Taskmaster

UKTV's Steve North on Red Dwarf, Taskmaster and what it takes to be a Chief Programming Officer

In his 20-plus years at the broadcaster, he has led the rebrand of UKTV’s comedy channel to Dave, brought the huge hit Taskmaster to our screens and revived a childhood favourite, Red Dwarf. He also manages the combined BBC Studios and UKTV global compliance team.

What does the job involve?

Setting the editorial direction of the business so we can create distinctive, original, creative, enjoyable channels at UKTV that viewers want to watch.

Do you use gut instinct or data?

Channel 4 sets date for new series of Taskmaster with Lucy Beaumont and Sue Perkins

Sat before the tyrant, Davies, and his long-suffering assistant Horne, will be Julian Clary (Friday Night Live), actor, writer and stand-up Lucy Beaumont (Meet the Richardsons), multi-award-winning stand-up Sam Campbell, comedian and former Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins, and actor, writer and director Susan Wokoma (Cheaters).

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 reveals first look at The Change starring Bridget Christie

Linda goes on a journey of discovery and empowerment after hearing the news. Dusting off her old Triumph motorbike she last used 30 years ago, she travels solo to the Forest of Dean to do something for herself and reconnect with her identity.

She meets different characters along the way. These include the ‘Eel Sisters’, an exasperated local radio presenter, and a hermit living in the woods with only a wild boar for company. Cue the high jinks!