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Taskmaster 2023 start date and line up revealed for series 16 on Channel 4

Taskmaster new series air date and celebrities confirmed

Taskmaster is back for 2023 with a brand new series coming to Channel 4 – here’s all you need to know.


The series will once again see creator Alex Horne back alongside Greg Davies as the incomparable and all-powerful Taskmaster.

It’ll be the 16th series to air overall with a brand new line up of celebrity contestants competing for the title.

Taskmaster series 16 cast

When does Taskmaster start on TV?

The new series of Taskmaster begins on Channel 4 on Thursday, 21 September at 9PM.

Episodes for the ten-part series will air weekly on TV or online via All 4.

Meanwhile you can currently catch up on past series and specials online via All 4 here.


Meet the series 16 line up!

The brand-new bunch of contestants appearing on Taskmaster series 16 include comedian, performer, and author Julian Clary (Friday Night Live, Channel 4), comedy actor, writer and stand-up Lucy Beaumont (Meet The Richardsons, Dave) and multi-award winning stand-up Sam Campbell (Bloods, Sky).

Joining them are presenter, writer and comedian Sue Perkins (Perfectly Legal, Netflix), and actor, writer and director Susan Wokoma (Cheaters, BBC One).

A teaser for the new series shares: “Week by week this fragrant five will wrangle giant ducks, design fresh sausages and create googly-eyed gangs as they seek to attract a word of praise from the Taskmaster.

“When the dust has settled after 10 gruelling episodes, one contestant will rise from their little seat to collect the coolest prize on TV: a big gold head plonked on a small wooden plinth.”

Taskmaster originally debuted in 2015 on Dave before moving to Channel 4 from series 10 in 2020.


Alongside the main series there have also been one-off New Year’s specials and Champion of Champions shows.

It was recently announced that Channel 4 had renewed the show for a further six series over the next three years.