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: 113

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Series 4, Episode 1 - A Fat Bald White Man

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Mel Giedroyc, Hugh Dennis, Greg Davies, Lolly Adefope, Alex Horne, Joe Lycett, Noel Fielding. Copyright: Avalon Television
The first episode sees Hugh Dennis, Joe Lycett, Lolly Adefope, Mel Giedroyc and Noel Fielding aim to be the best at painting a model they can't see, fell a load of rubber ducks and beautifully destroy a cake.

Preview clips

Prize task: Most interesting autograph on the most interesting vegetable.

* Noel Fielding: David Suchet on a broad bean. - 5
* Mel Giedroyc: Howard Donald on a horse radish, Gary Barlow on a butternut squash, Mark Owen on a heritage squash and Robbie Williams on a sweet potato. - 4
* Lolly Adefope: A signed Black Eyed Eyes CD on some black eyed peas. - 3
* Joe Lycett: Greg Davies on a yellow courgette. - 2
* Hugh Dennis: Malcolm X on a carrot (really just a cross). - 1

Task 1: Destroy this cake. Most beautiful destruction wins. You have 30 minutes. Your time starts now.

* Joe: Blows it up using fireworks. - 5
* Noel: Puts the cake into a washing machine. - 4
* Mel: Quickly squashes the cake onto a table. - 3
* Lolly: Paints a heart using the cake, onto a brick wall. - 2
* Hugh: Cuts it up into the shape of a clock. - 1

Task 2: Create the best caricature of the person on the other side of the curtain. You may not look at the person. The person may only say "Yes" or "No". You will get a bonus point if you can find out the person's full name. You have 10 minutes. Your time starts now.

* Noel: No bonus - 5
* Joe: No bonus - 4
* Lolly: No bonus - 3
* Mel: Bonus point - 3
* Hugh: Bonus point - 2

Task 3: Fell all the rubber ducks. Fastest wins. Your time starts when the first rubber duck falls.

* Hugh: 8.9 seconds - 5
* Lolly: 1:02 - 4
* Joe: 1:56 - 3
* Noel: 4:50 - 2
* Mel: 7:25 - 1

Live task: Make the most juice. You must pick one fruit and one tool. If you pick the same tool as someone else, you must juice blindfolded. If you pick the same fruit as someone else, you must juice one-handed. If you pick the same fruit and tool as someone, you must juice blindfolded, one-handed, and bouncing up and down. You have one minute.

* Mel: Lime with shoe, 7ml - 5
* Hugh: Pineapple with tweezers, 4ml - 4
* Joe: Pineapple with hammer, 3ml - 3
* Noel: Grapes with tweezers, 2ml - 2
* Lolly: Grapes with hammer, 0.4ml - 1

Final scores

* Noel - 18
* Joe - 17
* Mel - 16
* Hugh and Lolly - 13

Broadcast details

Tuesday 25th April 2017
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 26th April 2017 12:00am Dave
Thursday 27th April 2017 11:00pm Dave
Sunday 30th April 2017 10:00pm Dave
Sunday 7th May 2017 10:00pm Dave
Sunday 3rd September 2017 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 9th January 2018 10:00pm Dave
Monday 21st May 2018 6:00pm Dave
Sunday 17th November 2019 10:40pm Dave
Tuesday 19th November 2019 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 21st April 2020 10:40pm Dave
Wednesday 22nd April 2020 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 4th August 2020 11:20pm Dave
Sunday 6th September 2020 1:00pm Dave
Saturday 17th October 2020 10:15pm E4
Wednesday 21st October 2020 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 19th January 2021 11:00pm Dave
Sunday 21st March 2021 2:15am E4
Monday 22nd March 2021 1:20am Dave
Monday 22nd March 2021 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 23rd March 2021 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 20th July 2021 11:00pm Dave
Wednesday 26th January 2022 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 26th January 2022 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 10th January 2023 5:00pm Dave
Wednesday 22nd March 2023 11:00pm Dave
Monday 27th March 2023 6:00pm Dave
Thursday 20th July 2023 6:00pm Dave
Saturday 2nd December 2023 1:00am Dave
Friday 23rd February 2024 11:00pm Dave

Cast & crew

Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Alex Horne Host / Presenter
Lolly Adefope Self
Hugh Dennis Self
Noel Fielding Self
Mel Giedroyc Self
Joe Lycett 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
Hilary Rosen Executive Producer
Rob Aslett Executive Producer
Andy Devonshire Executive Producer
Alex Horne Executive Producer
Thomas Perrett Editor
Mark Sangster Editor
Martin McEwan Editor
Andi Meek Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Sam Montague Director of Photography
Will Charles Lighting Designer
Martin Kempton Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer


Outtake: Joe has a joke about Mel

Joe gets a big clap for his joke about Mel's shoe... but wait for what Greg does next.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Mel Giedroyc & Joe Lycett.

Outtake: Mel burps

Mel Giedroyc interrupts Taskmaster Greg Davies and side kick Alex Horne's final score summary with a burp!

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Noel Fielding, Mel Giedroyc & Joe Lycett.


TV review: Taskmaster

I particularly liked the way Alex Horne glared at them while they worked things out, a little like Karen Brady does in The Apprentice.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 25th April 2017

Review: Taskmaster, Series 4, Episode 1

After watching this first episode, it was hard to see any clear favourites to win at this early stage.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 25th April 2017

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