: The most glorious thing that sounds a bit like "Greg Davies" if you mumble it.

- Steve Pemberton: Peg Mavis - Mavis from Coronation Street as a peg doll. - 5
- John Robins: Grieg dairies - the diaries of Edvard Grieg. - 4
- Sophie Willan: Egg babies - eggs made up to look like babies. - 3
- Nick Mohammed: Eggs Benedict. - 2
- Joanne McNally: Glug gravies - a glug jug full of gravy. - 1

Task 1: Do the riskiest thing involving this egg without breaking this egg. The egg in the greatest danger that doesn't break wins. You have 20 minutes. Your time starts now.

- John: Gets the egg to drive him home, with the egg swerving to avoid the egg's husband riding Linda the Cow, saving all their lives. - 5
- Joanne: Surrounds the egg with a large amount of bubble wrap, hits the egg against the wall and with various sporting equipment. - 4
- Nick: Hard boils the egg and throws bricks at it. Disqualified for breaking the egg. - 0
- Sophie: Tries to walk straight with the egg on her head. Disqualified as the egg falls off and breaks. - 0
- Steve: Conducts a puppet performance with the egg riding carriage number nine through a town. Disqualified as the egg falls off and breaks at the very end of the journey. - 0

Task 2 (Team Task): Create the best single picture of an animal doing something surprising. All six blinds must be fully and equally involved in your picture. You may not see each other's work, and you may only say two words at a time. After the task your pieces will be lined up next to each other in this order. 1. Shortest Wikipedia entry. 2. Best Show at the Edinburgh Fringe winner. 3. Smallest shoe size. 4. The person whom Alex said hello to first. 5. Most Twitter followers. 6. Lowest-scoring full name in Scrabble. You may not move outside of your segment. You have 15 minutes. Your time starts when Alex blows his whistle.

- Nick and Steve: A giraffe lying down giving birth. - 5
- Joanne, John and Sophie: A vole dancing, a dog driving, cow dancing and a bird smoking. - 3

Task 3: Hoopla Gary [the non-endangered gorilla] before he crosses the finish line. Your time is double every time one of your limbs gets wet. Fastest wins. Your time starts now.

- Joanne: 0:48 - 5
- Steve: 1:28 - 4
- John: 2:05 - 3
- Nick: 11:00 - 2
- Sophie: Failed to hoopla Gary. - 0

Live task: Bring your sausage to life. You have 30 seconds. You may not write any words on your drawing. Best sausage wins.

- Sophie: Last person standing. - 5
- Steve: Worst at making his sausage sexy. - 4
- John: Worst at making his sausage sporty. - 3
- Sophie: Worst at making her sausage scary. - 2
- Nick: Worst at making his sausage human. - 1

Final scores

- Joanne, John and Steve - 18
- Nick - 10
- Sophie - 8

Tie-break task: Which chess piece is not in the peas chest? Fastest correct answer wins. Your time starts now.

- Steve: 0:13 - Winner
- John: 1:26
- Joanne: 4:28

Broadcast details

Thursday 28th March 2024
Channel 4
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 29th March 2024 12:05am 4seven
Saturday 30th March 2024 3:30am 4seven
Monday 1st April 2024 1:25am 4seven
Wednesday 3rd April 2024 1:25am C4

Cast & crew

Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Alex Horne Host / Presenter
Joanne McNally Self
John Robins Self
Nick Mohammed Self
Sophie Willan Self
Steve Pemberton 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
Mark Sangster Editor
Hunter Allen VT Editor
Mark Hardyman VT Editor
Lachlan Wilson VT Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Sam Montague Director of Photography
Ric Clark Director of Photography
Gary Parkhurst Director of Photography
Will Charles Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer
Martin Rosten Graphics


Sophie Willan has an atrocious start

Alex Horne shows off his bad boy side, eggs feature prominently in the prize task and the new contestants desperately try to hoopla a gorilla as fast as possible.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Joanne McNally, John Robins, Nick Mohammed, Sophie Willan & Steve Pemberton.

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