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.

Comedians that have risked life, limb, and dignity in the hope of making the Taskmaster proud so far include: FRANK SKINNER (The Frank Skinner Show), MEL GIEDROYC (The Great British Bake Off), ROMESH RANGANATHAN (Asian Provocateur), HUGH DENNIS (Outnumbered), SALLY PHILLIPS (Bridget Jones’ Diary), ROSE MATAFEO (Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner 2018), and RUSSELL HOWARD (The Russell Howard Hour). Unaware of what awaits them in each wax-sealed envelope, only one competitor can become the victorious owner of His Royal Task-ness’ golden head and be crowned the next Taskmaster Champion.

Taskmaster is the number one entertainment show on Dave (UKTV), with a cumulative average of 1.5 million viewers per episode and audiences have grown more than 80% since starting in 2015. The ninth series of the most competitive and fierce comedy game show on television premiered in Autumn 2019.

The programme and format combined have been sold into 106 countries. Over 100 episodes of the format have been commissioned outside of the UK, including Taskmaster USA. Avalon Television Inc produced the American version of Taskmaster for Comedy Central. Stand-up comedian REGGIE WATTS (The Late, Late Show with James Corden) with ALEX HORNE as his loyal assistant.

Production Company:
Avalon Television

Commissioning Broadcaster:
UKTV (Dave)

Series Breakdown (UK):
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

International Series also available:

Taskmaster (Comedy Central, USA): 8 x 30’
Bäst i Test (SVT, Sweden): 29 x 60’
Het Grootste Licht (Medialaan, Belgium): 8 x 60’
Stormester (TV2, Denmark): 19 x 60’
Dicho y Hecho (TVE, Spain): 8 x 60’
Kongen Befaler (TVNorge, Norway): 10 x 60′

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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)


In the UK, Taskmaster is the number one entertainment show on Dave (UKTV). Audiences have grown by more than 80% since Series 1.


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