UKTV has commissioned four more series of Taskmaster from Avalon for  Dave.
Greg Davies continues as the Taskmaster alongside assistant Alex Horne for series six, seven, eight and nine.
The four-series commission, each extended to 10 episodes (10×60’), follows Taskmaster’s becoming UKTV Play’s most popular programme of 2017 and one of Dave’s highest rating original commissions.
The sixth series, which will air in the spring, welcomes five new competitors. Alice Levine (BBC Radio 1, My Dad Wrote A Porno), Asim Chaudhry (People Just Do Nothing), Liza Tarbuck (Upstart Crow), Russell Howard (The Russell Howard Hour), and Tim Vine (Not Going Out) will all compete to lift the hollow head-of-Greg-Davies-trophy.
Richard Watsham, director of commissioning at UKTV, said: “I couldn’t be more proud of Taskmaster and Alex Horne’s brilliant creation. Once in a while a startlingly original bit of TV comes along that redefines an entire genre and I’m just pleased it’s on Dave. Can’t wait to work with Andy Devonshire and the fantastic team at Avalon on another 40 episodes which will enable us to keep booking the very best comic talent both new and established.”
Jon Thoday, executive producer, said: “We are delighted by Dave’s ongoing commitment and support for Taskmaster. It’s great to know the exceptionally creative team behind it will continue to surprise and entertain viewers with this hugely popular and original show.”
Alex Horne, executive producer and creator of Taskmaster, said: “Once more I’m surprised by and indebted to the hitherto-respected performers who have agreed to put their careers on hold to do this stupid thing, and to UKTV for allowing it to happen 9 (NINE!) times. Also, for the record, I’m well over six foot tall.”
An Avalon production, series six to nine of Taskmaster has been commissioned by Richard Watsham and Hilary Rosen, Deputy Director of Commissioning at UKTV. Executive Producers for the series are Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, Alex Horne, James Taylor, Jon Thoday, and Andy Devonshire (The Apprentice and The Great British Bake Off), who also acts as series director, and Hilary Rosen for UKTV. Andy Cartwright is series producer.

Jon Creamer

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