TASKMASTER

Production Company:
Avalon Television

Commissioning Broadcaster:
UKTV (Dave)

Format:
SD, HD

Series Breakdown:
S1 6 x 60
S2 5 x 60
S3 5 x 60
S4 8 x 60
S5 8 x 60
Champion of Champions specials 2 x 60
S6 10 x 60
S7 10 x 60
S8 10 x 60
S9 10 x 60

In this Broadcast Award-winning, BAFTA and Emmy® Award-nominated entertainment format, the Taskmaster, with the help of their loyal assistant, sets out to test the wiles, wit and wisdom of five hyper competitive comedians. Mixing studio reaction with location tasks and a live studio task, Taskmaster is a dynamic reinvention of comedy entertainment. The successful format is rolling out globally, having sold into 15 countries; local productions include Comedy Central USA, TVE Spain and SVT Sweden.

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. Their 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.

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).

Series seven will be the second instalment of a four series commission marking Taskmaster’s growing success for UKTV.

WATCH THE FOLLOWING:

FULL EPISODES

TRAILER



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“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)

Ratings:

Following the two-part special, Taskmaster: Champion of Champions in 2017, series six launched with its biggest overnight to date of over 700K and quickly consolidated to over 1.1 million viewers. Taskmaster remains the biggest show on UKTV Play with over 7 million views.

Awards:

2018 Broadcast Award for Best Entertainment Programme
2017 Chortle Awards (Best TV Comedy Entertainment Programme)
2016 Comedy.co.uk Awards (Best TV Entertainment Show)