UKTV has ordered a fourth and fifth series of hit show Taskmaster from Avalon Television for its entertainment channel Dave.
“Taskmaster just keeps getting bigger and better, I look forward to seeing what fresh hell Greg and Alex bring to the new unsuspecting contestants. It’s fantastic that we have built a show on Dave which has generated such a brilliant fanbase and viewers are genuinely excited to see what tasks Alex Horne’s genius mind comes up with every episode.” – Steve North, Dave general manager
Greg Davies will once again assume the role of the Taskmaster with show creator and Alex Horne returning as his assistant. With each series increasing from five to eight episodes, the two series recommission of 16 hour long editions, comes after Taskmaster was nominated for Best Entertainment Programme at the 2016 Broadcast Awards. The series was 2015’s most watched commission on UKTV Play.
In each series the Taskmaster and his loyal assistant will judge five new unwitting comedians as they compete against each other with creativity, cunning and genius in a series of stupefying tasks. Series one was won by Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan took home the series two crown, but with series three, starring Al Murray, Dave Gorman, Sara Pascoe, Paul Chowdhry and Rob Beckett, beginning on Tuesday, Katherine’s reign as Taskmaster champion will be short-lived.
“As the Taskmaster’s personal secretary and trainer I have been instructed to state that we’re both satisfied that a total of ten apparently intelligent comedians will be doing more stupid things stupidly for Mr Davies. The Taskmaster has even bought me a caravan so this time I will be constantly on site to watch the desperate attempts and report back, before he ignores me and judges them.” – Alex Horne, executive producer and creator of Taskmaster