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 4 repeated at 11pm on Dave

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Series 4, Episode 4 - Friendship Is Truth

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Joe Lycett, Alex Horne. Copyright: Avalon Television
What will Mel Giedroyc do to a humble pommel horse? Should Hugh Dennis climb that high? And why are Alex Horne and Noel Fielding dancing like a pair of shrews? As always, Taskmaster Greg Davies will deliver his judgements on their efforts, and his well-trained assistant Alex Horne is overseeing the tasks.

Preview clips

Prize task: Most surprising picture of themselves.

* Lolly Adefope: Lolly dressed as Princess Diana, complete with whiteface make-up. - 5
* Joe Lycett: Topless in a hammock, with Joe's back-fat pressing through the hammock strings forming a checkerboard pattern. - 4
* Mel Giedroyc: A normal image of her photoshopped into Edouard Manet's painting Le dejeuner sur l'herbe. - 3
* Noel Fielding: A photo of him as the Virgin Mary, and Julian Barratt as the baby Jesus. - 2
* Hugh Dennis: A mask of himself, which he wears to shops. - 1

Task 1: Make the highest splash. You have 15 minutes and one attempt. Also, before you commence the task you must say who you think will win the task. Those who correctly guess the winner will win an extra five points. Your time starts when Alex blows his whistle.

* Noel: 5.1m, but wrongly says Mel will win the task. - 5
* Mel: 4.5m, but wrongly says Hugh will win the task. - 4
* Joe: 6'2", but wrongly says he himself will win the task. - 3
* Hugh: 1'6", but wrongly says he himself will win the task. - 2
* Lolly: Just a few millimetres off the ground, but wrongly says she herself will win the task. - 1

Task 2: Choreograph a dance for you and Alex to perform to any of the following ringtones: Apex, By the Seaside, Night Owl, Playtime, Radiate, Sencha, Circuit, Crystals, Uplift, Marimba, Strum, Xylophone. You have 30 minutes to prepare. Most stylish dance wins. Your time starts now.

* Mel and Noel - 5
* Lolly - 3
* Joe - 2
* Hugh - 1

Task 3: Create a portrait of a celebrity using loo roll. There is a camera above your head. The mat beneath your feet is your canvas. Best portrait wins. You have 20 minutes. Your time starts now.

* Noel: Self-portrait. - 5
* Joe: Pam St. Clement - 4
* Hugh: Queen Elizabeth II - 3
* Lolly: Harry Potter - 1
* Mel: Kris Kristofferson or Barry Gibb - 1

Task 4: Do the most incredible thing with this pommel horse. You have 10 minutes. Your time starts when you next blink.

* Mel and Hugh - 5
* Joe and Noel - 3
* Lolly - 1

Live task: Make the highest tower using these tubes. You have 100 seconds.

* Mel and Hugh: 3 tubes high. - 5
* Joe, Lolly and Noel: 2 tubes high. - 3

Final scores

* Mel - 24
* Noel - 23
* Joe - 19
* Hugh - 17
* Lolly - 15

Broadcast details

Tuesday 16th May 2017
60 minutes


  1. Friday 1st March 2024 at 11:00pm on Dave

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 16th May 2017 11:55pm CBBC
Thursday 18th May 2017 11:00pm Dave
Sunday 21st May 2017 11:10pm Dave
Sunday 19th November 2017 10:00pm Dave
Monday 20th November 2017 2:00am Dave
Friday 12th January 2018 10:00pm Dave
Thursday 24th May 2018 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 3rd December 2019 10:00pm Dave
Friday 24th April 2020 10:40pm Dave
Monday 27th April 2020 6:00pm Dave
Friday 7th August 2020 11:00pm Dave
Sunday 6th September 2020 4:00pm Dave
Saturday 24th October 2020 11:00pm E4
Tuesday 27th October 2020 11:20pm Dave
Friday 22nd January 2021 11:00pm Dave
Thursday 25th March 2021 1:25am E4
Friday 26th March 2021 6:00pm Dave
Monday 12th April 2021 12:00am Dave
Monday 12th April 2021 10:00pm Dave
Friday 23rd July 2021 11:00pm Dave
Monday 31st January 2022 6:00pm Dave
Monday 31st January 2022 11:00pm Dave
Wednesday 11th January 2023 6:00pm Dave
Thursday 30th March 2023 1:20am Dave
Thursday 30th March 2023 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 25th July 2023 6:00pm 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
Martin Kempton Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer


Pommel Horse Task

Hugh Dennis and Lolly Adefope express their athletic side by trying to do the most incredible thing they can on a pommel horse.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Lolly Adefope & Hugh Dennis.

Make The Highest Splash

Hugh Dennis, Joe Lycett and Noel Fielding compete to make the highest splash. Alex Horne gets a little soggy...

Featuring: Alex Horne, Hugh Dennis, Noel Fielding & Joe Lycett.


Review: Taskmaster: series 4, episode 4

This week Greg Davies witnesses toilet paper art, impressiveness on a pommel horse, and perhaps a bit too much of Alex Horne's "back alley".

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 16th May 2017

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