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


  • TV comedy
  • Channel 4 / Dave
  • 2015 - 2024
  • 160 episodes (17 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 7 - No Stars For Naughty Boys

Taskmaster. Alex Horne. Copyright: Avalon Television
Taskmaster Greg Davies and loyal assistant Alex Horne watch with surprise and sometimes despair as Hugh Dennis wields a blade - again, Noel Fielding can't understand German and Mel Giedroyc destroys a mannequin.

Preview clips

Prize task: Best chair

* Hugh Dennis: Himself, because his son used to call him his best chair. - 5
* Noel Fielding: A David Bowie-themed chair. - 4
* Lolly Adefope: A massive bean bag. - 3
* Joe Lycett: A sculpture of a planned chair in the shape of Greg's head. - 2
* Mel Giedroyc: Chair from her doll Philip Pennyfield. - 1

Task 1: Stand on one leg then continue reading. Your raised foot must not touch the ground until the task is complete. Bring Alex his dinner. Every time your raised foot touches the ground, you must eat a slice of Alex's dinner. Most dinner delivered fastest wins. You get a five second penalty of every slice of Alex's dinner you eat. Your time starts now.

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

Task 2: Hide from Alex. Alex is in the caravan. He has already started counting to 100.

* Lolly: 23 minutes - 5
* Mel: 2:34 - 4
* Hugh and Joe: 1:09 - 3
* Noel: 16 seconds - 1

Task 3 (Team Task): Get this wheelie bin across the finish line. One of you must be in the wheelie bin at all times. The other person/people must be blindfolded at all times. The wheelie bin rider must direct the wheelie bin driver(s) to complete the course and the five challenges within it. Also, no-one can speak English. Fastest wins. Your time starts now.

* Joe, Lolly and Noel: 6:03 in German - 3
* Mel and Hugh: 6:39 in French - 2

Task 4: Unveil a new handshake. Best new handshake wins. You have five minutes to develop your new handshake, then three minutes demonstrate your new handshake with Alex. Your time starts now.

* Joe - 5
* Noel - 4
* Hugh, Lolly and Mel - 3

Live task: Make the best and biggest all-round banana out of these bananas. You have 100 seconds, after which the Taskmaster will judge your bananas.

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

Final scores

* Hugh, Joe and Lolly - 20
* Noel - 19
* Mel - 13

Tie-break task: Open up this jar of mayonnaise covered in Vaseline. The jar may not leave the lab. Fastest wins. Your time starts now.

* Joe: 0 seconds (does the task before reading it out) - Winner
* Hugh and Lolly: Times not given.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 6th June 2017
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 7th June 2017 12:20am Dave
Sunday 11th June 2017 10:00pm Dave
Sunday 10th December 2017 10:00pm Dave
Monday 11th December 2017 2:00am Dave
Wednesday 17th January 2018 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 29th May 2018 6:00pm Dave
Saturday 24th November 2018 10:00pm Dave
Sunday 15th December 2019 10:40pm Dave
Wednesday 29th April 2020 10:40pm Dave
Thursday 30th April 2020 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 12th August 2020 11:20pm Dave
Saturday 12th September 2020 2:00pm Dave
Monday 2nd November 2020 11:20pm Dave
Saturday 7th November 2020 10:00pm E4
Wednesday 27th January 2021 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 30th March 2021 1:25am E4
Wednesday 31st March 2021 6:00pm Dave
Monday 3rd May 2021 10:00pm Dave
Wednesday 28th July 2021 11:00pm Dave
Thursday 3rd February 2022 6:00pm Dave
Thursday 3rd February 2022 11:00pm Dave
Friday 13th January 2023 5:00pm Dave
Tuesday 4th April 2023 6:00pm Dave
Friday 28th July 2023 6:00pm Dave
Friday 8th March 2024 11:00pm 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
Thomas Perrett Editor
Mark Sangster Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Sam Montague Director of Photography
Martin Kempton Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer


Outtake: Greg Davies and his fan heater Action Man

An exclusive outtake from Taskmaster Series 4, Episode 7. Greg Davies gets pulled up by Noel Fielding and Mel Giedroyc for his pronunciation of 'fan heater' whilst telling a story about his Action Man.

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

Outtake: Joe Lycett Claims The Show Is A Scam

Joe Lycett claims the show is a scam and tries to out smart Taskmaster, Greg Davies in protest.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne & Joe Lycett.

Joe Lycett's creepy hand tickle

Joe Lycett does a creepy hand tickle with Alex Horne for 3 minutes.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne & Joe Lycett.

Mel gives Hugh directions

Mel Giedroyc is put in a wheely bin, giving Hugh Dennis directions only in French, whilst he wears a blindfold.

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

Bring Alex his dinner

The contestants compete against one another to bring Alex Horne his dinner of a sandwich platter and glass of milk, whilst hopping on one leg.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Lolly Adefope, Mel Giedroyc & Joe Lycett.

Outtake: Greg tells off like a teacher

Greg Davies reverts back to his days as a teacher and tells Mel Giedroyc off for talking.

Featuring: Greg Davies.


Review: Taskmaster: series 4, episode 7

In the penultimate episodes of the series, we hop through some bunting, make more bunting out of bananas, and Alex Horne experiences some uncomfortable handshakes.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 6th June 2017

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