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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.

  • Due to return for Series 18
  • Series 2, Episode 1 repeated tomorrow at 11pm on Dave
  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 77


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Taskmaster's New Year Treat 2024 - Huh?

Taskmaster. Image shows left to right: Steve Backshall, Zoe Ball, Greg Davies, Deborah Meaden, Alex Horne, Kojey Radical, Lenny Rush
Deborah Meaden, Kojey Radical, Lenny Rush, Steve Backshall and Zoe Ball compete for Greg's golden eyebrows in the fourth New Year Treat.

Prize task: The most fun thing to be carrying when you enter a room full of people you don't know.

- Kojey Radical: Six robot puppy toys, doing a synchronised dance. - 5
- Lenny Rush: Beer and cigarettes, which are actually candy cigarettes and squash in disguise. - 5
- Steve Backshall: An irukandji (the most venomous animal in the world) in a jar. - 3
- Zoe Ball: A one-man band. - 2
- Deborah Meaden: A bingo cage. - 1

Task 1: Eat these poppadoms. After each mouthful you must lose a letter of the alphabet from your vocabulary, then either compliment Greg or insult Alex. You insults and compliments must all be different. If you use a lost letter at any time, 10g will be added to your final poppadoms weight. Most poppadoms eaten wins. You have a maximum of ten minutes. Your time starts when Alex blows his whistle.

- Deborah: +15 poppadoms "created" (24 mistakes). - 5
- Steve: +24 poppadoms (38 mistakes). - 4
- Zoe: +41 poppadoms (56 mistakes). - 3
- Lenny: +64 poppadoms (85 mistakes). - 2
- Kojey: +97 poppadoms (131 mistakes). - 1

Task 2: Draw a picture of yourself eating some fruit on this tablet. You may not touch the touch-screen with any part of your hands. You have as long as it takes you to eat an orange (asked to each contestant before opening the task). Also throughout the task you must become increasingly angry. Your time starts now.

- Kojey: 6:23 - 5
- Zoe: 3:00 - 4
- Lenny: 10:00 - 3
- Steve: 0:45 - 2
- Deborah: 3:00 - 1

Task 3: Make these things pop when the time hits zero: toast, popper, monster, jack, gum, feeder, cuckoo, bubble and balloon. Shortest time between the first and last pop wins. You have 15 minutes. Your time starts now.

- Steve: 18 seconds. - 5
- Lenny: 50 seconds. - 4
- Deborah: 72 seconds. - 3
- Kojey: 3:31. - 2
- Zoe: 24 minutes. - 1

Live task: Say whether the item will fit through the hole or not fit through the hole. If you get it right, you lose an egg. Fewest eggs remaining wins.

- Lenny: 3 eggs left - 5
- Steve: 4 eggs left - 4
- Deborah and Zoe: 5 eggs left - 3
- Kojey: 6 eggs left - 1

Final scores

- Lenny - 19
- Steve - 18
- Kojey - 14
- Deborah and Zoe - 13

Broadcast details

Tuesday 2nd January 2024
Channel 4
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Alex Horne Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Deborah Meaden Self
Kojey Radical Self
Lenny Rush Self
Steve Backshall Self
Zoe Ball 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
Christina Baker (as Chrissie Baker) Make-up Designer
John Ford Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Martin Rosten Graphics
Alex Horne Creator


New Year's Treat 2024 trailer

A peek at what is coming up on 2nd January 2024...

New Year's Treat 2024 outtakes

Some of the best moments that didn't make the final cut in this year's festive treat - including Steve Backshall's attempting to eat an orange in 45 seconds!

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Deborah Meaden, Kojey Radical, Lenny Rush, Steve Backshall & Zoe Ball.


Taskmaster's New Year Treat review

A magical, miraculous hour guaranteed to lighten your mood.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 2nd January 2024

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