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

Taskmaster

  • TV comedy
  • Channel 4 / Dave
  • 2015 - 2022
  • 106 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 8, Episode 1 - Hello

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Lou Sanders, Alex Horne. Copyright: Avalon Television
The wait is finally over, Taskmaster returns to Dave. Tyrant Greg Davies and Little Alex Horne set challenges for Iain Stirling, Joe Thomas, Lou Sanders, Paul Sinha and Sian Gibson]. Starting with: baby monitors, powerful smells and seductive dummies.

Preview clips

Further details

Prize task: Most powerful smell.

* Lou Sanders: A specially made cologne called: "Greg Davies: All Over Your Neck". - 5
* Paul Sinha: Cider vinegar. - 3
* Sian Gibson: Perm lotion. - 3
* Iain Stirling: A fart in a jar. - 2
* Joe Thomas: A tomato stalk. - 1

Task 1: Find the receiver of this baby monitor. You must leave your hat on. Fastest wins. Your time starts now.

* Iain: 2:59 - 5
* Sian: 3:40 - 4
* Joe: 4:43 - 3
* Lou: 9:57 - 2
* Paul: 27:37 - 1

Task 2: Make the best ventriloquist dummy and be chatted up by it. Most seductive ventriloquist dummy wins. You have 30 minutes and your scene must last no longer than 30 seconds. Your time starts now.

* Iain - 5
* Lou, Paul and Sian - 4
* Joe - 1

Task 3: Alex is on the bridge in the distance with lights on his head. Get as close as you can to Alex without him noticing you. Alex will duck down the wall for ten seconds, then pop up for ten seconds, then duck down for ten seconds and so on until he notices you. The task starts when Alex first ducks down behind the wall, in one minute from now.

* Joe: 1m - 5
* Iain and Lou: Spotted them just on top of the bridge. - 4
* Sian: 181m - 2
* Paul: 193m - 1

Live task: Get the greatest weight of doughnuts in your bucket. You must have your hands on your hips at all times. You have 100 seconds.

* Lou: 2.4kg - 5
* Iain: 1.162kg - 4
* Sian: 1.002kg - 3
* Joe: 872g - 2
* Paul: 678g - 1

Final scores

* Iain and Lou - 20
* Sian - 16
* Joe - 12
* Paul - 10

Tie-break task: Peel a banana using only your feet. You may not touch the banana with your hands at any point. You may not damage your banana. Fastest wins.

* Iain: 59 seconds - Winner
* Lou: 61 seconds

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 8th May 2019
Time
9pm
Channel
Dave
Length
60 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 12th May 2019 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 14th May 2019 11:00pm Dave
Saturday 29th June 2019 8:00pm Dave
Monday 6th January 2020 10:00pm
60 minute version
Dave
Monday 15th June 2020 10:40pm Dave
Tuesday 16th June 2020 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 8th September 2020 1:00am Dave
Wednesday 16th September 2020 6:00pm Dave
Saturday 3rd October 2020 2:00pm Dave
Wednesday 16th December 2020 11:20pm Dave
Friday 18th December 2020 7:30pm E4
Saturday 19th December 2020 12:55am E4
Wednesday 12th May 2021 1:10am E4
Thursday 13th May 2021 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 8th September 2021 11:00pm Dave
Monday 3rd January 2022 6:00pm Dave

Cast & crew

Cast
Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Alex Horne Host / Presenter
Iain Stirling Self
Joe Thomas Self
Lou Sanders Self
Paul Sinha Self
Sian Gibson 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
Vicky Winter Line Producer
Thomas Perrett Editor
Mark Sangster Editor
Rebecca Bowker (as Becky Bowker) Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Kyz Kistell (as Kyz Kistel) Production Designer
Sam Montague Director of Photography
Christina Baker (as Chrissie Baker) Make-up Designer
Martin Kempton Lighting Designer
Dru Masters Composer
Tom Howe Composer
Tim Key Task Consultant

Videos

Iain Stirling's puppet show

Iain Stirling treats us to a puppet show with his very own homemade puppet.

Featuring: Iain Stirling.

Sian Gibson & Paul Sinha get caught

Sian Gibson and Paul Sinha attempt to reach Alex Horne without being seen. Easier said than done, as Sian and Paul found out...

Featuring: Alex Horne, Paul Sinha & Sian Gibson.

Press

Review: why serious silliness is so ludicrously funny

There shouldn't be anything entertaining about a grumpy quiz enthusiast searching for a lost baby monitor in a caravan. More interesting things happen to every one of us daily. But the spectacle on Taskmaster (Dave channel) of a furious and frustrated Paul Sinha, better known as The Sinnerman from teatime general knowledge gameshow The Chase, was ludicrously funny.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 9th May 2019

Taskmaster Series 8, Episode 1 review

It's looking like it'll be one of the best [series] yet to warms the cockles of my heart, and I've no doubts at all that it'll make everyone who watches it laugh an enormous amount over the next couple of months.

Alice Finch, Comedy To Watch, 9th May 2019

Season eight of the reliably daft gameshow sees Sian Gibson, Iain Stirling, Joe Thomas, Lou Sanders and Paul Sinha in the thrall of the man-mountain king as they try to impress Greg Davies. Among the usual pettiness and point-scoring there is an ad hoc ventriloquism round that may scar the nation's psyche.

Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 8th May 2019

Alex Horne: 'I've been sent somebody's heart in a jar'

We chat to Taskmaster creator Alex Horne about the show's early hurdles, dedicated fans, the US remake and the power of jealousy...

Louisa Mellor, Den Of Geek, 8th May 2019

Review - Taskmaster: Series 8, Episode 1 - Hello

While it is of course to early to tell who is the most dominant in this series so far, there are some things we can already gather. Chief among these is that the Sinnerman is not as smart as he looks.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 8th May 2019

Taskmaster review - a cheap, childish comedy miracle

A gang of comics play silly games, then squabble about them. This is totally pointless comfort TV - but that's precisely why it's become a hit.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 8th May 2019

Paul Sinha had "very strange" approach to Taskmaster

"As you imagine, he's intelligent. But that doesn't mean he's got any common sense."

Susannah Alexander & Laura Jane Turner, Digital Spy, 6th May 2019

If you've yet to have the pleasure, Taskmaster is simply one of the most joyful series around. Which other TV show gets you inside the boot of Bob Mortimer's car or turns Noel Fielding into a tiny banana? Five comedians, doing very silly things in the presence of creator Alex Horne and the Taskmaster himself, Greg Davies. This year's contestants are Paul Sinha, Joe Thomas, Iain Stirling, Lou Sanders and Sian Gibson. A sheer delight.

Louisa Mellor, Den Of Geek, 3rd May 2019

Exclusive clip: sneak up on Alex without being caught

Taskmaster is about to return for an eighth series of madness and fun, and Digital Spy have an exclusive first-look clip, featuring some of our favourite TV stars taking on Alex Horne. The task: Alex alternates between being on lookout and hiding, and our contestants need to sneak up on him across a train station without getting noticed.

Joe Anderton, Digital Spy, 3rd May 2019

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