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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’.
It's time for #hometasking no.1!
Marcus Arthur may be a BBC veteran, but the winds of change blowing through UKTV these past nine months or so have been like no other in his lengthy BBC career.
Last June, he succeeded Darren Childs as the outfit’s CEO. His appointment followed the end of the joint venture with Discovery, which finally gave BBC Studios full control of UKTV and its seven-channel portfolio (its three lifestyle channels were acquired by Discovery as part of the separation) and the online hub, UKTV Play.
Naomi Dulake has been at Pinewood Studios for six years, working on some of the UK’s biggest shows, including UKTV celebrity gameshow Taskmaster and Lee Mack’s BBC One sitcom Not Going Out.
What does the job involve?
Created and written by comedian Alex Horne, the series stars Greg Davies as the Taskmaster, with 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.
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.
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.
Actor Daniel Radcliffe made his screen debut in the BBC adaptation of David Copperfield before rocketing to fame as Harry Potter in the film franchise.
Contestants on UKTV channel Dave’s hit show Taskmaster have to think laterally and creatively as a series of challenges are thrown at them. Much like the BBC had to in 2017 when Discovery’s acquisition of UKTV’s co-owner Scripps triggered a clause that gave BBC Studios the option to buy out Discovery. The problem was that it lacked the cash to do so.
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