Alan Davies – Desiree Burch – Guz Khan – Morgana Robinson – Victoria Coren Mitchell

In the wake of another heroically fought task tournament, BAFTA winning and International Emmy nominated Taskmaster has revealed a new host of comedy minds signing up for a fresh round of surreal challenges, placing themselves under the scrutiny of Taskmaster Greg Davies, and the watchful eye of his obedient assistant Little Alex Horne. The news arrives as the series 11 champion is crowned in the finale episode of the critically-acclaimed show.

The five brave candidates limbering up for an assault course of absurdity are: comedian, writer, and actor Alan Davies (QI, BBC Two); comedian, writer and actor Desiree Burch (Live At The Apollo, BBC One); BAFTA nominated comedian Guz Khan (Man Like Mobeen, BBC Three); BAFTA winning impressionist and actor Morgana Robinson (The Morgana Show, Channel 4); writer, presenter and professional poker player Victoria Coren Mitchell (Only Connect, BBC Two). This quintet eagerly await their chance to impress the Taskmaster who will deliver his merciless verdicts on their efforts before administering points and awarding the ultimate prize in entertainment, and all time; a gold representation of his own head. As ever, Greg’s right-hand man and stats keeper, Alex Horne, will be diligently taking notes, recording times and offering very little assistance.

Set to air later this year and produced by Avalon, Executive Producers for the series are Alex Horne, Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, James Taylor, Jon Thoday and Andy Devonshire (The Apprentice and The Great British Bake Off), who also acts as Series Director, while Andy Cartwright is Series Producer. Commissioned for Channel 4 by Head of Entertainment, Phil Harris and Head of Live Events, Tom Beck.

Transmission details to be revealed in due course.

RECENT CRITICAL PRAISE FOR TASKMASTER

“Taskmaster is the show we need right now” ★★★★ Anita Singh, The Daily Telegraph

“Charming, batshit, hilarious…That something so pointless, so silly, so endlessly daft should exist is just delightful” ★★★★ Lucy Mangan, The Guardian

“Taskmaster’s 11th series is set to be an hour of gleeful absurdity we can look forward to on a weekly basis” ★★★★ Lauren Morris, Radio Times Online

“I wish I had discovered it earlier as it’s sublimely silly and funny” ★★★★★ Deborah Ross, The Mail on Sunday

“The funniest show on television” Luke Holland, The Guardian

“Greg and Alex make a strong double act… on screen they have natural rhythm” ★★★★★ Christopher Stevens, The Daily Mail

“The funniest double act on television… Taskmaster is one of TV’s most refreshing comedies. It’s nonsensical, silly and different from anything else on TV” Frances Taylor, Radio Times

“Taskmaster is a welcome dose of fun” ★★★★ Christopher Stevens Mail Online

“Anyone new to Taskmaster will quickly get the idea of its sublime silliness” ★★★★★ The Mail On Sunday

“This cheering show chimes deeply with the current need to make your own fun” Victoria Segal, The Sunday Times

“Brilliantly bonkers… this show will be the most joyous hour of your week” Sara Wallis, The Daily Mirror

“the beauty of Taskmaster has always been its winning format” Ian Hyland, The Daily Mirror

“genuinely laugh out loud… Taskmaster is one of TV comedy’s true gems and rarely anything but a pure joy” The Sun

“Surreal, downright silly and the most fun to be had on TV” Veronica Lee, The I

“it’s still the same delightful, daft show” ★★★★★ Steven Perkins, TV Times Magazine

“The funniest show on TV? Probably” Ammar Kalia, Guardian Guide

“More gold-standard Bafta-winning nonsense” Joe Clay, The Times

“From the beginning its clear that this season… will be a winner. Proper laugh-out-loud TV” The Daily Telegraph

“As ever, creator Alex Horne and Taskmaster Greg Davies fashion great humour from abject failure” Eaun Ferguson, The Observer

“Still one of the most inventive- and definitely the most reliably funny- programme on TV” Total TV Guide

“It places a smile on your face… very funny” David Butcher, Radio Times

“the most entertaining comedy talent show on TV” Keith Watson, Metro

“Huge fun” Dominic Maxwell, The Times

“Inventively silly… great fun” Gerrard Gilbert, The I

“hilarious as usual” Emily Baker, The I

“The hilarity still comes in waves” Lynn Gibson, Inside Soap

“Extraordinary and hilarious” Jennifer Kyte, Sunday Express

★★★★ Mike Ward, Daily Star

“an entertaining return of a joyous show” ★★★★ Steve Bennett, Chortle

“the novelty game show that struck comedy gold” The Mail on Sunday

“It’s big boisterous fun” The Daily Telegraph

“legendary” ★★★★★ Kay Ribeiro, Heat

“as inspired as ever” James Walton, The Spectator

“impressive” ★★★★ Boyd Hilton, Heat

“weird and wonderful” ★★★★★ Mike Ward, Daily Star

“silly and brilliant” ★★★★ Tessa Jones, Daily Mail

“uniquely brilliant” Mike Ward, Daily Express

“TV’s most anarchic laugh riot” Brian McIver, Yahoo Entertainment