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In this BAFTA and Emmy Award nominated entertainment format, the Taskmaster, with the help of his loyal assistant, sets out to test the wiles, wit and wisdom of five hyper competitive comedians.
Setting a series of strange and surreal challenges, the Taskmaster will push the contestants to the limits of comic invention and give them the chance to be more competitive, inventive and mischievous than ever before. His assistant will coax the hopeful champions to show their creativity and conniving. With the chance to be crowned Taskmaster champion, and to win each other’s belongings, rivalry is encouraged, dodgy tactics rewarded and bribes accepted in what is the most dogged, hard-fought and ridiculous comedy entertainment format on TV.
Mixing studio reaction with location tasks and a live studio task, Taskmaster is a dynamic reinvention of comedy entertainment. Series five premiered on UKTV last year, along with a two-part “Champion of Champions” special that pitted the five previous winners against each other in the ultimate fight for glory. Taskmaster has been remade locally for Comedy Central in the U.S., VTM in Belgium and Sweden’s SVT. The format is also in development in six additional territories, while the finished programme has been sold to New Zealand’s TVNZ and UKTV in Australia.
In the UK, GREG DAVIES (Man Down, The Inbetweeners) takes on the role of the Taskmaster with the show’s creator and 2014 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee ALEX HORNE as his assistant. Contenders so far include: FRANK SKINNER (The Frank Skinner Show), MEL GIEDROYC (The Great British Bake Off), ROMESH RANGANATHAN (Asian Provocateur), HUGH DENNIS (Outnumbered), NOEL FIELDING (The Mighty Boosh) and SALLY PHILLIPS (Bridget Jones’ Diary).
In 2018, Taskmaster beat tough competition to be named Best Entertainment Programme in the prestigious Broadcast Awards.
“Wildly stupid fun… a winner” The Guardian
“[A] splendidly silly new gameshow” ***** The Times
“This is a hoot and a lovely reinvention of the panel show format”
“[An] inspired idea… Most importantly, it’s hilarious” Saturday Review (The Times)
“You haven’t lived until you’ve seen some of the nation’s finest comedians trying to cram as much watermelon in their mouths as possible.” EVENT (Mail on Sunday)
An Avalon Television production for UKTV
Episodes available: 32 x 60’ plus 2 x 60’ Champion of Champions