Show Discussion: Taskmaster Series 5

By | September 13, 2017

Wednesdays, 9pm,


Great stuff, our favourite new show of the last X years returns to Dave for an eight episode run, where five more comedians will put their problem solving, comedy and gamesmanship skills to the test. This series we have (from left to right in the promo shot):

  • Bob Mortimer
  • Mark Watson
  • Aisling Bea
  • Nish Kumar
  • Sally Phillips

This post is a bump from the Wednesday previous as the first episode has been up on UKTV Play so you may want to wait until after the first episode has gone out before reading the comments if you don’t want to be spoilt.

Edit: Two-part Champion of Champions special for the run-up to Christmas announced.

24 thoughts on “Show Discussion: Taskmaster Series 5

  1. David B

    A serviceable first episode with some fun moments, although I’m not sure I’d have chosen these tasks as the ones to kick off the series with. There was one nice ‘aha’ moment, and missed possibilities for at least two more (ROT13: gurl pbhyq unir xabpxrq qbja gur onfxrgonyy ubbc gura xvpxrq gur onyy guebhtu; naq va gur yvir gnfx, gurl pbhyq unir fgnlrq va gurve punve ohg fuhssyrq vg sbjneqf).

    1. JonathanEx

      Had both the same thoughts in regards to the workarounds. Wonder if either of those would have been against rules, but as no-one took them, no need to mention it?

      A fun episode all round, particularly surprised by the first main task, that’s the sort of ‘cast look like they’re having a breakdown’ one you’d expect half way, but nope, you open with… whatever it was that they all did for the hug.

      Boat one was a nice change of location/scale for a task, stood out nicely too.

      Looking forward to the rest of the run!

  2. Alex McMillan

    So I get the feeling Bob, Aisling and Sally are all *really* gunning for it, this is going to be a competitive series.

    1. Chris M. Dickson

      I’d go further and suggest that episode one points to there being no weak links (e.g. people relying on slacker humour) at all, which would be impressive. I wouldn’t put it past the tasks being selected to give a particularly competitive first episode.

      It’s not a direct cause-and-effect, but Nish Kumar’s performance on ROHoG (ugh, what an acronym) has got me looking forward to him on Taskmaster

  3. Steve

    2 part Christmas special champion of champions with all 5 champions just announced

    1. Matt C

      Oh my, I was hoping for something of that ilk. Does that mean the winner wins Greg’s torso?

      1. Brig Bother Post author

        I quite liked the idea I read on Twitter (apparently by someone on here) that given failure on this tends to be quite funny they should have done a Loser of Losers special instead.

        1. Alex McMillan

          Someone suggestion Series 25 will be followed by Champion of Champion of Champions

        2. Matt C

          I think that’d have to be curated in some form, rather than just going with the lowest scorers, because I don’t think all the players who scored the least were the most entertaining in doing so – for instance, I’d probably want to put Hugh Dennis in there, but he didn’t actually come last in his series.

          1. Brig Bother Post author

            Just having a look, the people who came bottom each time were:

            * Roisin Conaty
            * Joe Wilkinson
            * Paul Chowdry
            * Lolly Adefope

            I think you’d get value out of most of those, although you probably wouldn’t call it a classic line-up.

        3. Chris M. Dickson

          I don’t know who’s going to finish last this season but I would give any of this season’s five a good chance against the other four last place finishers. (Not to say that some of them didn’t have their moments…)

    2. Danny Kerner

      I’m glad that the winners will face off for the crown but 2 parts is a little short. Should of been at least 3.

      1. David B

        I dunno, I think that’s probably just enough tasks that they could do within a day or two of filming for each celeb. Seems fair enough. I just think it’s cool they thought of doing it AND managed to get everybody to agree to come back. Should be a nice treat.

  4. Jonathan

    I won’t spoil, but ep2 is up now as well. It’s a good one, some ‘yup, that’s a Taskmaster task’ ones in there, funny moments, good workarounds, and a lot of swearing from Nish.

      1. Danny Kerner

        They did this for Red Dwarf around this time last year. But as this is not back until October this might be the replacement show that they have chosen to fill it.

  5. Michelle M

    Just about everywhere I work I suggest posting clips online when large chunks are cut from a programme, as it’s a shame to waste them. They almost never do so it’s nice to see Taskmaster posting their bonus material. Here’s an outtake from Sr5 Ep1:

  6. Brig Bother Post author

    I’d love to know why I’m not quite feeling this the same as I usually do. I mean I’m still enjoying it but the tasks are beginning to feel a bit… formulaic? It’s not like there’s a duff contestant this time round either.

    I still like it, it still makes me laugh but…

  7. Steve

    Episode 3 up on UKTV play wonder if there going to continue upping it each week


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