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Taskmaster returns to Dave on 8th May

12/04/2019

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 Kays 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 theyve 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 Gregs 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

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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 shouldnt 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

Its glorious mayhem and stupidly funny David Butcher, Radio Times

Were up to series 7 and its 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, its must-watch TV Wesley Mead, Den of Geek

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Notes to Editors About Dave Freeview 12, Sky 111, Virgin, 127, BT & TalkTalk 12, Freesat 157

On demand on UKTV Play | @davechannel

Since bursting onto TV sets in 2007, Dave has been putting in hours at the gym and is now a beefed-up powerhouse of brand new and original commissions from some of the biggest stars and production companies in entertainment. Romesh Ranganthan, Jon Richardson and YouTube sensation Yianni Charalambous are just some of the latest additions to the channels ever-increasing slate.

Whether its innovative comedy entertainment like the BAFTA and Emmy-nominated Taskmaster, or scripted sitcoms including the worldwide hit Red Dwarf, Zapped, and Porters, Daves guaranteed to work your funny bone like never before.

Theres also Red Bull Soapbox, Cop Car Workshop, Sin City Motors and a whole host of much-loved programming, all shot with Daves unique personality thats led to the channel reaching 20million adults a month.

About UKTV UKTV is a commercial broadcaster reaching almost 40m viewers every month.

The award-winning independent has eleven imaginative brands - UKTV Play, Dave, W, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food. These include the two most popular non-PSB channels in the UK and account for nearly 10% of the British commercial TV market.

The network delivers inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat, Amazon Fire and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories.

Now celebrating over 20 years at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Studios and Discovery, Inc. - is proud to be the first British television broadcaster in The Sunday Times top 100 companies list.

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About Avalon Avalon is a multi-award winning talent management, live promotion and television production group with offices in the UK and the USA. Avalon and ARG, the talent management arm, has discovered and represents many artists that are household names, both in the UK, the USA, and around the world.

In 2018, Avalon was again named the number one true independent television production company in the UK and has produced numerous ground-breaking television shows including: Emmy and Peabody award winner Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO), multi-award winning and Emmy-nominated Catastrophe (Channel 4/Amazon Prime), RTS and Rose dOr winning Not Going Out (the BBCs longest running sitcom currently on air), BAFTA and RTS-nominated Taskmaster (DAVE/UKTV), multi-BAFTA award winning
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