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 5, Episode 1 - Dignity Intact

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

Preview clips

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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 17th September 2017 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 7th November 2017 8:00pm Dave
Friday 19th January 2018 10:00pm Dave
Sunday 21st January 2018 3:00am Dave
Thursday 31st May 2018 6:00pm Dave
Monday 3rd February 2020 10:00pm Dave
Friday 1st May 2020 10:40pm Dave
Monday 4th May 2020 6:00pm Dave
Friday 14th August 2020 11:20pm Dave
Saturday 12th September 2020 4:00pm Dave
Wednesday 4th November 2020 11:20pm Dave
Tuesday 10th November 2020 8:00pm E4
Thursday 1st April 2021 1:30am E4
Tuesday 6th April 2021 6:00pm Dave
Friday 30th July 2021 11:00pm Dave
Monday 7th February 2022 6:00pm Dave
Monday 7th February 2022 10:40pm Dave
Monday 16th May 2022 6:00pm Dave
Monday 16th January 2023 5:00pm Dave
Thursday 20th April 2023 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 1st August 2023 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 17th April 2024 11:00pm Dave

Cast & crew

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
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


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.


The series that sees comedians undertaking wildly silly tasks on a competitive basis returns. This time around, the contestants are Aisling Bea, Bob Mortimer, Mark Watson, Nish Kumar and Sally Phillips, and highlights include Phillips revealing a hitherto unexpected link between shoving cake in your armpits and cuddling. Greg Davies hosts, expansively, with show creator Alex Horne acting as his hangdog foil. Verging on Radio 4 clever-clever at moments, but funny.

Jonathan Wright, The Guardian, 13th September 2017

Alex Horne on series 5, casting, remakes, the future

Taskmaster returns for a fifth series tonight on Dave, featuring Bob Mortimer, Sally Phillips, Nish Kumar, Aisling Bea and Mark Watson...

Louisa Mellor, Den Of Geek, 13th September 2017

Taskmaster: series 5, episode 1 - Dignity Intact review

The fifth series of Dave's hit comedy sees elegant boating, pear poking, and cake being placed under armpits.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 13th September 2017

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