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Channel 4 viewers are looking forward to the return of Taskmaster , with its 13th series – debuting on April 14 – as Greg Davies and little Alex Horne host a new line-up of celebrity contestants.

The game show sees guest stars attempt to complete a series of wild, random and downright bizarre challenges, attempting to get Greg’s coveted points.

For the new series, the show welcomes an incredible roster of stars, including Judi Love , Ardal O’Hanlon, Chris Ramsey , Bridget Christie and Sophie Duker.

Throughout the years, fans have tried their own hand at the tasks, with varying results.

Here are some of the easiest – and funniest – tasks you can do from the comfort of your own home.

Taskmaster tasks to try out at home

Draw back seems like the easiest task for bored people to do, but as we saw on series nine, it can go horribly wrong and spark chaotic rows.

The premise sees a contestant draw a picture on the back of another contestant – who then has to recreate their work of art on a piece of paper without communicating. It sounds simple enough, but it rarely actually goes right.

Basketball chaos

Another task that sounds deceptively simple is to get a basketball through a hoop – without using your hands. If you don’t have a basketball or hoop, improvise with basically anything else in your house and a bucket or a bin. 

Maybe don’t go down Nish Kumar’s route of trying to kick the ball in as it did not go well for him.

Eyes wide open

You know the concept of being told not to think about something, and then not being able to get that one thing out of your mind? That would not work well for the no blinking task, which basically does what it says on the tin. 

Players must refrain from blinking for as long as possible, by whatever means necessary. 

Anyone else’s eyes well up immediately while reading that?

Eat, throw, balance

In series five, the contestants were given three items – jelly, a twiglet and Weetabix – and were told they could eat one, throw one and balance one on a pole. 

Obviously, this can be done with whatever food you have lying around but if it doesn’t have you screaming out in pure anger at the sight of a twiglet, we don’t know what will.

Sandwich gate

This starts out so purely – simply make the most exotic sandwich you can. As everyone runs to spread some custard, peanut butter and tuna on the nearest slice of bread, announce that they actually have to eat their creations. 

Apologies in advance for all the vomiting noises…

Crying over cracked eggcups

Taskmaster is home to many egg-based games – to the point that show bosses could do a special. One of the easiest to recreate at home is to crack an egg, and fill the empty shells with your own sweat or tears. Happy, laughing tears, preferably. 

Another egg-citing game is to see who can eat one the quickest. Extra points for speed, and points deducted if you can’t quite keep it down.

Eastoakdale Street

Let’s be honest, this should actually be quite simple as many of us have been glued to our screens for the last year or so.

The task splits contestants into teams as they come up with the best soap-style cliffhanger. Think ‘You ain’t my muvva’ but even more iconic…

Blow me down

Every household usually has plenty of spare birthday candles lying around, and now it’s time to put them to use for something other than birthday wishes.

Why not put them to good use by lighting a candle, sticking it in a cupcake and see who can blow it out from the furthest distance. It’s harder than you think but at least you’ll have a cupcake at the end of it.

Watermelon Sugar High

Viewers have seen watermelons multiple times on the Taskmaster stage – but that’s because they’re delicious, which is definitely a change from some food offerings in the past. 

The idea is simple – grab a watermelon and eat as much of it as you can in one minute. Will you go the ‘shovel all in’ method – or maybe try a straw?

Taskmaster airs Thursday nights at 9pm on Channel 4.

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The 100 best Taskmaster tasks ranked - from watermelon gluttons to taxi-driven peas

Over 400 tasks are whittled down, in our ranking of the best challenges set by Alex Horne and Greg Davies

A s someone who tried to make a career out of live comedy, I should probably hate Taskmaster . The premise – five comedians desperately compete to impress a famous comedian – is basically a concentrated version of my worst Edinburgh fringe anxiety dreams, the ones where I’m back in the Underbelly, Cowgate, but I’ve forgotten all the lines to the show, I’m naked and the only people in the audience are David Mitchell, Josie Lawrence and my horrible PE teacher from year 7.

But as it turns out, I don’t hate it, I love it. I’m obsessed with it. I have dreams where I’m being sprayed in the face with a power hose manned by Rob Beckett dressed as a grandmother.

Regular readers will know this is entirely predictable. “Oh, Bernhardt’s become fixated on the tiniest details of a television show as a coping mechanism for the horrors of reality in the 2020s? Change the record. Call me when he’s had a Frasier-inspired breakdown and thinks he’s Eddie the dog.”

But there’s something magical about Taskmaster that elevates it above my usual substitute-for-therapy fare . Perhaps it’s the way that it’s a funhouse mirror of lockdown – for most tasks contestants are stuck in a house, alone, where they are given a series of arbitrary rules to obey and steadily lose their minds. Perhaps it’s the way that it provides an insight not just into what people think, but how they think. At a time when we are isolated from friends and family, and days meld into one, that kind of intellectual intimacy – getting inside someone’s head – is precious. Or perhaps I just like watching Hugh Dennis carve a cake horizontally and arrange it like a serial killer in an episode of Hannibal.

Whatever the reason, I decided at the end of last year to detach myself from the news of Covid and Brexit and instead methodically catalogue the top 100 tasks in Taskmaster history, and I really need you to get on board.

100 Tash-tastic

Series 8, Ep 2 The task where contestants have to put something on their face that looks like a moustache from a distance but isn’t. Paul Sinha wins by smearing caviar on his top lip. Disgusting and classy .

99 Sounds like …

Series 9, Ep 8 The task where the contestants have to provide the foley for Alex Horne’s silent film. Rose Matafeo ends up screaming loudly for about 20 seconds, and it’s genuinely harrowing.

98 Cry me an eggcup

Series 1, Ep 4 The task where the contestants must fill an egg cup with their own tears. Tim Key takes a no-nonsense approach: watching Elliot’s audition from ET while cutting onions. Classic.

97 Flagging

Series 3, Ep 3

The task where contestants have to create a meal that looks like a flag. Beckett plops some red mush on a white tray and says: “Konnichiwa.” The gall.

96 It’s a potato

Series 2, Ep 5 The task where the contestants have to create the best stop-motion movie with a potato. There’s something very satisfying about Richard Osman and Jon Richardson’s effort, where Horne is brutally murdered by zombie spuds .

95 There she blows

Series 6, Ep 10 The task where the contestants have to blow out a candle from the longest distance. Russell Howard screams into a drainpipe for five minutes to no effect.

94 Water carrier

Series 4, Ep 3 The task where the contestants have to transfer as much water as possible between two fish bowls without moving them. Noel Fielding sucks up water through a snorkel and nearly drowns.

93 Long distance charades

Series 3, Ep 5 The task where the contestants have to play charades across the River Thames. This one gets in mostly because, within minutes, Sara Pascoe gets distracted by a passing dog .

92 Horsing around

Series 1, Ep 1 The task where contestants have to paint a picture of a horse while riding a horse. Romesh Ranganathan’s looks like one that has fallen into a meat grinder.

91 Step carefully

Series 3, Ep 1

The task where there’s a microwave in a field and the contestants have to get there in as few steps as possible. Beckett rolls like a sausage over a running track filled with a surprising amount of goose poo. Committed.

90 Butch box

Series 6, Ep 4 The task where the contestants have to do something manly with a cardboard box, so Liza Tarbuck puts it in front of the TV and makes it a cup of tea as it falls asleep. Strangely charming .

89 Egg-citing

Series 2, Ep 2 The task where the contestants have to eat an egg the fastest. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, Osman shots it like tequila. I feel ill thinking about it.

88 What do you do?

Series 3, Ep 4 The task where the contestants have to find out a stranger’s profession but he can’t speak, he can only shake or nod his head incorrectly. Just nice to watch a pleasant old man nod his head at comedians as they silently curse him.

87 Meat feast

Series 2, Ep 2 The task where the contestants have to order a vegetarian pizza with bacon and pepperoni, but no tomato or cheese, without saying any of those words. Just infuriatingly, pointlessly difficult.

86 Christmas cracker

Series 7, Ep 7 The task where the contestants have to make the best Christmas cracker, and two separate comedians (James Acaster, Phil Wang) decide to have actual gravy sloshing about in there . It’s like Osman’s egg all over again.

85 Ringtone routines

Series 4, Ep 4 The task where the contestants have to make up a dance with Horne to a set of ringtones. Lolly Adefope’s “dance” routine involves a moment where she gets hit on the head by Horne, forgives him and tells him that “friendship is truth” . No idea.

84 Blooper reels

Series 1, Ep 6

The task where the contestants have to make a “hilarious blooper”. Tim Key and Frank Skinner invent a home movie where a man falls off a ladder so hard his entire torso gets embedded in the ground. Chilling.

83 Vanishing act

Series 10 Ep 1 The task where the contestants have to make the largest thing “properly disappear” . Mawaan Rizwan magics away a cow (impressive); Johnny Vegas magics away a 200ft socialist chicken as part of a moving critique of Britain’s political system (confusing).

Series 7, Ep 7 The task where each contestant has to predict what another contestant will do when provided with certain items (an airhorn, a £10, an apple). In a task all about predictability, Wang grabs an apple and shouts “Wang!” before biting it. Renegade.

81 Pea passenger

Series 3, Ep 1 The task where the contestants have to propel a pea the furthest distance on a red carpet. Al Murray takes the red carpet, bungs it in a taxi and drives to Slough for £150. That is dedication to a TV show on Dave.

80 Sliding doors

Series 4, Ep 5 The task where the contestants have to slide for the longest. Mel Giedroyc is dragged about in a sleeping bag by crew members like a confused but delighted worm, and I could watch it for the rest of my life and be happy.

79 Sing the theme tune

Champions of Champions, Ep 2

The “special task” (ie, a task that is set for only one comedian to embarrass/demean them) where Josh Widdicombe has to sing the Taskmaster theme tune, and it’s exactly as bad as you’re imagining.

Series 8 Ep 6 The task where the contestants have to score a goal from the furthest distance. Only Sian Gibson scores – even football crazy Iain Stirling misses, and he got the crew to bring in an especially massive goal for his attempt. Wonderfully embarrassing .

77 Cake vandals

Series 4, Ep 1

The task where the contestants have to destroy a cake as beautifully as possible. Cake expert Giedroyc turns it upside down and smushes it (classic), Joe Lycett explodes it with firework (deeply satisfying).

76 Electric lizard

Series 6, Ep 3 The task where the contestants have to make something spin for as long as possible. Tarbuck plonks a plastic lizard on an electric drill and leaves it going for 88 minutes. It’s oddly hypnotic.

75 Hidden pineapple

Series 2, Ep 4 The task where the contestants have to conceal a pineapple on their person. Joe Wilkinson chooses to cut it up and put most of it down his trousers. He immediately regrets this .

74 Trolley dash

Series 2, Ep 4

The task where the contestants have to put some items in a trolley on the other side of a river. Osman loses his patience with the trolley and, in a terrifying display of masculinity, throws it into the river. All that raw egg made him too strong.

73 Beach ball blues

Series 8, Ep 8 The task where the contestants have to power a beach ball to the finish line using water alone. Joe Thomas has a minor breakdown and tries to move the ball forward by pouring water over them with a pair of teapots. It doesn’t work .

72 I done a bad thing

Series 8, Ep 3 The task where the contestants have to do the worst thing to Horne and then do the best apology. Lou Sanders hits Horne in the face with a pie, covers his car in flour and signs him up for a bunch of online classes. One of those is supposed to be an apology .

71 Blind car parking

Series 8, Ep 10 Contestants have to drive a mobility scooter around an obstacle course in a car park while blindfolded. Sanders drives into a hedge and nearly runs over a cameraman. The entertainment value was almost as high as the insurance costs.

70 Find the satsuma

Series 7, Ep 9 Contestants have to find the satsuma in one of 30 socks hanging from a washing line – by sniffing, hitting, listening, etc. Wang thinks he has found it, but when he checks, it turns out it’s a lime. He takes it well – by screaming “It’s a lime!” into the sky .

69 Phone box hide and seek

Series 8, Ep 6 The task where the contestants have to conceal themselves in a phone box. Sinha has a minor breakdown and decides to use members of the crew to cover him up. It doesn’t work.

68 Christmas tree wrapping

Series 10, Ep 5 The task where the contestants have to bag the heaviest thing in a Christmas tree bagging machine, carried from the furthest distance. Katherine Parkinson is wheeled in a wheelbarrow and throws herself into the machine, writhing around in the net like a trapped dolphin. Strange, but effective .

67 Toddle on

Series 8, Ep 4 The task where the contestants have to create an item that will engage a toddler the longest. Naturally, Sanders invents a game where children have to smash a plastic duck with a hammer to get sweets. Five minutes of fun for the toddler now, followed by a lifetime of therapy.

66 Spread the clothes

Series 3, Ep 4 The task where the contestants have to spread their clothes as far and as wide as possible – and while Pascoe, Murray, Beckett and Dave Gorman get on public transport and brave motorways, Paul Chowdhry chucks his socks over a fence . Job done.

65 Basketball ballet

Series 4, Ep 2 The task where the contestants have to keep a basketball on a moving treadmill for as long as possible without touching it. Most contestants lasted a matter of seconds. Hugh Dennis holds a washing basin over it and pulls the plug on it – the basketball stays there for four months.

64 Romancing the chickpea

Series 9, Ep 10

The task where the contestants have to do the most preposterous thing with a chickpea. Ed Gamble has sex with its dead remains (standard), David Baddiel starts a cult with it (sure), Matafeo holds a funeral for it (genuinely moving).

63 Water features

Series 9, Ep 4

The task where the contestants have to make the most striking water feature. Jo Brand pours a teapot over some washing up; Gamble gaffa tapes a pressure hose to Horne’s nipple and turns him into a single-breast-spurting mermaid.

62 Grotto surprise

Series 7, Ep 8 The task where the contestants have to make something surprising come out of the top of an underground grotto. Rhod Gilbert puts Horne on top of a ladder, pulls down his pants and spurts water between his cheeks. Inexplicable, upsetting, strangely vulnerable.

61 Egg timers

Series 9, Ep 5 The task where the contestants have to make the most accurate egg timer. Brand screams Jerusalem as loudly as possible down the phone to the waiting Horne, because (apparently) the length of time it takes to sing it is the perfect cooking time for an egg. Masterchef .

60 Sisyphus

Series 2, Ep 1

The task where the contestants have to put three huge exercise balls on a mat on the top of a hill. Everyone struggles, except Osman, who simply moves the mat to the bottom of the hill . A devious little sneak.

59 Eye-watering

Series 7, Ep 7

Contestants must not blink for as long as possible. Gilbert gaffa tapes his eyes open for seven minutes. Afterwards, Horne reveals they could have just … closed their eyes and kept them closed for the whole task. A devious bigger sneak.

Series 9, Ep 1 The task where the contestants have to make the most dramatic entrance. Baddiel comes out as the Doctor. Matafeo jumps out of a bush dressed as a bush and screams: “Stella!” Context doesn’t make that any easier to understand .

57 Going in circles

Series 7, Ep 2

The task where the contestants have to draw the biggest circle. Acaster decides to “draw” his circle by riding a bike while hula hooping. He immediately crashes, because he can’t hula hoop.

56 Bridge building

Series 2, Ep 5 The contestants have to make a bridge for a model village, strong enough to hold a potato, out of straws, rubbers and chewing gum. Only afterwards do they discover that all of the best building material was strapped under the table. Cruel.

55 Bouder-ly go

Series 1, Ep 3 The task where the contestants have to move a boulder as far as possible in an hour. Roisin Conaty wastes 28 minutes of her hour trying to arrange for a courier to Camber Sands , because it’s a nice place for a day trip.

54 Lasso me

Series 9, Ep 5 The task where the contestants have to lasso Horne with a rope. Baddiel can’t get the hang of it, so decides to do the logical thing – tie multiple wooden spoons to the lasso . That’s something you don’t see in many westerns, mostly because it’s a terrible idea.

53 Hula hoops

Series 7, Ep 9

The task where Wang and Acaster have to hula hoop, live on stage in front of the audience. Acaster can’t hula-hoop (see No 57), but crucially Wang’s ultratight bodysuit means you probably don’t want to see him try.

52 Hopping mad

Series 6, Ep 5 The task where two teams have to find the link between lots of random items in the lab, and then do the link 100 times. Tarbuck works it out immediately (hop), but Tim Vine and Asim Chaudhry don’t listen – leaving her to hop all on her own. A bleak moment for female equality .

51 Soapy scenes

Series 7, Ep 6

The task where two teams have to come up with the best soap opera cliffhanger. Kerry Godliman and Jessica Knappett star in Cul de Sac, a harrowing tale of a mother in love with her son, while Gilbert plays a man in a bath who can only say “rub a dub dub”. Gilbert wins.

50 Beermat towers

Series 10, Ep 9 The task where the contestants have to make the tallest beermat tower and also ring the doorbell outside once every few seconds . Rizwan brings the doorbell into the house (genius), Richard Herring cuts himself on the doorbell and smears blood all over the door (less genius).

49 Clingfilm a bath

Series 4, Ep 5 The task where two teams have to fill a bathtub with items and cover it with clingfilm. Giedroyc and Dennis work together and do it with ease , Adefope and Lycett get into a fight where Adefope hides Lycett’s clingfilm in a bush and he breaks several tables.

Series 3, Ep 1 The task where the contestants have to make the best snowman on a non-snowy day. Gorman uses instant potato mash (upsettingly beige), Pascoe ice-cream (cute), Chowdhry takes a stuffed rabbit and pours a slushy over its head (serial killer vibes).

47 Tea break

Series 9, Ep 2 The task where the contestants have to do several different tasks around the house as quickly as possible. Baddiel and Brand don’t understand this and have a tea break halfway through. As badass as it’s possible for a cup of earl grey to be.

46 Air horn

Series 7, Ep 3

The task where the contestants have to make their best noise, and Jessica Knappett decides her best noise is a woman imitating an air horn on a bike into a loudspeaker while ringing a bell. Wang rapidly wiggles his tongue. Awful.

45 Surprise!

Series 8, Ep 1 The task where the contestants have to sneak up on Horne in a snowy trainyard, in a game where contestants have to plot their route with intense, almost military strategy. Sanders runs about dressed up in a bin .

44 Chocolate surprise

Series 6, Ep 8

The task where the contestants have to put something genuinely surprising in a chocolate egg. Vine goes for a fly (astonishing), Chaudhry goes for a worm (upsetting), Alice Levine gets a piece of paper with Horne’s actual pin (more serial killer vibes).

43 Mr Coconut

Series 5, Ep 3 The task where the contestants have to make a coconut look like a businessman. Nish Kumar puts it in a suit and gives it a Georgian accent and Mark Watson sets up a company for it. Commendable commitment .

42 Mannequin mania

Series 10, Ep 10 The task where the contestants have to hang up Bernard the Mannequin’s clothes on a rack three metres away. Johnny Vegas uses the mannequin to brutally drag the rack back to him, before feeling horrified remorse, whispering “my boy, my beautiful boy” to him at the end. Heartbreaking.

41 A big mess

Champions of Champions, Ep 2 The task where the contestants have to make the biggest mess and then clean it up. Katherine Ryan decides to go metaphorical and tells her sister her husband has been cheating on her . For a television show. I’m sweating just thinking about it.

40 Name that animal

Series 6, Ep 7 The task where one contestant has to name as many obscure animals as possible, and is then told they have to act them out to their teammates. Chaudhry makes up “the eight bollock cat” and then has to sadly mime it to Tarbuck.

39 Exotic sandwiches

Series 4, Ep 8

The task where the contestants are told to make the most exotic sandwich they can … and then told to eat their exotic sandwich. Giedroyc makes a sandwich with nearly 50 chocolate bars and seven separate heart attacks, and the look on her face when she has to eat it is one of abject horror.

38 Spider in boots

Series 10, Ep 10 The task where the contestants put eight wellington boots in the lab on a stuffed spider in the garden. Parkinson doesn’t understand that she can leave the lab , so spends 20 minutes searching for the spider in the lab, before deciding that the table is a spider and putting the boots on the legs of that instead. Baffling, glorious nonsense.

37 Eat, throw, balance

Series 5, Ep 3 The task where the contestants have three items (a Weetabix brick, a jelly and a Twiglet) and have to eat one, throw one in a bucket and balance one on a pole. After four contestants struggle in vain, Sally Phillips steps up without a word, balances the Weetabix, throws the jelly straight in the bin and eats the Twiglet. Clinical .

36 Pie surprise

Series 1, Ep 2 The task where the contestants have to find out the contents of five pies without breaching the pastry. Conaty gets round it by getting Horne to eat the pies himself. One of the pies is a hot toothpaste pie, a pie filled with hot toothpaste. It is one of the most upsetting things I have ever seen.

35 Camel, mind the gap

Series 4, Ep 6 The task where the contestants have to fit a stuffed camel through the smallest gap. While others pulverise their camels to fit it through tiny crevasses, Giedroyc drives to the nearest high street and runs through the entrance of a Baby Gap . Inspired.

34 Impress the mayor

Series 2, Ep 3 The task where the contestants have to impress the mayor of Chesham. Osman makes up a poem and juggles (multi-tasking), Wilkinson buys as many Calippos as he can (extravagant) , Ryan makes up a rap about the virility of the mayor’s testicles (extremely bold).

33 An extraordoinary journey

Series 6, Ep 2 The task where the contestants have to take a small wind-up man on an extraordinary journey . Howard gets Alex to shout Buddhist wisdom at his, Chaudhry chases his with lizards and fire, and Tarbuck takes hers on the most extraordinary journey of them all – death (she stamps on it to oblivion).

32 Video games

Series 7, Ep 10

The task where the contestants recreate a classic video game. Knappett goes Mario Kart in a set of golf buggies and a fake moustache, and Acaster does the best impression of the “jump” button from Grand Theft Auto to ever be broadcast on British television.

31 Hand-free basketball

Series 5, Ep 1 The task where the contestants have to get a ball through a basketball hoop without using their hands. Kumar kicks it in … after 54 attempts. At one point he calls the ball racist. The madness this show can drive people to .

30 Count the beans, and the hoops … and the rice

Series 1, Ep 4 The special task (again, just to torture Widdicombe) where the poor curly haired charmer is first made to count the number of beans in a tin, then the number of hoops in a can of spaghetti hoops, then the number of grains of rice in a bag of rice. And he doesn’t realise he’s the only one doing it.

29 Bananaman

Series 4, Ep 3

The task where the contestants have to camouflage themselves in a scene – so Fielding, dressed in his fluorescent yellow suit, shrinks himself and hides in a bowl of fruit. Mindboggling.

28 Taskmaster: The Film

Series 4, Ep 3 The task where the contestants have to make a trailer for Taskmaster: The Film, and Giedroyc and Dennis create a Scandi-thriller starring Giedroyc as Sara Lund and Dennis as a dead body . At one point Giedroyc shouts: “Ne ne Copenhagen” at a mannequin. Thrilling.

27 Reverse psychology

Series 1, Ep 2

The task where contestants have to film something that looks good in reverse – so Ranganathan invents Tree Wizard, a beautiful short film of a man who creates balloons out of thin air and jumps into trees (ie, reversed footage of him falling out of a tree and popping balloons). His face is filled with childlike wonder, five stars.

26 Hide and seek

Series 4, Ep 7 The task where contestants have to hide from Horne in a game of hide and seek. The winner is Adefope, who hides in a tiny crack in the shower; the loser is Horne, who accidentally touches Giedroyc’s breast when finding her, filling him with a shame that will never die. Fun!

25 Surprise Alex

Series 3, Ep 2

The task where contestants have to surprise Horne when he comes out of a shed. Pascoe presents him with a dead body (surprising), Murray bangs a gong semi-naked (more surprising), Beckett dresses as a grandma and sprays Horne with a powerhouse (just baffling).

24 Extension

Series 7, Ep 7 The task where two teams have to make an extension on the Taskmaster house – Godliman and Knappett do a fairly good job with some sheeting and half a wall, but Acaster has a fullblown tantrum at Gilbert for entirely ignoring a garage full of good building materials. Genuine rage, that’s all I want from this show.

23 Shoe catapult

Series 10, Ep 3

The task where contestants have to catapult a shoe into a bath. Johnny Vegas creates a contraption with a stepladder, jokes about falling off the stepladder and then immediately falls off the stepladder.

22 Back draw

Series 9, Ep 9 The task where contestants have to draw on the back of another contestant, who then has to draw that image on a piece of paper. Gamble is paired with Baddiel and suffers seven separate fury-related aneurysms (“WHY ARE YOU STILL DRAWING?” “WHAT IN THE LIVING FUCK HAVE YOU DONE?!”) when Baddiel goes rogue. More rage, all the time.

21 Theme tune lyrics

Series 9, Ep 8 The task where contestants have to make up lyrics to the Taskmaster theme song, and Matafeo blows everyone away with her country-and-western inspired tale of Greg “a tall old man” and Alex “with a brain full of corn”. A brilliant banjo-powered earworm .

20 Special cuddles

Series 5, Ep 1

The task where contestants have to give Horne a special cuddle. Aisling Bea interprets that to mean that Horne is a pervert (creating an overtly sexual Cuddlebot 3000) while Bob Mortimer uses the task as an excuse to get Horne into the boot of his car.

19 Edible masks

Champion of Champions, Ep 2 The task where contestants have to create their own edible facemasks for Horne to eat off them. Mortimer invents a Geordie sexually repressed alien who loves to get his Wotsit-and-Malteser-covered face eaten, while screaming: “I am a sinner! I have sinned!”

18 Wheelie bin obstacle course

Series 4, Ep 7 The task where a contestant has to get in a wheelie bin and guide another contestant through an obstacle course as they push them around, all while speaking another language. Giedroyc directing a baffled Hugh Dennis by shouting : “Ugg! Ugg!” (the French for Hugh) makes this.

17 Flying eggs

Series 10, Ep 1

The task where contestants have to land an egg, from a balcony, in a frying pan several metres away on a giant podium. While Daisy May Cooper ties the egg to a balloon and floats it over the frying pan, Rizwan cuts out the middle balloon and tries to fill an egg with helium. An egg. With helium. I just want to talk, Mawaan.

16 £20 gifts

Series 1, Ep 3 The task where contestants have to get a gift for the Taskmaster with £20. While Key goes for book tokens, Widdicombe takes the show to new levels of creepy by getting a genuine, actual tattoo of Greg Davies’s name on his ankle . If you’re not willing to physically scar yourself for a show on Dave, don’t bother playing the game.

15 Nursery rhymes

Series 2, Ep 2 The task where contestants have to make a video for a nursery rhyme. Richardson is a creepy little girl eating blind mice, Osman does a Verve-inspired Coming Round the Mountain, but the champ is Doc Brown, who writes a genuinely good rap version of Once I Caught a Fish Alive, involving him punching a salmon .

14 Exciting footage

Series 5, Ep 6 The task where contestants have to record some exciting footage with a camera strapped to their heads. Phillips hauntingly recreates Horne’s birth with Horne and clingfilm.

13 Horse or laminator

Series 9, Ep 7 The task where contestants have to guess what the Taskmaster is thinking of – a horse or a laminator. In a remarkable display of telepathy, Brand gets 13 right in a row, terrifying Davies and potentially marking her out as the next Uri Geller.

Series 4, Ep 2

The special task where, while painting a picture of the Taskmaster from two metres away from the canvas, Lycett must also grin with increasing intensity at the camera every 30 seconds. By the end his eyes are empty husks, his face pained, his cheeks twisted and gnarled. He will never smile the same way again.

11 Watercooler moments

Series 5, Ep 5 The task where contestants have to create a watercooler moment using a watercooler . Kumar kicks it (terrible in slow motion, even worse at regular speed); Bea tries to go sailing with it (confusing); but the best is Phillips, who, naturally, has sex with it (horrifying but impressive).

10 Guard the flame

Series 5, Ep 6

The task where contestants have to guard the flame on a cupcake as it goes past various water-based obstacles to light a candle in the caravan. Kumar sees a bubble machine and shouts: “You bubbly fuck!” so loudly that his cupcake immediately extinguishes itself. This is why you don’t swear, kids.

9 Watermelons

Series 1, Ep 1 The task where contestants have to eat as much watermelon as they can in one minute . Widdicombe carefully opens it and gently spoons it into his mouth (lovely); Ranganathan immediately throws it on to the ground and starts shovelling flesh off the floor into his mouth like a zombie (not lovely).

8 Watermelons 2.0

Series 10, Ep 5

The task where contestants have to eat as much watermelon as they can in four minutes – but they can’t feed themselves. Cooper and Herring turn from reasonable, well-respected comedians into wild, watermelon-obsessed beasts, gorging themselves until their clothes run red with melon blood. Positively Ranganathanesque.

7 Quiet cocktails

Series 10, Ep 6 The contestants have to make the tastiest cocktail as quietly as possible. If they go over 60db they must start again and scream a phrase – in Cooper’s case, “I love this!” It’s like watching someone defuse a bomb really, really badly – every time she does anything (open a bottle, pick up ice, pour any liquid) she goes over the limit and explodes. The closest I’ve come to believing that Horne’s life was in immediate danger.

6 Siren call

Series 7, Ep 10 The task where the contestants are told that when they hear a siren, they have to stop whatever they’re doing, put on a boiler suit by the door and lie down on the floor. Closely followed by the task where contestants have to tie themselves up as securely as possible … and then that siren goes off. Acaster’s face as he hears the siren, midway through tying his feet up, his whole world crashing around him as he realises what that means – a 40-minute set-up for a glorious punchline.

5 Cheeky texts

Series 5, Ep 5

The special task where Watson has been told to send an anonymous “cheeky text” to the Taskmaster, every day, for five months – without knowing that absolutely no other contestant had been set this task. When this fact is revealed, Watson has a kind of frozen, horrified expression – he manages a laugh, but it’s the laugh of a man who knows that he has wasted so much of his life. What’s worse, every one of the texts was sent to Davies’s phone with no context or warning, so for five months Davies has been tormented with cheeky texts such as: “I have a big dick” and: “Can you lend me £50?” In the end, Horne reveals that Watson has missed out two days of texts, meaning that he has sent only 148 – so Davies takes great pleasure in awarding him zero points. What makes this task so wonderful is the fact that Watson, being the type of person he is, has spent hours agonising over the precise wording of each one of these texts – and then it’s totally worthless. In the words of Davies: “What a terrible waste of time.”

4 Creepiest things

Series 7, Ep 8

The task where the contestants have to bring in the creepiest thing – and Gilbert chooses to bring in a special video, titled When Your Friend Tells You He’s Leaving … Check. The video, as it turns out, is footage of Davies, asleep in his bed, filmed from Davies’s closet by Gilbert. Quite apart from being one of the most disturbing short films in the history of Taskmaster (the way that Gilbert stares dead-eyed at the camera and silently puts his finger to his lips at the start and the end of the video, as if to say “Shhh now. We wouldn’t want to wake Greg …”), there’s a staggering level of commitment to creepiness. Up until this point in the series, Gilbert had brought in a picture of Davies in Speedos for every one of the prize task rounds. He could have just brought that in again, maybe put it among some Halloween decorations – but no. He breaks into his friend’s bedroom and films him all damn night. Because that’s the creepiest thing, and that’s what this show requires.

3 Declare your love

Series 6, Ep 10

The task where contestants have to declare their love for the Taskmaster in the most meaningful way. The reason this task is so high up on the list is for one person – Liza Tarbuck. No one has quite played the game like Tarbuck. She has the vibe of a “relaxed headmistress on her day off” (to quote Davies), but she is capable of great ruthlessness at the drop of a hat/trousers. This is the pinnacle of Tarbuck, the crowning glory in her championship victory – declaring her love for Davies by getting Horne to sit, bare-bottomed, in a custard cake. There’s a kind of clinical sociopathy here – the way that she says, almost irritated: “I hope you enjoy this, it might be the only time in your life that you put your bare arse on a cake.” When Horne does the deed, his world transforms for ever – as Tarbuck says in the studio afterwards: “He was a different man!” It’s hard to disagree. “If that’s love, turns out I’ve never been in love before,” murmurs Horne sheepishly, cake dripping from his backside. But this is the magic of the show: before this series, I think my opinion of Tarbuck was that of a charming DJ and character actor. After this series, I was (and remain) obsessed with her – a wicked, bizarre mind, capable of mad brilliance and disgusting, sopping cakey cruelty. This show lets people blossom like no other, and Tarbuck is the embodiment of that. May we all find the happiness that she finds in making comedians sit in cake semi-naked.

2 Potato hole

The task where contestants have to get a potato into a hole from the edge of a special red carpet. The reason this task is so high is because of one man – Joe Wilkinson. Wilkinson is the lovable loser in this show, losing his patience with Ikea flatpack furniture and smushing pineapple down his trousers, but with the potato task, he – and the show – reach new heights. In one fluid movement he whips around from the camera, leans forward, gives it a quick underhand throw and … straight in. The crowd goes wild . Back in the studio, Wilkinson stands up, walking around like some kind of potato-chucking god. On the VT, Wilkinson wipes away a tear, the achievement hitting him. “I’m really emotional. I think that’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”

And that is that. Except, of course, it isn’t. Davies loves the footage so much that he demands to see a replay. From a different angle, above – and zoomed in. From where you could see the very top of Joe’s toe touch the forbidden red carpet. The audience noise turns from cheering to horror in a matter of seconds. Wilkinson is aghast, hands over his mouth. No. No, surely not. He gets on his hands and knees, crawling to Davies, gently pawing at his thigh like a mournful dog. “Please. Please. Please don’t take it away from me.” Davies can barely look at him; the guilt, the power, it’s all too much. In the end, his attempt is declared null and void. Wilkinson stares into the void as he tumbles from first on the leaderboard to last. In Davies’s words, “a genuinely harrowing moment”.

This glorious, pseudo-Shakespearean carb-based tragedy is the peak of what this show can do. It doesn’t just humiliate or frustrate comedians – it can make them believe that they are a sporting legend, a Muhammed Ali, a Lewis Hamilton, a Russell Howard … and then it can take it all away.

1 A song for Rosalind

Series 5, Ep 8 The task where the contestants have to interview a stranger and make up a song for her in 30 minutes, before performing it to her at Taskonbury. This task represents everything that is wonderful about the show – from the brilliant differences in approaches that it encourages, to its staggering creativity, to its sheer unpredictability and heart. Mortimer, Bea and Phillips write a confusingly scathing power ballad to Rosalind (titled Quite Good Considering, but more popularly known as Rosalind’s a Fucking Nightmare). It’s bonkers; pure, unadulterated nonsense. During the interview Mortimer’s first question is: “Do we strike you?”, which sets the tone for the whole endeavour – an inexplicably harsh song about how Rosalind is a thief (based on the fact that she stole sweets as a child), “an average cellist” and a “geriatric athlete [who] jumps quite far for a woman of her age”. It’s a song I find myself singing almost constantly now (mostly the line about her husband and a member of her string quartet : “The great thing about Alan / Alan could not be dreamier / But unfortunately the viola player / Well, he contracted septicemia”), and in any normal episode, it would have won by a landslide.

But Kumar and Watson’s song is just so staggeringly beautiful, so sincere, so heartfelt, that it can’t help but blow you away. When Kumar starts the song by shouting: “Good evening London!” to a crowd of one single woman in a deckchair, you can just feel the audience gear up for another classic Nish and Mark disaster. But once the song starts, it becomes immediately obvious that this won’t be another disaster – no, the story here is redemption. Between them, Kumar and Watson have been through a lot in this series – they have been covered in yoghurt, they have been humiliated by a basketball, they have been tortured by texts, mocked by Weetabix and hurt by headwear. But in this moment, it’s all made worth it.

This is their crowning glory – a heartfelt song textured by their experiences (the line “I try my best but it’s never … good enough” pretty much summing up their time on the show), and it reflects the show’s inherent joy. Every task is an opportunity to humiliate yourself and to create something genuinely excellent – to take the cruel and arbitrary limitations you find and make something inspiring. No matter how many times you are knocked down by a malfunctioning volcano or a distressingly loud ice machine, as long as you get back up, there is always the potential for redemption. Everything that looks arduous is a chance for greatness. We just have to keep getting back up.

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The book features 203 tasks, categorised into the following sections (with an example from each):

  • Task 5: Say as many different items of clothing as possible in alphabetical order. You have two minutes. Your time starts when you next breathe out.
  • Task 33: Holding your hands behind your back at all times, put something on your head. Fastest wins. Your time starts when your Taskmaster is satisfied you are all holding your hands behind your back and tells you so.
  • Task 77: Everyone must return to the table in five minutes wearing as different an outfit as possible. You may not swap clothes with a fellow contestant. Most different outfit wins. Your time starts when your Taskmaster blurts out, 'All change.'
  • Task 108: Without opening the window or using the car horn, make a pedestrian give you a thumbs up. Fastest wins. Your time starts when your Taskmaster sucks their thumb noisily.
  • Task 134: Find and demonstrate the most complicated toilet. Most complicated toilet wins. You have until your holiday is cover. Your time starts when you set off on your trip.
  • Task 136: Hide the best. Once hidden, everyone must whisper 'I am here' once every 30 seconds until the task is over. Last person to be found by your Taskmaster wins. Your Taskmaster will start searching for you after they have counted to 100 loudly in a voice other than their own.
  • Task 144: Build this sandcastle. The sandcastle that most resemble this sandcastle wins. You have until the tide comes in. Your time starts when you've got sand between your toes.
  • Task 152: Read this book in the most extreme situation. Most extreme situation wins. You have until 31 December 2019. Your time started when you began this chapter.
  • Task 192: Read this book in the most different countries. Most countries read in wins. You have until 31 December 2019. Your time starts now.
  • Task 202: Find the mistakes in this book. Most mistaskes found wins. You have until 31 December 2019. Your time starts when you next drop something.

The book has a foreword by Greg Davies, and then Alex Horne. There are suggestions on how to use the book. Some of the tasks have fun facts beneath them relating to the show. The appendix has some more exclusive information about the show, as well as some lists of task performances (e.g. each contestant's recipe for Marmite from series 5 ). Included is one fifth of the texts sent by Mark Watson in series 5 , in a bonus task in which he failed to gain a single point.

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On 5 September 2019 an updated paperback (and ebook) version of the book was published with the title Taskmaster: 220 Extraordinary Tasks for Ordinary People . There are 20 new tasks, as well as updates to previous tasks that had expiry dates.

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Five tasks to complete from Taskmaster, now that you can socialise again

With the series back on television, and the great outdoors at your mercy, we’ve extracted a handful of tasks from Taskmaster: 220 Extraordinary Tasks for Ordinary People to complete alone or with mates. Your time starts now.

A fundamental aspect of Taskmaster is that the contestants must leave their comfort zone and enter The Taskmaster’s comfort zone. And The Taskmaster has a very different idea of comfort to most people. His involves an all-white laboratory entirely covered by plastic sheeting, and an infinite number of pictures of Himself.

As the one hand-picked like a raspberry by The Taskmaster to ensure His tasks are accomplished without too much faff, I do try to make sure the contestants adjust quickly. As well as providing milk, sandwiches and cuddles, this involves giving them a warm-up task to help them settle down. As soon as you walk into the room and open up a task, the time starts. It has proved to be disconcerting. So the following tasks should help you bed in.

If you are intent on hosting your own Taskmaster event, feel free to use these to warm your taskers up. Or just give them the right sort of food and drink.

You must DO these tasks. There’s no point just reading them and imagining doing them.

Crucially, though, you must DO these tasks. There’s no point just reading them and imagining doing them. That’d be like playing football without a ball: a waste of time. I wish Greg would just buy me a ball.

So read them, yes, in your head or, even better, out loud. As loud as you dare. Then DO them, as best as you possibly can. And don’t hang around, either. It doesn’t matter where you are (for most of them – some do involve you having things like a toaster handy), have a go as soon as you read them. That’s the sort of attitude we need in life. Good luck. I believe in you (i.e. I think you exist).

TASK TYPE: Solo. Apparatus: A pen or pencil and a blindfold, if you don’t trust yourself. With your eyes shut, draw a self-portrait on a piece of paper. You have as long as you can keep your eyes shut for. Best likeness wins. Your time starts when you shut your eyes.

If you’ve opened your eyes again, welcome back. And congratulations; you’re off. Have a look at the picture. That’s you, that is. Mainly though, don’t worry too much about how little it looks like you. If everyone did all the tasks well the show wouldn’t work. Forget it and move on to the next one (as I say to pretty much every contestant after pretty much every task).

TASK TYPE: Solo or Group. (This task was used as a warm-up for series number: 1) Say as many five-letter words as possible. You have five minutes. Your time starts now.

BONUS TASK FACT: This was the very first task that the very first contestants opened on their first day in the Taskmaster house. It appeared in the pilot of the programme but never on television and was tackled by Frank Skinner, Josh Widdicombe, Roisin Conaty, Romesh Ranganathan and Tim Key, all of whom deserve a lot of credit for agreeing to do something that didn’t previously exist and over which they had absolutely no control. Having said that, Roisin deserves a little less credit, saying just 48 words in total at a rate of one word every six and a quarter seconds. Tim Key won the task with an impressive 106 and a poem made out of all their best words can be found in this book’s appendix. If you get into triple figures you’re doing all right.

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TASK TYPE: Solo or Group. Touch three trees. Each tree must be a different species. Fastest wins. Your time starts as soon as you blink.

I hope you remembered to time yourself. Any genuine time under a minute is good. It all depends how far away from a tree you were when you read it, of course. But once you found your first one, you’d think there’d be another hanging round nearby; trees are a lot like Hells Angels in that respect. The main thing is that you eventually touched and had a good look at three trees. You should do that sort of thing more often.

TASK TYPE: Solo or Group.  (A version of this task appeared in series number: 5) Special apparatus: Should be fairly obvious. Throw a slice of bread into your toaster from at least your body’s length away. Fastest wins. Your time starts when you salivate.

BONUS TASK FACT: In series 5 the contestants were tasked with throwing something into something, impressively. Hugh Dennis put the toaster on the roof of the Taskmaster Lodge and tried to lob bread into it. He eventually succeeded but only after climbing up a ladder and getting really quite close to the toaster. As was typical of that series, Hugh didn’t win.

TASK TYPE: Solo or Group. (This task was used as a warm-up for series number: 2 and 3) Say as many different items of clothing as possible in alphabetical order. You have two minutes. Your time starts when you next breathe out.

BONUS TASK FACT: On his first attempt at a task, Dave Gorman got the highest score with 18, including the impressive sequence of ‘... scarf, turban, underpants, vest, waistcoat, xylophonist’s gloves ...’. Paul Chowdhry managed just four because he said things like ‘flannel’, ‘igloo’ and ‘mother’. Paul has been the least predictable of all competitors.

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Like a big warm bear hug, Taskmaster is a show of pure joy that feels like perfect viewing right now . Sure, its contestants might sometimes do a pretty good impression of people that hate each other and, driven by a desire to take home a shiny replica of Greg Davies' mush, the competitiveness can display itself in all sorts of ways. But it all adds to the whimsical Taskmaster experience, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

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It was recently announced that the cult hit was moving house to Channel 4 . As a result, we were already fairly certain that we were in for a long wait before new series 10 episodes landed on our screens. And now, with much of the TV and film industry halting production and pushing back release dates, it's probably only going to get longer.

But Taskmaster creator Alex Horne has come up with a way to keep us busy and engaged from the comfort of our homes, getting those outlandish tasks underway once more.

"I shall be setting some HOME TASKS for individuals, families and friends, starting on Monday morning," he announced on Twitter at the end of last week (March 18). "It should be a fun thing to do."

Sure enough, Monday rolled around and the first directive from the Taskmaster's trusty assistant came in via a video. Reading from the classic white scroll, complete with official Taskmaster wax seal, Alex said:

"I have the first task. All the tasks should take place in your homes or gardens, please obey the social-distancing advice, do not break the law and don't hurt anyone, okay? Have fun and use your imagination, and make good choices."

As for task number one?

"Throw a piece of A4 paper into a bin. Most spectacular throw wins. One entry per household. You have 30 hours. Your time starts NOW!"

Before we knew it, under the #hometasking hashtag, entries started pouring in. Well, if there's one thing we know about Taskmaster fans, it's that they're committed and they love a chance to play along – you only need to look back at what resulted from the Taskmaster book.

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Later that day, Alex encouraged more people to join in. "Obviously this #hometasking seems particularly trivial now - but for me that makes it more worth doing," he wrote .

"So thank you for the many inspiring attempts from all over. I have a team helping me watch them. I can't reply to you all. But I think you are all excellent. Keep going."

Of course, it wouldn't be Taskmaster without THE Taskmaster. Greg Davies judged (also via home video ) and announced the winner himself, along with a few honourable mentions.

What's more, some of the favourites – there were thousands of clips which Little Alex Horne said "blew my little mind" – were put together in a montage for the show's official YouTube channel .

There was a tortoise, a back-flipping man and even Gandalf* got involved.

(*not the real one, we don't think).

These 'Home Tasks' have been continuing across Twitter and YouTube , and Alex has said that they've seen entries "from all over the world."

Whether you want to get involved yourself or you just want to watch along to see how other people tackle the tasks, we hope it brings you some warm fuzzies and a sense of community.

Here's the full introduction along with the rules, as presented by Little Alex Horne himself, if you'd like to join in:

The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it's possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing. For any concerns and latest advice, visit the World Health Organisation . If you're in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while US users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention .

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With just one day left until the final of the final of series of 10 and a matter of weeks before the Taskmaster festive special , many fans will understandably be developing task-fever – the sudden craving to have a go at some of the challenges themselves.

If you're thinking of entertaining your friends and family over Christmas with your own at-home version of Taskmaster, we have you sorted with many different ways to do just that.

We've collated a list of some of the most doable tasks from across the show's 10 series (and updated it recently) so you can try your hand at them over the holidays – while alternatively, if you're looking for a Christmas present, there's also the Taskmaster board game to purchase ahead of your festive celebrations.

Without further ado – here's three ways you can play Taskmaster at home.

Taskmaster tasks to do at home

If you'd like to entertain your family and friends this Christmas with a few classic Taskmaster challenges, we've picked out a selection of actual tasks from the show that you'll be able to do at home. Be warned, however: watching the videos below could give you an advantage in the tasks, so do with that information what you will!

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Write the best lyrics to the taskmaster theme tune and perform them in the most memorable way.

You'll need: Pen and paper Time: 15 minutes

This series nine challenge challenged the celebrity contestants to write lyrics to the Taskmaster theme tune – the 30-second ditty played at the beginning of each episodes.

To do this task at home, all you'll need is a pen and paper for each player, access to the theme tune (via YouTube or another site) and lyrical talent. While in the episode, contestants were given a piano and the option to provide their own accompaniment, this isn't a requirement you need to stick to at home (unless you have some instruments to hand and fancy kicking the task up a notch).

Make this plastic bag as heavy as possible

You'll need: Plastic bags, objects to fill them with. Time: 10 minutes

Liza Tarbuck won this series six challenge, which requires to make a plastic bag as heavy as possible within just 10 minutes, before testing whether it can hang unassisted for one minute. If the bag falls to the ground or breaks under the weight, the player is disqualified from the task.

Make the best portrait of a celebrity using only toilet rolls

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You'll need: Toilet roll or some type of substitute Time: 20 minutes

Arguably the most-talked about essential of 2020, toilet paper plays a big part in this series four task, which saw the likes of Hugh Dennis, Joe Lycett, Lolly Adefope, Mel Giedroyc and Noel Fielding attempt to create a celebrity portrait out of bog roll.

To play at home, each contestant will have 20 minutes to assemble their portrait – and if you're wanting to save your toilet roll for its proper purpose at a later date, you can substitute it for different, reusable material such as kitchen roll or bin liners.

Throw a tea bag into a mug from the furthest distance away

You'll need: Teabags, Mugs Time: Five-10 minutes

As seen in Taskmaster's very first series, this task challenges contestants to throw a tea bag into a mug from the furthest distance away possible.

While Alex Horne gave celebrities Frank Skinner, Josh Widdicombe, Romesh Ranganthan, Tim Key and Roisin Conaty an hour to complete the task, whoever is the appointed Taskmaster within your group can decide an amount of time – we'd suggest five or 10 minutes.

Make the best noise

You'll need: Yourselves Time: Five minutes preparation, 10 seconds after the noise

This series seven task requires contestants to make the best noise possible – whether that's just using themselves or things around the house to assist them. Before making their best noise, they must say: "This is my best noise", and then remain silent for 10 seconds after making the noise.

Contestants only get one attempt and while you can decide any time limit to do this task within, we would suggest setting no more than five minutes of preparation time.

Remove £5 note without touching the glass

You'll need: Pint glass, a drink of your choice, £5 note Time: Fastest wins

This series six task asks contestants to remove a five pound note, which has been placed under a pint glass filled with water/beer/whatever you'd like, without spilling the pint or touching the glass. Whoever completes the task in the fastest time wins.

Taskmaster: The Board Game

If you're on the hunt for more tasks to complete, then look no further than the Taskmaster board game .

Available to buy on Amazon, this board game contains over 200 ludicrous tasks that can be completed in various rooms of the house, including several video tasks from Alex Horne himself.

Suitable for anyone over the age of eight, you need at least three players to play the game, with the winner taking home a miniature bust of Greg Davies' head.

Alternatively, you can purchase Alex Horne's paperback book of tasks – Taskmaster: 220 Extraordinary Tasks for Ordinary People – which contains even more challenges for you to complete.

Hometasking

There are a few ways that you can bring Taskmaster to life in your living room – one of which is #HomeTasking.

Back in March, when lockdown was first imposed and everyone was told to stay indoors, Taskmaster creator Alex Horne designed a version of the game show to entertain fans.

Throughout March and April, Alex Horne and presenter Greg Davies uploaded 20 tasks for fans to do at home and while they were asking players to submit videos of themselves doing it for the chance to win points from them, the deadline for those challenges has now passed – but that doesn't mean you can't compete against your family to do the tasks yourself!

You can find all the Stay Home tasks on the Taskmaster YouTube page – the first challenge requires you to throw a piece of paper into a bin, with the most spectacular throw winning.

You can purchase Taskmaster: The Board Game and Alex Horne's Taskmaster book on Amazon. Series 10 of Taskmaster begins on Channel 4 on Thursday 15th October. If you’re looking for something to watch, check out our TV Guide .

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Taskmaster’s Best Tasks Ranked from Very Funny to Life-Changing

To celebrate the arrival of series 16, we celebrate the 50 best Taskmaster tasks of all time (so far!).

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What’s your favourite Taskmaster task? Did it result in a delicious failure or a triumphant win? Was it a crafty solution from a cunning mind, or a bonkers, impractical response that could only have come from the brain of John Kearns?

We asked our writers to nominate their favourites, in order (and not including Prize Tasks because that’s already been covered here ), and collated the results into the Top 50 below. With 15 series proper, two Champion of Champions specials, and multiple New Year’s Treat episodes, there were approximately 89,000 tasks to choose from, hence a nice, neat 50. 

If you’re at all concerned about the scientific robustness of our approach, rest assured that Google Sheets formulas were used in the creation of this list, resulting in an entirely accurate ranking order that cannot be questioned. Well alright, you can question it. (At points during this 9,000+ word endeavour, we all questioned it.)

So, what are the best Taskmaster tasks of all time? Here’s our top 50. Your time starts now.

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50. Write a ten-word story before you reach the finish line. You must be running while writing (S7, E2)

We open our list with a task that sounds simple enough but in great Taskmaster tradition, is it really? Not when Phil Wang or Rhod Gilbert are involved. 

In a lovely country field, the series seven contestants all decided that rather than thinking about their story first, then running while writing it down, the best thing to do would be to pelt off with zero thought or planning. This led to some strange stories involving giants (Wang), shoes (Kerry Godliman) and of course, an albino partridge (Jessica Knappett). Highlights of the task include James Acaster’s slick fence jump, Rhod Gilbert running for 10 minutes and 12 seconds and being so knackered that he couldn’t read his story aloud, and Phil Wang citing Homer and deciding to use the ‘oral tradition’ of storytelling for his ten word tale (when really he had missed the fact that there was a pen and paper available). – Elizabeth Donoghue

49. Make the largest object properly vanish. You may not use any editing trickery (S10, E3)

First impressions count – especially on the opening episode of the tenth series of a beloved show like Taskmaster , on its new Channel 4 home. For Mawaan Rizwan this was even more important as arguably the least well-known contestant in the lineup going into this series, up against Bafta-winning Daisy May Cooper and Katherine Parkinson, and Johnny Vegas and Richard Herring’s combined 50 years of comedy experience.

But we needn’t have worried, because BOOM, straight off the bat, Rizwan gives us one of the best moments of the series. The contestants needed to make a large object disappear, and while Richard Herring made Alex Horne disappear by hiding behind a mirror and Johnny Vegas went on a political rant with a giant chicken, Mawaan Rizwan ingeniously made the Taskmaster house’s giant cow statue disappear in a way that genuinely elicits gasps when his methods are revealed. And just like that, Rizwan cemented himself as a contender well worth watching. – Laura Vickers-Green

48. Keep the basketball on the running machine for as long as possible. You may not touch the basketball or the running machine (S4, E2)

Taskmaster ’s greatest tasks prompt both idiocy and inspiration, as seen in this ‘keep the basketball on the moving treadmill without touching either’ challenge. The inspiration came from Hugh Dennis , whose solution of cupping the ball in a bucket was so effective that he quickly tired of success and requested a chair and a book to pass the time. 

The idiocy? That came from everybody else. Joe Lycett and Noel Fielding’s plan to load the running machine with sofa cushions and welcome mats were enjoyably stupid, and instant failures. With her snow shovel, Mel Giedroyc gamely fielded the ball for entire… seconds, while Lolly Adefope came so close to the Hugh approach but fell at the last hurdle by inexplicably not keeping hold of her bucket. Yes, we could argue whether Hugh eventually unplugging the running machine counted as touching it (it definitely did) but by then, his victory was so assured that who cares. Good. Honest. Fun. – Louisa Mellor

47. Hold a meeting with yourselves. There must be eight of you at the meeting. Most dramatic meeting moment wins (S13, E6)

Despite Judi Love being the only contestant to grasp the concept of a “dramatic moment” (and duly receiving the maximum five points), this unusual task was an insight into series 13’s minds. They had to hold a meeting in which a dramatic moment occurred, using visual camera trickery to create the illusion of there being eight versions of them in attendance. Nobody came out of it looking exactly good, but we certainly came out of it knowing them much better.

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Bridget Christie , for instance, used the opportunity to give her personality flaws a pep talk (to Overly Sensitive: “You know what, be sensitive, just not overly” Helpful.), while Chris Ramsay sniffed out a chocolate thief with some grade-A acting, Sophie Duker solved the killing of Alex Horne, and Ardal O’Hanlon delivered a short play about tennis club embezzlement (and murder). Only Judi, with her Jeremy Kyle-style cheating revelation, pulled it off in any style, but we all went home a bit closer than before. – LM

46. Send the Taskmaster an anonymous cheeky text message every single day for the next 5 months (S5, E5)

Mean as it may seem to set a comedian a solo task that they think everyone else is doing but which turns out to be just for them, it’s really an act of love. You’re the chosen one! The one singled out from your peers because your reaction to learning the truth will be the funniest. Mark Watson’s reaction to learning that he and only he had been asked to text Greg Davies a cheeky message every day for five months – and that because he’d missed two days he didn’t even get any points for it – was the funniest. It showed the lengths comedians will go to for the promise of a point on this show, and showcased Greg Davies’ comedic ruthlessness. Watson’s response was only rivalled by that of Taskmaster New Zealand series one’s Guy Williams (whose little brother is the Taskmaster’s Assistant over there), who was the sole comedian made to sit a legitimate school maths exam. Carnage. – LM

45. Destroy this cake in the most beautiful way (S4, E1)

Which other show on television would allow, no, encourage a contestant to put a cake in a washing machine on a regular cycle, or explode one in slow-motion as part of a classical music and fireworks extravaganza? No other show on television, which is why Taskmaster is the greatest. This task gave the comedians free rein: here is a cake, there must be destruction and it must be beautiful. 

Giedroyc’s work was fast and furious (and, as discussed in the studio, symbolic of years of pent-up career-based cake rage due to her role as co-presenter of The Great British Bake-Off ), Dennis’ work was bizarre and clock-based (?), while Lolly Adefope’s was sweet and simple. After past criticism, Taskmaster these days tends not to waste as much food on the show as it used to, but anybody could see that this act of wastage was in the name of art. – LM

44. Find out the following information from this Swedish person. The Swedish person may not speak or write in English (S2, E1)

The opening episode of series two is one of the best in Taskmaster history, and this task has a lot to do with that. Fred the Swede returns (after series one contestants had to make him blush) and this time he holds the power, answering a series of questions including “what does your father do as a job?” and “what’s your greatest fear?” in Swedish while the contestants have to find ways to work out what he’s saying. 

Not only do we get a rare moment of superbrain Richard Osman making a stupid mistake – asking Fred to spell out a word and taking excruciatingly too long to realise he was spelling it in Swedish, which is no help whatsoever – we also see Doc Brown jump to the nonsensical conclusion that the Swede’s sweeping gesture to demonstrate his father’s job (a painter) meant that he was a croupier.

Best of all, however, is sole female contestant Katherine Ryan running rings around her male counterparts by simply calling her Danish friend and getting her to translate Fred’s answers for her. Easy Swedey. – LVG

43. Walk over and hit that drum in exactly 9.58 seconds. Bonus: Most magnificent walk (S7, E7) 

Taskmaster’ s live tasks range from the sublime to the ridiculous, but this series seven task manages to be sublimely ridiculous thanks to one over-excited contestant. Jessica Knappett’s task enthusiasm would bring a smile to the face of the most curmudgeonly fan of the show, and in this task she truly earned her bonus two points for the ‘most magnificent walk’ by pretending to fall off the stage with a comedy leg in the air move until turning and actually falling off the stage. It’s a chef kiss of a Taskmaster moment that managed to beat all the other magnificent walks (even if it took her 27 rather than 9.58 seconds – it was worth it). – ED

42. Make the best noise (S7, E3)

It’s incredible, really, that it took until series seven to get to this gem – an idea so simple and so Taskmaster that it feels it should belong in the pilot episode. “The best noise” is a chaotically subjective category. The funniest? The loudest? The one created, experimental music-style, in a particularly surprising way such as by driving a tank over a picnic? It’s an extremely open field, as reflected by these responses. 

Kerry Godliman used a balloon to make a fart noise (natch), James Acaster created a racket using some water-filled wellies and a guitar, Jessica Knappett over-delivered with a symphony of sounds (the objectively best of which was her spot-on airhorn impersonation), Rhod Gilbert used the opportunity to continue his campaign of bullying against Greg and recorded the sound of dropping dog dirt onto a cut-out of the Taskmaster, while Philly Philly Wang Wang was responsible for this tongue/lip monstrosity. (Bonus unaired clip here of Greg Davies making his own best noise, prompting frenemy Rhod Gilbert to ask if he’s alright. We all know that he isn’t.) – LM

41. Direct your teammate into the red circle. You must stay on your chair at all times. You may only issue one instruction of three words every 30 seconds.

The team tasks are split into one group of two contestants and one group of three. Does having an extra contestant give the team of three an advantage? This task – where one contestant has to guide their blindfolded teammate(s) to a red circle in the middle of a golf course using only three-word commands – proves that’s a resounding no. 

While Lee Mack adeptly guides a blindfolded Mike Wozniak to the designated spot in four minutes without breaking a sweat, an increasingly exasperated Sarah Kendall spends over 20 minutes getting Charlotte Ritchie to scamper gleefully around without a clue what she’s doing, only remembering to give Jamali an instruction when he asks what’s going on every few minutes. It’s an epic failure, but at least Charlotte Ritchie had a lovely time. – LVG

40. Have an argument. You must take it in turns to angrily make a point using nor more than 10 words, and you must always end your point with a different four-letter word. You must look at each other throughout the argument and the person speaking must angrily wag their finger during their speech. The argument is over when there is ten seconds of silence, or when one of you looks away. (S11, E2)

The first team task of series eleven was simply wonderful. It was a hilarious glimpse into the different personalities of the contestants and had a whole load of Wozniak gold ; when given the instructions and discovering every sentence had to end with a four letter word, he proclaimed “my head is filled with the word duck… I keep refreshing it and just the word duck keeps coming up”, when he was insulted about his tash he replied “this is precious hair!”, and when Lee Mack spoke over him, ending the task, he apologised to Mack for “shilly shallying”. The first team task created such an excellent double act of Mack and Wozniak that Alex had to remind them “it is meant to be an argument” at one point as it swayed into a sort of (strange) seduction.

The other team were terrible at arguing but my goodness, were they entertaining; Jamali Maddix created the scathing insult “go to bank”, Sarah Kendall just scoffed “HAHA!” as a retort in one of her rounds and Charlotte Ritchie’s first thought of a four letter word was ‘hand’ (which she spelled out adorably). This task cemented Ritchie’s spot as one of the sweetest Taskmaster contestants ever, as her arguing style was just full of compliments including “the thing is, Jamali, is that you drive well”. – ED

39. Get this feather into the bath

This was a particularly fiendish team task: transporting a feather into the bath without speaking, touching the feather, letting the feather touch the ground, or allowing the feather to touch an object for more than five seconds. For an added torturous surprise, the bath had been sneakily moved from its usual spot in the garden to a room inside the house. 

The juxtaposition of the two attempts at this team task are sublime. While Sarah Millican and Munya Chawawa come up with the clever method of feeding the feather down an array of pipes using a leaf blower, Dara O’Briain , Fern Brady and John Kearns just panic and start frantically using some plates to thrust the feather between themselves like a silent floaty cartoon bomb. It’s unclear which emotion is more deafeningly tangible: Fern and John’s desperate wish to please Dara, or his unrelenting rage at their ineptitude, which led at one point to them losing the feather altogether. As an added bonus, the task provided the episode’s title, thanks to Fern Brady’s description of their “system of endless plates.” – LVG

38. Say the word “metronome” between every tick of this metronome. Also you must blow up and tie a balloon so it’s bigger than your head, neatly gift wrap the balloon and eat three whole poppadoms (S11, E8)

Inflation. Some wrapping. A little bit of munch munch, and quite a lot of tick tock. That’s how Alex Horne introduced this ludicrous task, which – and Greg Davies is quite right on this – is an undeniably strange thing to be asked to do. Not though, for Mike Wozniak , who set about it with mill-pond calm and a desire only to obey. (Metronome.) He blew up the balloon. (Metronome.) He wrapped the balloon. (Metronome.) He ate the three poppadoms. (Metronome.) (Metronome.) (Metronome.) From the shine on his shoes to the poppadom crumbs in his moustache, Wozniak truly was the people’s princess. The others (Metronome) made a little more (Metronome) fuss and a lot more mess. (Metronome.)

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It’s called semantic satiation apparently, when you repeat a word so much that it loses all meaning. (Metronome.) – LM

37. Complete these tasks. You may not step beyond this line. You had ten minutes from when the fire was lit. (S11, E7)

Task-crafting at its finest here, in this multi-layered, multi-part challenge that involved speed reading a set of 13 implausibly stupid actions to perform on a series of objects attached to a wall (sample: “embrace the fish,” “undermine the vole”), and crucially, remembering what action to perform on which object when the task self-destructed by dint of Alex lighting a fuse and burning it to ashes. Drama!

As with most series seven tasks, everybody but Mike Wozniak fell instantly apart and washed a toy dog. If they’d cracked the additional code-breaking task and realised that each action and object started with consecutive letters in the alphabet (all the way from “attack the biscuit” to “yank the zebra”), then they had a better chance of getting the combinations right, but few did. We learned that Sarah Kennedy doesn’t know what a vole is. Or a badger. Or the alphabet. We learned about the government’s tap-water chemical conspiracy from Jamali Maddix. We learned that nobody undermines a vole like Mike Wozniak . (“You’ve got no chutzpah!”). And we also saw a biscuit mount a creditable counter-attack on Charlotte Ritchie. Deserves a higher place on this list, in my opinion. – LM

36. Pop the balloon. You must stay behind the rope at all times. You must not move the rope. You may buy the tools you need with time. Fastest wins (S12, E1)

There’s one very simple reason this series 12 task stands out in the memory: Desiree Burch’s gloriously disastrous attempt. Nobody’s saying it was easy: you had to pop a balloon from a fair whack of a distance as quickly as possible using only tools from Alex’s “shop” (darts, forks, rubber ducks), each of which “cost” you a certain amount of time on the clock. As a result, we got to watch Burch go from chirpily optimistic to stoically resigned to her fate, throwing literally everything she had at the task without success, culminating in a wonderfully hopeless finale that pretty much summed up her attempt. While the balloon was eventually deflated, her spirit wasn’t, and this episode one task earned Burch a firm place as a Taskmaster fan favourite. – LVG

35. Make the most exotic sandwich. Eat the sandwich (S4, E8)

This sneaky two-part task arrived in series four, before contestants were fully wise to the Taskmaster’s wily ways, so they set themselves up for failure in style. Particular sandwich highlights were Mel Giedroych’s towering sarnie filled with over a dozen types of chocolate bar, Joe Lycett’s concoction served alongside an entire arctic roll, and Noel Fielding , who made a striptease-dancing Alex Horne the filling of his sandwich. One of the best bits was seeing the reactions once they read the second part of the task: while Joe Lycett called Alex a “f***ing prick” and Mel sighed and said “Oh, gang”, Hugh Dennis merely shrugged and said “Let’s go.” In particular, Mel and Noel showed excellent dedication to the task, the former accidentally snorting an M&M during her attempt and Noel consuming some of Alex Horne’s actual beard hair. Stunning. – LVG

34. Do something that will look impressive in reverse (S1, E2)

If you didn’t fall for Taskmaster in the very first episode of series one, then perhaps Romesh Ranganathan’s backwards short film in episode two will have sealed the deal. Who wouldn’t be delighted by the enthusiasm in Romesh’s usually deadpan voice as he sing-narrates the unforgettable tale of the balloon-creating, flying Tree Wizard? 

Tasked with doing something that would look impressive in reverse, each comedian gave it their own twist: Josh Widdicombe used his super-strength (and a skateboard) to tow a van behind him, Frank Skinner… stood up, Tim Key did a jigsaw under timed conditions, Roisin Conaty elegantly gobbed some water in black and white while reading a book, and Romesh went all out with this charmingly amateur but endearingly excited fantasy character, complete with surprisingly catchy theme song. – LM

33. Silently, make the tastiest and prettiest cocktail with the coolest name. If you make any noise over 60dB, you must pour anything you’ve prepared into the bucket, shout your given phrase at a volume of over 100 dB and start again (S10, E6)

One of the best Taskmaster task sub genres is people having to repeat a phrase as they become more and more exasperated (see also ‘Display the shoe Alex is thinking of’ below, and the  metronome poppadom balloon extravaganza) In the silent cocktail making task this was all the more enjoyable as every contestant had to shout their given phrase over 100db. 

Daisy May Cooper started off fairly sensibly before she descended into fury and needed to take a minute to calm down after all her silent cocktail making attempts led to far too many shouts of “I love this!” for her to deal with. Other highlights include Johnny Vegas opening a jar of olives in his trousers to muffle the sound (it worked) and cocktail-making novice Mawaan Rizwan asking Alex “do you think wine and milk go together?”. – ED

32. Display the shoe Alex is thinking of. All the other shoes must be out of sight at the end of the attempt. You may only ask yes or no questions and you must say/do your given phrase/action after every answer. Fewest questions wins. (S13, E4) 

As Judi Love said, this task was like “guess who with shoes” or “shoe who” or “guess shoe”. All the contestants had to find the shoe Alex was thinking of while asking as few questions as possible. Ardal O’Hanlon, being Ardal O’Hanlon, thought that the best question to eliminate a lot of the shoes on display was to ask, “would you wear them to a funeral?” He had absolute confidence in his question and thought it would leave little room for error. Spoiler: there was a lot of room for error.

Chris Ramsey’s charming and enthusiastic shouts of “no way!” after each question made his performance even more enjoyable and Sophie Duker, given the extra task of getting more exasperated with each question, didn’t have to do much acting (Alex was being particularly irritating in this task). It wasn’t Judi Love’s best task as she asked the same question about the shoes five times, but the top performance was Bridget Christie who ended up asking more questions than there were shoes. Phenomenal. – ED

31. Team task: Solve the riddle. You must all stay in your rooms. Fastest wins (S12, E4)

It was almost unfair to dish out this riddle team task in series 12 when one of the teams comprised Only Connect and QI mega-brains Alan Davies and Victoria Coren-Mitchell. But that didn’t stop it being a joy to watch, as Coren-Mitchell was in her element, whizzing through the mental gymnastics put in front of them so fast it was like watching Usain Bolt slow down to a jog while breaking the 100m World Record. She even decodes a cypher on the back of a jigsaw puzzle single-handedly without realising Alan Davies has the other half of the code on his own puzzle. Often, Taskmaster ’s best moments are the epic fails, but more rarely we see moments of pure, unadulterated brilliance, and this is up there among the best of them. LVG

30. Persuade three dogs/chickens to stand on the red mat. Exactly 12 legs must be stood on the red mat at the same time (S4, E3)

Which is harder, herding dogs, or herding chickens? An outbreak of bird flu meant that Lolly Adefope ended up wrangling a different creature than the rest of the contestants who landed dogs. Dogs are cute and can in theory be told what to do, but chickens are a damn sight less scary when worked up. In this task, contestants had to get exactly 12 paws (or 4 chickens) onto a red mat at the same time. The chickens were diluted with ducks. The dogs were a little bit jumpy and barky. Mel Geidroyc was scared and decided to put sausages in her driving glove. Joe Lycett alarmed the mutts by wearing a massive furry coat. Great fun if you like a lot of dogs, and the right level of stressful if you don’t. – Rosie Fletcher

29. One at a time, make a noise without the Taskmaster identifying you. The person who makes the most unidentifiable noises wins (S12, E10)

They truly saved the best series 12 task to last with this banger of a live task, which is akin to one of those brilliantly stupid games you play when you’re three sherries into Christmas Day afternoon and trying to think of something more fun than charades. The fact the contestants can’t audibly laugh without giving themselves away only makes it even more hysterical, and if you don’t laugh when Alan Davies does his “wow monster” impression you’re possibly dead inside. – LVG

28. Impress this mayor (S2, E3)

There are two main reasons this task is so brilliant. One is that the mayor the contestants were tasked with impressing is sort of adorable, the kind of man who would feign being impressed for anyone really because he’s just nice, and who comes out with Dad jokes as when he answered Jon Richardson’s question “do you like sport?” by saying “No – built for pleasure, not for speed.” The other is the glorious juxtaposition of four of the five contestants’ woeful attempts to impress the mayor with shameless showboating, and Joe Wilkinson , who arrives with 42 Calippo ice lollies and some lager, allowing him and the mayor to kick back as equals, and sweetening the deal by giving him 15 quid from his wallet. Classic Wilkinson. – LVG

27. Make and wear a popcorn necklace with at least five pieces of popcorn and then do the opposite of the following: You must under no circumstances not avoid not making the bell not ring. The task is over when you have either rung the bell or not rung the bell and said “I did the right thing” three times. Fastest to not do the wrong thing wins. If you don’t do the right thing, you lose five points (S12,E8)

Sorry, what? You’d think the popcorn necklace was a whimsical diversion from a task which is basically a riddle. But actually the contestants appeared to struggle as much with that as they did with working out the series of negatives and then doing the opposite. At face value (and notwithstanding struggling to thread a needle) it looks as if this task is made for absolute clever stick Victoria Coren-Mitchell . But look again – you can be smart as all hell and fail to accurately read the instructions on a task. Guz Khan’s absolute joy at learning he had inadvertently won the task is a picture. Especially after getting freaked out by the possibility of ghost nuns in the church where it was filmed. – RF

26. Neatly hang all of Bernard’s clothes on that coat rail. You must stay behind the line at all times (S10, E10)

A well dressed mannequin called Bernard, a clothes rail, weak hangers and a square you can’t step out of; all together these make an excellent series ten task. 

Poor old Bernard the mannequin. He was used as a hook by Richard Herring, called a piece of shit by Mawaan Rizwan, manhandled by Katherine Parkinson, and had his head smashed in by Daisy May Cooper and Johnny Vegas. Giving Bernard the mannequin a name made all of the violent treatment towards him far more emotive, highlighted at the end of his task when Johnny Vegas looked upon Bernard with part of his skull missing and cried one of series ten’s best lines: “My boy, my beautiful boy!”. 

It’s also memorable for being the only time terribly polite (and wonderfully daft) Parkinson managed to find a (slight) loophole which led her to a win (thanks to some support from Richard Herring). The tears in her eyes when she was announced as the winner further cements Taskmaster as one of the best shows on telly – somehow undressing and throwing about a mannequin is moving? Don’t ask me why, but it is. – ED

25. Paint the best picture of a horse whilst riding a horse (S1, E1)

Roisin Conaty was amusingly phoning it in throughout the first season of Taskmaster , never putting in more than 40% effort at any time, but she point-blank refused to even attempt this episode one task to paint a picture of a horse while riding a horse – a task that really set the standard for what this show was and could become. While Conaty’s fellow contestants trotted endlessly round in uncomfortable-looking circles barely able to put paintbrush to paper on their real-life horses, Conaty calmly announced riding horses wasn’t for her, so the production team got her a very tame mechanical horse to ride instead. It’s one of the only times a contestant has actually noped on a task, and we respect Conaty’s sheer commitment to not being bothered to try. LVG

24. Sneeze (S5, E4)

So simple. So weird.

Sally Philips and Aisling Bea just plain cheat by not doing a real sneeze. Nish Kumar tried and failed. Bob Mortimer snorts white pepper (after speculating that jumping really high might work…) and manages a spectacular and joyful sneeze. But Mark Watson is the true hero of the task. Initially attempting a kind of “nose boombox” manoeuvre (which he claims usually works), Watson hangs about for 40 minutes trying to drag a sneeze out. When he is unable he promises Alex a sneeze within one to two working days, and delivers plentiful sneeze videos which become something of a sneeze montage. That’s dedication for you. – RF

23. Get this wheelie bin across the finish line (S4, E7)

Mel Giedroyc has a degree in French and Italian from Trinity College, Cambridge, which served her well in this task requiring an obstacle course and mini-challenges to be completed from inside a wheelie bin, using a blindfold, Hugh Dennis, and not a word of English. Mel spoke fairly fluent French – entertainingly renaming Hugh “Ugh” for the duration -, was adorable throughout, and got the job done.

Cambridge degrees though, won’t get you everywhere (except booked the first five seasons of Taskmaster – badum tish!). Using only four words of German, including schnell, nicht, ja, and… balloon, Lolly Adefope directed a blindfolded Joe Lycett and Noel Fielding around that course faster than Mel and Ugh as a victory for the children and Noel. Beautiful silliness. – LM

22. Get this potato into the golf hole (S2, E1) 

If this isn’t the best task, then it certainly produced probably the most memorable moment in Taskmaster history, at the considerable expense of poor Joe Wilkinson. While the other contestants wasted time trying to find a clever way to throw their potato into the golf hole while avoiding touching the surrounding red carpet, Joe Wilkinson decided just to give it a punt, and miraculously slam-dunked the potato on his first try. The audience reaction was something akin to one of those clips of drunk football fans in the pub celebrating England scoring in the World Cup, and Wilkinson lapped up his moment of triumph. 

But as we know, pride comes before a fall, and oh what a fall it was, as Alex Horne cruelly revealed that Joe had accidentally put a toe on the red carpet when completing his miracle shot. His genuinely tortured plea of “please don’t take this away from me” lives rent-free in Taskmaster fans’ heads to this day. TV gold.  – LVG

21. Snort, then blow a raspberry, then whistle, then repeat (S14, E9)

Sometimes the simplest things are the best things. This one started life as a tie-breaker task to be used in the event of an points draw between two contestants, but turned out to be so much fun that it was upgraded. That’s largely thanks to Fern Brady and John Kearns, neither of whom could really whistle, and one of whom fell apart with the absurdity of it all. Fern cracked up, rendering her basically unable to participate (it’s hard to focus when your tentative attempts to produce a snort leave you with tears running down your face), and Greg having described the resultant VT as “a fairly intimate film of a breakdown.” Competitive Munya nailed it and got the five points, but we were all winners that day. – LM

20. Dramatically alter your appearance. Most dramatic alteration wins. You may start altering your appearance when you are inside the lift and the doors are closed (S7, E4)

Was the desire for the comedians to dramatically alter their appearance decided before or after the production team saw Phil Wang’s revealing yellow jumpsuit? We’ll never know. What we do know is that this was a brilliant task, largely down to on-site failure and in-studio animus.

The contestants were given five minutes, a few costume props and asked to prepare a quick-change to take place during an 18-second lift journey. Under pressure, several of them did the natural thing and started to remove Alex’s clothes. Jessica Knappett shouted her famous catchphrase “love it love it love it FELT” while Rhod Gilbert correctly identified jam. It went well for nobody, least of all James Acaster who – by pressing the lift’s emergency button – clearly thought he’d done a Richard Osman and found a genius task loophole that would give him unlimited time, when all he’d actually done was: take off his jacket while shouting “No! No! No!” Yes! Yes! Yes! – LM

19. Alex is on that bridge in the distance with lights on his head. Get as close as you can to Alex without him noticing you. Alex will duck down behind the wall for 10 seconds, then pop up for 10 seconds, then back down for 10 seconds, and so on until he notices you (S8, E1)

A really fun large-scale task here for the season eight opener. Paul Sinha and Sian Gibson both got confused about when Alex was up and when he was down which led to them being spotted fairly early on (Sinha, hiding in a barn next to the Taskmaster cow declared he’d got himself “into a bit of bother” while Gibson tried to convince Alex that he had spotted a fox, not her, running along in a boilersuit). 

The other three competitors gave impressive performances and all managed to get to the bridge Alex was popping up from. After abandoning her initial plan of hiding herself under a bright pink bin (“Will he notice me if I’m a bin?”), Lou Sanders did some nifty running and Iain Stirling put in a great, no-nonsense attempt.

Joe Thomas was the victor and proved to be fast on his feet in his genuinely thrilling attempt. Some of the best moments of this Taskmaster series are Thomas’ uncomfortable social interactions, and even after this great performance what we remember is his post-task chat with Alex that provided further evidence that he may be the most awkward man alive. – ED

18. Design and demonstrate the best quick-change outfit (S7, E2)

This was the first task of series seven, and it gave us a pretty good insight into how the rest of the series would go for each contestant. Jessica Knappett aced the quick change without breaking a sweat, going from a dramatic wedding dress to an eighties lycra workout ensemble. James Acaster tried adorably hard but failed miserably. Phil Wang failed miserably without even trying hard in the first place, living in his own wondrous world. Rhod Gilbert used the task as an opportunity to torture Alex by making him wear nothing but a bikini and then removing his bottoms. And Kerry Godliman simply got the job done, using a velcro high-vis suit to reveal a fancy ballgown – wallop. LVG

17. Fart. Fartest wins (S11, E6)

Is there a Taskmaster fan among us who wouldn’t willingly take Mike Wozniak home, tuck him into a cosy basket by the fireside and hand-feed him buttered crumpets all the live-long day? The man is a joy , and in this solo task, he demonstrates exactly why. 1) He’s athletic. Asked to produce a fart, Wozniak contorted himself into some gymnastic shapes, or, as he called them “brewing positions”. 2) He lives clean. There’s clearly no wastage in this former medical doctor’s diet. 3) He’s obedient and tenacious. Asked to produce a fart, he does so, but only after considerable effort and a medical… situation. 4) He’s a poet of the English language. The words “absolute casserole” are now a passkey between Taskmaster fans. Whisper them into a stranger’s ear to identify true believers (and then be prepared to have a conversation about personal boundaries and potentially, haemorrhoids). – LM

16. Serenade yourself (S9, E6)

‘Write a song’ tasks often garner the most memorable results on Taskmaster , hence their repeated appearance in this list. For this ditty, the series nine contestants used the power of a garden centre display and camera trickery to declare their self-love in song. ( Rose Matafeo also used actual magic to float a flower up two floors like an actual wizard. No idea how she did that.)

Elton John and Bernie Taupin apparently wrote “Your Song” in just 20 minutes, and that’s how long this lot had to prepare their performances. The results were… not quite “Your Song”. Jo Brand did a rap (she’s a roadman), Katy Wix did a metaphor (according to Katherine Ryan, who was fighting her corner in the studio), Ed Gamble did a metal track, David Baddiel did… not write his fifth No. 1 hit, and Rose Matafeo stormed it with a great song, detectable musical ability, the genius phrase “As a matter of feo”, and the aforementioned actual bonafide magic. – LM

15. Generate a watercooler moment involving this watercooler (S5, E5)

A range of interpretations of what this task meant made the results all the more entertaining; Bob Mortimer ripped an apple in half with his bare hands, Aisling Bea (in a boat for some reason) toppled over the water cooler and smashed it whilst being surrounded by bars of Galaxy (the Moments chocolate she had asked for had unfortunately been discontinued in the 90s), Nish Kumar just kicked the watercooler over in slow motion and Mark Watson decided to use the watercooler as a kind of chain letter (?) that would go around the country with people writing messages on it (it managed to get 33 miles away in five months before it ended up in someone’s house in South East London).

But it was Sally Phillips’ performance that is one for the Taskmaster Hall of Fame . When Phillips declared herself a “watercooler virgin” at the start of the task, none of us were expecting what happened next; Phillips in a caravan in the throes of ecstasy with a water cooler. The goal of the task was something people are going to talk about, and by the flustered reactions of Watson, Kumar and the Taskmaster, Phillips absolutely succeeded and deserved her win. – ED

14. Have the best first dance with Alex at a wedding (S15, E1)

Series fifteen opened strong, with the contestants choreographing a wedding dance to perform with Alex, while both of them were wearing headphones, silent-disco-style. It told us everything we needed to know about this year’s line-up: Jenny Eclair pranced around like Kate Bush, poor Ivo Graham tried too hard with the chair-ography and fell on his arse, Mae Martin kept it simple, considered and heartfelt with a Greek wedding dance, and Frankie Boyle fearlessly danced to a Fatlip song while dressed as a bride and planted a smacker right on Alex Horne’s lips for good measure. But the best part about this task was Kiell Smith-Bynoe revealing he can move, he’s committed to doing an unironically great job with the tasks, and he’s competitive as all heck, even ending his routine on an impressive lift. And just like that, another instant Taskmaster fan-favourite was born.  LVG

13. Write a classic song. You must write lyrics for a piece of classical music (S14, E4)

Look, we all know why this is one of the best Taskmaster tasks and it is because of three words: Me Fern Brady. 

Fern Brady’s diss track to the tune of “Rondo alla Turca” blew all of the other contestants’ classic songs out of the water (even though they were all solid efforts). Let’s just remind ourselves of her take down of her fellow contestants: “Dara’s a big bold imbecile, Mr. Kearns is obsequious, and Sarah & Munya are losers and I’ll stamp on their toooooes”. No notes, perfect.

However, it wasn’t Brady who won the task but Sarah Millican for her sweet song that she could hardly bear to perform and couldn’t bear to watch because an ex-partner had made her lose all confidence in her singing voice. Her obvious discomfort led to a really lovely moment when Taskmaster Greg Davies gave a heartfelt “f off” to Millican’s ex-partner. And so say all of us. – ED

12. Cheer up this former traffic warden (S7, E5)

No Taskmaster task is ever predictable, but this one in particular, where the contestants are charged with trying to cheer up this grumpy old former traffic warden, really showed the range of personalities and approaches. Rhod Gilbert took the blokeist approach of just deciding the guy was fine and leaving him the fuck alone. Phil Wang tried jokes, Kerry Godliman visibly annoyed him rather than cheering him up and the wonderful James Acaster leant into the surreal by trying to recreate a lovely holiday with Alex Horne in the role of the man’s wife. But it was Jessica Knappett who won the day by identifying that actually our former traffic warden kind of liked being grumpy and nothing pleased him more than having a pop at people committing parking offences. Weirdly uplifting. – RF

11. Place these three exercise balls on the yoga mat at the top of the hill (S2, E1)

An absolute classic, this series two opener really had everything: a gargantuan effort (getting three massive yoga balls onto a mat on top of a genuinely massive hill), high-stakes tragedy as the balls inevitably rolled back down the hill at the crucial moment, and some excellent examples of how different people behave under pressure. Jon Richardson panicked (of course he did), Katherine Ryan turned on the charm to get some passersby to help her, and Richard Osman used his noggin to come up with a satisfyingly impressive loophole to get the task done in record time, much to the delicious outrage of his fellow contestants. 10/10.  – LVG

10. Camouflage yourself (S4, E3)

Is there a more memorable image from Taskmaster ’s early days than the sight of a teeny tiny Noel Fielding turning around to reveal himself as the banana in the caravan’s fruit bowl? It’s hard to beat. 

When the series four contestants were given 10 minutes to camouflage themselves so that Greg couldn’t spot them in a photo, only the boys actually vanished themselves. Lolly was adorably visible on the front lawn concealed beneath an AstroTurf poncho, while Mel was just… clearly visible crouching behind a vase of flowers in the task-reading room. Hugh wore a door, while Joe engaged the services of passers-by and Al Murray to stage a Where’s Wally-style photo of multiple identically dressed people, one of which was him. Both great efforts, but what could top Noel’s camera trickery idea, utilising the power of his yellow skeleton onesie to become a banana? Nothing. – LM

9. Choreograph a dance for you and Alex to perform to one of these ringtones (S4, E4)

In this task the contestants were given some top notch old school ringtones to dance to and… there were some varied results; Mel Giedroyc went for contemporary dance, Noel Fielding decided on jazz hands and “cheeky, shrew moves”, Joe Lycett dressed Alex up in his Pat Butcher fur coat, Hugh Dennis choreographed some fireman’s lifts and spins and Lolly Adefope took the task to a higher level with her “friendship is truth and I believe in you all the way” dance mantra. Great fun, made all the more enjoyable when Dennis looked genuinely crestfallen when his dance was labelled as “horseshit”. – ED

8. Buy the best present for the Taskmaster. Here is £20 (S1, E3)

When Alex Horne says that the comedians really want to win Taskmaster , he means that the comedians really want to win Taskmaster , to the extent that one – so far – has voluntarily been tattooed with the Taskmaster’s name, just for points. The incredible thing is that this happened in series one. This insanity didn’t ramp up steadily with each new cohort, but was baked into the show right from the start.

Tasked with buying the best present for Greg Davies, most of series one’s contestants did the sensible thing. Tim Key gave him book tokens (actually a great present. I won’t be taking questions at this time), Frank Skinner got him glasses that let you see behind your own head, Romesh Ranganathan commissioned a drawing of Greg as a deity with duck feet, Roisin Conaty bought him a live mouse (please gift responsibly, kids) and Josh Widdicombe tattooed Greg’s name on his foot . It was a turning point. After that happened, the show became the wild west that it is today. All bets were off. – LM

7. Physically recreate a classic computer game (S7, E10)

A brilliantly inventive task which absolutely brought the best out of our contestants. Rhod Gilbert did a live-action Space Invaders where he threw tennis balls at the crew. Kerry Godliman made a version of Tetris that clearly stressed her out. Jessica Knappett had fun with Mario Kart and Phil Wang did a play on Goldeneye . But this one was all about James Acaster doing GTA . It’s the attention to detail that nailed it, from his jumping movement, “stunt bonuses” and beating up of Alex Horne and pinching his bike that sealed the deal. It’s packed with youthful exuberance and you never want it to end. Unfortunately James gets shot by the “police”. Game over. – RF

6. Place half your hands on half your hips and leave them there until the second part of the task is over. Also, the hands that are on hips must only touch those hips until the second part of the task is over. With your hands on those hips at all times, put the most sand in the shopping trolley. You may only move the shopping trolley when there is one minute left on the clock. Sabotage your team in the next task. If your team loses the task, you win five points. If your team wins the task, you win zero points. If your team accuses you of sabotaging the task, you win zero points. (S14, E3)

This team task itself was pretty standard – a series of bizarre conditions involving hand and hip placement, with the goal of getting as much sand into a trolley as possible – but it came with a whopper of a twist: John Kearns had been instructed to sabotage his team to lose the task, giving him a chance to win himself five sweet, sweet points. Despite him almost brazenly hindering his team’s efforts at every turn, Dara and Fern miraculously didn’t catch on to John’s secret task, although to be fair you could be forgiven for thinking he was trying to sabotage all the other tasks in the series given his woeful overall performance. Still, John’s hiding-in-plain-sight brilliance nabbed him a rare moment of victory, and oh how sweet it was. – LVG

5. Give Alex a special cuddle (S5, E1)

There’s more joy in this task than is medically advisable, making it a serious contender for the Best Taskmaster Task of All Time, if only the votes had fallen that way. We know all the best ones involve Alex, and this one involves Alex intimately (in that two of the contestants accidentally fondle his private place, and one does it deliberately). Aisling Bea’s Sexy Cuddle Bot 5000 created a spa atmosphere before wrapping its ducting hose arms around Alex for their special cuddle. Nish Kumar strapped on a pillow. Sally Phillips inserted slices of cake into his armpits and laid on top of him – providing a service she could charge big money for in certain Soho establishments. Mark Watson drew on years of their friendship for a romantic riverside cwtsh.

All good, but none quite as special a cuddle as the one Bob Mortimer chose to give Alex in the boot of his Audi A8L. The thing to remember about Little Alex Horne is that he’s actually six foot one, making this a snug fit. “Can you turn your arse towards me?” requests Bob. Duly done, the boot lid comes down and Alex has a smile on his face happier than in his wedding photos (probably) and you can hear a little “tee-hee” from Bob. Hard to improve on. – LM

4. Surprise Alex when he emerges from his shed in one hour (S3, E2)

When a task immediately makes two of the competing comedians (Sara Pascoe and Al Murray) think the best option to win is to kidnap Alex Horne ’s kids, it’s got to make it into our top ten. This series three classic was a simple one, Alex is in a shed and you have one hour to think of a way to surprise him. Al Murray decided to go for banging a gong and stamping on air horns in his pants. Paul Chowdry dressed as a clown with a bloody axe and hid in a box. Sara Pascoe tied someone pretending to be dead to a chair with a bloody note saying ‘Alex did it’. Dave Gorman went for a classic ‘hide behind Alex and jump out’ move.

But the real highlight was a sleep-deprived Rob Beckett, who decided that dressing as a Nan, spraying Alex with a pressure washer, maniacally laughing and shouting, “Alex, you’ve been a bad boy” was a good idea. It truly was surprising, a little bit concerning, but above all, hilarious. – ED

3. Eat as much watermelon as possible (S1, E1)

This was the first ever Taskmaster task, and despite the apparent simplicity of asking contestants to eat as much watermelon as possible within one minute, it gave us a lot to unpack. Roisin Conaty was unbelievably, anger-inducingly rubbish at it, taking 58 of her 60 seconds to simply cut the melon in half, but the other four contestants had a marvellous range of approaches, from playing-it-safe Josh Widdecombe eating his melon at a leisurely grandma-like pace to Romesh Ranganathan, who launched himself into the room and smashed his melon over the floor like it was the severed head of his greatest enemy. This also led to him scrabbling around eating smithereens of melon off the floor until he made himself vomit, and as Taskmaster tasks go, you don’t get much more committed, or entertaining, than that. It was simple, it was stupid, and it set a standard. LVG

2. Get all the rubber rings on your bargepole (S15, E1)

@reality_tv.tt BRACE, BRACE! Jenny Crashes her Barge Taskmaster ♬ original sound – Reality-TV – Reality-TV

It’s surprising that it took 15 series of Taskmaster for us to get a barge task, especially considering how bloody brilliant this one was. It has all the makings of a classic, and like all the best tasks, the performances can politely be described as ‘mixed’. 

Don’t expect to see Frankie Boyle or Jenny Eclair on your local canal piloting a barge anytime soon, as they were absolute disasters; Boyle missed all but one of the rubber rings and Eclair almost immediately crashed the barge, apologised profusely then crashed the barge again. The other three contestants on the other hand had the absolute time of their lives on this task; Mae Martin cried “I feel so alive!”, Ivo Graham pulsated with excitement (until he broke the steering apparatus) and Kiell Smith-Bynoe had a whale of a time making his own barge-reversing noises.

There are so many wonderful soundbites in this task including “brace brace!” from Jenny Eclair, Kiell Smith-Bynoe’s party anthem “one/two/four on a bargepole for meee” and of course Ivo Graham shouting “I’m on a boat!” as an apathetic Alex replies “yes you’re on a boat” with all the enthusiasm of an exhausted dad at the end of a family holiday. – ED

1. Write and perform a song about this woman (S5, E8)

From the second that Bob Mortimer whispers into the mic “Rosalind. Rosalind. Rosalind’s a nightmare…” you know this is the one. It’s no wonder it was voted top; it has all the ingredients of a stone-cold classic (it’s from series five – aka the best series of Taskmaster so far, it’s a team task, it involves a member of the public, and it’s a songwriting challenge) and boy, does it deliver.

The task was entertaining enough when it simply involved the teams interrogating a stranger for information about her life, largely for Bob’s leftfield enquiries (“Do we strike you? Have you stolen much in your life? What’s your favourite meat?”). By the time Mark and Nish came up – in just half an hour, remember – with a very respectable track written and performed with talent (“That was a miracle, I think?” was Alex’s response. He was not wrong.), things were looking good.

And then came the Products of Conception, who rhymed “dreamier” with “septicaemia” and it was immediately clear that we were in the presence of greatness. Nish’s singing, Mark’s drums, Bob’s whispers, Sally’s harmonies and Aisling Bea’s rockstar quality… everybody shone. Taskmaster shone. – LM

Taskmaster series 16 starts on Thursday September 21 at 9 p.m. on Channel 4.

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Here Are 50 Greatest "Tasks" That Have Ever Been On "Taskmaster"

"Your time starts now."

Hope Lasater

BuzzFeed Contributor

Taskmaster , a British game show where comedians/funny celebrities get judged for how they go about completing outlandish tasks, is easily one of the greatest gifts television has ever given us — eat your heart out, The Wire .

Note: There are international versions, including the great Taskmaster New Zealand , but this post is just about Taskmaster UK .

So — honestly, naively — I decided to rank the 50 best Taskmaster tasks of all time, not realizing how difficult it would be to narrow it down to merely 50. There are so many tasks I cannot believe haven't made this list, from Mawaan's helium egg (Season 10) to H. (Season 6) to Nish with that basketball (Season 5).

But when push comes to shove, here are the 50 best taskmaster tasks of all time, ranked..

(Not including the Champion of Champions or New Year's specials.)

50. "Draw a picture of the object on your card. You may not speak or communicate with your teammates in any way. You must stay on your spots and not move the canvas or turntable. First team to guess their object wins." (Season 10)

Task @ 6:46.

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Task @ 6:46.

49. "Be photographed in the most unusual situation wearing this fez. You have eight weeks. Your time starts now." (Season 7)

Task @ 14:33.

Task @ 14:33.

48. "Complete this adventure. Unless otherwise stated, you must stick together and only open one task when you've completed the previous one. Fastest wins. Now either look in the toaster or go to the shed." (Season 9)

Task @ 25:24.

Task @ 25:24.

47. "Standing in a queue, draw the most accurate pictures. Alex will show the person at the back of the queue a picture. The person at the back of the queue must draw this picture on the back of the person in front of them. The person at the front of the queue must draw the picture they think has been drawn on the back of their pad. You have one minute per drawing. No one may communicate with anyone else. The team with the most accurate three drawings wins." (Season 9)

Some of task @ 0:22.

Some of task @ 0:22.

46. "Write down as many obscure animals as possible. You have three minutes. Your time starts now." ... "Guess the animals your teammate has on their list. Your teammate must only use mime. They may not write anything down or show you the list. You have 10 minutes. Most animals guessed wins. Your time starts now." (Season 6)

Task @ 23:41.

Task @ 23:41.

45. "Poke a part of your body out of the shower curtain and waggle it about for 10 seconds. The Taskmaster will guess what part of the body it is. Biggest part of the body that the Taskmaster incorrectly identifies wins." (Season 13)

44. "make the best snowman. you have one hour. your time starts now." (season 3).

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43. "Follow the instructions on the signs and park this buggy in the parking bay. You have a maximum of 10 minutes to prepare your journey, during which you may not move any of the items on the course. Your journey must start from where the buggy is now. Also, you must be wearing this blindfold correctly at all times during your journey. Most accurate journey wins. Your preparation time starts now." (Season 8)

Video is only some of the task.

Video is only some of the task.

42. "[Bring in as a prize the] thing that makes you look the toughest." (Season 11)

Task @ 2:20.

Task @ 2:20.

41. "Lasso Alex. You must stand behind this line at all times. Fastest wins. Your time starts now." (Season 9)

Task @ 7:56.

Task @ 7:56.

40. "[Bring in as a prize the] most high-octane item." (Season 5)

Task @ 2:01.

Task @ 2:01.

39. "Get to the microwave in as few steps as possible, and open the door before the microwave dings. There's five minutes on the clock. The microwave starts now." (Season 3)

taskmaster tasks at home

38. "Destroy this cake. The most beautiful destruction wins. You have 30 minutes. Your time starts now." (Season 4)

taskmaster tasks at home

37. "Completely conceal yourself in this phone box. No part of you or your clothing may be visible from outside the phone box. Fastest wins. The time stops when you shout, ‘I’m invisible!’ Your time starts now." (Season 8)

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36. "Conceal this pineapple on your person. No part of the pineapple may be thrown away. You have 20 minutes, after which Alex will inspect you. Most incorrect guesses wins. Your time starts now." (Season 2)

taskmaster tasks at home

35. "Make that balloon hover untethered for 20 seconds. During the hovering, the top of the balloon must not be higher than your chin, and the bottom of the balloon must not be lower than your waist. Also, you must sneer throughout the 20 seconds. Fastest wins. Your time starts now." (Season 11)

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34. "[Bring in as a prize the] most desirable thing for the person below you in the alphabet, or the highest alphabetically if you're the lowest alphabetically." (Season 12)

33. "write the best lyrics to the taskmaster theme tune, and perform them in the most memorable way. you have 30 minutes. your time starts now." (season 9).

Task @ 20:13.

Task @ 20:13.

32. "Hide from Alex. Alex is in the caravan. He has already started counting to 100." (Season 4)

taskmaster tasks at home

31. "Make this coconut look like a businessman. You have 10 minutes to plan this, then 10 minutes to make him. Your time starts now." (Season 5)

taskmaster tasks at home

30. "Paint the best picture of the Taskmaster. Only the paint and brush may touch the mat, easel, and canvas. You have 10 minutes. Your time starts now. (Also, you must smile at the camera with increasing enthusiasm every 30 seconds.)" (Season 4)

Task @ 13:52.

Task @ 13:52.

29. "Send the Taskmaster an anonymous cheeky text message every single day for the next five months. Your time starts now." (Season 5)

Task @ 2:45.

Task @ 2:45.

28. "Walk over and hit that drum in exactly 9.58 seconds. Also, there are two bonus points for the person with the most magnificent walk." (Season 7)

Task @ 37:50.

Task @ 37:50.

27. "Give Alex a high-five. The third fastest high-fiver wins. If you are the first or the last, you will receive zero points. You must high-five Alex in the next 10 minutes. Your time starts now." (Season 13)

Video is only some of the task.

26. "Complete the course as slowly as possible. You must be riding the bicycle forward within the limits of the course at all times. Every time you put a foot on the ground, the clock will be paused, and your final time will be halved. If you leave the course or miss an instruction, your time will also be halved, and the clock will be paused until you are back in position. Slowest wins. Your time starts when Alex fires his starter's pistol five minutes from now." (Season 12)

taskmaster tasks at home

25. "Get this camel through the smallest gap. You have 10 minutes. Your time starts now." (Season 4)

taskmaster tasks at home

24. "Make the best music video for a nursery rhyme. You have one hour. Your time starts now." (Season 2)

taskmaster tasks at home

23. "Wearing that blindfold at all times, travel as far as possible in three minutes. Alex will be at your side at all times because he is a strong, independent, handsome man. On removing the blindfold, you will then have another three minutes to retrace your steps to your starting position. Longest successful retracing of steps wins." (Season 5)

taskmaster tasks at home

22. "Record the best multi-track song about your team. You must record all six tracks with your voice or body, and each person must record the same number of tracks. Most powerful multi-track song wins. You have 20 minutes. Your time starts now." (Season 13)

Task @ 30:27.

Task @ 30:27.

21. "Create the best caricature of the person on the other side of the curtain. You may not look at the person. The person may only say yes and no. You'll get a bonus point if you can find out the person's full name. You have 10 minutes. Your time starts now." (Season 4)

Task @ 17:05.

Task @ 17:05.

20. "One at a time, make a noise without the Taskmaster identifying you. The person who makes the most unidentified noises wins." (Season 12)

taskmaster tasks at home

19. "Make the best extension to the Taskmaster House. You have 30 minutes. Your time starts now." (Season 7)

taskmaster tasks at home

18. "Count the beans in this baked bean tin. Your time starts now." / "Count the hoops in this tin of spaghetti hoops. Your time starts now." / "Count the grains of rice in this bag of rice. Your time starts now." (Season 1)

Video is only some of the task.

17. "Tell the Taskmaster you love him in the most meaningful way. You have half an hour. Your time starts now." (Season 6)

Task @ 25:25.

Task @ 25:25.

16. "Catapult this shoe into the bath using a homemade catapult contraption. Only your feet may operate your catapult contraption. You may not move the bath or this red green, and you must build your catapult contraption on this red green. Fastest wins. Your time starts now." (Season 10)

taskmaster tasks at home

15. "Pop the balloon. You must stay behind the rope at all times. You must not move the rope. You may buy the tools you need with time. Fastest wins. Your time starts when Alex has shown you his tool shop." (Season 12)

Video is only some of the task.

14. "Physically recreate a classic computer game. Best recreation wins. You have one hour. Your time starts now." (Season 7)

taskmaster tasks at home

13. "Direct your teammate into the red circle. You must stay on your chair at all times. You may only issue one instruction of three words every 30 seconds. Fastest to get one teammate into the circle wins. Your time starts now." (Season 11)

Video is only some of the task.

12. "Buy the best present for the Taskmaster. Here is £20. You have 10 weeks. Your time starts now." (Season 1)

taskmaster tasks at home

11. "Fart. Fastest wins. Your time starts now." (Season 11)

taskmaster tasks at home

10. "Alex is on that bridge in the distance with lights on his head. Get as close as you can to Alex without him noticing you. Alex will duck down behind the wall for 10 seconds, then pop up for 10 seconds, then back down for 10 seconds, and so on until he notices you. The task starts when Alex first ducks down behind the wall one minute from now." (Season 8)

Task @ 28:27.

Task @ 28:27.

9. "Do something that will look impressive in reverse. The Taskmaster will see whatever act you perform played backwards. You must therefore do something backwards that will look impressive when the footage is played in reverse. [Your time starts now]." (Season 1)

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8. "Please whisper this task to Alex. ... Put as many different things in the bathtub as possible. Most different things in the bathtub wins. Seal the top of this bathtub with cling film. Most successfully cling-filmed bathtub wins. Fill the bathtub with water. Most water in the bathtub wins. You have three minutes. Your time starts when Alex blows his whistle." (Season 4)

Video is only some of the task.

7. "Solve the riddle . You must all stay in your rooms. Fastest wins. Your time starts now. Also, you will get two bonus points if you can make one of your teammates say the word 'submarine.' You may not say submarine at any point. If they think you've tried to make them say 'submarine,' you lose two points." (Season 12)

Video is only some of the task.

6. "In the lab, there is a watermelon. Eat as much watermelon as possible. You have one minute. Your time starts when you open the door to the lab." (Season 1)

taskmaster tasks at home

5. "Camouflage yourself. You have 10 minutes to plan your camouflage. After a further 10 minutes, you will be photographed in position. Your time starts now." (Season 4)

taskmaster tasks at home

4. "Get this potato into the golf hole. You may not touch the red green. [Your time starts now.]" (Season 2)

taskmaster tasks at home

3. "Make the most exotic sandwich. You have 10 minutes to plan your exotic sandwich, then 10 minutes to construct it. Your time starts now. ... Eat your exotic sandwich. Fastest wins. Your time starts now." (Season 4)

Task @ 7:31.

Task @ 7:31.

2. "When you hear this siren during a future task, put on a boiler suit and lie flat on the ground. You may not touch or move a boiler suit until the siren sounds. Fastest wins. ... Tie yourself up as securely as possible. Slowest to be released by Alex wins. You have 10 minutes. Your time starts now." *Siren sounds* (Season 7)

Task @ 6:11, then 26:13.

Task @ 6:11, then 26:13 .

1. "Write and perform a song about this woman. Best song wins. You have 5 minutes to talk to the woman and then 30 minutes to write her a song. Your time starts now." (Season 5)

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Taskmaster: 9 funny and easy tasks you can do at home.

Channel 4 viewers were delighted when Taskmaster returned for its 12th series recently, with Greg Davies and Alex Horne both coming back to take on presenting duties.

The gameshow sees guest stars attempt to complete a series of wild, random and downright bizarre challenges, attempting to get Greg’s coveted points.

For series 11, the show has boasted an incredible line-up , including Alan Davies, Desiree Burch, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Morgana Robinson and Man Like Mobeen’s Guz Khan.

Throughout the years, fans have tried their own hand at the tasks, with varying results.

Here are some of the easiest – and funniest – tasks you can do from the comfort of your own home.

Taskmaster tasks to try out at home

Draw back seems like the easiest task for bored people to do, but as we saw on series nine, it can go horribly wrong and spark chaotic rows.

The premise sees a contestant draw a picture on the back of another contestant – who then has to recreate their work of art on a piece of paper without communicating. It sounds simple enough, but it rarely actually goes right.

Basketball chaos

Another task that sounds deceptively simple is to get a basketball through a hoop – without using your hands. If you don’t have a basketball or hoop, improvise with basically anything else in your house and a bucket or a bin. 

Maybe don’t go down Nish Kumar’s route of trying to kick the ball in as it did not go well for him.

Taskmaster is as chaotic as ever in series 11 (Picture: Channel 4)

Eyes wide open

You know the concept of being told not to think about something, and then not being able to get that one thing out of your mind? That would not work well for the no blinking task, which basically does what it says on the tin. 

Players must refrain from blinking for as long as possible, by whatever means necessary. 

Anyone else’s eyes well up immediately while reading that?

Eat, throw, balance

In series five, the contestants were given three items – jelly, a twiglet and Weetabix – and were told they could eat one, throw one and balance one on a pole. 

Obviously, this can be done with whatever food you have lying around but if it doesn’t have you screaming out in pure anger at the sight of a twiglet, we don’t know what will.

There have been some iconic Taskmaster scenes so far (Picture: Channel 4)

Sandwich gate

This starts out so purely – simply make the most exotic sandwich you can. As everyone runs to spread some custard, peanut butter and tuna on the nearest slice of bread, announce that they actually have to eat their creations. 

Apologies in advance for all the vomiting noises…

Crying over cracked eggcups

Taskmaster is home to many egg-based games – to the point that show bosses could do a special. One of the easiest to recreate at home is to crack an egg, and fill the empty shells with your own sweat or tears. Happy, laughing tears, preferably. 

Another egg-citing game is to see who can eat one the quickest. Extra points for speed, and points deducted if you can’t quite keep it down.

Eastoakdale Street

Let’s be honest, this should actually be quite simple as many of us have been glued to our screens for the last year or so.

The task splits contestants into teams as they come up with the best soap-style cliffhanger. Think ‘You ain’t my muvva’ but even more iconic…

Blow me down

We’ve all probably had at least one birthday in lockdown at this point, which means we’ve got some spare candles lying around. 

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Why not put them to good use by lighting a candle, sticking it in a cupcake and see who can blow it out from the furthest distance. It’s harder than you think but at least you’ll have a cupcake at the end of it.

Watermelon Sugar High

Viewers have seen watermelons multiple times on the Taskmaster stage – but that’s because they’re delicious, which is definitely a change from some food offerings in the past. 

The idea is simple – grab a watermelon and eat as much of it as you can in one minute. Will you go the ‘shovel all in’ method – or maybe try a straw?

Taskmaster continues Thursday nights, at 9pm, on Channel 4.

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Taskmaster ’s 50 best ever tasks

taskmaster tasks at home

The greatest and silliest show in the world is back! We run down the comedians taking part in series 15, plus a look back at the 50 greatest tasks of all time

By Simon Ward, Content Editor

It’s hard to pick the greatest show on television because it’s so subjective. For many people, The West Wing , The Wire or The Sopranos stand head and shoulders above everything else. But we ask you: did any of those Peak TV shows feature a comedian vindictively making another comedian sit bare-bottomed on top of a cake for your entertainment? No, they didn’t. Tony Soprano definitely missed a trick there.

Yes, we’re talking about Taskmaster . (The comedian was Liza Tarbuck and the victim was Alex Horne, just in case you needed that case closed.) And now it’s back for its 15th series with another stonking line-up of comedians. They are…

  • Frankie Boyle ( Frankie Boyle’s New World Order )
  • Ivo Graham ( British As Folk )
  • Jenny Eclair ( Grumpy Old Women )
  • Kiell Smith-Bynoe ( Ghosts )
  • Mae Martin ( Feel Good )  

taskmaster tasks at home

Amazing the people you see in a doctor’s waiting room Each week for 10 weeks, the comics will compete against each other (and occasionally as a team) in a series of tasks judged by the titular Taskmaster Greg Davies ( The Cleaner ). Each episode has a winner who takes home a collection of rubbish prizes from the initial “Prize task”, while the comedian with the most points across the series takes home a golden statue in the shape of Greg’s head.

Making sure all the tasks are followed to the letter is the much-maligned Taskmaster’s assistant/punching bag, “Little” Alex Horne (who, in reality, is actually quite tall; he also created the entire show, comes up with the fiendish tasks, and probably does the catering and make-up).

Why the show has remained so fresh is a testament to the creativity applied to the tasks. But there’s something more. Taskmaster gets the contestants to reveal themselves over the 10 weeks like nothing else on TV could: their foibles, their pettiness, their annoyances and how their brains work. It all comes out in the wash. You root for some, you sympathise for others (hello, Nish Kumar!). It’s also without doubt one of the funniest things on TV.

And who could have predicted that series would feature Frankie Boyle, a funny man who seems deadly serious? “I think that’s a perfectly reasonable thing to be surprised about,” says Greg. “He’s on it because his children like it.” And like all Taskmaster contestants before him, he didn’t hold back.

“I make a lot of jokes in this series about him not caring whether he wins or not but he really entered into the spirit of it,” Greg says. “It’s not that he was sitting there going, “Who cares?” He tried, and was often bad. It’s nice to see someone like Frankie being incompetent.”

Over the 14 series so far, there have been a lot of incredible tasks. So ahead of Taskmaster series 15 starting on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/108) on Thursday 30 March at 9pm , we’ve picked out the 50 best ever tasks (in series order).

Your task is to read the whole thing translated into a language that isn’t your own (or you could just read it normally, we guess). Your time starts… now.

1. Reverse, reverse

Series 1, Episode 2

Film tasks are always a highlight. In the OG one, contestants had to film something that looked impressive in reverse. Romesh Ranganathan made the immediately iconic music video for “Tree Wizard”, the story of a Tree Wizard who magicked balloons into existence.

2. The present

Series 1, Episode 3

This task to buy the Taskmaster the best present for £20 featured in the opening three series, but it was never bettered than in series 1 when Josh Widdicombe got a real tattoo of Greg Davies’s name on his foot. Greg has still never looked so shocked. Five sweet points.

3. Counting conundrum

Series 1, Episode 4

Occasionally, contestants get individual tasks for the sheer hell of it. Ahead of an ad break, Greg wondered aloud how many baked beans were in a tin. It then cut to a filmed segment of Josh Widdicombe answering that very question in a task he did alone. Then for ad break two, Greg speculated the same about spaghetti hoops in a tin. The same happened, and again, just Josh. But the cruellest was yet to come as he finally questioned the number of grains of rice in a bag. Cruel, yes. Funny? Very.

4. Hole in one (almost)

Series 2, Episode 1

Get the potato into the golf hole. You may not touch the red green. Joe Wilkinson stepped forward and flung that spud into the hole on his first attempt. No camera trickery. He really did it. The audience lost their minds. Joe called it the “best thing [he’d] ever done.” It was so good, that we just had to see it again. Then came a replay that showed… Joe’s foot had been touching the red green. It led to a crushing disqualification. It was, to quote Greg, “genuinely harrowing”.

5. Nursey crime

Series 2, Episode 2

In which Jon Richardson in the task to make the best music video for a nursery rhyme showed the bloody aftermath of “Three Blind Mice” with accompanying horror film-style instrumental. Were the discarded walking canes and glasses too much? You decide…

6. Mayoral race

Series 2, Episode 3

How many Mayors have had a rap and a poem written about them (Katherine Ryan and Richard Osman) and have been serenaded by the country’s best comedians (Jon Richardson and Doc Brown)? Despite Katherine winning this task to impress the Mayor of Chesham (“That’s Peter Hudson, you know that you can trust him”), it was Joe Wilkinson’s effort to impress that sticks in the mind: 42 Calippos, 8 cans of lager and £15 in cash.

7. Spread your clothes

Series 3, Episode 4

Lateral thinking goes a long way in Taskmaster . Here, contestants had to spread their clothes as far as possible at their own expense. Al Murray spent £340 on two taxis to send his clothes across 6.2 square miles. Paul Chowdhry, meanwhile, put his socks on a tree in the Taskmaster Garden. He might have received only one point, but he also saved £340, so…

8. Destroy this cake

Series 4, Episode 1

If you’ve ever wanted to know what Bake Off hosts really feel about baking, in this task to destroy a cake, just watch the glee on Mel Giedroyc’s face as she violently squashed a cake into a table with her bare hands or Noel Fielding’s joy at putting his cake in a washing machine. You wouldn’t get a “Hollywood Handshake” for that!

9. Long-distance painting

Series 4, Episode 2

Joe Lycett was a revelation on Taskmaster , and one of his highlights came when he had to paint a picture of the Taskmaster at a distance from the canvas. Joe had an extra task: to smile at the camera with increasing enthusiasm every 30 seconds and, well, the results were incredible.

10. Fishbowl fails

Series 4, Episode 3

Two reasons why the task to move water from one fishbowl to the other without moving the bowls was an all-time great. The first is any task that has the contestant reading the rules and then immediately breaking them (Lolly Adefope, who instantly moved the fishbowls). The second is when there’s a hidden rule they miss. Random objects were left out to help them move the water, including a bar of chocolate. The secret rule on the back of the envelope said that any contestant who ate the chocolate would be deducted five points. Guess what Joe Lycett and Mel Giedroyc did…

11. Special cuddles

Series 5, Episode 1

Bob Mortimer was the  Taskmaster G.O.A.T. When the task called for him to give Alex a special cuddle, he opted to do it in his closed car boot – largely because, he confessed, he’d been looking for an excuse to get into his car boot. Quite amazing.

12. Hoop dreams

Nish Kumar was brilliant, although more through lack of accomplishment than anything else. But in episode 1, we all thought he was a Michael Jordan-like God in the task to get a basketball through a hoop without using his hands. First go, he kicked the ball straight into the hoop. The audience went wild. That was until it was revealed there had been more than 50 previous attempts over half an hour. It set a precedent for Nish.

13. Coconut businessman

Series 5, Episode 3

The task to make a coconut look like a businessman involved Bob Mortimer drawing a face on a coconut. That’s it. But boy, was it funny.

14. Eat, throw, balance

Contestants were offered a jelly, a Weetabix and a Twiglet. They had to balance one item, throw an item into a bucket at a distance and eat the remaining item, all in the fastest time. Sally Phillips was bing (threw the jelly), bang (ate the Twiglet), bosh (balanced the Weetabix). It was very impressive.

15. Cheeky texts

Series 5, Episode 5

Oh, Mark Watson! Has an individual task ever been this cruel? Mark had to send the Taskmaster an anonymous “cheeky” text message every day for five months. Yes, you read that right – five months! Which he dutifully did. 148 texts, in fact. The only issue was that the task required 150, so he failed. Never have you seen a man so utterly broken.

16. Birthing footage

Series 5, Episode 6

Sally Phillips should (arguably) have won series 5. Her finest moment was when she had to record the most incredible footage with a camera strapped to her head, which she interpreted as showing the very vivid, graphic, horribly realistic birth of Alex as a 183lb baby. Other notables in this task were Aisling Bea’s parody of Taken called Took and Bob Mortimer discovering his own head in a box of Wotsits.

17. Taskonbury

Series 5, Episode 8

Arguably Peak Taskmaster is a team task to write and perform a song about a woman named Rosalind. In front of Rosalind. Aisling Bea, Bob Mortimer and Sally Phillips wrote an unhinged ballad called “Quite Good Considering” about her being “a nightmare” and “an average cellist”, while Mark Watson and Nish Kumar – in their finest hour on the show – did a lovely, heartwarming, really-quite-excellent song called “I’m Always Seeing You (Do Cool Stuff)”. Taskmaster has had a lot of song tasks, but this was a cut above them all.

18. Extraordinary journey

Series 6, Episode 2

The comedians were presented with a little wind-up man and instructed to make him go on the most extraordinary journey. So, Liza Tuckbuck made the little man cross the road where he was quickly hit by a car. To complete the journey, she stamped on him. Well, death is the final journey, which is extraordinary in its way…

19. Bedtime story

Series 6, Episode 3

Contestants had to write, illustrate and read out a bedtime story for grown-ups. Liza Tarbuck wrote a story about a scatterbrained man who ate an old prawn sandwich and pooed himself. It was a moment.

20. 100 times

Series 6, Episode 5

This team task wasn’t so great because of the task per se. It was because of how it played out. Asim Chaudhry, Liza Tarbuck and Tim Vine were presented with a series of clues connected by string that spelt out the word “hop”. Once you’d worked that bit out, you had to do it 100 times. Liza worked out the link in under a minute, while Asim and Tim ignored her and continued trying to work it out. So, Liza did the 100 hops herself and won the task for her team.

21. Cake love

Series 6, Episode 10

Liza Tarbuck is a national treasure, and much of that national treasure status was formed in her 10 weeks on Taskmaster . She proved herself inventive, quick-thinking and some kind of evil genius. In the task to tell the Taskmaster you love him in the most meaningful way, she leaned into that inventiveness and turned full-blown Bond villain as she made Alex put his bare backside on a cake inside the shed. The funniest part was watching her run away giggling to herself. She later admitted she felt dirty, as did we all.

22. Fast story

Series 7, Episode 2

Two very important parts of this task to write a 10-word story before you reach the finish line: you must be running while writing, and the fastest across the finish line wins. Rhod Gilbert took 10 minutes and 12 seconds (his accurate one-point claiming effort: “The man ran for exactly 10 minutes 12 seconds, losing”). James Acaster, meanwhile, gave us this legend in just 20 seconds: “The boy ran to France, and I loved that boy.”

23. Excite Alex

Series 7, Episode 3

The most notable thing about Phil Wang in Taskmaster wasn’t necessarily his task performance. Rather, it was his Kill Bill outfit that showed – well – everything . But the task to excite Alex so his heart rate would increase, as measured on a blood-pressure monitor, was his high point. No, it didn’t involve his revealing outfit. Rather, he gave Alex a sugary coffee, did martial arts in front of him and then showed him videos of near misses. Alex was so relaxed that it decreased his heart rate.

24. Soap opera cliff-hanger

Series 7, Episode 6

More Peak Taskmaster with Jessica Knappett and Kerry Godliman teaming up to write and perform the most suspenseful soap opera cliff-hanger. Their one took place in soap opera Cul de Sac , as Donna (Kerry) fights with Donna (Jessica) who was about to sleep with Alex. It’s then revealed Alex is the son of Donna (Kerry), who then promptly throws up. No notes.

25. Don’t blink

Series 7, Episode 7

Genuinely distressing as the contestants had to not blink for the longest time with Rhod Gilbert taping his eyelids and tipping the tears out of his eyes for 7 minutes and 10 seconds. It has scarred us for life. Very much a “don’t try this at home” moment.

26. Hula oops

Series 7, Episode 9

This two-part task nearly broke James Acaster. First, you had to hula for a minute with a hula hoop. Then, whatever time you got, you had to improve on it live in the studio. Poor Acaster. He had really practised to improve on his time of 6 seconds. But when it came to showtime, he only managed 5 seconds. He then begged for a second attempt and showed everyone how good he had got. But the task clearly stated he had only one attempt…

27. Extension detention

Seeing James Acaster lose his mind is always a quality watch. During the task to build the best extension to the Taskmaster House, Acaster had a full-blown rant at Rhod Gilbert for ignoring the garage, which was filled with building materials. Classic.

28. Video games

Series 7, Episode 10

One of those tasks where everyone does well. Here, contestants had to physically recreate a classic computer game. Jessica Knappett did a brilliant Mario Kart , Phil Wang did a clever GoldenEye , Rhod Gilbert seemed to want to get some frustration out by throwing tennis balls at a crowd of people to mimic Space Invaders , while Kerry recreated a very accurate Tetris . But it was James Acaster’s perfect impression of the movements in Grand Theft Auto – including the funny jump and runs – that won the sweet points.

29. Hiding in plain sight

Series 8, Episode 1

As much for Joe Thomas’ awkwardness as anything else. Alex was stationed on a railway bridge and contestants had to get close to him without Alex noticing them. He would duck down for 10 seconds and then pop up again for 10 seconds. Stealthy Joe won the task and got within a metre of Alex, but was then so awkward, it was a joy to watch.

30. Distant moustache

Series 8, Episode 2

If you’ve never seen Taskmaster , you’ve probably stumbled across this clip where comics had to make a moustache that looked different from a distance from how it did close up. Lou Sanders (fake flies and real mealworms) and Paul Sinha (caviar) were great, but what sticks in the mind is how (probably unjustifiably) annoyed Greg was with Iain Stirling’s map of the village of Liphook.

31. Who’s a pretty boy?

Series 8, Episode 3

In which the comedians had to guess what costume Alex was wearing by asking him questions, and Alex could only communicate with a horn. Great for the parrot costume alone. Even better for Joe Thomas’s animal breakdown.

32. Card counting

Series 8, Episode 6

Basically: Paul Sinha managed to (almost) memorise the order of an entire deck of cards in five minutes. Ladies and gentlemen, “The Sinnerman”.

33. Aubergine hiding

Series 9, Episode 1

The task was simple. Hide three aubergines in the room for Alex to find. The longest time it takes for Alex to find all three, wins. David Baddiel, an exceptionally clever man, taped one to the Taskmaster portrait (that immediately fell off the wall and alerted Alex), placed another in a fruit bowl and put the other down his trousers but forgot to do his flies up. It took Alex two minutes, and it’s amazing it took that long.

34. Taskmaster lyrics

Series 9, Episode 8

The task: write the best lyrics to the Taskmaster theme tune, and perform them in the most memorable way. David Baddiel, co-writer of the greatest England football song of all time, put in quite a poor effort, while Rose Matafeo’s Western-themed rap was properly brilliant. But it’s Ed Gamble’s attempt we’ll remember, as he was dressed as a baby crying about missing his mum (Alex). Weird, surreal, brilliant.

35. Chickpea romance

Series 9, Episode 10

In the task to do the most preposterous thing with a chickpea, everyone stepped up. David Baddiel staged a modern telling of the nativity (“chickpea-tivity”) and Ed Gamble went on a date with it, saw it die in a car accident and then… probably best if you watch it yourself. Meanwhile, Rose Matafeo hosted a funeral for her chickpea, “Chick Pataki”. Stunning.

36. Into the frying pan

Series 10, Episode 1

The first series on Channel 4, but also a scaled-back, Covid-safe series. Did it mean there would be any less craziness or competitiveness? No, quite the opposite. Here, comics had to land the most eggs in a frying pan while standing on a balcony. Every contestant had a breakdown, Johnny Vegas was genuinely broken. Only one point was given (to Daisy May Cooper). It was the perfect start to a new era.

37. Shoe won’t believe it

Series 10, Episode 3

Here, comedians had to fling a shoe into the bath using a homemade catapult contraption. Johnny Vegas tried to catapult the shoe with a rake on a ladder. He joked about falling off the ladder. You can probably guess what came next…

38. Most watermelon

Series 10, Episode 5

This team task involved eating the most watermelon, but you couldn’t feed yourself. It descended into something akin to the last days of Rome as Daisy May Cooper and Richard Herring gorged – and we really underline the word “gorged” – on melon in a sight that will probably put your off that fruit (or indeed all fruit) for life.

39. Silent cocktails

Series 10, Episode 6

The comedians had to make tasty, attractive cocktails as quietly as possible. If they made a noise over 60db, they had to scream a phrase and start again. Daisy May Cooper’s was “I love this” and it almost ended her. And, to look into her eyes, she almost ended Alex.

40. Spider feet

Series 10, Episode 10

Actually, the task to put wellies (attached with string that wasn’t allowed to break) on a giant fake spider’s feet was simple. The spider was outside, and all the comics found it very quickly… except for Katherine Parkinson. She didn’t realise she could leave the room, so ended up building her own spider out of table legs. Taskmaster does strange things to people, and this task left Parkinson – at one point – uttering the legend: “Am I the spider?” Wild.

41. Plate delivery

Series 11, Episode 1

So many highlights in this task to deliver unbroken plates to Alex by either scooter, bike or hoverboard. Mike Wozniak on a hoverboard, for a start. Sarah Kendall shouting, “life’s for living”. Lee Mack delivering all the plates in one go on a tiny bike dressed as Evel Knievel. Jamali Maddix leaving a total trail of destruction. And Charlotte Ritchie laughing the whole way through. Brilliant.

42. Loo roll

Series 11, Episode 4

One of those great tasks where if you work it out with lateral thinking, then it becomes a lot simpler – but if you don’t, oh boy. The task was to get a sheet of loo roll as far from the starting point as possible. Only that sheet could touch the ground. The loo roll couldn’t break. And it had to be always in the loo roll holder. However, it didn’t say you couldn’t remove the loo roll holder from the wall – something only Jamali Maddix and Lee Mack worked out.

43. Difficult sounds

Series 11, Episode 6

The individual task for Mike Wozniak was thus: fart. After quite some effort, out came a tiny squelching noise, the sound of which you can’t unhear. But then there was more. He revealed that the effort had also dislodged a haemorrhoid that was still hanging loose, an area he vividly described as an “absolute casserole”. We’ll let that notion dangle, so to speak.

44. Net balls

Series 12, Episode 5

Here because of the quite terrible effort in this team task to get the most balls in the net. It featured a series of intricate rules so complicated that both teams scored negative points (Alan Davies and Victoria Coren Mitchell, with Alex Horne helping, scored -128 points). It meant everyone finished the task with no points, a rare Taskmaster occurrence.

45. More cake sitting

Sit on a cake. Fastest wins. It was here we learned Victoria Coren Mitchell always carries flapjacks with her, which she sat on in 25 seconds for five sweet points. Morgana Robinson, meanwhile, baked a cake from scratch and took 1 hour 45 minutes. So, what we’ve learned is always carry flapjack, because you never know when it’ll come in handy.

46. Dog toy

Series 12, Episode 6

The task was to make a cute dog toy for a cute dog, with the most engaging toy (from the dog’s POV) winning. The highlight – apart from Marco the dog, who was very cute – was Victoria Coren Mitchell being so excited about the prospect of a real dog, and her devastation that she wouldn’t get to meet him. “Whhhyyyyy!”

47. Bite the duck

Series 13, Episode 3

This series was a bit of a classic. Chris Ramsey was very, very good at tasks. But occasionally, he just went for chaotic evil, such as in the task where you had to get a duck into Alex’s mouth by getting him the least wet (the duck was in a bucket you couldn’t reach). After a noble attempt that didn’t pan out, he gave up and just power-hosed Alex.

48. Tongue tasting

Series 13, Episode 8

If there’s one word for the task where comedians had to keep their tongues out and lick a lemon, sherbet and ice lolly and then stand in front of a fan over and over again, it’s this: ick. The tongue out for the longest time would win, so Sophie Duker did it for more than 26 minutes, almost twice as long as Chris Ramsey. Up there with the disturbing likes of Rhod Gilbert’s taped eyes and Daisy May Cooper and Richard Herring’s watermelon orgy.

49. House Queens

Series 13, Episode 10

Another brilliant music task, this time where the comedians had to record six separate tracks and could only use their mouths or body parts as the instruments. Ardal O’Hanlon and Chris Ramsey created a truly bonkers song about trying to please Greg that felt and sounded like a fever dream, while Bridget Christie, Judi Love and Sophie Duker birthed “The House Queens”, which was instantly iconic and involved Bridget doing unnecessary whistling and a weird dance.

50. Duck basket

Some people on Taskmaster don’t think outside the box. Some do the easiest possible version of the task. Some don’t try. Then there was Judi Love, a glorious booking who phoned it in at every opportunity – and we mean that as a compliment. Pick of the bunch was a task to get the most ducks in Alex’s basket while he rode around on a bicycle. Sensing this meant exercise, Judi just cornered him, broke his bike and was at one point on the bike with Alex. Even after all that, she still got disqualified as she failed to follow the rule of not carrying more than one duck. Bob Mortimer levels of greatness!

When is Taskmaster series 15 on TV?

Taskmaster  begins on  Channel 4 HD (CH 104/108) at 9pm on Thursday 30 March . You can also catch up via  Apps & Games > All 4 .

The series will continue for 10 weeks and will conclude on Thursday 1 June .

What contestants have won Taskmaster?

  • Series 1 – Josh Widdecombe
  • Series 2 – Katherine Ryan
  • Series 3 – Rob Beckett
  • Series 4 – Noel Fielding
  • Series 5 – Bob Mortimer
  • Series 6 – Liza Tarbuck
  • Series 7 – Kerry Godliman
  • Series 8 – Lou Sanders
  • Series 9 – Ed Gamble
  • Series 10 – Richard Herring
  • Series 11 – Sarah Kendall
  • Series 12 – Morgana Robinson
  • Series 13 – Sophie Duker
  • Series 14 – Dara Ó Briain

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Taskmaster Tasks

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Tasks you could easily do at home

  • Counting games
  • Drawing games
  • Food-based games
  • Guessing games
  • Miming games
  • Performance games
  • Writing tasks

Tasks involving specific objects

  • Bananas ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Basketballs ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Bathtubs ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Bowling balls ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Bowling pins ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Coconuts ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Eggs ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Exercise balls ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Pineapples ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Potatoes ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Rubber ducks ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Table tennis balls ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Toilet paper ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Watermelons ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )

Tasks involving specific activities

  • Carrying things ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Communicating ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Constructing things ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Dancing ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Drawing ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Finding things ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Hiding things ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Kicking things ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Painting ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Sculpting ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Singing ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Throwing things ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )
  • Writing ( All | Filmed | Live | Solo | Team )

Tasks by assignment type

  • Special tasks
  • Split tasks
  • Tie-breaker tasks

Tasks by format

  • Prize tasks
  • Filmed tasks
  • Homework tasks

Tasks by activity type

  • Creative tasks
  • Mental tasks
  • Physical tasks
  • Social tasks

Tasks by judgement type

  • Objectively judged tasks
  • 'Winner takes all' tasks
  • 'Last one standing wins' tasks
  • Subjectively judged tasks
  • Combination judged tasks
  • Unjudged tasks

A Mom's Take

Taskmaster Date Night Ideas & Printable Tasks

Are you looking for a fresh, unique, and crazy fun group date night!? You’ll absolutely love these hilarious Taskmaster Date Night Ideas (and Printable Task Card!).

In this post I’ll share my tips for how I setup our own personal Taskmaster Date Night with 6 guest couples plus my husband and I acting as Taskmasters. It was SO much fun and a date we will be talking about for years to come!

The pictures are worth gold, I’ll share some of them below. 🙂 Trust me, this is a date night you won’t regret planning.

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples. You'll love these fun and easy to setup challenges that include an entry task, gift challenge, art task, physical activity, and even a fun dinner making task! 26 different tasks you can mix and match and include in your fun couples date night ideas for a hilarious date night at home!

Taskmaster Date Night Hosting Tips!

Pick a date, time, and location to host your event. We hosted our date night at our own home and used both the inside and yard to complete the various tasks.

We began at 5:30pm to accommodate cooking a meal and having dinner together, but you could scrap that task and opt for a later time. 5:30pm worked well for us though and our party went through to about 10pm with tasks, visiting, and fun!

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Create a guest list. You can setup the date with anywhere from 3 to 8 couples. I wouldn’t advise over 8 unless you are hosting all of the challenges outdoors. We invited about 12 including our 2 nd round of invites as quite a few friends had scheduling conflicts.

We ended up with 6 couples (plus ourselves as Taskmasters). It was a great number that fit our space and still let us work through 2 different but complimentary challenges.

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Pick your Tasks. I have setup the tasks below to work with two competing “leagues” each with a set of 2-4 couples. You could alternatively just pick your favorite tasks from each set and work with a smaller group.

We then had half of the guests as the audience while the other half competed, and then swap back and forth between watching (and laughing!!) to working through the tasks. It worked great and made it so much fun!

Prepare your Supplies. You shouldn’t need too many items following the tasks provided below, but you may need to create a grocery shopping list and a short supplies list or gather things from around your home such as paints, a ball, rope for a finish line, etc.

I also grabbed a desk bell to help get everyone back together when we were ready to start the next task.

A Note on Prize Challenge: We opted to have everyone leave with one of the prizes. We let the winner with the most points pick from all the collected prizes and then went down in order from there. You could also let one couple take home all the prizes just like in Taskmaster!

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Taskmaster Task Guide

My husband and I created a bunch of different types of tasks. It made the date night so fun to include the gift challenge right on the invite to start the challenge and then sprinkled in additional tasks prior to the event! Such as giving a bonus home task out about a week before the event and then a pre-date task 24 hours before date night!

Here’s a look at all the different types of tasks we included, to help the next list of tasks make more sense in how we used them.

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

  • Bonus Home Task: These were designed to be given to one individual person or team to complete on their own before the date night. They would assume this task would be completed by all parties, but it will only be completed by them, much to their dismay when revealed at the event! Score bonus points as you deem appropriate for completion of any bonus tasks.
  • Pre-Date Task: We assigned this task 24-hours before the event and it was a really fun way to get everyone involved in coming up with a task and they were so clever! I’ve included some of our team created tasks as alternate tasks below. It gave everyone a sense of ownership and inclusion and we as Taskmasters even did one!
  • Entry Task: We had the first task setup on a small table outside the front door with a note to open before entering. It was a great way to start off the night. We scored these a little later in the evening after all the startling was completed.
  • Dinner Tasks: These were designed to add to the fun of the event and provide a meal – completed by the guests! As the hosts we shopped for all the ingredients ahead of time and provided a variety of options. It was a bit messy, but SO fun and really added to the event! I served chips and salsa as a side earlier in the evening since dinner didn’t take place right away.
  • Reverse Task: To help get the alternate team more involved, we came up with a secondary task that I called a “reverse” task. The main teams for the event had a task they would complete, and this reverse task would be given to the alternate team. They would do something along side or shortly following the first main task that complemented the challenge. It was a big hit! There was a slight confusion on which reverse task matched which task 4, so make sure you have your task cards well assigned and you know which ones go together!
  • 90 Second Task: In the show the teams complete a quick :90 second challenge live. We ended up scrapping this, in favor of the teams coming up with a task for their competitors, but I did prepare two challenges in case we had extra time.
  • Alternate Task: If you need to swap out any of our main tasks included in the document, I’ve provided these additional alternate tasks to help. Just write a task number and put them in wherever you may need them.

26 Taskmaster Date Night Challenges

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

*All of these date night ideas are available in our free printable Taskmaster Date Night PDF below!

Task 1 – Entry: Make the most dramatic entry. Best entry wins.

Task 1 – Entry: Startle __________ (assigned team name) sometime tonight before the final task. You only get one attempt. Most startled wins.

Gift Challenge: Bring the best gift for forgetting an anniversary.

Gift Challenge: Bring something large. Biggest thing wins.

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Bonus Task: 1-person only: Collect the most pennies with your birth year. Most pennies wins.

**Our friend that did this task recruited help from friends and family and asked at banks and stores. He scored 15! He thought it was hilarious, and frustrating, that he was the only one scrounging for pennies!

We then asked Google to pick a number between 1-50. If he beat Alexa, he’d get 3 bonus points, otherwise he’d only get 1 for his efforts. Google picked a 15 and laughing ensued! We gave him 2 points.

Bonus Task: 1-person only: Count how many beans are in this can. Fastest time wins.

Bonus Task: 1-person only: Eat a can of whip cream as fast as you can. Fastest time wins.

Bonus Task: 1-person only: Count how many frozen peas are in this bag. Fastest time wins.

Bonus Task: 1-person only: Count how many grains of rice are in this bag. Fastest time wins.

Bonus Task: 1-person only: Collect the most used postage stamps. Most postage stamps wins.

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Task 2 – Art: Paint a picture of your date without using your hands. Best portrait wins.

**We were all super impressed with the crazy painting skills! One friend painted the entire picture using a paintbrush between his toes and the other used a paintbrush in his mouth. They both turned out amazing!

Task 2 – Art: Recreate a famous painting using toilet paper. Most identifiable wins.

**This was our beautiful Mona Lisa recreation! We all stood on the balcony while the teams make their recreation within a painter’s taped off spot on the floor below. It gave us a great vantage point to enjoy the show while not being in the way.

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Task 3 – Dinner: Make a dish of 10 enchiladas using any of the ingredients provided. You must hold hands the entire task. You have 20 minutes. Best enchiladas win.

**We used rotisserie chicken and disposable baking dishes to make this a no-cook challenge. We then just tossed all the trays of enchiladas in to bake for 20 minutes while we moved on to the next task!

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Task 3 – Dinner: Make a salad while wearing oven mitts. Any talking must be with an accent. Best salad wins.

Task 4 – Physical: Hide together. Set a 15 minute timer. You have 5 minutes to hide. If you are not found in 15 minutes rejoin the group. Hardest to find wins.

Reverse Task: Set a timer for 5 minutes. When the timer is up, find your partner team as quickly as you can. You must walk or run with flair. You score a bonus point if you find your assigned team!

Task 4 – Physical: Get your date across the finish line without their help. This task ends in 10 minutes. Your task timer begins when you touch your date. Your date must now sit down. Fastest time wins.

**It was so fun to see how the teams interpreted this task! One team started rolling their spouse right away. Another ran to find a wheelbarrow, and then decided against using it. The fastest team carried her husband by piggyback!

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Reverse Task: Start a timer when your assigned team touches their partner. Sportscast all their actions. Best sportscasting wins a bonus point for both teams.

Bring Your Own Task: Prepare a task for one of your competitor couples to complete. The task should not take more than 5 minutes. If they need any specific supplies bring them with you. Bring your task written on a paper. Most hilarious task wins.

:90 second Live Challenge: Make the tallest tower using plastic cups. You have 90 seconds. Highest cup tower wins.

:90 second Live Challenge: Create the longest line of dominoes in 90 seconds. Longest line wins.

Team Task: Join with another team. Create the best Rube Goldberg Machine (chain reaction). You have 15 minutes. Most creative chain reaction wins.

Alternate Task: Create a 30-second dance routine. You have 5 minutes to prepare. Best dance routine wins.

Alternate Task: Build a marble track with at least 5 tricks and at least 2 feet tall. You have 3 minutes. Best marble course wins.

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Alternate Task: Create the Eiffel Tower using toothpicks and marshmallows. You have 5 minutes. Best looking tower wins.

Alternate Task: Start with a ball pressed between you and your date at your belly button. Without using your hands, get the ball up to your mouth. Fastest time wins.

Printable Taskmaster Date Night

This Taskmaster Date Night Printable PDF is 28 pages long! It includes directions, a guide to the tasks, how to setup your date night, and even a printing guide with a list of the 26 tasks to choose from!

The printable pages below are setup with a duplicate of tasks on a single page. I highly recommend printing one task card per couple for each task they will complete. Alternatively, you can print one for the Taskmaster (good to have on hand!) and a second copy to hand out and have one of the couples read out loud.

Print on cardstock paper. Then, cut in half hamburger style (right between the two tasks). Then, fold in a tri-fold style by folding from the bottom upward covering the text.

Now fold the top third down leaving some overlap. I secured closed with a piece of washi tape. You can also go all out and get a wax seal kit!

I then wrote right on the front of the task card the task number and stored all the cards in a little basket so I could easily grab the next task to hand out and know exactly which one would come next.

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

For example, I wrote a Blue 2 for the 2 nd task for the Blue set of teams on 4 different envelopes with the same art task hidden inside. For the entry task, I wrote the couples last name on the outside of the envelope.

For the scorecard, you’ll write the couples names across the top scorecard boxes and the tasks down the left column. Score based on how many teams are participating in the task with the highest points going to the best performance or meeting the win condition most completely. Highest score overall wins!

>> Print the Taskmaster Date Night PDF Here <<

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

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I’d love to hear the fun tasks you come up with! Share them in the comments to help others with their Taskmaster date night planning, too!

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Normal Taskmaster Tasks

  • Jul 28, 2023

taskmaster tasks at home

300+ Taskmaster tasks in total. These are the best normal (10-30 minutes) Taskmaster tasks to do at home or in school. Perfect to promote problem-solving, critical thinking and teambuilding throughout the year or as fun additions to the party. The tasks are sorted alphabetically, and contains a description of the task, as well as the type and amount of preparation required.

How it works

The Taskmaster chooses a task that must be carried out in the best or most creative way, within the scope of the task. He/she also decides how many points are to be distributed, how long a task should last and when the scoreboard is revealed. If a task winner can’t be decided or if the top contestants have the same amount of points in the end, a tiebreaker task is chosen.

Ground rules

1. The Taskmaster is always right. 2. Be polite, clean up after yourself and take care of yourself and others. 3. It’s encouraged to be creative, but if you cheat, you get points deducted/disqualified.

Christmas Taskmaster

  • You are to pair up as a duo, take off your shoes and share the shoe with one another, so you each have your own and your duo partners shoe in your hand.
  • When it’s your turn, you are to sit in a chair each, with the back facing each other.
  • The Taskmaster will now read a question aloud (Download), which you must decide on immediately.
  • You do so by lifting a shoe in the air. Your own shoe, if you think the question fits you best, or your partners shoe, if you think the question fits them best.
  • If you both agree (puts up the same shoe) you each get 5 points.
  • If you don’t agree, cheat by looking back, answer too slowly or don’t want to take off your shoes, you get 0 points. You have one try!

Duo Download, two chairs and shoes Download

  • Find a song you would never use as an alarm in the morning.
  • Worst song choice for an alarm wins.

Solo / duo Music

Album cover

  • Make the best album cover.

Group Camera

Appreciation

  • Think of someone you appreciate.
  • Write them a message thanking them.
  • Most wholesome messages win.

Solo Message

  • Take a good look at your duo partner for 30 seconds, and stand back to back afterwards.
  • If you peek at your partner afterwards, you are disqualified.

Wait till everyone stands back to back, before you continue with the next part.

  • Now the Taskmaster will go around and ask each duo what the other person is wearing. It can be clothes or accessories.
  • 1 point is awarded for each correct item, while 1 point is subtracted for each wrong item. Max 5 points.

Back drawing

  • Get some strong paper or carton, as well as drawing utensils.
  • The front person will be standing with a paper by a table or wall.
  • The person behind the front person, will draw on the front persons back with their fingers.
  • Unless the Taskmaster gives you a motive to draw, you decide a motive for yourselves.
  • Best motives drawn by the front person, wins.

If there’s more than two people in the group, there can be more people to draw on the back of each other, before it reaches the front person. But only the furthest in the back, knows the motive.

Duo / group Paper, drawing utensils

Balloon goal

  • Score an amazing goal with a balloon.
  • The balloon must be passed to each team member at least once.
  • You have 20 minutes to come up with a plan and practice it, before it is shown to the Taskmaster.

Group Balloon

Before and after

  • Take a picture before.
  • And a picture after.
  • Biggest before and after changes win.

Solo / duo / group Camera

Best worst 2

  • Find the best and the worst photo on your phone. Screenshot both photos, so they’re only a slide away.
  • Largest gap between good and bad photo wins.

Solo Smartphone

  • Take 50 steps from where you are now, and end up in the most remarkable place.
  • Most remarkable place after 50 steps, win.

Boys versus girls 2

  • You are divided into two groups, one with boys and one with girls.
  • Each group has to write down the top 5 things they genuinely like about the opposite sex.
  • If any of the answers are of sexual nature, the entire group lose 1 point each time.

Once they have written the answers, tell them about the next phase.

  • Now each group collectively have 5 guesses. If they manage to guess what the other group said about them, the entire group gets 1 point for each correct guess.

Group Pen and paper

Boys versus girls 3

  • One group gets an answer sheet with statements, in which they have to guess where the majority of the other group will stand when they hear the statement. If the group predicts an outcome, they earn 1 point.
  • The other groups task, is to decide on whether they agree or disagree with the statement given, by standing in the middle, and move to either strongly disagree, disagree, agree, or strongly agree, depending on their individual opinion – it’s important that this group is honest about their decision.
  • This is repeated five times. Afterwards the groups switch.

If the group on the floor is dishonest, points can be taken away.

Group Download, print, pen and paper Download

  • Make the best bread face on yourself with a slice of bread.
  • When you’re ready, lay down and take a picture of it.
  • Most elaborate bread faces win.

Solo / duo Slice of bread, camera

Bread face 2

  • Eat the best picture out of a piece of bread.
  • Best bread pictures win.

Solo Slice of bread

Candle blow

  • Blow out a candle over the longest distance.
  • You have one try.
  • Five longest blows get points based on their distance.

Use masking tape to mark each contestants distance .

Solo Candle, lighter and masking tape

Camouflage 2

  • Hide an object in a picture, but the object still has to be visible.
  • Write what the object is.
  • The Taskmaster must be able to find it in less than 30 seconds. If it takes longer, you get 0 points.
  • Hidden objects found closest to 30 seconds, but not past, gets most points.
  • Build a sand- or snow castle.
  • Tallest castles win.

Bonus points for the prettiest castles.

Solo / duo / group Snow or sand

  • Make the best portrait of the Taskmaster out of cereal.
  • Best cereal portrait wins.

Solo / duo Cereal

Charades distance

  • Taskmaster gives each group a list of charades they are to mime from a distance, while the other half of the group have to guess what their group is miming.
  • If they get it right, the Taskmaster gives them a thumbs up, and they can move on to the next thing.
  • There’s five mimes to be done in total, in a timeframe decided by the Taskmaster.
  • Each group get 1 point for each correct guess.

Yelling is encouraged.

Group Download Download

Charades reversed

  • Reversed charades. One person has to guess what their group is miming.
  • The group will be miming 5 things, specified by the Taskmaster.
  • Each correct guess gives the group 1 point.

Colorful milk

  • Change the color of a glass of milk.
  • Most eye catching new milk color wins.

Bonus points for creative solutions.

Solo / duo / group Glass of milk

Coolest thing 2

  • Let the most unlikely thing wear some of your clothes or accessories.
  • The most unlikely thing, wearing your clothes or accessories, wins.

Solo Clothes or accessories

Descriptive

  • Find 3 things that best describes the Taskmaster.
  • It can be anything from images and emojis to items and quotes.

Solo / duo / group

  • Do the most surprising thing with a handful of dirt.
  • Most surprising dirt initiatives win.

Solo / duo Dirt

Dizzy water

  • One person at a time, must move water from one bucket to another further away, by using a cup.
  • You do so by filling the cup with water and running around it 10 times, while your finger is in the cup.
  • Once that is done, you walk/run to the bucket further away, and fill it with the dizzy water in your cup.
  • Get back to your team and give them the empty cup, so the process can be repeated.
  • Fastest group to finish get 2 points. Group with the most water get 2 points. And the group with the most dizziness get 1 point.

Group Cups, buckets, water

Dot dot dot…

This task is a two part task, keep the 2nd part secret in the beginning.

  • Make 50 random dots on a piece of paper.
  • You have 1 minute to do it. You get minus points if you don’t do it within the time frame.

This is the second part of the task.

  • Now connect the 50 dots and create the best picture.
  • The best picture connected with all dots wins.

Solo Pen and paper

Dramatic entrance

  • Plan and make the most dramatic entrance, when you enter a door.
  • Most dramatic entrances win.

Solo / duo / group Door

Emoji story

  • The Taskmaster picks a genre.
  • You have to write a story within that genre, by only using emojis.
  • Best stories that can be understood, wins.

Genre examples: Horror, comedy, romance, fantasy, crime, history, biography, adventure…

Extreme reading

  • Read a part of a book, in the most extreme situation.
  • Most extreme readers, win.

Fact or fake

  • Find a fact online and something that is not true.
  • Present both to the Taskmaster.
  • If the Taskmaster can’t guess the fact, you get points.

Alternative: make a fact or fake quiz for the contestants.

Solo / duo / group Internet

Fake injury

  • Create a fake wound or injury.
  • Most convincing fake injuries win.

Famous elbow knee

  • Draw a famous person on your knee or elbow.
  • Most admirable and easily recognizable portrait of a famous person wins.

Bonus points if the person is from your birth country.

Solo / duo Coloring utensils

Fashion statement

  • Put on as many pieces of clothing and accessories as possible.
  • The people with most pieces on win.

This can be done at home alone, or in school where the group helps one person.

Solo / group Clothing and accessories

Find inside

  • Find things that are: – soft – shiny – round – sticky – magnetic
  • It is not allowed to steal from others in the process.
  • When time is up or the first person found items that cover the criteria, everybody stops.
  • Each correct item gives 1 point.

Find online

  • Find these things online and make a photo collage for the Taskmaster. – dumb tattoo – funny teacher meme – cute animal picture – and the perfect gift for the Taskmaster, if he/she was 5 years old.
  • Points are awarded based on Taskmasters own humor.

Solo / duo Device with internet and collage maker

Find outside

  • Find this outside: – a rock – two different leaves – something wooden – something alive – and a piece of trash
  • Things that are bigger than a hand, does not count. 

Solo / duo Outdoor clothing

Food disguise

  • Disguise a food item as another food item.
  • Best food disguises win.

Solo / duo Food

Food drawing

  • Take a food item and place it on a piece of paper.
  • Now integrate the food item in a drawing.
  • Best integrated food drawings win.

Solo / duo Food, pen and paper

Food person

  • Make something edible into a person.
  • Most person-like food, wins.

Solo / duo / group Food

  • Make the most confusing footprints in snow, sand or dirt.
  • Most confusing set of footprints win.

Bonus points if real animal tracks are included.

Four-leaf clover

  • Find a four-leaf clover in nature.
  • The fastest to find four-leaf clovers get points.

Bonus points if the clover has more than four leaves.

Free falling

  • Get an apple or egg as high as possible without breaking it.
  • Do not throw the apple or egg upwards, or use water to soften the fall.
  • Longest free falls win.

Solo / duo / group Apple or egg

Google celebrity

  • Write the name of a celebrity on Google , and find a funny detail/fact about that person.
  • Best celebrity facts the Taskmaster didn’t know about, win.

Solo / duo Google search

Google question

  • Write the beginning of a question on Google , and choose the funniest/weirdest automatic suggestion.
  • Funniest/weirdest suggestions win.

Examples: Who is… What will… Where can… How many times… How did… When do… Why should… Is there… Would you… Can dogs…

  • Bring a plate outside and make the most realistic meal with nature items.
  • Most realistic nature meals win.

Solo / duo / group Plate

  • Prepare the coolest handshake, that lasts under 10 seconds.
  • When everyone is ready, show it to the Taskmaster.
  • Coolest handshakes win.
  • Draw an outline of your hand.

Read the following aloud when all the contestants have drawn the outline off their hand.

  • Turn the drawing of your hand into a picture of your face.
  • Best self-portraits wins.
  • Design the best new ice cream and give it a fabulous name.
  • Most fabulous ice cream wins.
  • Make an ice cube melt as quickly as possible.
  • It’s not allowed to use fire, hot water, radiators or destroy the ice cube.
  • Fastest five to melt their ice cube gets points according to how fast they melted it.

Solo / duo / group Ice cubes

  • Make the best invention.
  • Show how it works.
  • Best invention wins.

Bonus points if they made a brainstorm.

Duo / group Pen and paper

  • Find a large leaf in nature and a small non-nature item.
  • Biggest difference between nature and non-nature things, win.

License plate Wordfeud

  • Take 3 photos of random license plates, as fast as possible.
  • Make the best word, using only the letters and numbers from your license plate pictures. Some of the numbers can be replaced as letters, for instance 1 being i or 3 being E.
  • Best words made out off license plates, win.

Duo / group Camera

  • One group at a time, identify the liquids.
  • You can’t touch it, knock it over or drink it.
  • You get 5 guesses and 1 point for each correctly identified liquid.

You can either have five separate liquids or five layered liquids in one. Suggestions for separate liquids: milk, juice, dirty water, sparkling water, tea, sunflower oil, energy drink, soup, melted ice cream, coffee, soda, cocoa milk, beer, wine… Suggestion for five liquids in one: alcohol, olive oil, water, liquid soap, honey

Group Liquids and cup(s)

  • Draw the logo the Taskmaster mentions, without looking it up.
  • This will be done five times.
  • You get 1 point for a close resemblance of each logo.

Logo inspiration:  – Football:  Real Madrid ,  Juventus ,  Wolves ,  Bayern Munich ,  PSG . – Clothing:  Nike ,  Levi’s ,  Adidas ,  Chanel ,  Fila . – Cars:  Audi ,  Tesla ,  Volkswagen ,  Jeep ,  Ferrari . – Fast food:  McDonalds ,  KFC ,  Burger King ,  Taco Bell ,  Domino’s Pizza . – Beverages:  Coca Cola ,  Starbucks ,  Pepsi ,  Red Bull ,  Fanta . – Social media:  Facebook ,  Snapchat ,  TikTok ,  Instagram ,  YouTube . – Movies:  Batman ,  Star Wars ,  Ghostbusters ,  Harry Potter ,  Jurassic Park . – Games:  Minecraft ,  Xbox ,  Monopoly ,  EA ,  Steam .

Solo / duo Logo image, pen and paper

  • Find a few random items, and place them in front of you.

Wait till everyone have found their items.

  • One at a time, play the most recognizable melody, only with the use of your items.
  • Most recognizable melodies win.
  • One from each group can take a step onto the minefield.
  • When the Taskmaster gives a thumbs up, you’re safe. If the Taskmaster points at you and say “bang!”, you hit a mine and must go to the back of your group.
  • The goal is to get through the Minefield as fast as possible, by being lucky and remembering where the invisible mines are.
  • Note that you can only take one step at a time, at Taskmasters pace, and you’re not allowed to take steps diagonally.
  • Points are awarded for the first team to get through each minefield.

Depending on the time available, you can either play with one big minefield that gives 5 points for the winner, 3 for second place and so forth. Or several minefields that gives 1 point for the winning team.

You can either set up the minefields, so the contestants have to step onto something, such as cones, or into something, like a grid made out of tape.

Group Download, print and minefield Download

Mini Jeopardy

  • You’re split into 3 groups, standing behind a table each.
  • The Taskmaster tells you the category of the question to be asked. Each group must now decide who from the group should answer.
  • Once decided, the group member steps forward to their table. When all groups are ready, the Taskmaster makes a statement to be answered.
  • Each chosen group member now have to write down the answer, by writing “what is” followed by the answer.
  • If they forget to write “what is”, don’t get the answer right or get help from the group, their answer becomes invalid.
  • Everyone in the group, receives 1 point for each correct answer. With a maximum of 5 points.

Group Download, pen and paper Download

  • Create the most fabulous moustache for yourself and place it above the upper lip.
  • Best moustache wins.

Solo Paper, coloring utensils and scissors

Moustache 2

  • Put something on your face that looks like a moustache from a distance, but don’t look anything like a moustache up close.
  • The most original ‘staches at a distance win.
  • Write a monologue from the perspective of an inanimate object in the room.
  • Funniest or most trustworthy monologues win.

Solo / duo Pen and paper

Musical task chairs

  • Prepare for a game of  musical chairs . 
  • Every time the music stops, the contestants have to do a task, before they can sit down.
  • The last 5 people get points in the order they get eliminated.

Solo Download, music and chairs Download

  • Make the longest line of things that start with the first letter of your name.
  • Longest lines win. 

As a twist, you can put everyone with the same first letter in the same group.

Solo / duo / group Selected area

Name things

  • Find things that start with the starting letter of your name.
  • Most things found that start with the same first letter wins.

Nature face

  • Use the nature to find a face and take a picture of it.
  • Most realistic face in nature win.

Bonus points for faces created by nature, without the involvement of the participants.

Nature name

  • Write a name in nature, how you get points is a secret.

Give points based on size, creativity and if they write your name.

Duo / group

  • Design a new flag for your city or town using only your imagination.
  • Best new flag designs win.
  • Invent a new word.
  • Describe what it means and use it in a sentence.
  • Best new words, not in a dictionary, wins.
  • When the Taskmaster leaves the room, you must draw your own nose and place it on a table other than your own.
  • After 5 minutes, the Taskmaster will come back and try to guess whose nose is who.
  • If the Taskmaster guess a nose correctly, the nose owner will get 5 points.

One line drawing

  • Draw what the Taskmaster asks for.
  • You cannot lift the thing you’re drawing with, once you start. If you do, you get disqualified.
  • Best and most recognizable drawing wins.

Ideas for one line drawings: – Animal – House – Face – Art – Object

Opposite Taskmaster

  • Find or draw a picture of the Taskmaster, as the opposite sex.
  • Best opposite sex Taskmaster pictures/drawings win.

Solo / duo Internet or pen and paper

  • You’re divided into two to three groups.
  • Stand on a row on a bench, curb, long line on the ground or wherever the Taskmaster demands you to.
  • If you fall down from the thing you’re standing on, you must go back to your previous position in the row.
  • You are not allowed to use verbal communication to solve the task. If anyone from the group use verbal communication, the entire group gets eliminated from the round.
  • Your job as a group, is to solve the task given by the Taskmaster. First group to solve each task, earns a point.

Task ideas: – Order your group by height. – Order your group by gender. – Order your group by name alphabetically . – Order your group by age (or birthdate ). – Order your group by eye color (or skin color) . – Order your group by name length (or hair length) . – Order your group by hand size (or shoe size).

Group Something to stand on

Paper plane 2

  • Make a paper plane without using paper.
  • Most impressive non-paper paper planes, win.

Bonus points if it can glide in the air.

  • You have one chance to call someone, that is not a part of the game, and put both on mute.
  • If you inform them why you’re calling, you get disqualified.
  • Longest phone calls win.

Solo / duo Smartphone

Pro photographer

  • Take an extraordinary picture of the most ordinary thing.

Solo / duo Camera

Pro photographer 2

  • Take the best picture of something that starts with the letter the Taskmaster mentions.
  • Best or funniest pictures win.

Alternative: take the best picture of something that start with the same letter as the Taskmaster.

Quiz of luck

  • The Taskmaster picks contestants at random, and asks them a random question.
  • If the contestant answers correctly, he/she is awarded with 5 points.
  • If the contestant comes close, 3 points.
  • If the contestant is wrong but witty, 1 point.

Solo Download Download

  • Make a rainbow out of things.
  • You can’t use something that is already a rainbow or things you can paint with.
  • Best rainbow-thing wins.

Rap your favorite subject

  • Make a short rap about your favorite school subject.
  • Best school subject raps win.

Recreate picture

  • The Taskmaster shows a picture he/she has taken.
  • Your job is to recreate the picture in any way you want.
  • Closest resemblance to the picture shown, gets points.

Solo / duo / group Picture

Reverse debate

  • Each group will be assigned a topic. Your job is to come up with five strong arguments, from the opposite side of what people normally agree with. So if your topic is climate change, you should argue why it is a good thing, rather than a bad thing.
  • Afterwards, your group has to present the five arguments for your topic.
  • You get 1 point for each convincing argument you make.

Ten ideas to debate: – Climate change (why is it good?) – Christmas (why is it bad?) – School funding (why is it bad?) – Nature (why is it bad?) – War (why is it good?) – Smoking (why is it good?) – Pets (why are they bad?) – Healthy food (why is it bad?) – Gambling (why is it good?) – Volunteering (why is it bad?)

Running story

  • Write a short story between 50 and 100 words while jogging or running.
  • When you start picking up the pace, you cannot go back to walking speed or slower.
  • Once you stop running, you can’t add or change things in your story.
  • Best running stories win.

Prettiest or most readable writing while running gets bonus points.

Solo Pen and notebook

Say the word

  • Decide on a long word, write it down and hide it.
  • Each team will then ask the Taskmaster one question at a time, with a maximum of 3 questions in total.
  • The goal is to make the Taskmaster say your word. But you’re not allowed to say the word yourself or any part of the word.
  • If the Taskmaster say your word, you are awarded points. Points are given based on word length and amount of questions asked, less questions gives more points.

Scary object

  • Make a non-scary object, as scary as possible without ruining it.
  • Most scary objects win.

Bonus points if the object was cute, before it was made scary.

Self-portrait upside down

  • Draw a self-portrait that is upside down.
  • Most creative solution and/or best-looking upside-down self-portrait gets points.

Shadow master

  • Take the best shadow image.
  • Best shadow image wins.

Alternatively, you can tell the contestants it has to be a certain theme, e.g: friendship or creatures.

Sharpshooter

  • Score a goal from the longest distance. You may only shoot once.
  • Once you made your shot, you must celebrate, whether you score or not.
  • Goals from longest distances win.

Bonus points for best celebrations.

Solo Ball and goal

Shopping list

  • Your group has to write a ridiculous shopping list, with at least 10 items.
  • You have 10 minutes to make the shopping list.
  • Most ridiculous shopping list wins.

Silly walking zone

  • The Taskmaster defines a silly walking zone.
  • One at a time, you walk normally in a straight line, but once you hit the silly walking zone, you have to walk as silly as possible. Once you get out of the zone, you continue walking normally with a straight face for a few seconds.
  • Silliest and most convincing walks win.

You can use cones, sticks, chalk or like to define an area.

Solo Something to define an area

  • Taskmaster chooses a place to slide.
  • Longest slide wins.

Solo can be a regular slip and slide outside. Group can be running and jumping onto a mattress in a gym hall.

Solo / group Slidable equipment

Slow motion

  • Record something edible in slow motion.
  • Most mouth-watering clips win.

Duo / group Camera with slow motion

  • Make the biggest splash in water.
  • That’s it!

Solo / duo / group Water

Spoon to spoon

  • Throw something from one spoon to another.
  • The item has to travel at least one meter to count. You can practice until it’s your turn, but once it’s your turn, you only have one try, to show the Taskmaster your throw.
  • Largest objects caught with a spoon wins.

Duo Spoons and objects

Squatmaster

  • Firstly, guess the amount of squats the contestants will do in average.
  • Now everyone does the number of squats they want in a set, and write it down afterwards.
  • The number of squats is then given to the Taskmaster, who adds them together and divides it by the number of contestants to find the average.
  • Those who gets closest to the average number of squats win.

Strike a pose

  • Write down a cool hobby, fun animal and famous person, and put it in your pocket.

Once everyone have completed the first part, continue telling them about part two.

  • Strike a pose to represent first, your cool hobby, then your fun animal, then your famous person.
  • You must hold your pose until the end of the round.
  • The Taskmaster will attempt to guess what each pose represents.
  • You may not make a noise or movement when posed, if you do, you lose 1 point.
  • You get 2 points for each correctly guessed pose.

Taskmaster portrait

  • Make the most beautiful portrait of your Taskmaster.
  • Most beautiful portraits of the Taskmaster win.
  • Draw a tattoo on yourself or your partner.
  • Most artistic tattoo wins.

Solo / duo Drawing utensils

  • Find and draw a quote the Taskmaster is least likely to get tattooed on his/her body.
  • Worst tattoo quotes win.

Solo / duo Internet

  • Throw a tea bag in a cup from the longest distance.
  • Longest tea bag cup throw within the time/tries given, wins.

You can also wet the tea bags to throw them longer… Probably a good idea to do that outside though.

Solo Tea bag and cup

  • Taskmaster brought a box with him/her, which contains something specific.
  • When it’s your turn, you’re allowed to come up and shake the box, without opening it or saying what you think it is.
  • Afterwards you go back and write down what you think is in the box.
  • There’s 1 point for wrong guesses made out of the same material. 3 points for close guesses, and 5 points for correct guesses.

Solo Box and random item

Toilet paper cuteness

  • Make the cutest thing out of toilet paper.
  • Cutest things win.

Solo Toilet paper

  • Make the best mini-sculpture out of toothpaste.
  • You are only allowed to use tooth toothpicks to shape it.
  • Best mini-toothpaste-sculptures, win.

Solo / duo Toothpaste and toothpicks

  • Show us the best way to transport yourself.
  • It can’t be running or walking.
  • Best ways to transport yourself win.

Trick photo

  • Take a trick photo, where one or more of you look a lot bigger or smaller than you are.
  • Best trick photo wins.

Under the cup

  • Put something surprising under a cup.
  • When it’s your turn, reveal to the Taskmaster what’s under your cup.
  • Most surprising reveals win.

Unique items

  • Take pictures of three unique things.
  • The things on the picture has to be bigger than your head, but smaller than a car.
  • You start with 5 points, but if someone else has taken a picture of the same thing or it does not apply with the rules, you lose two points, for every picture that is not unique. If none of your pictures are unique, you get 0 points, instead of -1.

Unusual tin foil hat

  • Make the most unusual hat out of tin foil.
  • Most unusual tin foil hats win.

Bonus points if they look like a teletubby .

Duo / group Tin foil

Upside down

  • Take a picture that looks as normal as possible upside down.
  • Most normal upside down pictures win.
  • Take the most aesthetically pleasing picture of a wet plate.
  • The prettiest wet plates win.

Bonus points if the plate is wet from rain.

Duo / group Plate and camera

William Shakespeare

  • Write the best poem about the Taskmaster.
  • The poem must be at least four lines long.

Bonus points if it rhymes.

Solo / duo / group Pen and paper

  • Take the most impressive picture behind a window.
  • Most impressive window pictures win.

Solo / duo Window and camera

  • Find and wrap the hardest thing to wrap.
  • The hardest things to wrap, wrapped in, wins.

Bonus points for nicest wraps.

  • Take a picture close to an item, where you can see at least two colors or nuances.
  • Take another picture of the entire item afterwards.
  • Hardest to guess items get points.

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Urzila Carlson, wearing a bright pink vest, looks surprised as she reads a task on Taskmaster New Zealand.

It’s a long, cold wait between seasons of Taskmaster , especially after an entry as stellar as series 16 . Luckily, the hilarious British panel show has kept its growing international audience entertained between seasons by uploading episodes of one of its many licensed spinoff series to its YouTube channel. Taskmaster New Zealand ’s first two seasons are now on the official Taskmaster YouTube account , including the incredible season 2, which originally aired in 2021 and is one of the best seasons of any version of Taskmaster. If you consider yourself a Taskmaster fan, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

As a licensed spinoff, the show’s structure, music cues, and set design will be instantly familiar to anyone who has watched the original series. And so will the task design, which dutifully follows the excellent mold set by Alex Horne, with tasks so good it’s the only Taskmaster spinoff where the UK version has borrowed a few. Taskmaster NZ will often embrace the simpler, shorter tasks that Horne told us he prefers: Tasks as short as “Fly,” or “Time-travel,” which encourage creativity and different solutions from different contestants. But there’s also plenty of room for the more chaotic tasks: A team task where the contestants have to make a diss track about the other team is a blast, and “Construct the least appropriate wedding cake” results in hilarious carnage.

The first season of Taskmaster NZ is definitely worth watching (shout out to the hilarious Angella Dravid), but the second season of Taskmaster NZ deserves its place among the best Taskmaster series, period. The season 2 contestants are perfect, with the right mix of personality types and approaches to the contest.

The contestants hit all the notes you want from a Taskmaster cast: You have the person who does not give a shit about the show, but in a hilarious way (Urzila Carlson). You have the person who cares very deeply, but can’t seem to get anything right (David Correos). You have the person who tries extremely hard to win (Laura Daniel). You have the person who focuses all their energy on creating hilarious television, tasks be damned (Guy Montgomery). And you have an old friend of the Taskmaster who likes to push his buttons (Matt Heath). Great Taskmaster seasons spawn from the right combination of contestants, and this group has the perfect alchemy of various levels of “taking this ridiculous ordeal seriously.”

David Correos, wearing a light blue shirt, looks frustrated at a typewriter in Taskmaster NZ.

Paul Williams is a great Alex Horne substitute, bringing his own uber-dork energy to the role of the Taskmaster’s assistant. Unfortunately, Jeremy Wells is no Greg Davies, lacking the latter’s intimidating presence and often leaving the bullying of his assistant to the contestants (thankfully, Urzila is more than happy to bear this particular burden). He seems somewhat uncomfortable with the role at times, and I find some of his scoring decisions can be downright bizarre.

Keen-eyed Taskmaster viewers will also notice a different approach to editing. The NZ version employs more cut-ins during tasks to the contestant reactions, which allow the group to play off of each other even more and let a great camaraderie shine. However, some short parts were clearly edited out of the YouTube uploads, which can make for some odd cuts, but nothing that will majorly detract from your experience.

So while you’re trudging through the long wait for series 17 of Taskmaster UK (slated to air this spring), all isn’t lost. You can spend that time watching one of the funniest Taskmaster seasons yet. Luckily it’s never been more widely available, so you’re out of excuses. Enjoy.

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