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In this 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. A fourth and fifth series have been ordered by UKTV for transmission in 2017 and the successful format continues its global rollout with local versions produced in Belgium (VTM) and Sweden (SVT).
Taskmaster started out as a critically acclaimed live show, devised by 2014 Foster’s Comedy Award nominee Alex Horne, which ran at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010 and 2011.
“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’