Gameshow Taskmaster has been a standout hit for UKTV and is now entertaining audiences around the world. Creator Alex Horne and execs from UKTV and production company Avalon explain how the show was exported to 17 countries.Ross Biddiscombe, IBC, 19th November 2018
Series seven of Dave's hands-on challenge show continues, with Greg Davies passing snide judgment on five comedic rivals from his elevated throne of games. Tonight's oddball tasks include a writerly fun run and some airhorn psychology, but Phil Wang deserves a special rosette for his snug Bruce Lee jumpsuit.Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 12th September 2018
Contestants have been revealed for the next series of Taskmaster. The players in the seventh series of Dave's hit comedy will be James Acaster, Jessica Knappett, Phil Wang, Kerry Godliman and Rhod Gilbert.British Comedy Guide, 4th July 2018
Taskmaster, which started as a comedy routine at the Edinburgh Fringe, has become the most popular show in Dave's admittedly short and unspectacular history -- such a success that another three series have been commissioned. That's good news for anyone who can't get enough of stand-ups and comic actors creating art with whipped cream or hurling dolls into trees.
It works because the five contestants, who this time include one-liner king Tim Vine and sitcom stalwart Liza Tarbuck, happily submit to the show's sadistic style. Watching them make fools of themselves is quite entertaining: seeing presenter Greg Davies mock and sneer at their efforts can be shamefully funny.
Creator of the concept, and butt of Greg's harshest jibes, is Alex Horne, who also oversees all the tasks. He understands the importance of a rigid format, and each episode follows a precise rhythm. It's possible to gauge almost to the second when he will make a self-conscious quip, or a jangling piano will introduce a clip to introduce the next task.
Eventually the format will become stale, changes will be introduced, and the whole thing will fall apart. For now, we can wallow in telly that manages to be inane, spiteful and hilarious at the same time.Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 24th May 2018
The best comedy of 2017 is back - bigger and better than ever.James Croot, Stuff.co.nz, 15th May 2018
The panel game that celebrates the bizarre and the mediocre.Sam Wollaston, The Guardian, 10th May 2018