Greg Davies is The Taskmaster
What can you tell us about the casting in this series, Greg? It never ceases to amaze me. You expect the dynamic to be tried and tested by now, but no two groups are ever remotely the same. The way five people spark off each other and respond to tasks is always unique. It’s fascinating. Really, it’s like a science experiment. It’s sort of taken over from Big Brother, I think, before Big Brother got silly. I find the great joy of this show is the revealing of a side of people that they normally keep locked away.
Alex Horne, creator, executive producer and co-presenter
Let’s talk about the cast for Series 12, first of all. How do you decide on a group? We try to make sure the cast has a different feel each time, but this is a fantastic group. I was going to say it’s greater than the sum of its parts, but that isn’t true; each of them is great individually. But I do think that together, in particular, they became this unlikely band of people. The five of them are great together.
Interview with Alan Davies
Why did you sign up to Taskmaster? Lots of people I know have been on and they all told me, “It’s really great fun, you should do it.” Lou Sanders is a huge advocate of Taskmaster, Jo Brand has done it, Lee Mack, lots of people. I know David Baddiel counselled Victoria Coren Mitchell before she
Interview with Victoria Coren-Mitchell
Why did you sign up for Taskmaster? I’ve been asked before but I didn’t do it, mainly because I had a small child, and I didn’t like leaving her behind anywhere. This series coincided with her first term at school. I was worried about being at home by myself, and I thought I might end up at the school, up at the window, claws on the glass, shouting, “What are you doing with my child?” So I thought it would be quite good to be physically removed to a different situation, facing some distracting challenges.
Interview with Desiree Burch
Why did you sign up for the show? I didn’t have to be convinced. It’s so much fun! I have to say, especially during this time where there’s masking and Covid testing and all of that stuff, it was truly delightful to show up to a place around a bunch of people and do something fun that you’ve never done before, and are never going to do again. My background is in theatre and working with performance artists, and Taskmaster is very similar to that sort of work where you’re trying to accomplish something in real time, and you’re allowing yourself to be witnessed doing it. It’s an attempt, so it may very well fail. We’ve all watched each other and ourselves fail, especially when you look at someone else and you’re like, “How did you figure out how to do that?” I feel like that’s the perennial appeal of Taskmaster. My only regret is that I wish I’d done better at certain tasks. Everyone who’s done this show has walked away from challenges like, “I should have done that differently.”
Interview with Guz Khan
Why did you want to do the show? I’m very averse to looking goofy and doing goofy stuff. It’s where I come from. I’ll be honest, I like watching other people do it, but me being put in that position? Absolutely not. But a mate of mine, Jamali Maddix, was in Series 11 and I thought it was time to play outside the comfort zone, so I was like, “You know what, maybe I should do it too.”