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 6 repeated tomorrow at 11pm on Dave
  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 116

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Series 4, Episode 2 - Look At Me

Taskmaster. Joe Lycett. Copyright: Avalon Television
Lolly Adefope tries long distance painting. Hugh Dennis is befuddled by an egg.

Preview clips

Prize task: Most boastful item.

* Noel Fielding: Winning the NME Sexiest Man of the Year Award 2008. - 5
* Lolly Adefope: A certificate she got demonstrating she was doing GCSE maths, at the age of nine. - 4
* Mel Giedroyc: Winning "Best Rough Boar", "Best Boar in Show" and "Beat New Boar" for her guinea pig, at the age of 45. - 3
* Joe Lycett: A selfie of himself with the Chuckle Brothers. - 2
* Hugh Dennis: A losers' medal from the final the National Public School Six-a-Side Football Tournament. - 1

Task 1: Keep the basketball on the running machine for as long as possible. You may not touch the basketball or the running machine. The running machine will be turned on in two minutes.

* Hugh: Keeps it on the machine, then turns the machine off by unplugging it. - 5
* Lolly: 15.8 seconds - 4
* Mel: 9 seconds - 3
* Joe: 3.8 seconds - 2
* Noel: 3.75 seconds - 1

Task 2: Paint the best picture of the Taskmaster. Only the paint and the brush may touch the mat, easel and canvas. You have 10 minutes. Your time starts now. [Rule only for Joe: Also you must smile at the camera with increasing enthusiasm every 30 seconds.]

* Noel - 5
* Joe - 4
* Mel - 3
* Lolly - 2
* Hugh: Disqualified for having prohibited items touching the mat. - 0

Task 3 (Team Task): Land the flour on the target. You may not leave the bandstand. Most flour lying loose on the target wins. You have 20 minutes. Your time starts now.

* Mel and Hugh: 193g - 5
* Joe, Lolly and Noel: 217g (Disqualified due to Noel tampering with Alex's timer) - 0

Task 4: Without touching the egg or the eggcup, put the egg into the eggcup. You may only use the equipment currently on the table. If you touch a piece of equipment that another contestant touches you will both receive a one minute time penalty per piece of equipment touched. Fastest wins. Your time starts now.

* Lolly: 28 seconds + 1 min penalty - 5
* Noel: 2.5 seconds + 3 min penalty - 4
* Joe: 2.8 seconds + 3 min penalty - 3
* Hugh: 1:40 + 4 min penalty - 2
* Mel: 0:57 + 5 min penalty - 1

Live task: Looking at the Taskmaster at all times and with your arms always beneath your hairdressing smock, attach as many balloons together as possible. You have 100 seconds. Longest balloon chain wins.

* Mel: 7 - 5
* Hugh: 6 - 4
* Lolly and Noel: 4 - 3
* Joe: 3 - 2

Final scores

* Mel - 20
* Lolly and Noel - 18
* Hugh - 17
* Joe - 13

Broadcast details

Tuesday 2nd May 2017
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 3rd May 2017 12:00am Dave
Thursday 4th May 2017 10:30pm Dave
Tuesday 5th September 2017 9:00pm Dave
Sunday 10th September 2017 10:00pm Dave
Wednesday 10th January 2018 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 6:00pm Dave
Sunday 24th November 2019 10:40pm Dave
Tuesday 26th November 2019 10:00pm Dave
Wednesday 22nd April 2020 10:30pm Dave
Thursday 23rd April 2020 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 5th August 2020 11:20pm Dave
Sunday 6th September 2020 2:00pm Dave
Saturday 17th October 2020 11:15pm E4
Thursday 22nd October 2020 11:00pm Dave
Wednesday 20th January 2021 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 23rd March 2021 1:30am E4
Wednesday 24th March 2021 6:00pm Dave
Monday 29th March 2021 1:20am Dave
Monday 29th March 2021 10:00pm Dave
Wednesday 21st July 2021 11:00pm Dave
Thursday 27th January 2022 6:00pm Dave
Thursday 27th January 2022 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 10th January 2023 6:00pm Dave
Thursday 23rd March 2023 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 28th March 2023 6:00pm Dave
Friday 21st July 2023 6:00pm Dave
Monday 26th 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
Dan Trelfer Edit Producer
Thomas Perrett Editor
Martin McEwan Editor
Andi Meek Editor
Steve Nayler Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Sam Montague Director of Photography
Will Charles Lighting Designer
Martin Kempton Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer


Get an egg in an egg cup

Mel manages to touch many things in her task to put an egg in a cup.

Featuring: Greg Davies & Mel Giedroyc.

Joe Lycett has to keep smiling

Joe Lycett was set his own personal task, of smiling every 30 seconds.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne & Joe Lycett.


Review: Taskmaster, series 4, episode 2

This week the challengers have difficulty controlling a runaway basketball, attempt long-distance painting, and take part in some intense staring.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 2nd May 2017

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