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

Taskmaster

Channel 4 and Dave comedy show setting comedians tasks. 95 episodes (11 series), 2015 - 2021. Stars Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner and others.

Another series is in development.
Series 4, Episode 6 is repeated on Dave today at 11pm.

Taskmaster. Alex Horne. Copyright: Avalon Television.

Series 4, Episode 3 - Hollowing Out A Baguette

How will Hugh Dennis, Joe Lycett, Lolly Adefope, Mel Giedroyc and Noel Fielding cope with this week's tasks? The onslaught continues as Greg Davies ruthlessly judges the competitors' ability to both camouflage themselves and herd dogs. Plus, see the first two trailers for Taskmaster: The Movie.

Further details

Prize task: Best membership/subscription.

* Noel Fielding: Cheese Postie, a monthly supply of ingredients to make a gourmet cheese toastie. - 5
* Lolly Adefope: The Cheese Society, a monthly supply of cheese. - 4
* Joe Lycett: Cure and Simple, a monthly bacon subscription. - 3
* Mel Giedroyc: Moving Ahead, a quarterly magazine about crossrail. - 2
* Hugh Dennis: The Cloud Appreciation Society, an emailed picture of a cloud every day. - 1

Task 1: Camouflage yourself. You have 10 minutes to plan your camouflage. After a further 10 minutes you will be photographed in position. Your time starts now.

* Noel - Photoshopped onto a picture of a bowl of bananas in the Taskmaster caravan. - 5
* Hugh - Camouflaged as the front door of the Taskmaster house. - 4
* Joe - Hidden in a photo of other people dressed exactly the same as him. - 4
* Lolly - Camouflaged as grass, disguised with a green cloth and icing sugar. - 2
* Mel - Crouched down behind a post containing sunflowers in the Taskmaster living room, but still clearly visible. - 1

Task 2 (Team Task): Make a trailer for Taskmaster: The Movie. Best trailer wins. You have a maximum of one hour. Your time starts now.

* Mel and Hugh - 3
* Joe, Lolly and Noel - 2

Task 3: Persuade three dogs to stand on the red mat. Exactly 12 legs must be stood on the red mat at the same time. Fastest wins. Your time starts now. [Variation only for Lolly: Persuade three chickens to stand on the red mat at the same time. Fastest wins. Your time starts now.]

* Joe: 44.6 seconds - 5
* Noel: 6:28 - 4
* Lolly: 13:40 (given an extra 2 points due to her task being harder) - 4
* Hugh: 6:51 - 3
* Mel: 14:24 - 1

Task 4: Without moving the fishbowls, transfer the water from Fishbowl A to Fishbowl B. You may only use the items on this table. Most water moved wins. Also, you must commentate on your attempt at the task, always referring to yourself in the third person. You have five minutes. Your time starts now. [Hidden rule: If you eat any of the chocolate you will be docked five points.]

* Hugh: Percentage not given, but he does not eat the chocolate. - 4
* Noel: 2.3%, does not eat chocolate. - 3
* Joe: 97%, but eats chocolate. - 0
* Lolly: Disqualified for moving the fishbowls. - 0
* Mel: 1.5%, but eats chocolate. - -4

Live task: Take it in turns to say a five-letter word whenever the music stops. You may not say a word that has previously been said. If you fail to say a word before the music starts again, you are eliminated, and the game continues with different length words. Winner takes all.

* Joe - 5

Final scores

* Joe and Noel - 19
* Hugh - 15
* Lolly - 12
* Mel - 3

Tie-break task: While sat in a tennis umpire's chair, decant wine from one bottle into another bottle on the ground. Most wine in the lower bottle wins. You have one minute. Your time starts now.

* Joe: 79ml - Winner
* Noel: 16ml

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 9th May 2017
Time
9pm
Channel
Dave
Length
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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
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

Videos

Outtake: The Wright Stuff

Here is some studio chat about TV show The Wright Stuff that was cut out of the broadcast show. As Greg says: "It's very rare that we're this early on in the show and the editor's scissors are so busy already."

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Lolly Adefope, Hugh Dennis, Noel Fielding, Mel Giedroyc, Joe Lycett.

Taskmaster: The Movie

See the trailer for Tugtemester, created by Mel & Hugh.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Hugh Dennis, Mel Giedroyc.

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