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


Channel 4 and Dave comedy show setting comedians tasks. 95 episodes (11 series), 2015 - 2021. Stars Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner and others.

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Taskmaster. Joe Thomas. Copyright: Avalon Television.

Series 8, Episode 4 - The Barrel Dad

The competitive nature of Taskmaster bubbles alarmingly to the surface as a simple team task involving a hammock exposes tensions between two of the five comics vying to win Greg Davies's monumental golden head.

Further details

Prize task: Best present for a doctor.

* Sian Gibson: A name badge with a star rating system. - 5
* Joe Thomas: A BMX. - 4
* Lou Sanders: A herb garden and a bottle of whisky. - 3
* Iain Stirling: A night-out party kit. - 1
* Paul Sinha: A fake beard and hat, to stop said doctor being bothered by the general public. - 1

Task 1: Get this loo roll through the toilet seat. You may not lower the toilet seat. Fastest wins. Your time starts now.

* Iain: 1:04 - 5
* Lou: 1:19 - 4
* Joe: 1:38 and a bonus point for being the only person to get the entire loo roll through the seat. - 4
* Sian: 5 minutes - 2
* Paul: 13 minutes - 1

Task 2: Make the best thing to engage a toddler. The toddler will have five minutes with your thing. Most engaged toddler wins. You have 30 minutes. Your time starts now.

* Sian: Creates an exercise video. - 5
* Paul: A replica of an ecosystem of rubber ducks being attacked by a toy thresher shark, all in a baking tray. - 5
* Joe: Made a toy called "Joe Dough". - 4
* Iain: Makes a puppet called "Clare". - 4
* Lou: Hangs a toy duck by the neck, like a piƱata, and the toddler is given a croquet mallet to whack it and release sweets. - 3

Task 3 (Team Task): Put the most weight in the hammock, without anything falling out of the hammock. If anything falls out of the hammock, you are disqualified. Most weight in the hammock after 10 minutes wins. Your time starts now.

* The Actors - 3
* The Comedians: Disqualified as a book fell out of the hammock. - 0

Live task: Choose a hoop you think you can throw a frying pan into. Choose a distance from which you can throw a frying pan into that hoop. If you choose the big hoop you have one attempt, if you choose the medium hoop you have two attempts, if you choose the small hoop you have three attempts. The person who throws most of their frying pan into their hoop from the longest distance wins.

* Lou - 5
* Paul - 4
* Iain, Joe and Sian: Fail to land in the hoop. - 0

Final score

* Joe, Lou and Sian - 15
* Paul - 11
* Iain - 10

Tie-break task: Whip a bottle off a barrel while standing behind a rope. Fastest wins.

* Sian: 9.4 seconds - Winner
* Joe: 50.3 seconds
* Lou: 52 seconds

Broadcast details

Wednesday 29th May 2019
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular 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


Get the loo roll through the toilet seat

Get some loo roll through a toilet seat - simple right? Well, let's see how Iain Stirling and Paul Sinha approach it.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Iain Stirling, Joe Thomas, Lou Sanders, Paul Sinha, Sian Gibson.

Make the hammock as heavy as possible

A simple task to explain... but can the teams do well?

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Iain Stirling, Joe Thomas, Lou Sanders, Paul Sinha, Sian Gibson.

Outtake: Greg Davies leaves contestants speechless

Greg Davies' choice of discussion topic leaves all the contestants lost for words.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Iain Stirling, Lou Sanders, Sian Gibson.


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