This week Greg Davies’s game show featured condiment art, nudity and some furious use of a pair of corkscrews.
Tonight’s episode would see contestants Al Murray, Dave Gorman, Paul Chowdhry, Rob Beckett and Sara Pascoe fighting for five heavy items that can each fit in a shoebox. With a lump of marble, a possibly dangerous snake and a copy of Alan Bullock’s Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives among the things up for grabs, the first task proper saw each of them trying to surprise Greg’s assistant Alex Horne when he came out of his shed. Beckett may have won this task by dressing up as an old lady and firing water out of a pressure hose at him, but my personal favourite was Murray, who decided to bang a gong and firing four air horns with his feet, while wearing just shoes, socks, underpants and a flat cap.
We also witnessed the first team task of the series, with teams consisting of Murray, Gorman and Chowdhry (the bearded men) against Beckett and Pascoe (the sinister Aryan twins) as both followed a wild goose chase to release Horne from a pair of handcuffs. After this they then painted upside-down self-portraits using ketchup, brown sauce and other condiments; and tried to pop a row of balloons in as quick a time as possible.
The surprising Horne challenge was the best task of the series so far, because of the completely unexpected nature of what was going to happen. There was also some added sneakiness from the creators with them hiding a message in the balloon challenge which the competitors had to try and decode.
Taskmaster series three is keeping up the quality of the first episode, so things are going well.
Taskmaster is on Dave on Tuesday nights at 22.00.