Friday 12 April 2019
The wait is finally over, Taskmaster returns to Dave on Wednesday 8th May with the Taskmaster tyrant Greg Davies and Little Alex Horne putting a new set of courageous contestants through their paces. Series 8 challengers include Iain Stirling (Love Island, Host of Dog Ate My Homework), Joe Thomas (Inbetweeners, Fresh Meat), Lou Sanders (8 Out of 10 Cats, Sick of It), Paul Sinha (The Chase, Tonight At The Palladium), and Sian Gibson (Peter Kay's Car Share, Murder on the Blackpool Express).
The new series sees some of the best brains of British television go up against each other as they conceal themselves in a phone box, make edible dust, cause a hideous food-based injury and apologise to Alex for the horrible thing they've done to him. The merciless Taskmaster and his obedient little man servant have devised these seemingly perplexing challenges to test their creativity, speed of thought and ability to not look like idiots. All for a 24-carat gold cast of Greg's head and the worthy title of Taskmaster S8 Champion.
The eighth series of Taskmaster will air on Wednesday 8th May and catch up on series 1-7 on UKTV Play
WHAT THE PRESS HAS SAID ABOUT TASKMASTER
"Taskmaster is one of the most consistently innovative and funny series on telly" Joe Clay, The Times, T2
"The most reliable source for laughs on television" Gabriel Tate, The Times Saturday Review
"Funny, revealing, and glorious...Caitlin Moran once wrote that the comedy panel game is one of the glories of British TV. A new one shone bright last night" **** Andrew Billen, The Times
"The kind of Dave thing that shouldn't quite work but is actually wildly stupid fun. Mainly thanks to Alex Horne, late of so much splendid radio, and Greg Davies...a winner" Euan Ferguson, The Observer
"It's glorious mayhem and stupidly funny" David Butcher, Radio Times
"We're up to series 7 and it's as winning as ever" Sharon Lougher, Metro
"Brilliantly madcap comedy game show" **** Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail
"One of the funniest game shows on TV" **** Natasha Holt, TV Times Magazine
"The keynote themes are ludicrous absurdity and moderately cruel sadism. Somehow, however, it all works brilliantly, with the presence of Horne adding the barest modicum of civility to proceedings...prepare for tears of laughter" Mark Wareham, Mail on Sunday, Event Magazine
"Taskmaster is an unashamed celebration of the bizarre and the mediocre" Sam Wollaston, G2 Guardian
"Never before has anything so absurd, so stupid, so utterly pointless, made such good television" Sara Wallis, Daily Mirror
"Inventive" Mike Ward, Saturday Magazine, Daily Express
"The funniest show on telly" The Sun, TV Magazine
"Creative Chaos" Emma Messenger, TV Choice
"This seems to be a series that really brings families together" Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke
"Splendidly silly" Sunday Times, Culture
"Clever" David Stephenson, Sunday Express, S Magazine
"The show routinely delivers the funniest, most unexpected comedy of the TV week...The cleverest spin on the panel show format in years, it's must-watch TV" Wesley Mead, Den of Geek
Notes to Editors
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