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


Channel 4 and Dave comedy show setting comedians tasks. 85 episodes (10 series), 2015 - 2021. Stars Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner and others.

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Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Alex Horne, Mark Watson. Copyright: Avalon Television.

Series 5, Episode 8 - Their Water's So Delicious

The series reaches its dramatic climax. Four comics are locked in a thrilling battle to win the coveted Taskmaster trophy, while Nish Kumar is at least enjoying the ride. Greg Davies, ably supported by Alex Horne, holds their fate in his powerful hands as he weighs up Aisling Bea's cushion-leaping, two songs about a woman named Rosalind and Bob Mortimer's intimate knowledge of Dumfries and Galloway. Who will win?

Further details

Prize task: Most awkward item for somebody else to take home.

* Mark Watson: A full bathroom suite. - 5
* Nish Kumar: 14kg of curry. - 4
* Sally Phillips: Around 100 helium balloons. - 3
* Aisling Bea: A giant cardboard cut-out of herself. - 2
* Bob Mortimer: A "I love Katie Hopkins" hat and a "I love Donald Trump" shirt. - 1

Task 1: Get this coconut as far away from here as possible. You may not touch the ground. You may not step on anything more than once. The coconut may not travel by car. You have 20 minutes. Your time starts now.

* Sally - 5
* Bob - 4
* Aisling - 3
* Nish - 2
* Mark: Disqualified for touching the ground. - 0

Task 2: Create the best graph [on a beach]. You have 20 minutes. Your time starts now.

* Nish: A graph showing time with Nish against fun, with Nish as the vertical axis. - 5
* Bob: A bar graph showing the counties of Britain and how much urine they produce. - 4
* Mark: A 60m x 60m graph showing vote share across all time and people. - 3
* Sally: An omni-purpose "jaws of doom" graph. - 3
* Aisling: An inaccurate graph showing the difference in the number of men and women on Taskmaster. - 3

Bonus task: Make the most fish puns. Most fish puns wins. You have one minute. Your time starts now.

* Alex: 11 - Awards himself 5 points, but Greg refuses to give him the points.
* Sally: 8 - 0

Task 3 (Team Task): Write and perform a song about this woman. Best song wins. You have five minutes to talk to the woman, then 30 minutes to write her a song. Your time starts now.

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

Live task: Throw your egg through the hoop and catch it as many times as possible. You may not touch the net or post. Most successful hoop-catch combo wins. You have 100 seconds and one egg.

* Bob: Once - 5
* Sally: Once, but not fully through the hoop. - 4
* Aisling, Mark and Nish: None - 0

Final scores

* Sally - 17
* Bob - 16
* Nish - 14
* Mark - 11
* Aisling - 10

Series scores

* Bob - 138
* Mark and Sally - 130
* Aisling - 126
* Nish - 107

Broadcast details

Wednesday 1st November 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


Outtake: Alex Horne dancing

Greg makes Alex dance, and he has got the moves!

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne.

Taskonbury: Nish & Mark's song for a stranger

Nish Kumar and Mark Watson's epic and legendary performance in front of a sell-out crowd at Taskonbury, October 2017, as they write and sing a song about a stranger.

Featuring: Alex Horne, Nish Kumar, Mark Watson.


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