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Taskmaster series 16 finally unveils the secret task
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Taskmaster series 16 has finally revealed what the secret task that's been teased for weeks is.
Greg Davies and Alex Horne have been hinting to the line-up — Julian Clary, Lucy Beaumont, Sam Campbell, Sue Perkins and Susan Wokoma — about a secret task for multiple episodes, and tonight's (November 9) episode saw the task revealed, and carried out.
The first task of the episode saw them search for the task around the Taskmaster house in two groups (Sue and Susan, then Sam, Julian, and Lucy), with each celeb in one room at a time, changing every time Alex blew his horn.
In the end, it turned out to be in the living room under the TM beneath the art deco painting of Greg.
Related: Taskmaster's Sara Pascoe gives birth to baby boy and reveals sweet name
Sue found the secret task's envelope first, and read it out: "If you found it fastest, choose one contestant to lose five points. If you found it second fastest, choose one contestant to lose one point. If you find it third fastest, choose one contestant to get a special hat.
"If you find it fourth fastest, choose one contestant to gain one point. If you are the slowest, choose one contestant to gain five points. You must not choose yourself."
While Sue and Susan might have known who was first out of the two them, they wouldn't know how much time the other three would have taken.
Related: Taskmaster airs "worst" prize task round in show's history
But in a further twist, the three-person team only had the instruction to say the name of another contestant after 10 seconds, and didn't know about the points (and hat) situation.
Sue, Susan and Julian all said Sam, and Lucy and Sam both said Sue. But what did that mean, points wise?
Well... as Julian was the fastest, Sam lost five points, but gained five points from Susan being the slowest. Sue lost a point from Sam, but won a special hat from Lucy,
Finally, Sam gained one point Sue, so overall things didn't really change all that much.
When asked how he felt to be named three times, Sam said: "It's just nice to be talked about."
Taskmaster series 16 airs and streams on Thursday nights at 9pm on Channel 4 , where you can also stream previous series.
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Famous contestants, infuriating challenges and a wheelbarrow of withering putdowns. Taskmaster Greg Davies and sidekick Little Alex Horne oversee the weird, wonderful, BAFTA-winning comedy game show.
Excitement reaches volcanic proportions as the mystery of the secret task is finally revealed to the baffled cast of comics. And who will get to wear the Special Hat?
Greg Davies is ready to pass merciless judgement on Julian Clary, Sue Perkins, Sam Campbell, Susan Wokoma and Lucy Beaumont, while Little Alex Horne watches on from behind his clipboard
Next on TV: Thu 16 Nov, 9pm
Series 16 Episode 8
Never Packed a Boot: Excitement reaches volcanic proportions as the mystery of the secret task is revealed
Series 16 Episode 7
I'm Off to Find a Robin: Does Julian Clary need more than one pie? Plus: Sam Campbell rips off his own head.
Series 16 Episode 6
Brother Alex: Julian Clary gets on his hands and knees. Sue Perkins makes an extraordinary noise.
Series 16 Episode 5
Skateboard Division: We're halfway through the series, and Lucy Beaumont celebrates by playing with toilet roll
Series 16 Episode 4
Dynamite Chicks: Alex Horne chokes down some vaguely cylindrical meals. And Sue Perkins sniffs a door.
Series 16 Episode 3
Languidly: Julian Clary destroys a table and Lucy Beaumont munches on a tree
Series 16 Episode 2
Hell Is Here: Julian Clary finds a former Taskmaster champion hiding behind a door
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The Natural Friends: Greg slaps Alex because of peas. And everyone tries to put a big duck in a lake.
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What to Know About Taskmaster Before Its U.S. Debut
As we’re submerged deeper and deeper into the COVID-induced content vacuum that has all but cleared upcoming fall television slates, there’s never been a better time for Taskmaster, one of Great Britain’s many hidden television gems, to finally make its way to the United States. Although comedy panel shows are practically a nonexistent genre in the US of A, they’re a dime a dozen on British television, but Taskmaster possesses its own unique, undefinable brand of insanity that has kept viewers coming back for nine series, soon to be ten. The show’s popularity in Britain is hardly a fluke. Since it began airing in 2015, it’s spawned international adaptations in Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. However, no remake could ever hope to compare to the original, which is so successful that Channel 4 committed to six more seasons when it acquired the show from UKTV late last year.
Barring a short-lived American remake hosted by Reggie Watts — more on that below — Taskmaster hasn’t made much of a footprint in the U.S., but that stands to change this Sunday, when the CW begins airing the show in its full British glory. If you’re one of the many hapless Americans who have yet to discover the off-the-wall glory of Taskmaster , here’s the full rundown on what you need to know about the show before series eight and nine begin airing in America.
What is Taskmaster ?
Although a Google search will yield mixed results (especially because the show shares its name with a Marvel comic-book villain), Taskmaster relies on a fairly simple premise: Five stand-up comedians use their quick wits to complete “tasks” of varying degrees of ridiculousness in an attempt to please the Taskmaster (comedian Greg Davies) and win a golden bust of his head.
Wait, the Taskmaster is a real person?
Yes and no. Greg Davies, the “Taskmaster,” is a British stand-up comedian and actor, and while he plays the role of the Taskmaster, it’s a mix of his actual personality and a cold, demanding character invented for the show. By his side is the subservient doormat of a man named Alex Horne, who acts as his assistant but is also playing a role — because in reality, Horne is the director and executive producer of the show, as well as its creator.
But it’s a game show, right?
Again, yes and no. It is a game show in the sense that it features a group of contestants competing for a prize, but it isn’t a game show because the contestants are all already famous (in Britain at least — most of them will be less familiar to U.S. audiences, who should consider this an opportunity to expand their comedic horizons), and the prize is a golden bust of the Taskmaster’s head. The driving force behind the show isn’t competition for a cash prize, it’s the effortless and often off-kilter humor that results from the contestants attempting to complete the tasks.
Okay, but what do you mean by “tasks”?
Presented by Alex Horne but ostensibly set up by the Taskmaster, the tasks vary wildly in content, but always require out-of-the-box thinking and a willingness on the part of the contestants to make an utter mockery of themselves. There are a few tasks that are consistent from week to week: the first task of the episode is always a prize task, in which a contestant brings in one of their own possessions, and the winner of the episode gets to take all of the possessions home.
It would be a fool’s errand to try and connect the dots between the rest of the tasks, but the easiest way to explain the chaos is by giving examples. Previous tasks have included everything from orders like “make the best noise” to “impress this mayor” to “get the best gift for the Taskmaster,” the last of which was won by comedian Josh Widdicombe, who tattooed the Taskmaster’s name on his leg permanently — that’s how far contestants are willing to go to win what is essentially bragging rights.
You said there was already an American version, so what’s airing on Sunday?
It’s true, there was at one point an attempt to create an American spinoff of Taskmaster. The show aired on Comedy Central for a single season, which should tell you everything you need to know about how well-received it was. Although Alex Horne stayed on as the Taskmaster’s assistant, this time the Taskmaster was played by Reggie Watts.
Despite Horne and Watts’s best attempts, the new host and cast (which included a random mix of American celebrities, many of whom weren’t even comedians) couldn’t recreate the magic of the original, and the show was axed. What’s airing on the CW is the original show, part of a spate of international productions coming to American networks to help fill out lineups ravaged by the coronavirus’s effects on production.
Why should I watch?
Trying to describe the appeal of Taskmaster is like trying to catch lightning in a bottle — it’s nearly impossible, and it’s the kind of thing that needs to be seen to be believed. There’s no comparable American series — no, not even the short-lived Comedy Central one — and it seems unlikely there ever could be. The only way to truly understand its magic is by checking it out for yourself.
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Taskmaster: Season 16
Greg Davies is the "Taskmaster" in this game show that challenges the wit and wisdom of five comics, who are all putting their reputations on the line. Alex Horne assists Davies in setting up unique and ridiculous tasks for the competitors.
Genres: Comedy, Game Show
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Air Date: Nov 23, 2023
Directed By: Andy Devonshire
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Taskmaster season 16: Release date, line-up and latest news
Channel 4 has renewed the weird and wonderful game show for six further seasons.
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The 16th season of Taskmaster is returning to Channel 4 in style and viewers will officially be able to watch it from Thursday 21st September at 9pm.
Alex Horne and Greg Davies are ready to set a series of bizarre challenges for a line-up of comedy stars and other famous faces to complete.
The 15th season saw Mae Martin crowned the winner and it won't be long before viewers get to see a new batch of celebs attempt to complete a string of hilarious challenges in the hopes of winning.
Here's everything you need to know about season 16 of Taskmaster.
When will Taskmaster season 16 air?
Channel 4 has confirmed that Alex Horne and Greg Davies will return for season 16 on Thursday 21st September at 9pm .
In March 2023, the broadcaster confirmed that it had commissioned six more seasons of the game show, which are set to air over the next three years.
It also confirmed a new spin-off for children, Junior Taskmaster, which will see kids aged nine to 11 "bring their fledgling wiles, athleticism and creativity to the game that recognises genius at any age".
It was later confirmed that Taskmaster alumni Rose Matafeo and Mike Wozniak will be filling the roles of Taskmaster and Taskmaster's assistant on the junior spin-off.
"Taskmaster is the funniest, most creative show on TV and we're so excited not only to have three more years of Greg and Alex on the brilliant original but also to expand Taskmaster," said Tom Beck, Channel 4's head of events.
Who will be on the line-up for Taskmaster season 16?
Shortly after the season 15 winner was crowned, Channel 4 unveiled the starry Taskmaster season 16 line-up , and as ever, it's packed with favourites from the world of British (and Aussie) comedy.
Legendary comic and presenter Julian Clary , Meet the Richardsons' Lucy Beaumont , acclaimed stand-up Sam Campbell, former Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins and Cheaters star Susan Wokoma will all be gearing up to compete for the golden trophy.
Participants in the most recent season were Frankie Boyle, Ivo Graham, Jenny Eclair, Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Mae Martin.
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Taskmaster: Ranking Every Series From Merely Quite Good to Ludicrous Best
We rank all previous runs of Taskmaster from Series 1 to 14 according to which have the perfect combination of comedians, absurd challenges and studio camaraderie.
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Imagine being someone who’s never seen Taskmaster . A virgin to joy. Someone whose eyes have never before drunk in the sight of a banana-Noel Fielding hiding in a fruit bowl, of Joe Wilkinson presenting the mayor of Chesham with 42 Calippo ice lollies, or of Charlotte Ritchie stumbling around a golf course blindfolded like an adorable Minion . What promise awaits! The prize tasks, the flashes of creative genius, the glorious failures… Alex Horne’s challenge-based comedy panel show is one of the most reliably entertaining TV programmes ever made.
If you’ve yet to have the pleasure, and would like a steer as to which series are the best of this show, then here’s our attempt to lead you though the highs and less-highs (full runs only here, no Champion of Champions or New Year Treats included). Please note that this ranking was produced by democratic process, which means that even we don’t agree with it (the Daisy May Cooper one was robbed – Ed).
15. Series Six
Alice Levine, Liza Tarbuck, Asim Chaudry, Russell Howard, Tim Vine
There’s no such thing as a bad series of Taskmaster . Instead, there are series of Taskmaster where contestants neither reach for the stars nor end up hilariously in the gutter. They simply, like this lot, go about their challenges with a faintly embarrassed competency and a sense of trying to get it over with as quickly as possible. The highs aren’t that high, the lows aren’t that low and so the result is… middling. What Series 6 lacked was a madman contestant (your Noel Fielding, your Bob Mortimer , your Daisy May Cooper, your Bridget Christie) to drag the whole thing into proper absurdity. Yes, the legendary Liza Tarbuck had Alex sink his bare arse into a custardy cake , and Tim Vine memorably pulled topless muscle man poses from inside a cardboard box next to the A316, but the whole thing had too much controlled reserve and as a result, not quite enough shared-trauma-hysteria studio camaraderie. LM
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14. Series Eight
Iain Stirling, Joe Thomas, Lou Sanders, Paul Sinha, Sian Gibson
The outfits – Lou Sanders’ correctly predicting winner jumpsuit, Paul Sinha’s Arthur Dent-style dressing gown – were top for this one. There were real highlights too: Sanders in general , the apparent psychological unravelling of dry-humoured Joe Thomas who despite a long acting career appeared to be meeting himself for the first time on screen, the sight of five adults (one wearing a bin) attempting to sneak up on Alex Horne on a railway bridge… Overall though, 8 didn’t quite reach the heights of other series. Perhaps it was a lack of bonding in the studio. Perhaps the tasks fell into the ‘insane bureaucracy’ category (“Catch all the red balls in things from the shed. Catch all the yellow balls in clothing. Don’t let the green balls touch anything other than the grass. Catch the blue ball in something from the kitchen”, etc) more often than the freer creative category (“Make the best ventriloquist dummy and be chatted up by it”. A classic.). Or perhaps Iain Stirling’s ‘comedy’ rage was too uncomfortably convincing as just… rage. LM
13. Series Three
Al Murray, Dave Gorman, Paul Chowdhry, Rob Beckett, Sara Pascoe
A mixed bag for Series 3 that swayed between completely hilarious to a bit meh. Sleep-deprived new father Rob Beckett was on the edge the whole series – either maniacally laughing or absolutely kicking off but gave us truly one of Taskmaster’s best moments in the ‘surprise Alex’ task.
Even though both she and Al Murray considered kidnapping Alex’s children, Beckett’s ‘Aryan twin’ teammate Sara Pascoe knew the assignment and mostly just got on with it. The rest of the line-up included the self-styled ‘trio of dickheads’, an absolutely hapless but nonetheless incredibly entertaining Paul Chowdhry, cheater Dave Gorham and Al Murray who tried to throw money at every problem. Even a surprising unplanned cameo from Ben Fogle can’t help improve this series’ ranking. All in all, good fun but not one of the best. ED
12. Series Twelve
Alan Davies, Desiree Burch, Guz Khan, Morgana Robinson, Victoria Coren Mitchell
This lot were simply too clever for their own good. For goodness sake, the series loser was Victoria Coren bloody Mitchell, arguably one of telly-land’s smartest women – and even she had moments of absolute Taskmaster glory like the riddle task . Add the creative genius of Morgana Robinson, the Dad smarts of Alan Davies, Guz Khan’s lightning-speed wit and the gutsy brilliance of Desiree Burch and there really weren’t enough funny fails this series. Just lots and lots of smart silliness. The one major exception is Desiree Burch’s attempt at popping the red balloon, which was designated the ‘ worst task attempt ever ’. An entertaining series overall, but lacking a bit of punch. LVG
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11. Series Ten
Daisy May Cooper, Johnny Vegas, Katherine Parkinson, Mawaan Rizwan, Richard Herring
The pressure was on for Series 10, as the first post-Dave run on Taskmaster ’s new Channel 4 home. Would it look different? Would it feel different? Would the tasks be as good and the contestants as funny? The answers to those questions were: a bit (but only due to Covid), not really, yes and yes. This was Taskmaster ’s first series filmed during the pandemic, so the required social distancing and lack of a studio audience did change things (watch these outtakes without the added ‘live’ viewing audience laughs to see how), but it still worked and there was much fun among the strangeness. Not least the infectious mutual adoration between Daisy May Cooper and Johnny Vegas, the out-there genius of the ‘paint a picture of a howling wolf on a teapot while naming American states’ task and the return-with-a-twist of Series 1 classic: ‘ eat the most watermelon ’. Simple joys in a complicated time. LM
10. Series Thirteen
Ardal O’Hanlon, Bridget Christie, Chris Ramsey, Judi Love, Sophie Duker
For generations of people Ardal O’Hanlon will always be Father Dougal McGuire, and we all breathed a sigh of relief to know that the real man is apparently not that far off the beloved priest (bringing in his cool never-worn red leather jacket as the most surprising thing in his wardrobe and having a wonderfully daft glint in his eye throughout the series). Sophie Dukar classed up the joint by actually being clever and logical, Bridget Christie (dressed as a very stylish lady Zorro) created the menacing stop-cock dance and Chris “no way!” Ramsey charmed even the most cynical of us by continually being surprised watching back every task he’d participated in.
If there was an award for Taskmaster ’s best blagger, Judi Love would win by an absolute landslide. Who else could talk their way out of every sly dig from Greg Davies and keep him in check with a don’t mess with me stare? Tasked with showing off for twenty minutes there was some very British reluctance from the contestants until Judi decided to completely relish the opportunity (“I feel like I’m in the popular mums’ Whatsapp group”, “Lidl have sent me free stuff before”). Top class entertainment from a bloody good group of lads. ED
9. Series Two
Doc Brown, Joe Wilkinson, Jon Richardson, Katherine Ryan, Richard Osman
Taskmaster ’s second series has two of the most memorable moments of all time: Richard Osman outsmarting the Taskmaster with the ‘ Place these three exercise balls on the yoga mat at the top of that hill ’ task (especially juxtaposed with Jon Richardson and Doc Brown’s hilariously exhausting attempts) and the legendary Taskmaster moment that is the Joe Wilkinson potatogate tragedy .
The problem is those two key moments overshadow most of the rest of the series. We will give serious bonus points to Katherine Ryan’s genius method of extracting answers from a Swedish person and Doc Brown’s hiphop reimagining of ‘1, 2, 3, 4, 5, once I caught a fish alive.’ LVG
8. Series One
Frank Skinner, Roisin Conaty, Josh Widdicombe, Romesh Ranganathan, Tim Key
As first runs go, Taskmaster Series 1 is a perfect introduction to why the show has become such a roaring success, and that’s really down to the cast. Roisin Conaty was lovably naff, whereas Tim Key was so fearlessly competitive he broke all the rules, stooping low enough to lie about shooting a TV show for Comic Relief to win a task ( yes, really !). The combination of quietly furious Romesh Ranganathan and dry-witted Frank Skinner gave us the beautiful moment where, during a task about throwing a tea bag into a cup from the greatest distance , Frank Skinner jokes ‘someone will spend the first 45 minutes realising it’s easier when they’re wet’ and the scene cuts to an infuriated Romesh discovering just that.
But the ‘five points’ for best moment of the series is easy to award: the bewildered outrage of Josh Widdicombe realising he’s the only one to have been given several pointless tasks involving counting baked beans, spaghetti hoops and grains of rice. LVG
7. Series Nine
David Baddiel, Ed Gamble, Jo Brand, Katy Wix, Rose Matafeo
Older contestants on Taskmaster vary from the wonderfully bizarre and iconic (Bob Mortimer) to what could be very accurately described as the can’t-be-arsed. Jo Brand and David Baddiel largely, could not be arsed. Surrounded by peppy and competitive youngsters these comedy veterans had the air of people wondering when their next cup of tea and sit down was going to be. So much was his lack of enthusiasm and miscomprehension that Baddiel drove Ed Gamble to complete and utter rage and what was a fairly simple drawing task. This time around, the contrast in approach proved entertaining.
Although Jo Brand spent most of her time in the CBA club, she also had moments of sheer brilliance (scream-singing Jerusalem down the phone to Alex as an egg timer) and other series highlights were Ed Gamble’s meltdowns and Rose Matafeo’s outstanding rootin’ tootin’ Taskmaster theme . ED
6. Series Fourteen
Dara Ó Briain, Fern Brady, John Kearns, Munya Chawawa, Sarah Millican
Let’s be honest, Fern Brady alone earns this series a spot in the top five, with her glamourous wardobe, constant claims of being tired after barely doing anything and memorable ‘me Fern Brady, me Fern Brady’ diss track using words like ‘obsequious’ and ‘serendipitous’.
The rest of the cast were also pretty top tier, with Dara Ó Briain being predictably smart (winning one episode with a massive 30 points!), Sarah Millican coming up with a nifty loophole to a task that made the Taskmaster Lab stink for weeks afterwards, and Munya Chawawa outdoing predecessors like Dave Gorman and Tim Key with an amazing (and obviously doomed) bit of cheating .
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And then there’s adorably naff John Kearns, whose bewildered little face gave the impression that every task was genuinely hurting his brain. His did earn an instant series highlight, however, when he successfully sabotaged a team task without either of his teammates noticing. LVG
5. Series Eleven
Charlotte Ritchie, Jamali Maddix, Lee Mack, Mike Wozniak, Sarah Kendall
The line-up of Taskmaster ’s eleventh series is a mix of wonderful characters; wholesome and adorable Charlotte Ritchie, quietly tenacious and compliant Sarah Kendall, Jamali Maddix who swayed between excited to absolutely not having any of it, safe pair of comedy hands Lee Mack and the wonder that is Mike Wozniak.
The true breakout star of the series, Greg’s M an Down co-star and self-proclaimed bloody milk guzzler Wozniak charmed us all with his unwavering politeness, delightful turn of phrase ( undermining a vole by telling it , “You’ve got no chutzpah, your organisational skills are lacklustre, and your time keeping is abysmal”), and commitment (literally getting a mohawk for ‘tough guy o’clock’ at the final prize task). He may not have won (Sarah Kendall was this series champion) but he undoubtedly won the hearts of Taskmaster nation. ED
4. Series Fifteen
Frankie Boyle, Ivo Graham, Jenny Eclair, Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Mae Martin
They really nailed the dysfunctional family sitcom dynamic with series 15. Jenny was the bonkers mum, so comfortable in her own skin she just had relentless fun, bringing infectious joy to things like catching potatoes in a hat. Frankie was the aloof dad, so nonchalant that even the Taskmaster couldn’t ruffle him, which made for some brilliantly scathing exchanges, like their argument about what a banana is . This also played perfectly alongside’s Ivo Graham ‘s adorably neurotic self-loathing, which became especially lovable when he desperately tried to win Frankie’s approval in the team tasks . Kiell Smith-Bynoe was the self-assured eldest sibling, unashamedly competitive in ways that provided some of the series’ funniest moments, from “one on a bargepole for meeee” to his misplaced confidence in his terrible hand sculpture . This left Mae Martin as the diligent over-achiever, unable to resist tattletaling on their fellow contestants, and pulling off some of the series most impressive wins, from “ was it a throw”-gate to the prize task puppet that will continue to haunt our dreams while we await series 16.
3. Series Seven
Kerry Godliman, James Acaster, Jessica Knappett, Phil Wang, Rhod Gilbert
So many delights in Series 7! Phil Wang’s exposing costume, Kerry Godliman’s ‘bosh!’ approach to tasking, James Acaster’s continuing refusal to return a hello from Alex, Rhod Gilbert’s disturbingly singular imagination and Jessica Knappett falling off the stage while demonstrating her most magnificent walk. A particular treat in this series was that, like Roisin Conaty’s before him, Rhod Gilbert’s friendship with Greg Davies opened the door to insights into the Taskmaster ’s life… and his wardrobe (which Rhod hid inside while Greg slept). Who else could get a picture of the Taskmaster ’s mum in a fez, in the bath? Top-tier trolling from a clearly troubled soul, and an excellent set of contestants. LM
2. Series Four
Hugh Dennis, Joe Lycett, Lolly Adefope, Mel Giedroyc, Noel Fielding
There isn’t a name in this line-up that doesn’t inspire childlike joy, and all five contestants of Series 4 really do deliver pure unadulterated silliness with a dash of pure genius. While Noel Fielding manages to disguise himself as a tiny banana, Lolly Adefope shows she’s an absolute menace at Hide and Seek to the point that Alex basically gives up. The Mum and Dad of the group, Mel Giedroyc and Hugh Dennis, have equally as much blissful pride in working out how to get a camel through the smallest gap and knocking over a huge amount of rubber ducks in less than 10 seconds . And when Joe Lycett – much like Josh Widdecombe in Series 1, above – finds out he’s the only one who got a bizarre extra element to a painting task, we share the many, many, maniacally joyful looks on his face . LVG
1. Series Five
Bob Mortimer, Mark Watson, Sally Phillips, Aisling Bea, Nish Kumar
Two words: Bob Mortimer. The others were good too, of course, but Bob Mortimer’s contribution to Taskmaster history was god-tier. From his spinning sausage and pork pie presentation unit (to encourage his children to eat the cheaper meats) to the special cuddle he had with Alex in the boot of his Audi, little he said or did wasn’t a cause for celebration in Series 5. Add to that Sally Phillips’ filthy mind, Aisling Bea’s quick wit, Mark Watson’s extreme dedication, and Nish Kumar’s utter inability to perform in very nearly every single task, and you’ve got a recipe for pure Taskmaster joy. How to narrow down the highlights? Send the Taskmaster an anonymous cheeky text every day for 5 months! The Rosalind songs! Make Marmite! Sally Phillip’s watercooler moment ! Make this coconut look like a businessman! There’s not a dud among them. LM
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Taskmaster is a British Comedy Game Show which first aired on Dave in 2015, before switching to Channel 4 in 2020. Greg Davies is the host and titular Taskmaster, and is assisted by Alex Horne (who also acts as showrunner and the head task-deviser behind the scenes). Each series features five different contestants (almost invariably stand-up comedians or comedy actors / perfomers with the occasional wildcard), with "Champion of Champions" specials featuring the winners of the preceding five series.
The show consists of the contestants being assigned a series of odd, seemingly simple and trivial yet often quite surprisingly challenging tasks to complete, many of which involve some kind of creative or lateral thinking. They are then ranked and given points (usually between 1 and 5) according to how well (or not) they completed the task, either based on relevant measurable criteria (fastest completion, most required objects accumulated, etc.), Greg judging them on his personal preferences, or some combination of the two. Hilarity Ensues .
While the nature of the tasks vary, each episode follows a general structure of the prize round, about three-four pre-filmed tasks, and the final in-studio task.
- The prize round involves each contestant bringing in an item, implicitly one of their personal possessions, that has been chosen around a particular theme; themes range in eccentricity from "most valuable item" to "most pleasing thing the size of a cat". Each item goes into the prize pot which is taken home by the winner of each episode; as such, each contestant must make a case for why their item both meets the theme and is the best item brought in. Greg then ranks the items from best to worst, based usually on his own subjective opinions.
- The individual tasks , where each contestant performs the tasks in isolation from each other and are bound to secrecy until the recording, meaning they are unaware of how they performed compared to their rivals. They must then explain — or, more typically, defend — their ability or lack thereof in completing the task to Greg, Alex and the audience. With some exceptions, tasks are usually worth a maximum of five points and a minimum of one (with disqualified candidates getting zero).
- The team tasks , where the five contestants are split into two teams for the series, one of three members and one of two note one exception was in Series 2, where Josh Widdicombe of Series 1 made a one-off return to even out the numbers . In Series 1, the winning team got two points each and the losing team got zero. From Series 2 through 9, Greg usually divided five points between the two teams (for example, if the first team scores three points, the second gets two). In Series 10, Greg started scoring each team out of five instead of splitting the points or even score players individually due to COVID-related social-distancing rules often making team tasks more difficult. This continued into Series 13 (the first full series post-restrictions) and beyond, despite Alex trying to prod Greg into returning to the original format of splitting five points.
- The live studio task , as the name suggests, is performed live in front of Greg and the audience, and involves the contestants directly competing against each other. Sometimes, the live task is played as a team task instead; in this instance, the teams usually remain the same as the pre-recorded tasks, though there have been a few exceptions. The live tasks are usually themed along some kind of competitive party game requiring physical and/or mental dexterity and are often performed against the clock. As with pre-recorded tasks, live tasks are usually worth a maximum of five points and a minimum of one point, although some live tasks are played on a "winner takes all" basis, with all other contestants receiving zero points. Following this, the final tally is counted and the episode's winner revealed.
- In the case of a tie, the episode will end with a tiebreaker . The tiebreakers are usually quick and simple in nature (examples have included a game of hide-and-seek and removing the lid off a jar of mayonnaise covered in Vaseline) and are frequently pre-recorded along with the live tasks. While all contestants will record a tiebreaker, only the attempts of the contestants who are tied will be shown. No points are awarded for winning the tiebreaker. The winner of the tiebreaker consequently wins the episode.
A lot of the show's appeal and humour comes from the contestants thinking outside the box, abusing the Exact Words of a task letter, and employing Loophole Abuse to bypass certain task requirements; a trope so well-loved and used so much by this show that we had to give it its own page! This means a lot of the contestants' attempts at a given task can be very different to one another.
At the end of each series, the contestant with the most points is crowned Taskmaster Champion and receives a trophy, usually in the form of Greg's golden head. There have been several exceptions; the Series 1 Champion received a cheap karate trophy; the Champions of Champions receive a lifesize model of Greg's body; and the New Year Treat Champions receive Greg's golden eyebrows.
The show has proven incredibly popular in the UK, and has spawned a multi-media franchise spanning international TV adaptations, books, a board game, and a podcast. More information can be found on the franchise page .
Complete summaries of casts, episodes and tasks can be found at the show's Recap page . A brief cast listing for each series of the British edition can be found in the folder below.
- Series One: Frank Skinner, Josh Widdicombe, Roisin Conaty, Romesh Ranganathan, Tim Key
- Series Two: Doc Brown, Joe Wilkinson, Jon Richardson, Katherine Ryan, Richard Osman
- Series Three: Al Murray, Dave Gorman, Paul Chowdhry, Rob Beckett, Sara Pascoe
- Series Four: Hugh Dennis, Joe Lycett, Lolly Adefope , Mel Giedroyc, Noel Fielding
- Series Five: Aisling Bea , Bob Mortimer, Mark Watson, Nish Kumar, Sally Phillips
- Champion of Champions Special: Bob Mortimer, Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Noel Fielding, Rob Beckett
- Series Six: Alice Levine, Asim Chaudhry, Liza Tarbuck, Russell Howard, Tim Vine
- Series Seven: James Acaster, Jessica Knappett, Kerry Godliman, Phil Wang, Rhod Gilbert
- Series Eight: Iain Stirling, Joe Thomas, Lou Sanders, Paul Sinha, Sian Gibson
- Series Nine: David Baddiel, Ed Gamble, Jo Brand, Katy Wix, Rose Matafeo
- Series Ten: Daisy May Cooper, Johnny Vegas, Katherine Parkinson , Mawaan Rizwan, Richard Herring
- New Year Treat 2021: John Hannah , Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Nicola Coughlan , Rylan Clark-Neal, Shirley Ballas
- Series Eleven: Charlotte Ritchie , Jamali Maddix, Lee Mack , Mike Wozniak, Sarah Kendall
- Series Twelve: Alan Davies, Desiree Burch, Guz Khan, Morgana Robinson, Victoria Coren Mitchell
- New Year Treat 2022: Adrian Chiles, Claudia Winkleman, Lady Leshurr, Jonnie Peacock, Sayeeda Warsi
- Series Thirteen: Ardal O�Hanlon, Bridget Christie, Chris Ramsey, Judi Love, Sophie Duker
- Champion of Champions 2: Ed Gamble, Kerry Godliman, Liza Tarbuck, Lou Sanders, Richard Herring
- Series Fourteen: Dara � Briain , Fern Brady, John Kearns, Munya Chawawa, Sarah Millican
- New Year Treat 2023: Amelia Dimoldenberg, Carol Vorderman, Mo Farah, Greg James, Self Esteem
- Series Fifteen: Frankie Boyle , Ivo Graham, Jenny Eclair, Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Mae Martin
- Series Sixteen: Julian Clary , Lucy Beaumont, Sam Campbell, Sue Perkins, Susan Wokoma
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Not to be confused with the Marvel Comics supervillain/anti-hero of the same name , with the professional pseudonym of wrestler Kevin Sullivan or with the video game TaskMaker .
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Each week, tough-love Taskmaster, Tom Gleeson, and his trusty sidekick Tom Cashman, set a panel of contestants a series of challenges, each more mind-bending and head-scratching than the las... Read all Each week, tough-love Taskmaster, Tom Gleeson, and his trusty sidekick Tom Cashman, set a panel of contestants a series of challenges, each more mind-bending and head-scratching than the last. Who will master the tasks? Each week, tough-love Taskmaster, Tom Gleeson, and his trusty sidekick Tom Cashman, set a panel of contestants a series of challenges, each more mind-bending and head-scratching than the last. Who will master the tasks?
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Posted: November 14, 2023 | Last updated: November 14, 2023
It's time to put away the pumpkin spice and candy corn and start creating your gratitude (and shopping) lists because the holiday season is upon us. For many, Thanksgiving marks the official start of the holiday season, the festive time of year that includes Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, and concludes at the start of the New Year.
Traditionally, Thanksgiving lands on the fourth Thursday of November and is a day to give thanks for the blessings and harvest of the preceding year, while Christmas takes place annually on the 25th of December and is commemorated by blessing family and friends with thoughtful (or pricey) gifts. However, both holidays have iconic TV show episodes dedicated to their existence. Festive episodes of our favorite shows are often so memorable that viewers tend to leave wanting more of them. One Twitter user wrote, " I think TV shows should have more than 1 Christmas/holiday episode a season. Make it a chunk of episodes. Wrong?"
Another added: "I need a streaming service that allows me to compile multiple playlists of only holiday episodes of tv shows and movie that I can stream."
You too can celebrate the glorious Holiday season by checking out iHeartRadio's Holiday Stations like North Pole Radio hosted by Santa and iHeart Christmas R&B . In honor of the blissful vibes that the holiday season brings, check out our list of best Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes from some of our favorite Black television shows.
Everybody Hates Chris
"Everybody Hates Thanksgiving" (Season 2, Ep. 8)
Julius' successful younger brother joins Chris' family for Thanksgiving dinner and Julius works hard to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving meal. - IMBD
The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air
"Talking Turkey" (Season 1, Ep 12)
Will's taskmaster mother visits for the holidays and puts the kids to work preparing a thanksgiving dinner, but preparations soon go awry - IMBD
"Auntsgiving" (Season 3, Ep. 7)
Pops' older sister Almaviligerais unexpectedly arrives for Thanksgiving, much to everyone's delight except Ruby, who can't stand her ex-sister-in-law. While Bow and Dre go on their last vacation before the baby arrives, the kids try to figure out why Ruby hates Almaviligerais so much. - IMBD
"Lowkey Thankful" (Season 4, Ep. 3)
While Molly's family celebrates Thanksgiving together, Issa and Ahmal decide to do their own thing; when Lawrence joins Friendsgiving at Condola's house, the new couple breaks some awkward ground. - Rotten Tomatoes
"Feast or Famine" (Season 3, ep. 11)
On Thanksgiving, the women challenge the men to a cooking competition, with disastrous results. Singer MILLIE JACKSON guest stars . - IMBD
The Bernie Mac Show
"Thanksgiving" (Season 3, Ep. 22)
The Mac family is invited over to one of Vanessa's teachers for Thanksgiving dinner; who are all vegetarians.- IMBD
"Let's Stay Together" (Season 2, Ep. 12)
The gang throws together an impromptu New Years gathering and invite Kyle, whose visiting his family in Cleveland for the holiday. Synclaire gets the role of the renegade nun but is upset that the job is in California and she will have to leave Khadijah behind. Khadijah gets a surprise visit from Scooter. - IMBD
"Deck The Halls" (Season 1, Ep. 15)
Will realizes that Ashley has never experienced a real Christmas before and goes out of his way to let her have one. He decorates the inside of the mansion and also the outside fully, upsetting some of the neighbors. - IMBD
"Black Santa/ White Christmas (Season 1, Ep. 10)
Certain that his annual office Christmas party needs a black Santa, Dre goes out of his way to fill the red suit, even though the head of HR already got the job. Meanwhile, Bow doesn't feel like competing with Ruby over who cooks the big holiday dinner . - IMBD
"Go Tell It On The Martin" (Season 3, Ep. 13)
Martin's big Christmas TV show is almost ruined by a suicidal madman. BEBE and CECE WINANS sing Christmas carols. - IMBD
" I Saw Gina Kissing Santa Claus" (Season 1, Ep. 15)
Martin dresses up as Santa for Tommy's Big Brother program. - IMBD
"A Christmas Story" (Season 1,)
Bernie Mac loves Christmas and is eager to give a Mac family Christmas to the kids. The kids just want a dog and Uncle Bernie will not allow that, so the kids start treating Bernie unkindly. Bernie struggles with what to do because of their attitude. An angel, in the form of a dog, pays a visit and the kids learn the meaning of selflessness. - IMBD
"A Class Act Christmas" (Season 4, Ep. 9)
"The employees at Class Act, including Moesha and Hakeem, are held hostage during the Christmas holiday by an older man dressed as Santa Claus." - IMBD
"Everybody Hates Christmas" (Season 1, Ep. 11)
Rochelle and Julius don't have enough money to get Chris his new Walkman that he wants for Christmas. Drew tells Toyna the truth about Santa Claus, which makes Tonya question about other things her mom and dad told her. - IMBD
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The Australian newsroom series is back and there is rivalry in the air. Plus, Taskmaster just keeps getting better. Here’s what to watch this evening
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Anna Torv is back with the second season of this classy Australian newsroom drama, and it’s now 1987 – with the country preparing for a general election. News hosts Helen (Torv) and Dale (Sam Reid) – partners both on and off screen – are under pressure what with having to fill six hours of uninterrupted air time on election night, an ordeal that’s intensified by an old face making a comeback on a rival network. Hollie Richardson
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9pm, bbc one.
Dooley thinks death is “completely terrifying”. So, naturally, she has decided to face the fear head on by spending time at a family-run Nottingham undertakers. Will seeing what happens to us when we die, and thinking about her own funeral, help her come to terms with the inevitable? HR
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On we go with series 16 of a comedy challenge show that apparently doesn’t know how to do a bad episode. This bunch of contestants have a lovely air of mischief about them. Highlights include Sue Perkins tossing her head like a lion, and mass confusion caused by a secret task and a special hat. Jack Seale
9pm, sky max.
A half-inch “smart mortar” presents a dire crisis for PM Robert Sutherland (Robert Carlyle) as the political thriller continues. Led by a traumatised Dan Goddard (Anthony Flanagan), some rather miffed ex-soldiers are threatening to launch an attack if their ransom demands aren’t met – but while Cobra debates, Bob stands firm … until a warning shot is fired. Time is running out. Ali Catterall
10pm, channel 4.
Lucy Beaumont, Caroline Moran and Anne-Marie O’Connor’s comedy about three thirtysomething women in Hull returns – and they’re navigating issues such as miscarriage, menopause and failure with humour and heart. Toni is obsessed with her mother-in-law’s new fella, Rana is scared of being an invisible woman and Paula won’t stop doing DIY. HR
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Typically for a show that is a lot less crass than it might superficially seem, this episode’s focus on lovable idiot Cardi involves him trying to steal a rabbit from a golf club raffle – and this somehow incorporates a lacerating analysis of passive Cardi’s marriage to super-assertive Carol. When the emotion peaks, she breaks into song. It works! JS
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