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Greg Davies


Umpire: Alex Horne


Avalon Television for Dave, 28 July 2015 to 6 November 2019 (72 episodes in 9 series + 2 specials)

Avalon Television for Channel 4, 2020


Comedians are given very strange things to do.

Alex Horne's mind is a strange place. All of the usual elements are there, but they're all mixed up. He makes hot toothpaste pies. He plays golf with hen's eggs. He draws horses while riding horses.

But a problem shared is a problem halved, so Horne has invited some comedy friends to perform these surreal dreams. Greg Davies hosts the programme, ranks the performances, and the best player over the programme (and over the series) is the winner.

The players from Series 1: Ranganathan, Skinner, Conaty, Widdicombe, Key (seated) Davies and Horne

Taskmaster is theatre of the absurd, sensible people doing insensible things. The atmosphere was heightened by the filming location - almost all the tasks took place in a hired cottage, decorated as a shrine to the Taskmaster. There was no narration over the films, just the natural sound of the players talking.

Fans of bizarre television flocked to this show, and it gained audience as the first series went on, and as each subsequent series aired. Taskmaster turned into a massive hit for Dave, their first since Argumental about five years earlier. After five years, during which the format was honed to perfection, UKTV's contract expired and the show went up for new bids. Channel 4 bought the rights; we'll have to see what Taskmaster is like on its new home.

Key moments

The blatant I'm-only-doing-this-because-the-recommission-of-my-show-depends-on-it apathy of Dave Gorman's performance.

Any episode where a participant is subjected to extra punishment, such as Josh Widdicombe being asked to count the numbers of beans, spaghetti hoops and grains of rice in their respective containers or Rob Beckett being asked to spend a task talkng in an accent other than his own.


2015 Josh Widdicombe
Summer 2016 Katherine Ryan
Autumn 2016 Rob Beckett
Spring 2017 Noel Fielding
Autumn 2017 Bob Mortimer
Spring 2018 Liza Tarbuck
Autumn 2018 Kerry Godliman
Spring 2019 Lou Sanders
Autumn 2019 Ed Gamble

Champion of Champions

2017 Josh Widdicombe


2016 (Summer series)
2016 (Autumn series)
2017 (Spring series)
2017 (Autumn series)
Champion of Champions
  • Josh Widdicombe
  • Katherine Ryan
  • Rob Beckett
  • Noel Fielding
  • Bob Mortimer
2018 (Spring series)
2018 (Autumn series)
  • James Acaster
  • Rhod Gilbert
  • Kerry Godliman
  • Jessica Knappett
  • Phil Wang
2019 (Spring series)
2019 (Autumn series)
  • David Baddiel
  • Jo Brand
  • Ed Gamble
  • Rose Matafeo
  • Katy Wix


Alex Horne, who also wrote and produced the show.

Title music

The Horne Section.

Incidental music by Dru Masters.


Based on a stage show at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010 and 2011.

In early series, judgement was pronounced at the Clapham Grand theatre. Later series used a proper studio set.

Series 1 participant Tim Key was retained for future series as a Task Consultant.

Web links

Dave webpage

Wikipedia entry

British Comedy Guide entry

See also

We Need Answers

Weaver's Week review


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