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


Channel 4 and Dave comedy show setting comedians tasks. 84 episodes (10 series), 2015 - 2020. Stars Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner and others.

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Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Bob Mortimer, Mark Watson, Greg Davies, Aisling Bea, Nish Kumar, Alex Horne, Sally Phillips. Copyright: Avalon Television.

Series 5, Episode 1 - Dignity Intact

Aisling Bea, Bob Mortimer, Mark Watson, Nish Kumar and Sally Phillips are the chosen quintet who all harbour the same dream of lifting the premier prize in television, sport, or indeed, any field at all: Greg's decapitated head on a spiked plinth. First up they play basketball without hands, get stranded in a lake and devise special cuddles for a special someone.

Further details

Prize task: Something that makes the most excellent noise.

* Mark Watson: An opera singer. - 5
* Sally Phillips: A "Mosquito" youth disperser. - 4
* Aisling Bea: An airhorn. - 3
* Bob Mortimer: A rubber cylinder with a metallic end that makes the noise of a blackbird. - 2
* Nish Kumar: A CD of a looped recording of Nish's own laugh. - 1

Task 1: Give Alex a special cuddle. Most special cuddle wins. You have 20 minutes. Your time starts now.

* Bob: Cuddling Alex in the boot of Bob's car, with a can of deodorant. - 5
* Sally: Cuddles him on the ground, while covering Alex with various foodstuffs. - 4
* Aisling: Dresses up as Sexy Cuddle-Bot 5000. - 3
* Nish: Cuddles Alex while covered in cushions. - 2
* Mark: Cuddles him outside, by a riverbank, while showing Alex a picture of Alex's wife and feeding him grapes and a Curly Wurly. - 2

Task 2: Get Alex onto dry land as elegantly as possible. Alex must remain dry. You have a maximum of 20 minutes. Alex will hoist the anchor in two minutes.

* Nish: 4:05 - 5
* Sally: 10:12 - 4
* Aisling: 8:22 - 3
* Bob: 12:37 - 2
* Mark: 17:45 - 1

Task 3: Get the basketball through the hoop. You may not touch the basketball with your hands. You may not wear gloves or anything reasonably be construed to be gloves. Fastest wins. Your time starts now.

* Bob - 5
* Mark - 4
* Aisling - 3
* Nish - 2
* Sally: Disqualified for using wellington boots as gloves. - 0

Prize task: Get one item of fruit into the fishbowl. You may not leave or move your chair. You may not throw your fruit. Fastest wins.

* Mark: 0:12 - 5
* Bob: 0:20 - 4
* Nish: 1:09 - 3
* Sally: 3:40 - 2
* Aisling: DNF - 1

Final scores

* Bob - 18
* Mark - 17
* Sally - 14
* Aisling and Nish - 13

Broadcast details

Wednesday 13th September 2017
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Alex Horne Host / Presenter
Aisling Bea Self
Nish Kumar Self
Bob Mortimer Self
Sally Phillips Self
Mark Watson Self
Writing team
Alex Horne Writer
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


Bob Mortimer's creepy cuddle with Alex Horne

In this clip we see Bob Mortimer give Alex a cuddle, which turns out to be a little on the creepy side.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Bob Mortimer.

Get a basketball through the hoop without touching it

The contestants are tasked to get a basketball into a hoop without touching it with their hands or anything that can be reasonably construed as gloves.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Aisling Bea, Nish Kumar, Bob Mortimer, Sally Phillips, Mark Watson.

Nish Kumar cuddles Alex Horne

Nish gives Alex a special cuddle using a sofa cushion.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Nish Kumar.

Outtake: how Bob Mortimer fuels his car

Bob Mortimer discusses his diesel engine car, and the alternative fuel he uses to fill up with.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Aisling Bea, Nish Kumar, Bob Mortimer, Sally Phillips, Mark Watson.


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