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Taskmaster returns to Dave in May for series 6

Thursday, April 19th 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Award-winning comedy gameshow Taskmaster returns to Dave for a sixth series in May, with five new competitors ready to take on the show’s fiendish and often ridiculous challenges.

Taskmaster has been a huge success for the UKTV network, which counts Dave among its line-up of free-to-air and pay TV channels, winning Best Entertainment Show at the Broadcast Awards having already been nominated for both a BAFTA and an EMMY.

And the good news is we’ll be able to enjoy new episodes for at least the next couple of years, as UKTV has already confirmed there will be a series seven, eight and nine.

Greg Davies returns as the Taskmaster for series six with the show’s creator, “little” Alex Horne alongside him as always. No doubt wondering what they’ve let themselves in for this time around are stand-up comedians Russell Howard and Tim Vine, presenter Liza Tarbuck, Radio 1’s Alice Levine and Asim Chaudhry, best known as Chabuddy G in People Just Do Nothing.

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.”

Jazz/comedy hybrid

Fans of Alex Horne’s work will have even more reason to celebrate in May as the comedian will star in a two-hour special on Dave alongside his band The Horne Section.

The band, featuring Joe Auckland (trumpet and banjo), Mark Brown (saxophone), Will Collier (bass), Ben Reynolds (drums and percussion) and Ed Sheldrake (keyboards) as well as Horne as band leader, has performed live with comedians including Greg Davies, Tim Minchin and John Oliver, as well as musicians Felix Buxton (Basement Jaxx), Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy) and Suggs (Madness).

The Horne Section has previously appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and will record its first TV special at the London Palladium. The show promises a mix of outlandish musical talent, stupid but catchy songs and guest performances all wrapped up in a jazz/comedy hybrid.

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