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


  • TV comedy
  • Channel 4 / Dave
  • 2015 - 2024
  • 160 episodes (17 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 6 - Rock 'n' Roll Umlaut

Taskmaster. Paul Sinha. Copyright: Avalon Television
One of the secrets to the Taskmaster's successful reign of tyranny is that he's ruthlessly unpredictable which means things can change very, very quickly in this game. Alex Horne takes scrupulous notes as Paul Sinha squats in a telephone box and Iain Stirling stakes his claim for the Scottish national football team.

Preview clips

Prize task: Best see-through item.

* Joe Thomas: A window. - 4
* Lou Sanders: The book 50 Ways to See Thru People by Vernon Howard. - 1
* Paul Sinha: A hoola hoop. - 1
* Sian Gibson: A bottle of gin. - 1
* Iain Stirling: A beer fridge with a glass front, but not a see-through back. - 1

Task 1: Completely conceal yourself inside this phone box. No part of you or your clothing may be visible from outside the phone box. Fastest wins. Your time stops when you shout: "I'm invisible!" Your time starts now.

* Iain: 4:46 - 5
* Lou: 8:17 - 4
* Joe and Sian: Slightly visible. - 2
* Paul: His entire face is visible. - 1

Task 2 (Team Task): Design the most iconic album cover. Best album cover, album title and band name wins. Your album cover photo will be taken in 30 minutes. Your time starts now.

* The Actors: Shoƫ with its too big (with umlauts on the "s" and "g"). - 4
* The Comedians: Lou Sanders and the Lovely Boys with SSSex. - 2

Task 3: In five minutes you return this pack of the cards to Alex in the lab, and tell Alex the order the cards are currently in. You may not leave this room during the five minutes. Most correctly named cards wins. Your time starts now.

* Paul: 1 mistake. - 5
* Joe: 7 mistakes. - 4
* Sian: 13 mistakes. - 3
* Iain: 25 mistakes. - 2
* Lou: Disqualified for leaving the room, and she put the cards in a different order. - 0

Task 4: Score a goal from the furthest distance. You may only take one shot. If you don't score a goal, you are disqualified. You must perform a terrific goal celebration whether or not you score your goal. There might be a bonus point for best goal celebration. You have five minutes. Your time starts now.

* Sian: Only person to score, doing so from 9.8m. - 5
* Iain, Joe, Lou and Paul: All failed to score, and no bonus point is given. - 0

Live task: Part 1 - Standing behind the first line, roll your loo roll beyond the second line. If your loo roll fails to roll beyond the second line or falls from the runway, you are eliminated from the task. Part 2 - Retrieve your shoe [the surviving players' right shoes are place at the end of their loo roll]. You may not cross the line in front of you. If your shoe falls off your loo roll or your loo roll breaks, you are eliminated from the task. Fastest wins. Winner takes all.

* Lou - 5
* Iain and Sian: Slower than Lou. - 0
* Joe and Paul: Fail the first part of the task. - 0

Final scores

* Sian - 15
* Joe - 14
* Lou - 12
* Iain - 10
* Paul - 9

Broadcast details

Wednesday 12th June 2019
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 16th June 2019 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 18th June 2019 10:00pm Dave
Saturday 3rd August 2019 8:00pm Dave
Monday 13th January 2020 10:00pm Dave
Monday 22nd June 2020 11:20pm Dave
Tuesday 23rd June 2020 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 15th September 2020 1:40am Dave
Sunday 4th October 2020 4:00pm Dave
Sunday 4th October 2020 5:00pm Dave
Thursday 24th December 2020 12:20am Dave
Wednesday 6th January 2021 1:05am E4
Wednesday 19th May 2021 12:00am E4
Thursday 20th May 2021 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 15th September 2021 11:00pm Dave
Thursday 24th March 2022 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 6th July 2022 6:00pm Dave
Thursday 7th July 2022 3:10am Dave
Friday 23rd September 2022 6:00pm Dave
Thursday 23rd February 2023 6:00pm Dave
Thursday 25th May 2023 6:00pm Dave

Cast & crew

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
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
Vicky Winter Line Producer
Thomas Perrett 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


Create the best album cover

Lou Sanders, Iain Stirling and Paul Sinha create their own album covers for their fictional band.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Iain Stirling, Lou Sanders & Paul Sinha.

Perform the best goal celebration

The contestants must give the best goal celebrations whether they score a goal or not. Iain Stirling has a trick up his sleeve...

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

Outtake: Greg Davies got the James Bond theme wrong

Greg Davies and contestants Sian Gibson and Iain Stirling discuss the wrong lyrics to the James Bond theme Skyfall.

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

Outtake: Lovely boys song

After the success of the Lovely Boys album cover, Paul Sinha starts off a special rendition of one of their songs.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Iain Stirling, Lou Sanders & Paul Sinha.


Taskmaster: Series 8, Episode 6 - review

In this week's edition we learn that one of the biggest elements of Taskmaster is diversity. One point you may be riding high with your ability to remember a deck of cards, the next you are wallowing in misery because when trying to hide yourself you failed to cover your own face.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 13th June 2019

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