The very best people at doing pointless tasks have returned to see who is the best of all.
Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Rob Beckett, Noel Fielding and Bob Mortimer have returned before Greg Davies and Alex Horne in the hope of winning a headless statue to accompany their busts of Davies’s head, and in the case of this week’s prize task, five things that they find embarrassing, including a car crash interview and a film of a sibling dressed as Hitler that was given to a teacher from Germany.
The first task proper involved a choice: either throw an exercise ball from under a roof into a bath, or put a table full of coconuts into a shopping trolley without touching the coconuts with their hands. It is safe to say that the one person who tried moving a massive amount of coconuts rather than just throw one large ball came last. This was followed by trying to blow something substantial off a table: a task that leaves one of the contestants semi-blinded.
After that was something that was actually miraculous: performing miracles. These ranged from walking on water (or rather a glass table in a paddling pool) while dressed as a lizard, ordering 100 pizzas, and getting a plumber to the Taskmaster house in 28 minutes. The final live task was a word game where the players had get down some stairs the fastest by writing down the second-longest word beginning with “T”. If they wrote the first-longest, they missed a go, and if they wrote one of Horne’s special words they moved forward and extra step. This task had an extra difficulty, in that everyone was accidentally given permanent markers. Because of this, the recording of the show didn’t end until after midnight.
It was great to see the past champions altogether, and it is interesting to see that while they were at the top of everything in their own series, against each other there are clear differences. For example, blowing a packet of crisps off a table is not that substantial, and if you are bringing in something is embarrassing it is probably a good idea to be actually embarrassed by it. Also, it was good to see an old fashioned TV cock-up with the pen problems. It will be worth seeing who will be the overall victor next week.
Taskmaster is on Dave at 21.00 on Wednesdays.