TASKMASTER (FORMAT)

Production Company:
Avalon Television

Commissioning Broadcaster:
UKTV (Dave)

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In this Broadcast Award-winning, BAFTA and Emmy® Award-nominated entertainment show, Taskmaster tyrant GREG DAVIES (Man Down, Cuckoo), with the help of his loyal assistant ALEX HORNE (The Horne Section and the show’s creator), sets out to test the wiles, wit and wisdom of five hyper-competitive comedians.

This award-winning TV Series and rapidly growing brand launched in 2015 to become the number one entertainment show on Dave (UKTV) with a cumulative average of 1.5 million viewers per episode. Audiences have grown more than 80% since the show starting in 2015 and in 2020 Taskmaster moved to Channel 4 as part of a landmark six season deal.

“Funny, revealing, and glorious”  
★★★★★ Andrew Billen, The Times

“Taskmaster is one of the most consistently funny comedy game shows on television”
★★★★ Sarah Hughes, The I

“It’s such a cracking format… possibly the best yet”.
Chris Bennion, The Times

“I adore Taskmaster — essentially Gladiators, but for nerds”
★★★★ Samuel Fishwick, Evening Standard

“One of the funniest game shows on TV”
★★★★ Natasha Holt, TV Times Magazine

  • The programme is a hit international format having been sold into 106 countries. Over 100 episodes of the format have been commissioned outside of the UK, including Taskmaster USA.
  • There have been 30 million YouTube views in 5 months since the Channel Launch in 2019 and over 250,000 subscribers.
  • The show has seen strong merchandising performance with the board game the fastest selling of Q4 2019 for John Lewis.
  • The first book ‘200 Extraordinary Tasks for Ordinary People’ released Q4 2018 two further books in development.

Awards:

2019 Swedish TV Academy Award (Programme of the Year – Bäst i Test – Swedish Taskmaster)
2018 Broadcast Award for Best Entertainment Programme
2017 Chortle Awards (Best TV Comedy Entertainment Programme)
2016 Comedy.co.uk Awards (Best TV Entertainment Show)