The infallible Greg Davies will resume his role as the formidable Taskmaster, accompanied by his faithful sidekick (Little) Alex Horne who is poised and ready to provide stats, data and occasional comfort in the most bizarre yet cut-throat show on television.
The pair will adjudicate, praise and scorn accordingly the efforts of Scottish comedian Boyle, comedians Ivo Graham and Jenny Eclair, Ghosts star Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Canadian comedian and producer Mae Martin.
Davies, 54, will return to his throne as Taskmaster, rightfully beside his co-host Little Alex, 44, who will adjudicate on the new round of comic hopefuls as they take part in the challenges.
After 10 episodes, one contestant will emerge victorious, and win the greatest prize of them all: the Taskmaster’s golden head glued to a small plinth.
Previous winners of the show include Ed Gamble, Kerry Godliman, Liza Tarbuck, Lou Sanders and Richard Herring, while season 14 saw Dara O Briain and Sarah Millican joined by actor John Kearns, stand-up comic Fern Brady and digital creator Munya Chawawa to compete to be crowned Taskmaster champion.
The news comes after Taskmaster’s New Year’s special contestants were revealed to include Sir Mo Farah and Carol Vorderman.
Sir Mo and Carol will be joined on Taskmaster’s New Year Treat by Chicken Shop Date creator Amelia Dimoldenberg, BBC Radio 1 presenter Greg James and singer Self Esteem (real name Rebecca Lucy Taylor).
This year, the stars will find themselves competing for the trophy Greg’s Golden Eyebrows.
A teaser video showed all five celebs preparing to take on the challenges, with Greg later admitting he has ‘been bursting to talk about this.’
He added on Twitter: ‘If ever there was a TV show that shared the breakfast show mantra of “nonsense for the sake of nonsense”, it’s this one. I love it.’
Countdown legend Carol promised she’d be throwing herself into the spirit of the show, but admitted she couldn’t guarantee a great performance.
She tweeted: ‘OMG….I’m sooooo excited to be on this year’s @taskmaster New Year Treat. I loooove Taskmaster and the Cottage and @alexhorne and @gdavies.
‘Obvs I am giving it my all which isn’t predicting anything giving the tasks we have to do…’
Taskmaster returns to Channel 4 in 2023, with old series available to watch on All 4.
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