Alex Horne

“I sit in a hot tub and let the bubbles inspire me”: Alex Horne and Greg Davies on 17 series of Taskmaster

Greg Davies sits next to Alex Horne

But when the duo Zoomed in from a press day in New York — testament to its trans-Atlantic, if not global appeal — there were no signs of a mutiny. The long-suffering sidekick still knew his place.

Read on to hear the true source of Horne’s boundless inspiration for task devising, and a disgruntled Davies ruing his breakfast order.

You’re 17 series in, how has your relationship evolved over the series?

Greg Davies and Alex Horne: Hmm…

Contestants confirmed for series 17 of Taskmaster in new trailer

Alex Horne and Greg Davies sit with the contestants of the new series of Taskmaster

Prepare once again for your dad’s favourite comedian to become your favourite comedian. This time round, Steve Pemberton (Inside No. 9) will step up to the plate, alongside Sophie Willan (Alma's Not Normal) and Nick Mohammed (Ted Lasso). Joining them are John Robins (Live at the Apollo) and Joanne McNally (Republic of Telly).

Taskmaster reveals series 16 line-up

The Taskmaster series 16 line up

For 16 series, Taskmaster Greg Davies has been setting five comedians absurd and surrealist tasks from the comfort of his big red throne, joined by his assistant ‘little’ Alex Horne.

Contestants must earn points by completing tasks such as “be photographed in the most unusual situation wearing this fez” or “conceal this pineapple”, and the one with the most points at the end of the series goes home with a trophy in the shape of Greg Davies’ head.

Channel 4 announces new kids show Junior Taskmaster

It didn’t seem possible, but Taskmaster is about to get even more juvenile. Channel 4 is adapting the show to a children’s format, driven by the rise in the Taskmaster viewing figures with younger audiences.

The success of School Tasking, the not-for-profit primary school outreach project which replicates Taskmaster games in schools, was also motivation to bring the show to children’s programming.

Channel 4 greenlights new scripted comedy from Taskmaster’s Alex Horne

The Horne Section TV Show piloted in 2021, and following the band's multiple appearances on The Last Leg and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Channel 4 has now been picked up the show for a six-part series.

Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, commented: “Alex is an extraordinarily talented comic; unique, charming and unpredictable.

The Horne Section TV Show is set to mirror all these qualities, with a unique blend of talk show and sitcom, music and mayhem and we can’t wait to share it with the Channel 4 viewers.”

Taskmaster reveals the series 13 line-up

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Five new comedians will enter the Taskmaster house in an attempt to impress while doing the most ridiculous and crafty tasks on TV.

Created by Alex Horne, Horne often finds himself in the shadow of the overlord and Taskmaster himself Greg Davies. 

Series 13 contestants include stand-up, actor and author Ardal O’Hanlon, comedian Bridget Christie, stand-up comedian and TV host Chris Ramsey, comedian and presenter Judi Love and comedian, actress and podcaster Sophie Duker.

Taskmaster announces the series 12 line up

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The 12th series of the chaotic comedy game show will see five more celebs face Taskmaster Greg Davies and his assistant “little” Alex Horne. 

This series will follow Alan Davies, Desiree Burch, Guz Khan, Morgana Robinson and Victoria Coren Mitchell as they attempt to master the absurd and unique tasks set for them. 

Davies is a stand-up, writer and actor best known for his role in crime drama Jonathan Creek and comedy quiz show QI

Fellow stand-up and writer Burch has appeared on Live At The Apollo and various UK panel shows.

BBC announces Crouchy’s Year Late Euros

Maya Jama, Peter Crouch, Alex Horne (Credit: BBC)

Former England striker turned podcaster Peter Crouch will be joined by Maya Jama and Alex Horne and The Horne section to discuss the postponed Euro 2020 tournament which will now kick off in June 2021.

Each of the ten episodes will be filmed live and the trio will follow England, Scotland and Wales as they make their way through the tournament, each giving their own unique take on the action. 

The series will include post-match reviews and predictions, top celebrity guests and live music.

Taskmaster announces the line-up for series 11

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Series 11 will once again see comedic minds put together all their skills and wit to master the absurd and wacky tasks presented to them, in the hope that they will be crowned Taskmaster champion. 

Greg Davies will preside from his throne determining the scores given to the comedians, joined by his sidekick and show creator Alex Horne.