UKTV’s Dave channel has handed out a two season renewal to breakout original series Taskmaster, featuring Greg Davies and Alex Horne. The total pick-up is for ten episodes, split across seasons two and three, which will air in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
Taskmaster sees Greg Davies, assisted by Alex Horne, assigning tasks to a group of well-known comedians to show their creativity, conniving and competitiveness, before he ultimately decides who wins. The series, which was devised by Horne, is produced by Avalon Television. The executive producers are Richard Allen-Turner, James Taylor, Hilary Rosen and Jon Thoday. Series director Andy Devonshire also serves as executive producer.
The two-season renewal is big sign of confidence in the show from UKTV brass and comes after the first season ranked as their highest rated original commission of the past year on VOD platform UKTV Play. Seasons two and three were commissioned by UKTV’s Deputy Director of Commissioning Hilary Rosen and ordered by Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham and Dave General Manager Steve North.
“Taskmaster has taken the panel show to the next level, it’s an outstanding new comedy format and delivers the perfect balance of silliness and intelligence”, said Hilary Rosen. “I’m delighted to continue our working relationship with Alex Horne and Avalon. We look forward to unveiling our new cast of comedians and a fresh line-up of outrageous tasks.”
Taskmaster is the latest of Dave’s series to have earned a renewal in recent months, thanks to UKTV’s aggressive push into originals. It comes after the channel, which still ranks as the UK’s number one non-PSB, handed out renewals to Crackanory (under an AFP model) and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled. This is also the latest two-season pick up from UKTV’s Dave channel, after they handed similarly sized renewals to Red Dwarf and Modern Life Is Goodish.
“We are thrilled to continue this hilarious show on Dave, Taskmaster sits perfectly alongside our other returning original shows like Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled”, added Dave’s General Manager Steve North. “I’m particularly excited to see what genius tasks the mind of Alex Horne has in store for the next two series.”