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


  • TV comedy
  • Channel 4 / Dave
  • 2015 - 2024
  • 150 episodes (16 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.

  • Due to return for Series 17
  • Series 4, Episode 5 repeated tomorrow at 11pm on Dave
  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 110

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Series 6, Episode 1 - The Old Soft Curved Padlock

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Alice Levine, Asim Chaudhry, Liza Tarbuck, Russell Howard, Alex Horne, Tim Vine. Copyright: Avalon Television
So, Taskmaster Greg Davies is back with his assistant Alex Horne to challenge five brave comics to take on his tricky tasks. First: wheelbarrow stunts, lemon towers and a big wardrobe in a field.

Preview clips

Prize task: Best liquid

* Tim Vine: Fizzy Benylin. - 5
* Alice Levine: Blood - 4
* Liza Tarbuck: A bottle of the world's cleanest water from Chile. - 3
* Asim Chaudhry: His own peanut dust vape. - 1
* Russell Howard: Brut for Men. - 1

Task 1: Perform the best stunt using this wheelbarrow. You have one hour. Your time starts now.

* Alice: Sits in the wheelbarrow with a rope attached to her feet. Alex drives away with the rope and "pulls off" Alice's legs. - 5
* Russell: Drinks gin, smokes, gets into the wheelbarrow with a toy shark, and crashes into a wheelie bin full of rubber bricks. - 4
* Liza: Makes a zip-wire, turns the wheelbarrow into some kind of the creature, and sends it down the wire delivering chocolates. - 3
* Tim: "Sledge Ravine" - slides down the wheelbarrow while Alex throws tennis balls at him. - 2
* Asim: Attaches the wheelbarrow to a bike, rides through a fake brick wall, picks up a dummy and takes it to the caravan. - 1

Task 2: Make the highest tower using only what is in the bowl [lemons]. You may wield the knife a maximum of five times. You have ten minutes. Your time starts now.

* Russell: 11 inches - 5
* Alice: 9 inches - 4
* Liza: 8 inches - 3
* Tim: 7 inches - 2
* Asim: 4cm - 1

Task 3: Wearing a hat, kiss the portrait of the Taskmaster in the Taskmaster's house. The hat must not come from the grounds of the Taskmaster's house. Closest to 30 minutes wins. Your time starts now.

* Alice: 28:30 - 5
* Russell: 24:00 - 4
* Liza: 20:50 - 3
* Tim: 10:40 - 2
* Asim: 9:00 - 1

Live task: Sort the objects under the table in order of size. You must keep your elbows on the table top and your head in your hands at all times. The smallest object should be on your right, the largest object on your left, and they must all be in line under your table. Also, there must be no fruit in your line-up. If there is any fruit left under your table, you will be disqualified. You have 100 seconds.

* Liza: 3 items. - 5
* Asim and Russell: 2 items. - 4
* Alice and Tim: Disqualified for having fruit under the table. - 0

Final scores

* Alice and Russell - 18
* Liza - 17
* Tim - 11
* Asim - 8

Tie-break task: Spin around as many times as possible and kick a football at the caravan. Most spins wins. If you miss the caravan, you are disqualified.

* Alice: 24 - Winner
* Russell: 19

Broadcast details

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
60 minutes


  1. Wednesday 13th March 2024 at 11:00pm on Dave

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 6th May 2018 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 8th May 2018 11:00pm Dave
Wednesday 2nd January 2019 10:00pm Dave
Monday 5th August 2019 7:00pm Dave
Tuesday 6th August 2019 12:00am Dave
Monday 16th March 2020 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 17th March 2020 12:00am Dave
Monday 18th May 2020 6:00pm Dave
Monday 18th May 2020 11:00pm Dave
Wednesday 26th August 2020 11:20pm Dave
Saturday 19th September 2020 2:00pm Dave
Saturday 14th November 2020 10:00pm E4
Wednesday 18th November 2020 11:20pm Dave
Friday 4th December 2020 7:30pm E4
Saturday 5th December 2020 2:05am E4
Thursday 15th April 2021 1:05am E4
Friday 16th April 2021 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 11th August 2021 11:00pm Dave
Thursday 17th February 2022 6:00pm Dave
Monday 30th May 2022 6:00pm Dave
Thursday 18th August 2022 6:00pm Dave
Monday 2nd January 2023 11:00pm Dave
Friday 20th January 2023 5:00pm Dave
Thursday 6th April 2023 6:00pm Dave

Cast & crew

Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Alex Horne Host / Presenter
Alice Levine Self
Asim Chaudhry Self
Liza Tarbuck Self
Russell Howard Self
Tim Vine 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
Dan Trelfer Edit Producer
Thomas Perrett Editor
Mark Sangster Editor
Joe Haughey Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Sam Montague Director of Photography
Martin Kempton Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer


Russell Howard & Asim Chaudhry's lemon tower

In this clip, Russell Howard and Asim Chaudhry take on the task of building the tallest tower of lemons. Find out who is simply the zest.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Asim Chaudhry & Russell Howard.

Wheelbarrow stunts

Alex Horne makes quite the entrance with a wheelbarrow, setting the task of performing the best stunt using said wheelbarrow.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne & Asim Chaudhry.

Outtake: Alex Horne's blood curdling scream

Alice Levine asks Alex Horne to do his best scream over her wheelbarrow stunt. Let's see how he gets on...

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Alice Levine & Asim Chaudhry.

Outtake: Alex Horne grammar checks Greg Davies

Little Alex Horne feels brave and corrects Taskmaster, Greg Davies' grammar.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne & Asim Chaudhry.

Outtake: Alex's sexy dance for Greg

Alex Horne does a sexy dance for Taskmaster Greg Davies, leaving the contestants a little confused. Russell Howard also explains why he was wearing sunglasses to do his task.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Alice Levine, Asim Chaudhry, Russell Howard & Tim Vine.


Taskmaster: TV's best comedy is back, bigger and better

The best comedy of 2017 is back - bigger and better than ever.

James Croot, Stuff.co.nz, 15th May 2018

The daft panel show returns for a sixth series, with Greg Davies and Alex Horne doling out challenges both inane and insane. Alice Levine, Liza Tarbuck, Russell Howard, Tim Vine and Asim "Chabuddy G" Chaudhry are their victims, taking on lemons, wheelbarrows and orienteering in this opening episode.

Hannah J Davies, The Guardian, 2nd May 2018

TV review: Taskmaster, Series 6, Dave

This programme is getting so popular it can only be a matter of time before Taskmaster becomes an Olympic sport.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 30th April 2018

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