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


  • TV comedy
  • Channel 4 / Dave
  • 2015 - 2021
  • 105 episodes (12 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 7, Episode 1 - The Mean Bean

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Jessica Knappett, Alex Horne. Copyright: Avalon Television
First: Velcro is key, tape is vital and bean juice is crucial. Greg's simpering sidekick Alex Horne supplies facts, figures and unconditional love.

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Prize task: The thing that most people would like to touch.

* Phil Wang: A toy chariot. - 5
* Rhod Gilbert: A replica of Greg's cuddly toy "Blue Ted", which is mother made for him - complete with a hole in it, because Greg had "relations" with Blue Ted. - 4
* James Acaster: A cardboard cut-out of MC Hammer. - 2
* Kerry Godliman: A Newton's cradle. - 2
* Jessica Knappett: A sign saying: "Do not touch". - 1

Task 1: Design and demonstrate the best quick-change outfit. Best and quickest quick-change outfit wins. You have one hour. Your time starts now.

* Kerry: 3.6 seconds. - 5
* Jessica: 4 seconds. - 4
* Rhod: 3.8 seconds, but penalised for the simplicity of the outfits used, namely both he and Alex wearing bikini and bottoms. - 3
* James: 5 seconds. - 2
* Phil: 45 seconds. - 1

Task 2: Build the highest tower. You have five minutes from when your first box is assembled. You have a maximum time of 20 minutes from now.

* Rhod - 5
* Kerry - 4
* Jessica - 3
* Phil - 2
* James - 1

Task 3: Work out the circumference of the caravan in baked beans. You have three minutes. Most accurate wins. Your time starts now.

* Kerry: 750 [Correct answer: 965] - 5
* James: 700 - 4
* Jessica: 689 - 3
* Rhod: 1,275 - 2
* Phil: 400 - 1

Live task: Make the best fruit display hat. You may not touch or tamper with your hat. Only the fruit picker-uppers may touch the fruit. You may only hold the fruit picker-uppers by their handles. Best fruit display hat wins. You have 100 seconds.

* Rhod - 5
* Kerry and Phil - 4
* Jessica - 3
* James - 2

Final scores

* Kerry - 20
* Rhod - 19
* Jessica - 14
* Phil - 13
* James - 11

Broadcast details

Wednesday 5th September 2018
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 9th September 2018 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 11th September 2018 11:20pm Dave
Wednesday 16th January 2019 10:00pm Dave
Monday 19th August 2019 7:00pm Dave
Tuesday 20th August 2019 12:00am Dave
Monday 2nd March 2020 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 3rd March 2020 12:20am Dave
Monday 1st June 2020 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 2nd June 2020 6:00pm Dave
Monday 21st September 2020 11:00pm Dave
Saturday 26th September 2020 2:00pm Dave
Friday 20th November 2020 8:00pm E4
Saturday 21st November 2020 1:35am E4
Wednesday 2nd December 2020 11:20pm Dave
Wednesday 28th April 2021 1:10am E4
Wednesday 28th April 2021 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 25th August 2021 11:00pm Dave

Cast & crew

Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Alex Horne Host / Presenter
James Acaster Self
Jessica Knappett Self
Phil Wang Self
Kerry Godliman Self
Rhod Gilbert 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
Dan Trelfer Edit Producer
Thomas Perrett Editor
Mark Sangster Editor
Andi Meek Editor
Joe Haughey Editor
Rebecca Bowker (as Becky Bowker) Editor
Pete Gellatly Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Sam Montague Director of Photography
Anthony Dalton Director of Photography
Martin Kempton Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer
Tim Key Task Consultant


Build the tallest tower using carboard boxes

In this clip from the very first episode of brand new series 7 of Taskmaster, the new contestants James Acaster, Jessica Knappett, Kerry Godliman, Phil Wang and Rhod Gilbert are asked to build the tallest tower they can using cardboard boxes. We also see Phil's wang.

Featuring: Greg Davies & Alex Horne.

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