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

Taskmaster

  • TV comedy
  • Channel 4 / Dave
  • 2015 - 2021
  • 105 episodes (12 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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Champion Of Champions, Episode 1 - Wiley Giraffe Blower

Taskmaster. Bob Mortimer. Copyright: Avalon Television
Critically-acclaimed, multi-award nominated Taskmaster welcomes back all five series champions: Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Noel Fielding, Rob Beckett and Bob Mortimer.

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Further details

Prize task: Thing that causes them the most embarrassment.

* Josh Widdicombe: A DVD of his appearance on This Week. - 5
* Katherine Ryan: A school history film project she did with sister, where she filmed her sister dressed as Hitler. - 4
* Rob Beckett: A pair of silk underpants with elephants on them, which he purchased after he shat himself at an airport during his honeymoon. - 3
* Bob Mortimer: A drawing of dog poo drawn by his then five-year-old son. - 2
* Noel Fielding: A photo of himself as a child holidaying in Florida. - 1

Task 1: Either throw an exercise ball into the bath, or put all the coconuts into the shopping trolley. You must throw the exercise ball from under a roof, and you may not move the bath. You must not touch any of the coconuts with your hands, and you may not move the shopping trolley. Fastest wins. Your time starts now.

* Noel: 1:29 with the exercise ball. - 5
* Rob: 1:52 with the exercise ball. - 4
* Katherine: 5:34 with the exercise ball. - 3
* Bob: 8:32 with the exercise ball. - 2
* Josh: 11:00 with the coconuts. - 1

Task 2: Blow something substantial off this table. Most substantial thing blown off this table wins. You have five minutes to select the item you think you can blow off the table and place it on the centre circle, then one minute to blow it off the table. Your time starts now.

* Rob: His contact lenses. - 5
* Josh: An exercise ball with a leaf blower. - 4
* Katherine: An umbrella using an empty cereal box as a fan. - 4
* Bob: A can of lager. - 2
* Noel: A packet of Cheetos. - 1

Task 3: Perform a miracle. Most miraculous wins. You have one hour. Your time starts now.

* Josh: Making a match move seemingly of its own accord. - 5
* Katherine: Performs several miracles - levitating wine, turning water into wine, giving £100 to a random stranger, and getting a plumber to the Taskmaster house in 28 minutes. - 5
* Bob: Throws a ping pong ball onto his face which sticks to his, then lights a dummy head on fire which suddenly moves, with Bob claiming we can now skateboard without causing a rumpus. - 4
* Noel: Dresses as a lizard and runs across a paddling pool. - 4
* Rob: Orders 100 pizzas. - 1

Live task: Write down a word beginning with "T" every time Alex blows his whistle. The person with the second-longest word takes a step down. Whoever writes the longest word misses a turn. If you write down one of Alex's special words you advance an extra step. First to reach the floor wins.

* Noel - 5
* Josh, Katherine and Rob - 4
* Bob - 1

Final scores

* Katherine - 20
* Josh and Rob - 19
* Noel - 16
* Bob - 11

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 13th December 2017
Time
9pm
Channel
Dave
Length
60 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 14th December 2017 2:00am Dave
Friday 15th December 2017 11:00pm Dave
Sunday 24th December 2017 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 13th February 2018 3:00am Dave
Tuesday 13th February 2018 10:00pm Dave
Monday 30th April 2018 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 12th June 2018 6:00pm Dave
Sunday 15th July 2018 10:00pm Dave
Monday 16th July 2018 2:00am Dave
Thursday 15th November 2018 3:10am Dave
Wednesday 12th December 2018 10:00pm Dave
Sunday 30th December 2018 7:00pm Dave
Thursday 7th February 2019 10:00pm Dave
Wednesday 3rd April 2019 10:00pm Dave
Sunday 1st September 2019 11:00pm Dave
Monday 2nd September 2019 10:00pm Dave
Thursday 2nd January 2020 12:40am Dave
Thursday 2nd January 2020 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 24th March 2020 10:00pm Dave
Wednesday 13th May 2020 10:40pm Dave
Thursday 14th May 2020 6:00pm Dave
Sunday 13th September 2020 2:50am Dave
Sunday 13th September 2020 5:00pm Dave
Monday 16th November 2020 11:20pm Dave
Sunday 6th December 2020 10:00pm E4
Monday 28th December 2020 11:20pm Dave
Tuesday 13th April 2021 1:25am E4
Monday 17th May 2021 12:20am Dave
Monday 17th May 2021 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 8th June 2021 6:00pm Dave

Cast & crew

Cast
Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Alex Horne Host / Presenter
Josh Widdicombe Self
Katherine Ryan Self
Rob Beckett Self
Noel Fielding Self
Bob Mortimer Self
Writing team
Alex Horne Writer
Production team
Andy Devonshire Series Director
Andy Cartwright Series Producer
Richard Allen-Turner Executive Producer
James Taylor Executive Producer
Jon Thoday Executive Producer
Hilary Rosen Executive Producer
Rob Aslett Executive Producer
Andy Devonshire Executive Producer
Alex Horne Executive Producer
Thomas Perrett Editor
Mark Sangster Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Sam Montague Director of Photography
Anthony Dalton Director of Photography
Martin Kempton Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer

Videos

Noel Fielding walks on water as a lizard

Is this a miracle? We thought it was!

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne & Noel Fielding.

Blow Something Off The Table

The contestants must blow something big off the table.

Featuring: Greg Davies.

Press

Just last month, Bob Mortimer was crowned fifth season champion of Taskmaster. But now the man who so emphatically demonstrated he could tear an apple into perfect halves with his bare hands must compete in a two-part tournament against previous victors Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Noel Fielding and Rob Beckett, all to determine who is the ultimate master of tasks. As ever, Greg Davies both officiates and castigates.

Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 13th December 2017

Taskmaster: Champion of Champions, Episode 1 review

The very best people at doing pointless tasks have returned to see who is the best of all.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 13th December 2017

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