Taskmaster: Series 8, Episode 9 – I’ve Been a Bit Ill

Taskmaster Series 8 Episode 9
Taskmaster - Series 8 - Episode 9. Picture shows: Sian Gibson ©Avalon/UKTV

In the penultimate episode of the series, we witness the invention of the bounce stabiliser, listen to delicious dust, and see a terrible remake of The Human Centipede.

Fighting for five forms of protection, from a Sinnerman onesie to some smelly eggs (which sadly don’t protect you from the wrath of Greg Davies), the opening task proper was to bounce one of a selection of balls the most before it lands in a bin. However, Sian Gibson and Lou Sanders were rash with their choices as they touch some of the balls before reading out the sentence: “You must use the ball you touched first.” This didn’t turn out too bad in the end as their way around the lack of natural bounce in a rubber band ball and a hollow plastic ball made them come up with new ways of bouncing their spheres. Meanwhile Iain Stirling was the only one wise enough to pick up the actual bouncy ball – as in the one that had the word “bouncy” in its name.

Next up they had to create the most delicious dust for Little Alex Horne to eat from a dustpan. This task turned surprisingly violent as Gibson and Paul Sinha started to bleed when using a cheese grater to make their dust, while Sanders decided to make a statement by having as one of her ingredients a burned porn mag.

After that was a two-part team task: first having to make everyone look like one person. The comedians ended up looking like the human centipede, but with added bin bags. The actors meanwhile appeared to be a hunchbacked monk. They were then tasked to put on a pair of wellington boots, peel and eat a banana, and put the banana skin in a bin some distance away, while still appearing to be one person. Things quickly went bad for the comedians when Sinha threw is banana skin away, further from the bin. Meanwhile Joe Thomas may have been slow, but was also graceful in a strange way. Lastly the live task involved stacking paper bowls and plates alternately on their heads.

It is always fun to see the food-based tasks, mainly because Horne is the one who designs these tasks and normally things always go wrong for him. In the past he has had to eat dog food and a hot toothpaste pie, but tonight’s episode tops the lot. I think we can all agree that no-one should have to eat burnt pornography.

Taskmaster is on Dave at 21.00 on Wednesdays.