Series 12 of Taskmaster has arrived on Channel 4 for 2021 – here’s all you need to know.
Greg Davies returns to take a seat on his regal throne with Little Alex Horne once again busily taking notes to determine who will be the next Taskmaster champion.
A brand new line up of five celebrities will take on the challenge but who will take home the title?
Watch Taskmaster on TV and online
Series 12 of Taskmaster started on Thursday, 23 September at 9PM.
Episodes will air weekly on TV and online via the All 4 player.
As well as the new series, the past ten series of Taskmaster are also available to stream or download for free for UK viewers.
Taskmaster 2021 cast
A quintet of quivering comics sit in awe and fear, wondering if their resourcefulness, dexterity and creativity will be enough to impress the formidable Taskmaster.
The contestants on Series 12 are comedian, writer, and actor Alan Davies (QI, BBC Two); Comedian, writer and actor Desiree Burch (Live At The Apollo, BBC One); BAFTA nominated comedian Guz Khan (Man Like Mobeen, BBC Three); BAFTA winning impressionist and actor Morgana Robinson (The Morgana Show, Channel 4) and Writer, presenter and professional poker player Victoria Coren Mitchell (Only Connect, BBC Two).
This captivating quintet will attempt numerous seemingly pointless tasks that test their ingenuity, dexterity and calmness under extreme pressure.
Taskmaster series 12 episodes
Episode 1 – 23 September
n the opening episode, Greg and Alex welcome the five fresh competitors desperate to lay their sticky mitts on Greg’s coveted golden head-trophy with tasks featuring creepers, catapults and one (fake) cactus
Episode 2 – 30 September
This time, the five comedic contestants continue to compete against each other but, for the first time this series, they must also show off some teamwork as they’re faced with a mountain to climb. Alex Horne keeps a diligent record of events as Morgana Robinson investigates suspect doggy bags and Guz Khan slaps a space hopper.
Episode 3 – 7 October
In this episode, Greg gets Victoria Coren Mitchell drawing an exploding cat, Alan Davies hurting himself with a rubber band and Desiree Burch doing something inexplicable when faced with sand.
Episode 4 – 14 October
This time, Alex Horne gets all excited over a task involving a fiendish riddle. Meanwhile, Morgana Robinson drenches herself in peas, Victoria Coren Mitchell learns a new skill, Desiree Burch makes a political statement with jam, Alan Davies piles on the sunglasses, and Guz Khan pens a new song. Greg Davies is by turns impressed and really quite cross.
Episode 5 – 21 October
This time, Taskmaster celebrates its 100th episode! Perhaps this will signal a new start for the complicated relationship between Greg and his simpering secretary Alex… or perhaps not. Victoria Coren Mitchell celebrates with a flapjack, Morgana Robinson celebrates by slicing up some plastic balls, and Guz Khan celebrates by barricading himself in the Taskmaster house. Happy Birthday, Taskmaster!
Episode 6 – 28 October
In this episode, Greg Davies climbs aboard his judgement throne once more and tells his cracking cast of comics exactly what he thinks of their efforts to impress him. Will he be pleased with Desiree Burch affixing tennis balls to gaffer tape? Or Victoria Coren Mitchell constructing a rudimentary pulley system? Or Alan Davies finding out how many circles he can carry?
Episode 7 – 4 November
This time, Alex Horne lends his considerable acting skills to a promotional film, while Morgana Robinson passes a pole through a sponge, and Victoria Coren Mitchell tries to come to terms with a swanee whistle.
Episode 8 – 11 November
This time, the five comics continue their quest to join the elite pantheon of greats who get to put ‘Taskmaster Champion’ on their business cards. The lengths to which they’ll go in the hope of being crowned by Greg Davies grow ever-longer, as Desiree Burch draws on her face, Guz Khan endures a ball to the groin and Alan Davies loses an eye…
Episode 9 – 18 November
It’s the penultimate episode of the series and, with scores tight, all five contestants still have hopes of being crowned the winner. Greg Davies can barely conceal his contempt as he witnesses Alan Davies yawning at a friend, Victoria Coren Mitchell throwing paint and Alex Horne blowing cold air down Desiree Burch’s neck via a long tube.
Episode 10 – 25 November
By the end of the final episode, one of Alan Davies, Desiree Burch, Guz Khan, Morgana Robinson and Victoria Coren Mitchell will claim television’s ultimate prize: Greg Davies’ gilded bonce on a short spike. With just one lap left to run, Guz Khan joyously gobbles chocolates, Victoria Coren Mitchell attempts to decipher Alan Davies’ unfathomable body movements, and Desiree Burch writes a very persuasive song for Alex Horne, before the winner is crowned.
Meanwhile alongside series 12, Taskmaster Champion of Champions will be back with a new special in 2021.
The new Champion Of Champions show will see the victor of series 10, Richard Herring, joining fellow champs Liza Tarbuck, Kerry Godliman, Lou Sanders, and Ed Gamble.
An air date for the Champions special is to be confirmed.