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 9, Episode 2 repeated Monday at 11pm on Dave
  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 51

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Series 3, Episode 2 - The Dong And The Gong

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

Preview clips

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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 12th October 2016 1:00am Dave
Sunday 16th October 2016 10:00pm Dave
Sunday 11th December 2016 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 17th January 2017 10:00pm Dave
Sunday 2nd April 2017 10:00pm Dave
Monday 3rd April 2017 2:40am Dave
Tuesday 1st August 2017 9:00pm Dave
Sunday 6th August 2017 10:00pm Dave
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 15th May 2018 6:00pm Dave
Thursday 30th August 2018 1:00am Dave
Monday 12th November 2018 9:00pm Dave
Tuesday 19th February 2019 10:00pm Dave
Thursday 26th December 2019 11:00pm Dave
Wednesday 15th April 2020 10:40pm Dave
Thursday 16th April 2020 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 29th July 2020 11:20pm Dave
Thursday 30th July 2020 6:00pm Dave
Saturday 5th September 2020 3:00pm Dave
Wednesday 14th October 2020 11:00pm Dave
Wednesday 4th November 2020 8:00pm E4
Monday 15th February 2021 1:20am Dave
Monday 15th February 2021 10:00pm Dave
Wednesday 10th March 2021 2:25am E4
Wednesday 17th March 2021 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 14th July 2021 11:00pm Dave
Thursday 20th January 2022 6:00pm Dave
Thursday 20th January 2022 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 10th May 2022 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 10th August 2022 6:00pm Dave
Thursday 11th August 2022 3:10am Dave
Friday 6th January 2023 5:00pm Dave
Tuesday 21st March 2023 6:00pm Dave
Friday 14th July 2023 6:00pm Dave
Saturday 15th July 2023 1:00am Dave
Friday 27th 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


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.


Taskmaster: series 3, episode 2 - review

This week Greg Davies's game show featured condiment art, nudity and some furious use of a pair of corkscrews.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 11th October 2016

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