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

Taskmaster

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

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Series 4, Episode 3 - Hollowing Out A Baguette

Taskmaster. Alex Horne. Copyright: Avalon Television
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.

Preview clips

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

Repeats

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Date Time Channel
Wednesday 10th May 2017 12:00am Dave
Thursday 11th May 2017 11:00pm Dave
Sunday 14th May 2017 10:00pm Dave
Sunday 12th November 2017 10:00pm Dave
Monday 13th November 2017 2:00am Dave
Thursday 11th January 2018 10:00pm Dave
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 6:00pm Dave
Sunday 1st December 2019 10:40pm Dave
Thursday 23rd April 2020 10:40pm Dave
Friday 24th April 2020 6:00pm Dave
Thursday 6th August 2020 11:20pm Dave
Sunday 6th September 2020 3:00pm Dave
Saturday 24th October 2020 10:00pm E4
Monday 26th October 2020 11:20pm Dave
Thursday 21st January 2021 11:00pm Dave
Wednesday 24th March 2021 1:00am E4
Thursday 25th March 2021 6:00pm Dave
Monday 5th April 2021 1:00am Dave
Monday 5th April 2021 10:00pm Dave
Thursday 22nd July 2021 11:00pm Dave
Friday 28th January 2022 6:00pm Dave
Friday 28th January 2022 11:00pm Dave
Wednesday 11th January 2023 5:00pm Dave
Friday 24th March 2023 11:00pm Dave
Wednesday 29th March 2023 6:00pm Dave
Monday 24th July 2023 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 28th February 2024 11:00pm Dave

Cast & crew

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
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
Martin Kempton Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer

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.

Press

Review: Taskmaster: series 4, episode 3

This time around our contestants make trailers, disguise themselves, and show why you should not work with animals on TV.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 9th May 2017

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