3 June 2016
The Taskmaster Greg Davies and his loyal assistant Alex Horne return to Dave on Tuesday 21st June with a multitude of tricksy tests and some woeful decision making, as five new hyper-competitive comedians fight it out to be crowned Taskmaster champion.
Jon Richardson (8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown), Richard Osman (Pointless), Joe Wilkinson (Rovers), Katherine Ryan (Hair) and Doc Brown (Law and Order: UK) will compete across five weeks to win each other's actual belongings. All before one of them topples Josh Widdicombe, the inaugural victor who had Greg's name tattooed on his foot in his bid for success. Expect more cheating, blazing arguments and one of the most heart-breaking moments in television history.
The Taskmaster cottage remains the base as the feckless five attempt to conceal pineapples, rescue cats and hurl potatoes, but this time they're also taken to the peaks of massive man-made mounds, forced to wade through rivers and made to perform before civic royalty in Chesham's Town Hall. For twenty weeks they strived alone to accomplish these very silly assignments, before finally being united for Greg's rulings in front of a baying and occasionally sympathetic audience.
Taskmaster started out as a critically acclaimed live show, devised by 2014 Foster's Comedy Award nominee Alex Horne, which ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 and 2011.
Series 2 kicks off from Tuesday 21st June at 10pm on Dave.
Notes to Editors:
An Avalon Television production, series 2 of Taskmaster was commissioned by HILARY ROSEN, Deputy Director of Commissioning at UKTV and ordered by RICHARD WATSHAM, Director of Commissioning and Dave General Manager, STEVE NORTH. Executive Producers for the series are ALEX HORNE, RICHARD ALLEN-TURNER, ROB ASLETT, JAMES TAYLOR, JON THODAY, and ANDY DEVONSHIRE (The Apprentice and The Great British Bake Off), who also acts as series director, and HILARY ROSEN for UKTV. ANDY CARTWRIGHT is series producer. In 2015 it was announced that UKTV had commissioned a second and third series of Taskmaster, which was nominated for Best Entertainment Programme at the 2016 Broadcast Awards and was 2015's most watched commission on UKTV's VOD service, UKTV Play.
For more information please contact:
Lottie Robertshaw at Avalon 020 7598 7222 or email: Lottier@avalonuk.com
Preview episodes are available to view at: UKTV press office
WHAT THE PRESS SAID ABOUT TASKMASTER, SERIES 1
"Caitlin Moran once wrote that the comedy panel game is one of the glories of British TV. A new one shone bright last night" 5* The Times
"Wildly stupid fun...a winner" The Guardian
"A bountiful source of laughs" Radio Times
"Hilarious viewing" Daily Mirror
"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" 5* Mail on Sunday