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


Channel 4 and Dave comedy show setting comedians tasks. 105 episodes (12 series), 2015 - 2021. Stars Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner and others.

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Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Katy Wix, David Baddiel, Greg Davies, Jo Brand, Alex Horne, Rose Matafeo, Ed Gamble. Copyright: Avalon Television.

Series 9, Episode 1 - Join Our Cult

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.

Further details

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

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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
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


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.


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