Greg Davies, the all-powerful Taskmaster, returns to Dave on Wednesday September 13th to set a multitude of bewildering new assignments with the capacity to inspire both rank incompetence and utter genius from the five comics fighting for his love and admiration. As always, statistical beaver and general dogsbody Alex Horne will be at Greg’s side, tail wagging happily, always eager to provide any assistance his overlord requires to aid the delivering of his ruthless judgements.
And what fresh fish the Taskmaster has to feast on this series! Aisling Bea, Bob Mortimer, Mark Watson, Nish Kumar and Sally Phillips are the chosen quintet who all harbour the same dream of lifting the premier prize in television, sport, or indeed, any field at all: Greg’s decapitated head on a spiked plinth.
Seals will be broken, tasks will be read and unpredictable actions will then occur as the five comedians grapple with problems involving cuddles, candles and coconuts. Could you paint a rainbow in total darkness? Create a watercooler moment using a watercooler? Make Marmite? Yes? No? These fearless competitors both can and can’t too.
Taskmaster is a BAFTA, Royal Television Society, Broadcasting Press Guild and Broadcast award-nominated UKTV Original. The new eight-part series will air on Dave from Wednesday 13th September at 9pm and episode one will be available from Wednesday 6th September on UKTV Play.
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What the Press Has Said About Taskmaster
“Funny, revealing, and glorious…Caitlin Moran once wrote that the comedy panel game is one of the glories of British TV. A new one shone bright last night” ★★★★★ Andrew Billen, The Times
“The keynote themes are ludicrous absurdity and moderately cruel sadism. Somehow, however, it all works brilliantly, with the presence of Horne adding the barest modicum of civility to proceedings…prepare for tears of laughter” Mail on Sunday, Event Magazine
“TV’s most laugh out loud panel game… It’s the interplay between Greg Davies and sidekick Alex Horne that is the comedic guts of the show” ★★★★ TV Times
“The show routinely delivers the funniest, most unexpected comedy of the TV week…The cleverest spin on the panel show format in years, it’s must-watch TV” Wesley Mead, Den of Geek
“The kind of Dave thing that shouldn’t quite work but is actually wildly stupid fun. Mainly thanks to Alex Horne, late of so much splendid radio, and Greg Davies…a winner” Euan Ferguson, The Observer
“Greg Davies returns with the comedy game show that offers uncomplicated enjoyment of the kind you only get from seeing a top comedian try to roll three big inflatable balls up a hill in a strong breeze” David Butcher, Radio Times
“This delightfully daft game show was a big hit for Dave last year, and it makes a triumphant return this week” Inside TV
“This seems to be a series that really brings families together” Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke
“splendidly silly” Sunday Times, Culture
“brilliantly funny show” The Sun TV Mag
“hilarious” Emma Messenger, TV Choice
Notes to Editors
Taskmaster started out as a critically acclaimed live show, devised by Alex Horne, which ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 and 2011. The show was 2016’s most watched commission on UKTV’s on demand service, UKTV Play.
Taskmaster is already popular internationally with the format having been licensed into five territories – Belgium, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands and Finland. The original UK show has also been sold to BBC Worldwide Australia and TVNZ’s Duke.
A US version of the show, with Reggie Watts (The Late Late Show with James Corden) as the Taskmaster and Alex as his loyal assistant has been filmed and will TX on Comedy Central USA.
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