Taskmaster special line up of contestants and air date revealed

Taskmaster New Year special cast and date

A festive special of Taskmaster is coming to Channel 4 TONIGHT – here’s who’s on the cast and when it’s on TV.

Fans of the unique celebrity comedy game show will get a festive treat as Alex Horne’s BAFTA winning series airs a one-off special next month.

For the first time ever, the Task Cottage doors will be flung open to welcome five brand new faces from the worlds of TV, film, radio, journalism, and shiny floor entertainment, as the almighty Greg Davies sets ludicrous challenges with his Little Assistant scuttling in tow for this one-off festive special.

Those taking part are acclaimed film actor John Hannah, journalist and leading Channel 4 News anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy, actress Nicola Coughlan, television and radio presenter Rylan Clark-Neal, and Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas.

The well-known contestants are experts in their respective fields, and will be revealed in due course, but how will they compare in the most hard fought, high stakes, ridiculous game show on television?

Taskmaster’s New Year’s Treat special will air on New Year’s Day – Friday, 1 January – at 9PM on Channel 4.

Taskmaster will return for a new series in 2021 as well as another Champion Of Champions special.

Series 11 will see actor Charlotte Ritchie (Ghosts, BBC One), acclaimed stand-up Jamali Maddix (Hate Thy Neighbour, Vice), BAFTA-winning comic Lee Mack (Not Going Out, BBC One), actor, writer, and comedian Mike Wozniak (Man Down, Channel 4), and BAFTA-nominated actor and comedian Sarah Kendall (Frayed, Sky One) battle it out in a series of stupefying tasks testing their ingenuity, and weeding out their stupidity.

2021 will also see the uncompromising Taskmaster uphold tradition and invite the winners of series six to ten to a brand-new Champion of Champions tournament.

Having recently been crowned victor of series 10, Richard Herring and fellow champs Liza Tarbuck, Kerry Godliman, Lou Sanders, and Ed Gamble will all have the opportunity to battle it out once more.

As ever, Greg Davies will be perched on his regal throne as the Taskmaster, while the doting Little Alex Horne scuttles about his master’s feet generating stats, measurements, and generally irritating his keeper, as these task titans compete in the ultimate quest for victory.

Meanwhile alongside the show, the official Taskmaster Podcast, hosted by Ed Gamble, has been launched going to No.1 in the iTunes podcast charts immediately after its release.