UK pubcaster Channel 4 has signed on as the new home of comedy game show Taskmaster, starting next year.
Created by Avalon’s Alex Horne, the series features a “Taskmaster” who, with the help of Horne and his assistant, tests the wiles, wit and wisdom of five competitive comedians through a series of challenges.
The series was originally a live show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before being developed for television, initially with Channel 4. It was later commissioned by UKTV for Dave, where it has aired for nine seasons.
The original Taskmaster has been sold into 106 countries, including local versions for Comedy Central in the U.S., VTM in Belgium, TVE in Spain, TVNZ in New Zealand, MVT in Finland, and Discovery in Norway, TV2 in Denmark and SVT in Sweden.
Taskmaster is produced by Avalon, with executive producers Alex Horne, Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, James Taylor, Jon Thoday and Andy Devonshire, who also acts as series director. Andy Cartwright will also continue as series producer.
“Taskmaster is anarchic, original and a brilliant springboard for new comic talent,” said C4 director of programs Ian Katz in a statement. “It’s everything we look for in a Channel 4 show and like millions of others I’m a massive fan so I’m delighted it will soon be taking its place in our unrivaled slate of scripted and studio comedy.”
“We are delighted Taskmaster will have a new home at Channel 4,” added Thoday. “I would like to thank Steve North, Richard Watsham and Hilary Rosen at UKTV as well as all the other people who have helped make the show such a success.”
New episodes of Taskmaster will be broadcast on C4 and repeated on the pubcaster’s entertainment channel E4 starting in late 2020.