The next series of Taskmaster sees David Baddiel, Ed Gamble, Jo Brand, Katy Wix, Rose Matafeo as its comedy legends.

In the aftermath of another heroically fought tournament, Taskmaster Greg Davies and his sidekick Little Alex Horne are set to open the doors of the Taskmaster House to welcome a new quintet of contenders for the ninth series of the double BAFTA-nominated and Broadcast Award-winning series which returns to Dave in September.

Competing to win the Taskmaster’s golden likeness and the coveted title of ‘Taskmaster Series 9 Champion’ are: David Baddiel, Ed Gamble, Jo Brand, Katy Wix and Rose Matafeo. If there is the rare possibility you don’t know one of these star names ready to take on the challenges of the Taskmaster, then by the end of this latest series you’ll know them all a lot better.

After all these talented personalities who have more intelligence in their big toes than the entire cast of TOWIE and Love Island combined are subjecting themselves to the Taskmaster’s characteristically unpredictable rulings and flippant scoring system, this band of hopefuls will be put through a relentlessly bizarre series of tasks spread over ten nail-biting episodes to determine the next Taskmaster Champion.

The recent eighth series of the Dave show is the most successful to date with an average of 1.7 million viewers per episode, increasing by 16% compared to the last series and remains the most watched show on UKTV Play with over 5.5 million views since January 2019 UKTV tells us here at ATV Today. Which is good for the show and indeed televisual comedy in general.

Taskmaster was crowned Best Entertainment Programme at the Broadcast Awards 2018. The series has been nominated for an International Emmy for Best Non-Scripted Entertainment, two BAFTA nominations for Best Comedy Entertainment Programme plus nominations at the RTS Awards, Broadcasting Press Guild Awards consecutively for the past four years. 2019 has seen nominations for Broadcast Digital Awards for Best Entertainment Programme and Best Gamechanger Programme, and two further nominations earlier this year at the Broadcast Awards 2019 for Best Entertainment Programme and Best Multichannel Programme. – UKTV

The ninth series will air on Dave in September, catch up on series 1-8 on UKTV Play.

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