It’s now the sixth series of Taskmaster and there are many changes: Greg Davies is now wearing glasses.
Also new are the contestants, with Davies and little Alex Horne being joined by Alice Levine, Asim Chaudhry, Liza Tarbuck, Russell Howard and Tim Vine. This opening episode sees the quintet fighting over five liquids, from Levine’s own blood to Vine’s fizzy Benylin.
The first task sees the players making stunts with a wheelbarrow, which among other highlights includes Chaudhry not looking cool in slow motion, and Tarbuck making a mutant creature with human hands. After this there was some fruity construction as the contestants tried to build a tower of lemons, using a knife they can only wield five times, which resulted in Vine getting a critic acid-stained crouch and Howard cutting himself.
The next bunch of tasks were rather more complicated. The panel were blindfolded, put in a wardrobe, and then had to make their way back to the Taskmaster house in half-an-hour while also finding a hat to wear – a task where we learn the advantages of having an agent. Finally there is the more complicated live task: sorting out objects under a table in order of size, while keeping your elbows on the table, and making sure there was no fruit under the table, otherwise they would be disqualified.
In this opening episode we already see some early favourites for the series – Levine is already performing strongly, and certainly seems confident enough to wager her own blood on a comedy show. Meanwhile Chaudhry is already performing in a different direction. He’s funny, but not scoring those important points – despite bringing in his own peanut dust vape juice.
There is also one big question that has not been answered: why is Tim Vine in a safari suit?
Taskmaster is on Dave on Wednesdays at 21.00.