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


Channel 4 and Dave comedy show setting comedians tasks. 84 episodes (10 series), 2015 - 2020. Stars Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner and others.

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Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: David Baddiel, Jo Brand. Copyright: Avalon Television.

Series 9, Episode 2 - Butter In The Microwave

It's still very early days in the marathon battle to claim Taskmaster Greg Davies's bold, gold bonce. Ed Gamble gets reckless with a frying pan, Katy Wix asks for a pencil and Jo Brand shares a leisurely sandwich with David Baddiel. Alex Horne is there to log all the important minutiae, which he later presents to Greg in a special private ceremony that no one has ever witnessed.

Further details

Prize task: Best bag.

* Rose Matafeo: A bag she croqueted herself, with the word "Best" croqueted into it. - 5
* Katy Wix: A bagpipe with no pipes. - 4
* Jo Brand: A sanitary towel disposal bag. - 3
* Ed Gamble: A belly bum-bag. - 2
* David Baddiel: A bag of sour sweets. - 1

Task 1: Correctly identify which bin Alex is in. You must adhere to the commandments behind the curtain. [The Seven Commandments: I - You may wheel one bin three metres. II - You may gently shake one bin. III - You may strike one bin with a frying pan. IV - You may push one bin over. V - You may listen to one bin with a stethoscope. VI - You may avert your eyes and drop one thing into one bin. VII - You may phone Alex's phone from the phone in the phone box.] You may only have one guess. No bins are to be opened at any point during the task unless authorised. Fastest correct guess wins. Your time starts now and stops when you have your guess.

* Ed: 3:40 - 5
* David: 6:53 - 4
* Jo, Katy and Rose: Guess incorrectly. - 0

Task 2: Draw a portrait of the Taskmaster using 16 A1 pages. You may not remove the A1 pages from the flipchart during your drawing. After the task, the A1 pages will be laid out in the pattern shown on the front page. You may only draw on the flipchart paper. Best portrait wins. You have 20 minutes. Your time starts now.

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

Task 3 (Team Task): Complete this adventure. Unless otherwise stated, you must stick together and only open one task after you have completed the previous one. Fastest wins. Now either look in the toaster or go to the shed. [Bonus rule: Fastest to say the word "demeaning" at any point during the tasks wins.]

* Ed, Katy and Rose: 29:00, with a Task Tally of 24. - 5
* David and Jo: 36:26, with a Task Tally of 9. - 3

Live task: Part 1 - Make a lovely little ball arrangement. You have 100 seconds. Part 2 - [While blindfolded] Flatten all of the yellow balls, throw all of the red balls into the bucket and turn all the blue balls into one big blue ball. Most balls in the right shape and place after 100 seconds wins.

* Jo: Almost 100%, due to her throwing one ball at the audience. - 5
* Ed and Katy: 45% - 4
* Rose: 33% - 2
* David: 12% - 1

Final scores

* Ed - 19
* Katy - 18
* Jo and Rose - 15
* David - 10

Broadcast details

Wednesday 11th 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


Draw a portrait of Greg

This week the contestants have to draw a portrait of Taskmaster, Greg Davies, across 16 pieces of A3 paper.

Featuring: Alex Horne, David Baddiel, Ed Gamble, Jo Brand, Katy Wix, Rose Matafeo.

Which bin is Alex Horne in?

Contestants must guess which wheelie bin Alex Horne is in whilst also following the Taskmaster commandments.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, David Baddiel, Ed Gamble, Jo Brand, Katy Wix, Rose Matafeo.

Outtake: Greg Davies gets annoyed at Alex Horne

Alex Horne has trouble getting his words out, which annoys Greg Davies.

Featuring: Greg Davies, Alex Horne.


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