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.

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Series 9, Episode 1 - Join Our Cult

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Katy Wix, David Baddiel, Greg Davies, Jo Brand, Alex Horne, Rose Matafeo, Ed Gamble. Copyright: Avalon Television
Greg Davies is the Taskmaster and he is back for a glorious ninth series of the show that bears his grand title. In one hand he brandishes his sparkling golden face-trophy, in the other sits Little Alex Horne, his ever-popular personal secretary. This season's brand new high-class hopefuls are: David Baddiel, Ed Gamble, Jo Brand, Katy Wix and Rose Matafeo.

Preview clips

Prize task: Most stressful thing.

* Katy Wix: A teapot she made, with the spout right next to the handle and the lid glazed shut. - 5
* David Baddiel: A cardboard tube from an empty toilet roll. - 4
* Jo Brand: The score for J. S. Bach's Toccata in D Minor, which she tried to learn for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall. - 3
* Ed Gamble: A compilation of stressful sounds, including a baby crying, nails down a blackboard, an announcement saying your plane/train has been cancelled, the sound of your train leaving as you arrive, and the sound of a chair breaking from under you. - 2
* Rose Matafeo: An unspooled cassette tape. - 2

Task 1: Hide three aubergines in this room. Longest time for Alex to find them wins. You have nine minutes, after which Alex will start searching for the three aubergines. Your time starts now.

* Ed: 13:53 - 5
* Rose: 9:03 - 4
* Jo: 7:38 - 3
* Katy: 5:25 - 2
* David: 2:00 - 1

Task 2: Arrange the lollies in rainbow order on the board in front of you. You may only take off your [blacked-out] goggles if you find the dodo. You may only accuse one thing of being a dodo. Most accurate rainbow order wins. You have seven minutes. Your time starts now.

* Ed and Rose - 5
* David and Jo - 3
* Katy - 1

Task 3: Make the most dramatic entrance. You have one hour. Your time starts now.

* Rose - 5
* Ed and Jo - 4
* Katy - 3
* David - 1

Live task: Draw the second-longest snake. You snake must be half-an-inch wide at all points. You snake must be neatly curled up again after three minutes. There is a bonus point for the best snake.

* David: Second-longest snake. - 5
* Rose: Bonus point for best snake. - 1
* Ed, Jo and Katy - 0

Final scores

* Rose - 17
* Ed - 16
* David - 14
* Jo and Katy - 12

Broadcast details

Wednesday 4th September 2019
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 8th September 2019 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 10th September 2019 10:00pm Dave
Monday 20th January 2020 10:00pm
60 minute version
Monday 29th June 2020 11:20pm Dave
Tuesday 30th June 2020 6:00pm Dave
Monday 21st September 2020 6:00pm Dave
Saturday 10th October 2020 2:00pm Dave
Thursday 19th November 2020 3:05am Dave
Monday 4th January 2021 11:00pm Dave
Wednesday 13th January 2021 1:00am E4
Tuesday 2nd March 2021 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 25th May 2021 6:00pm Dave
Wednesday 22nd September 2021 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 29th March 2022 6:00pm Dave
Monday 11th July 2022 6:00pm Dave
Tuesday 12th July 2022 3:10am Dave
Wednesday 28th September 2022 6:00pm Dave
Monday 13th February 2023 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 28th February 2023 5:00pm Dave
Tuesday 30th May 2023 6:00pm Dave
Thursday 8th June 2023 9:00pm Dave

Cast & crew

Greg Davies Host / Presenter
Alex Horne Host / Presenter
David Baddiel Self
Ed Gamble Self
Jo Brand Self
Katy Wix Self
Rose Matafeo 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
Mark Sangster Editor
Rebecca Bowker Editor
James Dillon 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


Ed and Rose hide aubergines from Alex

Find the aubergine! The tables have turned and its little Alex Horne's turn to do a task as Rose Matafeo and Ed Gamble hide 3 aubergines from him.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Ed Gamble & Rose Matafeo.


Taskmaster Series 9 Episode 1 review

For the first time it might be a series which I slightly struggle with.

Alex Finch, Comedy To Watch, 5th September 2019

Preview: Taskmaster Series 9

Greg Davies seems to be playing increasingly fast and loose with the arbitrary scoring system this time round. We won't tell you who the winner of the first episode is, you'll have to watch it to find out. OK, we will tell you - the winner is the audience, who get to see the show back on top form again.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 4th September 2019

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