Taskmaster gets FOUR new series

And full line-up revealed for season six

UKTV has ordered four more series of Taskmaster for Dave.

The news comes after Chortle revealed yesterday that a sixth series has been filmed.

Those taking part in season six, which will air in the spring,   are Alice Levine, Asim Chaudhry, Liza Tarbuck, Russell Howard, and Tim Vine.

Chortle understands James Acaster is lined up for a future series.

Greg Davies will return in the title role and series creator Alex Horne  as his sidekick in each of the four new series – bringing the total to onine –  which will be extended to ten  episodes each.

Richard Watsham, director of commissioning at UKTV, said:  ‘I couldn’t be more proud of Taskmaster and Alex Horne’s brilliant creation. Once in a while a startlingly original bit of TV comes along that redefines an entire genre and I’m just pleased it’s on Dave.’

Horne added: ‘Once more I’m surprised by and indebted to the hitherto-respected performers who have agreed to put their careers on hold to do this stupid thing.’

Taskmaster  started life as a one-off show at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe. It has spawned versions in Sweden, Belgium and the US, where Horne is reprising his sidekick role to Reggie Watts as the Taskmaster.

According to leaked set reports, the US line-up is stand-ups Lisa Lampanelli, Ron Funches and Kate Berlant alongside record producer Dillon Francis and  Freddie Highmore, the British actor who took the title role in the 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie

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Published: 21 Feb 2018

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