Competing to win the Taskmaster's golden likeness and the coveted title of 'Taskmaster Series 9 Champion' are:
David Baddiel (Olivier Award nominated comedian, author, and presenter),
Ed Gamble (comedian, BBC Two's Mock The Week) regular and chart-topping podcaster with Off Menu),
Jo Brand (comedian, writer and star of BAFTA-winning series BBC Four's Getting On),
Katy Wix (comedian and actress featuring in BBC One's Ghosts, and Channel 4's The Windsors), and
Rose Matafeo (Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner 2018, comedian and writer, ITV's Royal Variety Performance).
Subjecting themselves to the Taskmaster's characteristically unpredictable rulings and flippant scoring system, this band of hopefuls will be put through a relentlessly bizarre series of tasks spread over ten nail-biting episodes to determine the next Taskmaster Champion.
Taskmaster was crowned Best Entertainment Programme at the Broadcast Awards 2018. The series has been nominated for an International Emmy for Best Non-Scripted Entertainment, two BAFTA nominations for Best Comedy Entertainment Programme plus nominations at the RTS Awards, Broadcasting Press Guild Awards consecutively for the past four years. 2019 has seen nominations for Broadcast Digital Awards for Best Entertainment Programme and Best Gamechanger Programme, and two further nominations earlier this year at the Broadcast Awards 2019 for Best Entertainment Programme and Best Multichannel Programme.
The Taskmaster format has been sold into 17 countries including local versions of the show being developed for Comedy Central in the U.S. (starring Reggie Watts as the Taskmaster), TV 2 in Denmark, VTM in Belgium, TVE in Spain, and two series on Sweden's SVT channel.
The ninth series of Taskmaster will air on Dave in September, catch up on series 1-8 on UKTV Play