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


Channel 4 and Dave comedy show setting comedians tasks. 85 episodes (10 series), 2015 - 2021. Stars Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner and others.

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Series 4, Episode 2 is repeated on Dave today at 11pm.

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Paul Chowdhry, Al Murray, Dave Gorman, Alex Horne. Copyright: Avalon Television.

Series 3, Episode 2 - The Dong And The Gong

Dave Gorman comes over all bitey, Rob Beckett fills a shoebox with cement and, most importantly, just who will succeed in surprising Alex Horne the most when he emerges from his shed after an hour cooped up inside?

Further details

Prize task: The heaviest item that can fit into a shoebox.

* Dave Gorman: Marble (27.3kg) - 5
* Rob Beckett: Concrete (9.3kg) - 4
* Al Murray: Alan Bullock's book Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives (0.9kg) - 3
* Paul Chowdhry: Watermelon (3.6kg) - 2
* Sara Pascoe: A poisonous snake that Alex wasn't allowed to weigh. (?kg) - 1

Task 1: Surprise Alex when he emerges from his shed in one hour. Your time starts now.

* Rob: Fires a pressure hose at Alex while cackling and dressed as an old woman. - 5
* Al: Banging a gong wearing nothing but his hat, pants, socks and shoes, while stepping on four airhorns. - 4
* Dave: The entire camera crew are in their boxer shorts, except one wearing a box, then Alex goes to open a jack-in-a-box, but before he does Dave jumps out from a bush behind him. - 3
* Sara: Frames Alex for murder. - 2
* Paul: Dresses up as an evil "Brown Clown" in a large jack-in-the-box. - 1

Task 2 (Team Task): Release Alex. Fastest wins. Your time starts now.

* Rob and Sara: 16:46 - 5
* Al, Dave and Paul: 27:37 - 0

Task 3: Create the best upside-down self-portrait using only the materials supplied [sauces and condiments, onto a brick wall]. The Taskmaster will judge the picture when it has been rotated 180 degrees. You have 20 minutes. Your time starts now.

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

Task 4: Pop the balloons. Fastest wins. Your time starts when you pop the next balloon.

* Rob: 31.6 seconds - 5
* Paul: 1:26 - 4
* Dave: 1:50 - 3
* Sara: 1:58 - 2
* Al: Failed to pop all of his balloons. - 1

Live task: Unravel a whole roll of sticky tape, put the unravelled sticky tape in your lunch box, and close the lunch box. Fastest wins.

* Al: 0:55 - 5
* Paul: 1:12 - 4
* Dave: 1:14 - 3
* Sara: 1:46 - 2
* Rob: DNF - 1

Final scores

* Rob - 21
* Al - 18
* Dave - 17
* Sara - 16
* Paul - 13

Broadcast details

Tuesday 11th October 2016
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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
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


Series 3, Episode 2 trailer

Make The Most Special Effect is one of the challenges.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Rob Beckett, Paul Chowdhry, Dave Gorman, Al Murray, Sara Pascoe.

The fastest to pop all the balloons wins

The fastest person to pop all the balloons wins the challenge. Here's how Dave and Sara did.

Featuring: Alex Horne, Dave Gorman, Sara Pascoe.


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