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.

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Series 4, Episode 5 - Meat

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Joe Lycett, Alex Horne. Copyright: Avalon Television
This week Greg Davies and Alex Horne engage in some role-play to assess the success of a throwing task. Plus Noel Fielding has a sliding session, Swedishman Fred receives an intense video call and all hell breaks loose in The Battle of the Bath.

Preview clips

Prize task: Cutest thing.

* Lolly Adefope: A baby photo of herself. - 5
* Joe Lycett: A photo of his dog Bertie. - 4
* Noel Fielding: A plate of googly eyes, which you could use to make other things cute. - 3
* Mel Giedroyc: A cuddly pod of three talking peas. - 2
* Hugh Dennis: A toy cat that when pressed extends its eyes and meows. - 1

Task 1: Slide the furthest. You have 20 minutes and one attempt. Your time starts now.

* Mel: 56.5m - 5
* Hugh: 18.9m - 4
* Noel: 14m - 3
* Joe: 5.8m - 2
* Lolly: 3.2m - 1

Task 2: Maintaining constant eye contact and making continuous small talk at all times with this Swedish person, put on the wetsuit, flippers, fake mask and snorkel. Your head may not leave the Swedish person's frame at any point. You may not move the laptop from its current position. Fastest wins. Your time starts when the Swedish person smiles at you. You get a five second time penalty every time you break eye contact. A bonus point will go to whoever puts on the wetsuit best.

* Lolly: 5:45 - 5
* Joe: 6:32, plus wetsuit bonus point - 5
* Hugh: 6:45 - 3
* Mel: 7:49 - 2
* Noel: 2:05, but disqualified for putting the wetsuit on his head rather than actually wearing it. However, get bonus point for quality of his small talk. - 1

Task 3 (Team Task): Please whisper this task to Alex. Hugh and Lolly - Put as many different things in the bathtub as possible. Most different things in the bathtub wins. Joe and Mel - Seal the top of this bathtub with cling film. Most successfully cling-filmed bathtub wins. Noel - Fill the bathtub with water. Most water in the bathtub wins. You have three minutes. Your time starts when Alex blows his whistle.

* Mel and Hugh - 5
* Joe, Lolly and Noel - 0

Task 4: Throw something into something. Most unbelievable throw wins. You have ten minutes to plan your throw, then ten minutes to pull it off. Your time starts now.

* Mel - 5
* Noel - 4
* Hugh - 3
* Joe - 2
* Lolly - 1

Live task: Make the longest continuous noise. There will also be a bonus point for the best noise.

* Joe: 32 seconds - 5
* Hugh: 30 seconds, plus bonus point - 5
* Lolly: 21 seconds - 3
* Mel: 14 seconds - 2
* Noel: 4 seconds - 1

Final scores

* Mel and Hugh - 21
* Joe - 18
* Lolly - 15
* Noel - 12

Tie-break task: Eat as many peas as possible. You have one minute. Your time starts now.

* Hugh: 199 - Winner
* Mel: 174

Broadcast details

Tuesday 23rd May 2017
60 minutes


  1. Monday 4th March 2024 at 11:00pm on Dave

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 24th May 2017 12:00am Dave
Thursday 25th May 2017 11:00pm Dave
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Monday 15th January 2018 10:00pm Dave
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Sunday 8th December 2019 10:40pm Dave
Monday 27th April 2020 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 28th April 2020 6:00pm Dave
Monday 10th August 2020 11:00pm Dave
Sunday 6th September 2020 5:00pm Dave
Wednesday 28th October 2020 11:20pm Dave
Saturday 31st October 2020 10:00pm E4
Monday 25th January 2021 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 26th January 2021 2:30am Dave
Saturday 27th March 2021 2:20am E4
Monday 29th March 2021 6:00pm Dave
Monday 19th April 2021 12:20am Dave
Monday 19th April 2021 10:00pm Dave
Monday 26th July 2021 11:10pm Dave
Tuesday 1st February 2022 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 1st February 2022 11:00pm Dave
Thursday 12th January 2023 5:00pm Dave
Friday 31st March 2023 1:20am Dave
Friday 31st March 2023 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 26th 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
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


Outtake: Mel and Noel told off for chewing gum

In this outtake cut from the TV show, Greg Davies relays an irate message from the director to Mel and Noel that they need to stop chewing gum.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Noel Fielding & Mel Giedroyc.

Battle Of The Bath

Hugh Dennis and Mel Giedroyc work together in the battle of the bath, which brings a tear to Taskmaster.

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

Most Unbelievable Throw

Hugh Dennis, Joe Lycett and Lolly Adefope compete by throwing something in to something in the most unbelievable way.

Featuring: Alex Horne, Lolly Adefope, Hugh Dennis & Joe Lycett.

Bring In The Cutest Item

The contestants bring in the cutest thing they have.

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


Review: Taskmaster: series 4, episode 5

This time our challengers engage in small talk, demonstrate differing levels of team work, and attempt some impressive throwing.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 23rd May 2017

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