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


  • TV comedy
  • Channel 4 / Dave
  • 2015 - 2024
  • 150 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.

  • Due to return for Series 17
  • Series 4, Episode 5 repeated Monday at 11pm on Dave
  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 111

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Series 3, Episode 1 - Pea In A Haystack

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Rob Beckett, Al Murray, Sara Pascoe, Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Dave Gorman, Paul Chowdhry. Copyright: Avalon Television
Greg Davies and Alex Horne return with a new set of challenges, frustrating the minds of Al Murray, Dave Gorman, Paul Chowdhry, Rob Beckett and Sara Pascoe. The opening episode includes vegetable propulsion, an out-of-season snowman called Scoopy and some swede-on-Swede action.

Prize task: Most flamboyant clock.

* Sara Pascoe: A Queen-themed clock (the band rather than the monarch). - 5
* Al Murray: A stove. - 4
* Dave Gorman: A microwave oven. - 3
* Rob Beckett: A tortoise sundial. - 2
* Paul Chowdhry: A pop swatch clock that can be worn on any item of clothing. - 1

Task 1: Get to the microwave in as few steps as possible and open the door before the microwave dings. There are five minutes on the clock. The microwave starts now.

* Rob: 4 - 5
* Al: 8 - 4
* Sara: 27 - 3
* Dave: 50 - 2
* Paul: 125 (disqualified for running out of time) - 0

Task 2: Propel this pea the furthest distance. The pea must land and remain on the red carpet. Your time starts now.

* Al: 18 miles - 5
* Rob: 414.53m - 4
* Sara: 18.27m - 3
* Paul: Missing but propelled. - 2
* Dave: 12.11m (Disqualified for cheating) - 0

Task 3: Make the best snowman. You have one hour. Your time starts now.

* Dave - 5
* Sara - 4
* Al - 3
* Rob - 2
* Paul - 1

Live task: Balance your swedes on your Swede. Your Swede must remain standing at all times. Your swedes may only balance on the exterior of your Swede. Most swedes resting on a Swede after 100 seconds wins.

* Al: 15 - 5
* Paul: 14 - 4
* Dave: 11 - 3
* Rob and Sara: 8 - 2

Final scores

* Al - 21
* Sara - 16
* Rob - 15
* Dave - 13
* Paul - 8

Broadcast details

Tuesday 4th October 2016
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 5th October 2016 1:00am Dave
Sunday 9th October 2016 10:00pm Dave
Sunday 11th December 2016 10:00pm Dave
Monday 16th January 2017 10:00pm Dave
Sunday 26th March 2017 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 25th July 2017 9:00pm Dave
Wednesday 26th July 2017 12:00am Dave
Sunday 30th July 2017 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 1:40am Dave
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 10:00pm Dave
Monday 14th May 2018 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 29th August 2018 1:00am Dave
Tuesday 12th February 2019 10:00pm Dave
Wednesday 25th December 2019 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 14th April 2020 10:40pm Dave
Wednesday 15th April 2020 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 28th July 2020 11:10pm Dave
Wednesday 29th July 2020 6:00pm Dave
Saturday 5th September 2020 2:00pm Dave
Friday 18th September 2020 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 13th October 2020 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 3rd November 2020 8:00pm E4
Monday 8th February 2021 1:00am Dave
Monday 8th February 2021 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 9th March 2021 3:00am E4
Tuesday 16th March 2021 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 13th July 2021 11:00pm Dave
Wednesday 19th January 2022 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 19th January 2022 11:00pm Dave
Monday 9th May 2022 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 9th August 2022 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 10th August 2022 3:10am Dave
Thursday 5th January 2023 6:00pm Dave
Monday 20th March 2023 6:00pm Dave
Thursday 13th July 2023 6:00pm Dave
Friday 14th July 2023 1:00am Dave
Friday 20th October 2023 11:00pm Dave

Cast & crew

Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Alex Horne Host / Presenter
Rob Beckett Self
Paul Chowdhry Self
Dave Gorman Self
Al Murray Self
Sara Pascoe Self
Writing team
Alex Horne Writer
Tim Key Task Consultant
Production team
Andy Devonshire Series Director
Peter Orton 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
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer


Taskmaster: series 3, episode 1 - review

It is a nice start, but we need to wait a bit to see how it compares to the previous two series.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 4th October 2016

Preview: Taskmaster series 3

It feels as if the second series of Taskmaster has only just finished but the third series starts on Dave on Tuesday, October 4 at 10pm.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 2nd October 2016

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