Channel 4 swoops for ‘Taskmaster’

Channel 4 has swooped for Avalon format Taskmaster, as first revealed by TBI earlier this month.  The broadcaster has scored a six-series deal across three years for the format with Avalon, with new episodes set to come to Channel 4 from late 2020. Repeats will be aired on E4. As reported by TBI, the deal follows […]

TBI Weekly: Why the face-off for ‘Taskmaster’ could be ‘Bake Off’ 2.0

Three years after Love Productions marched Bake Off from BBC One to Channel 4, history is repeating itself with Avalon’s Taskmaster, which is unlikely to return to UKTV’s Dave and will likely land on Channel 4 or the BBC, all of which begs the question: is this the new normal for prize formats? Manori Ravindran […]

Exclusive: Avalon pulls ‘Taskmaster’ from UKTV as Channel 4 circles

Avalon Television is snatching its format Taskmaster from UKTV’s Dave five years after the show debuted on the channel and grew to become its biggest hit.  TBI understands that the BAFTA-nominated comedy format will not be returning after the current season ends next week. It is believed that Channel 4 is close to securing the […]

Virgin Media Ireland adds UKTV to on-demand platform

Virgin Media Ireland has added UKTV Play to its line-up of on-demand services, boosting its catch-up TV catalogue by more than 1,000 hours. UKTV channels Dave, W, Gold and Alibi are now available on Virgin Media On Demand in Ireland, giving users access to shows like UKTV Originals Taskmaster (pictured) and John Bishop: In Conversation […]

Taskmaster US set for Comedy Central

A US version of British comedy format Taskmaster toplines cable channel Comedy Central’s latest slate. The series is joined by new series such as sitcom Corporate and black America-focused The New Negroes. Taskmaster sees five comedians set random, creative challenges by another comic ‘taskmaster’ and their sidekick. UK-based Avalon Television, which produces the British version […]