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: Sally Phillips, Bob Mortimer, Aisling Bea. Copyright: Avalon Television.

Series 5, Episode 4 - Residue Around The Hoof

The halfway point of the series approaches and the five task-hungry comics are being driven to ever more absurd lengths as they battle to lay their sticky fingers on Taskmaster Greg Davies's golden head. Mark Watson and Nish Kumar pop toast together and Sally Phillips spreads absinthe on it. And can anyone recognise Greg's loyal underling Alex Horne if he's wearing a hat?

Further details

Prize task: Most extraordinary souvenir.

* Aisling Bea: A bag of her own baby teeth. - 5
* Nish Kumar: A single man-made leaf from the set of Lord of the Rings. - 4
* Sally Phillips: Abba Monopoly. - 3
* Mark Watson: A Kuwait T-shirt, despite the fact he hasn't been allowed into Kuwait. - 2
* Bob Mortimer: A large Woody Woodpecker cuddly toy which he won at a holiday camp in Spain. - 1

Take 1: Make Marmite. You have ten minutes to select your ingredients, and then ten minutes to make your Marmite. Best Marmite wins. Your time starts now.

* Bob - 5
* Mark - 4
* Aisling - 3
* Sally - 2
* Nish: Disqualified for using actual Marmite in his Marmite. - 0

Task 2 (Team Task): Do something remarkable synchronised. You have a maximum of 30 minutes. Most remarkably synchronised behaviour wins. Your time starts now.

* Aisling, Bob and Sally - 3
* Mark and Nish - 2

Task 3, Part 1: Wearing this blindfold, blow up this balloon so that its circumference is the same as the length of a standard cucumber. You have one minute. Your time starts when Alex blows his whistle.

* Mark - 5
* Bob - 4
* Aisling - 3
* Sally - 2
* Nish - 1

Task 3, Part 2: Spot the difference. Have a look at the scene in front of you and explain exactly what's changed since you put the blindfold on. You have two minutes. Your time starts now.

* Aisling: 5 - 5
* Mark and Nish: 3 - 4
* Bob and Sally: 2 - 2

Task 4: Sneeze. Fastest wins. Your time starts now.

* Bob: 10:01 - 5
* Mark: 48 hours. - 4
* Nish: Gives up. - 0
* Aisling and Sally: Disqualified for not doing genuine sneezes. - 0

Prize task: Stand on one leg for the longest while playing a game of "Greg says, Alex says" [Do any command beginning with the phrase: "Greg says", and ignore any command beginning with: "Alex says".] Your raised foot must remain above the balloon at all times and must not touch any other item. Last person to pop their balloon wins.

* Aisling - 5
* Mark - 4
* Sally - 3
* Nish - 2
* Bob - 1

Final scores

* Aisling and Mark - 24
* Bob - 21
* Sally - 15
* Mark - 12

Tie-break task: Back-throw a picture of a Swede into a bin, while looking at a picture of the Taskmaster. Fewest attempts wins.

* Mark: 15 attempts. - Winner
* Aisling: 66 attempts.


All the Marmite recipes are in the official Taskmaster book.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 4th October 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


Make The Best Marmite

In this task, the contestants have to make their own Marmite...

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

Do something remarkable synchronised

In this task, Nish and Mark synchronise their breakfast eating.

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


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