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 8 - The Umbrella Wink

Taskmaster. Image shows left to right: Sophie Willan, Steve Pemberton
Greg Davies has been presented with a great many bizarre moments during his glorious reign as the Taskmaster, but this episode ups the ante in the strangeness stakes. Why has John Robins attached oars to his arms? Why does Nick Mohammed keep winking at Alex Horne? Why is Sophie Willan making a wolf beatbox? Why is Steve Pemberton skinning a mannequin? And why has Joanne McNally wilfully desecrated Greg's noble statue?

Prize task: The thing of yours Greg would most like to squeeze in his mighty hands.

- Nick Mohammed: A voucher to squeeze his thigh once a month. - 5
- Joanne McNally: Her nose, which has no cartilage. - 4
- Steve Pemberton: A device that allows someone to squeeze the filling of your choice into an unfilled banana. - 3
- John Robins: His collection of farthings. - 2
- Sophie Willan: A bottle of paint. - 2

Task 1: Flick, flip and flap a flip-flop, flan and flapjack. You may only flick, flip and flap once. Furthest flicked, flipped and flapped flip-flop, flan and flapjack finished first. You have flifteen minutes. Your time starts now.

- John: 408 pigeons. - 5
- Steve: 208 pigeons. - 4
- Joanne: 197 pigeons. - 3
- Sophie: 56.9 pigeons. - 2
- Nick: 10 pigeons. - 1

Task 2, Part 1: (For Nick and Sophie) In the next task, you must say the word "umbrella" five times. If you say the word umbrella five times and no-one else says the word "umbrella", you get two bonus points. Your teammates must hear you say "umbrella" and you must not mention the concept of a bonus task. (For Joanne and Steve) In the next task, you must lie on the floor for 30 seconds. If you lie on the floor for 30 seconds without anyone questioning why you are lying on the floor, you get two bonus points. (For John) In the next task, you must get something from the caravan, the shed, the hutch and the toilet before the task is finished. If you get something from all those places without anyone questioning why you are getting something from all those place, you get two bonus points. (For all) If you fail, you lose two points.

- Everyone manages to complete their bonus tasks. - 2

Task 2, Part 2 (Team Task): Put the watermelon on this table. The table may not be moved. Once you leave this room, you may not re-enter this room. Also you may not step on the stage, and the watermelon may not touch the stage, floor or ground. Finally, you must speak into your hand-held microphones at all times. Fastest wins. Your time started when you said "Hello" for a fourth time.

- Joanne, John and Sophie: Only team to complete the task. - 5
- Nick and Steve: Disqualified for stepping on the stage and letting the watermelon touch the stage. - 0

Task 3: Make this mannequin come alive. Most alive mannequin wins. You have 20 minutes. Your time starts now.

- Steve: Operates on the mannequin like Dr. Frankenstein, then he dresses as the mannequin and dances with Alex. - 5
- John: Dances with the mannequin. - 3
- Nick: Does a magic trick as the mannequin. - 3
- Sophie: Dresses it with a wolf mask and her big coat, and suggests they are looking for love. - 2
- Joanne: Tries to resuscitate the mannequin using a defibrillator, but fails. - 1

Live task, Part 1: Write down a letter of the alphabet. You have ten seconds. Part 2: Every time Greg asks you a question, you must write down an answer. Last correct answer place on the board is eliminated.

- John - 5
- Nick - 4
- Steve - 3
- Joanne - 2
- Sophie - 1

Final scores

- John - 22
- Joanne and Steve - 17
- Nick - 15
- Sophie - 14

Broadcast details

Thursday 16th May 2024
Channel 4
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 17th May 2024 12:05am 4seven
Saturday 18th May 2024 2:15am 4seven
Sunday 19th May 2024 2:05am 4seven
Wednesday 22nd May 2024 12:05am C4
Tuesday 28th May 2024 11:55pm 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
Vicky Winter Line Producer
Amy Tuckwell Associate Producer
Karen Murdoch Edit Producer
Hunter Allen VT Editor
Mark Hardyman 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

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