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


Dave comedy show setting comedians tasks. 34 episodes (5 series), 2015 - 2017. Stars Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner and others.

Series 5, Episode 4 is repeated today at 10pm

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.


Bob: 18
Mark: 17
Sally: 14
Nish: 13
Aisling: 13

Broadcast details

Wednesday 13th September 2017
60 minutes


  1. Sunday 17th September 2017 at 10:00pm on Dave
  2. Tuesday 7th November 2017 at 8:00pm on Dave
  3. Friday 19th January 2018 at 10:00pm on Dave
  4. Sunday 21st January 2018 at 3:00am on Dave

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
Thomas Perrett Editor
Mark Sangster Editor
James Dillon Production 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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