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 6 - Spatchcock It

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Hugh Dennis, Alex Horne. Copyright: Avalon Television
Alex Horne supervises the tasks as Mel Giedroyc's good nature is tested to its limits, Joe Lycett shows no mercy to a cute little camel and Hugh Dennis risks it all in a seemingly simple sleeping bag challenge.

Preview clips

Prize task: Best sheep-related item.

* Lolly Adefope: Sponsored a sheep. - 5
* Noel Fielding: A woollen doll of himself, complete with genitalia. - 4
* Joe Lycett: A lamb shank. - 4
* Hugh Dennis: A woollen hat from Kenya. - 2
* Mel Giedroyc: Some raw wool. - 1

Task 1: Get this [toy] camel through the smallest gap. You have 10 minutes. Your time starts now.

* Mel: Took the camel in and out of a branch of Baby Gap. - 5
* Hugh: 9mm - 4
* Lolly: 3.1cm - 3
* Joe: 4.6cm, but not all the camel went through. - 1
* Noel: 4cm, but only for 8% of the camel. - 0

Task 2: Score the best goal with this plastic bag. You may not handbag the bag. Fastest and fewest kicks wins. Most skilful goal gets a bonus point. There is a five second time penalty for every kick. Your time starts now.

* Hugh: 1:51 and 0 kicks = 1:51 - 5
* Mel: 3:00 and 3 kicks = 3:15 - 4
* Lolly: 5:04 and 8 kicks = 5:44 - 3
* Joe: 1:54 and 77 kicks = 8:16, plus bonus point - 3
* Noel: 7:12 and 42 kicks = 10:42 - 1

Bonus task: Part 1 - Hide this ball from Alex. You may not damage the ball. You have five minutes. Your time starts now. Part 2 - Inflate the ball in the Taskmaster house. Part 3 - With the same ball, score by getting it into a tiny goal in the Taskmaster garden.

* Mel - 0

Task 3: Work out what is in the sleeping bag. You may not look in the sleeping bag. You may not take items out of the sleeping bag. You have five minutes. Your time starts now.

* Joe, Lolly and Noel: 2 - 5
* Mel: 0 - 2
* Hugh: Disqualified for taking all the items out of the bag. - 0

Live task: Part 1 - Prepare these items for the second part of the task [An egg, an orange, grapes, three rubber ducks, a bottle, clingfilm, glue, a stapler and tape]. Part 2 - Hold all the items in one hand, and put your other hand on your head. Fastest wins.

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

Final scores

* Lolly - 19
* Mel - 16
* Noel - 15
* Joe - 14
* Hugh - 13

Broadcast details

Tuesday 30th May 2017
60 minutes


  1. Wednesday 6th March 2024 at 11:00pm on Dave

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 30th May 2017 11:40pm Dave
Sunday 4th June 2017 11:10pm Dave
Sunday 3rd December 2017 10:00pm Dave
Monday 4th December 2017 2:00am Dave
Tuesday 16th January 2018 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 10th December 2019 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 28th April 2020 10:40pm Dave
Wednesday 29th April 2020 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 11th August 2020 11:15pm Dave
Sunday 6th September 2020 6:00pm Dave
Thursday 29th October 2020 11:20pm Dave
Saturday 31st October 2020 11:00pm E4
Tuesday 26th January 2021 11:00pm Dave
Sunday 28th March 2021 3:10am E4
Tuesday 30th March 2021 6:00pm Dave
Monday 26th April 2021 12:20am Dave
Monday 26th April 2021 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 27th July 2021 11:00pm Dave
Wednesday 2nd February 2022 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 2nd February 2022 11:00pm Dave
Thursday 12th January 2023 6:00pm Dave
Saturday 1st April 2023 1:20am Dave
Monday 3rd April 2023 6:00pm Dave
Thursday 27th 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
Steve Nayler Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Sam Montague Director of Photography
Martin Kempton Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer


Outtake: Greg's sexy face

In this clip cut from the TV show, Noel Fielding asks Greg to look at him in a sexy way.

Featuring: Greg Davies & Noel Fielding.

Outtake: Hey You Guys

In this outtake, Greg Davies struggles to use the word 'Guys' seriously in a sentence.

Featuring: Greg Davies.

Outtake: Mel Giedroyc and Noel Fielding Bake Off Fall Out

In this outtake, Mel Giedroyc and Noel Fielding dispute the use of sorbet on The Great British Bake Off and Mel gets fiery about the use of cockney rhyming slang, "Mutton Jeff".

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Noel Fielding & Mel Giedroyc.

Fit a camel in the smallest gap

Lolly Adefope tried to triumph in this task by pulling a camel through some unusual small gaps.

Featuring: Alex Horne & Lolly Adefope.

Mel Giedroyc ball task

It's pointed out by the Taskmaster that Mel Giedroyc approaches all the tasks with extreme happiness and excitement, so they decide to push Mel to her limits in an inflatable ball challenge...

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne & Mel Giedroyc.


Review: Taskmaster: series 4, episode 6

This week Greg Davies and Alex Horne judged camels being dismembered, a game of "bagball", and witnessed Mel Giedroyc being so frustrated she used the word "heck".

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 31st May 2017

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