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10 things you might not know about Taskmaster

Each series sees host Greg Davies and sidekick Alex Horne stump five comedian contestants with their tasks.

Ahead of the show’s October 2020 return on Channel 4, we take a look at who and what makes Taskmaster tick.

Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Taskmaster.

Taskmaster unveils contestant line-up for series 10

Taskmaster started off as a live show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, before airing on Dave for nine series and has now been acquired by Channel 4.

Greg Davies will once again sit on his throne with his trusty sidekick Alex Horne and score the comedians attempts at one of a kind wacky tasks, with hilarious and unpredictable outcomes.

Taskmaster host Alex Horne launches #hometasking challenge on Twitter

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The #hometasking challenge brings the premise of Taskmaster, where a group of comedians are tasked with completing seemingly simple tasks in the most inventive and amusing ways possible, to people at home.

The first task was to ‘throw a piece of A4 paper in the bin, the most spectacular throw wins’.

Taskmaster: Top ten tasks

Greg Davies and Alex Horne (Credit: UKTV)

Created and written by comedian Alex Horne, the series stars Greg Davies as the Taskmasterwith Horne acting as Davies’ assistant and umpire during the tasks.

Each series, five contestants compete each week to score the highest mark on the bizarre tasks set by the Taskmaster.

Taskmaster originally aired on Dave, but will make the move to Channel 4 in 2020 following a new six series deal. 

With over 200 tasks to date so far, here is a roundup of some of our favourites.

Channel 4 acquires Taskmaster

Greg Davies and Alex Horne (Credit: Avalon/Channel 4/Dave/UKTV)

​Initially a live show at the Edinburgh Fest Fringe, Taskmaster was originally developed with Channel 4 and then later commissioned by UKTV where it aired on Dave for nine series.

The series follows Greg Davies and show creator Alex Horne as they host a series of complex and comedic challenges that test the wit of a line-up of famous contestants.

Following the six series deal, new episodes of Taskmaster will air on Channel 4.

Dave announces air date for Taskmaster series 9

Katy Wix, David Baddiel, Greg Davies, Jo Brand, Rose Matafeo, Alex Horne and Ed Gamble (Credit: UKTV/Dave)

Greg Davies and Alex Horne will return to their golden thrones as they continue to test the competency of famous faces with an array of complex and comedic tasks.

This series will see comedians Jo Brand, David Baddiel, Ed Gamble, Rose Matafeo and actor Katy Wix battle it out for the title of Taskmaster champion.

Taskmaster announces launch date for series 8

Greg Davies and Alex Horne on Taskmaster (Credit: UKTV/Avalon)

Greg Davies and Alex Horne return to judge a new batch of famous competitors and will decide who is worthy of taking home the coveted 24-carat gold cast of Greg Davies’s face.

The new contestants include Love Island narrator Iain Stirling, actor Joe Thomas (White Gold), stand-up comic Lou Sanders, Paul Sinha (The Chase) and RTS award-winner Sian Gibson. 

Dave reveals celebrity line up for the eighth series of Taskmaster

Taskmaster series 8 line up (Credit: UKTV)

They will be joined by stand-up Lou Sanders, Paul Sinha (The Chase) and Sian Gibson (Car Share), all set to bravely face the challenges set by Taskmaster Greg Davies.

Creator and stats keeper Alex Horne will also be returning to the game show, which was originally performed at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Previous contestants include Jessica Knappett (Drifters), James Acaster (Would I Lie to You?) and Rhod Gilbert (8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown).

Who's in Taskmaster series 7

If you’ve somehow managed to miss the show, it’s basically the strange thoughts you have in the shower, turned into a competition. ‘How do you make a snow globe?’, ‘From how far away can I blow out a candle’, ‘how high can a hose spray water?’. All the important stuff.

The sixth series has drawn to a close and Tim Vine, Russell Howard, Asim Chaudhry, Alice Levine and Lisa Tarbuck have all hung up their Taskmaster trainers and gone home for a rest. Now it’s the turn of a new bunch of comedians to face Taskmaster Greg Davies and his assistant Alex Horne!

 

Greg Davies returns as Taskmaster for two more series

The programme has been renewed for two more series and will increase each series run from five to eight episodes. The news comes as the show is nominated for Best Entertainment Programme at the 2016 Broadcast Awards, and became the most watched commission on UKTV's video-on-demand service, UKTV Play, in 2015.