Umpire: Alex Horne
Avalon Television for Dave, 28 July 2015 to present
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.
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 series went on. It looks like Dave has an actual hit on their hands, their first since Argumental about five years earlier.
|Summer 2016||Katherine Ryan|
|Autumn 2016||Rob Beckett|
2016 (Summer series)
2016 (Autumn series)
Alex Horne, who also wrote and produced the show.
The Horne Section.
Incidental music by Dru Masters.
Based on a stage show at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010 and 2011.
Judgement was pronounced at the Clapham Grand theatre.