The contestants have been revealed for Series 9 of Taskmaster.
The challenges have already been filmed at the Taskmaster house, with studio segments due to be recorded from next week.
Series 9’s line-up was revealed at the end of tonight’s programme, which concluded Series 8. Involving Iain Stirling, Joe Thomas, Lou Sanders, Paul Sinha and Sian Gibson, the series was won by – spoiler alert – Sanders.
Notably, this series will be the first time there has been more female contestants than male contestants on the show together. Aside from sitcom actor Wix, all the contestants in this next series are stand-up comedians.
Taskmaster was created and is written by Alex Horne, who serves as administrative dogsbody to Greg Davies‘s titular ‘Taskmaster’ role. Originating as a live format performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the format was quickly picked up for television through production company Avalon Television.
Debuting on screens in 2015, its popularity has ballooned and the show is now Dave‘s most successful original format, with Series 8 proving the most successful to date. Of the nine episodes for which ratings are available, it attracted an average weekly audience of 1.7 million viewers, an increased of 16% on Series 7.
Luke Hales, Channel Director of Dave, has commented previously: “If there is one show on Dave that really sums up the heart, soul and ambition of the channel, it is Taskmaster. The show was brilliant from the off and continues to go from strength to strength – it feels as fresh, funny and distinct as it did back in 2015.”
The domestic success of the series has proved an international draw, with local versions of the show airing in America, Denmark, Belgium, Spain and Sweden, and others in development. Meanwhile repeats of the UK original have been sold to more than 10 countries.
Studio recordings for Series 9 will take place at Pinewood Studios between 18th and 24th July. Tickets
Below is the video reveal of the contestants:
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