It was announced today that a brand-new official Taskmaster Podcast will be released to coincide with the BAFTA winning TV show’s Channel 4 debut on Thursday 15th October. Hosted by critically-acclaimed stand-up (and reigning Champion) Ed Gamble and produced by the creators of the hit comedy show, each instalment of the podcast will be available to download immediately after each episode of the new series has aired.
Following the journeys of the latest batch of brave contestants; Daisy May Cooper, Johnny Vegas, Katherine Parkinson, Mawaan Rizwan and Richard Herring as they battle it out in the 10th series of quintessentially perplexing challenges set by the all-powerful Taskmaster. Each week Gamble will be joined by special guests to dissect, discuss and disagree with all of the Taskmaster’s questionable decisions. Past contestants, little Alex Horne, and even the Taskmaster himself will feature in this brand-new podcast.
The Taskmaster Podcast is available to download from 15th October 10pm
Taskmaster Series 10, 9pm Thursday 15th October, Channel 4. Catch series 1-9 on All 4
Just in case you didn’t know:
Taskmaster is a BAFTA winning and International Emmy nominated comedy game show originally created by Alex Horne. Greg Davies stars as the all-powerful “Taskmaster” who, with the help of his loyal assistant Horne, sets out to test the wiles, wit and wisdom of five comedians through a series of strange and surreal challenges in what is the most hard-fought and ridiculous comedy entertainment format on TV.
74 episodes have been produced in the UK so far, with a further 60 ordered by Channel 4 as part of a landmark six season deal in 2020. Series 10 – 15 will be aired on Channel 4 from Autumn 2020, followingnine record-breaking series on UKTV’s Dave.
Since the programme’s launch in 2015 on UKTV’s Dave, Taskmaster’s audience has grown by 80% fromseries one to series nine, averaging an audience of 1.8 million viewers at its peak.
Taskmaster was crowned Best Comedy Entertainment at the BAFTAs 2020 and won Best Entertainment Programme at the Broadcast Awards 2018, having previously received two more nominations for both
It has also been nominated for Best Entertainment Programme at the RTS Awards, BroadcastingPress Guild Awards, the Broadcast Digital Awards, and the TV Choice Awards.
The original Taskmaster programme and format combined has been sold into 106 countries, with 140episodes of the format being made outside the UK including local versions of the show produced for VTM inBelgium, TVE in Spain, and TVNZ in New Zealand.
The format has seen huge success in Europe, with the Swedish version winning Programme of the Year at the Kristallen 2019 (Sweden’s TV Academy Awards) and its fourth series for SVT reaching ratings of over a50% market share in a primetime weekend slot. Two new series have been ordered for MTV in Finland afterits first episode ranked in the top ten most watched shows in the country, and there are returning series for Discovery in Norway and TV2 in Denmark.
The Taskmaster YouTube channel has received over 66 million views and has 351,000 subscribers.
#HomeTasking had over 76 million impressions across all content on YouTube. Viewing grew by 42%, while subscribers grew by 85% since it launched on the Taskmaster YouTube channel. It was watched in 125countries with viewers ranging from the US to the UK and from Moldova to Mongolia.
The Taskmaster Book 200 Extraordinary Tasks for Ordinary People has sold nearly 100,000 copies.
A Taskmaster boardgame was released in Autumn 2019 and entirely sold out a week after it went on sale. It has sold 33,000 copies to date. An expansion pack was released this year along with the launch of the official Taskmaster shop.