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What to know about British imports



Comic book Greg Davies, also known as the Taskmaster, and his “assistant”, also the creator of the series Alex Horne.
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As we immerse ourselves more and more in the COVID-induced content gap that has wiped out the upcoming fall TV tracks, there has never been a better time to Taskmaster, one of the many hidden gems of British television, to finish making its way to the United States. Although comedy shows are virtually a non-existent genre in the United States of A, there are twelve on British television, but Taskmaster it owns its own indefinable brand of madness that has kept viewers back in series, soon to be ten. The popularity of the show in Britain is hardly a turning point. Since it began broadcasting in 2015, international adaptations have been generated in Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Still, no remake could ever be expected to compare to the original, which is so successful that Channel 4 committed to six more seasons when it acquired the UKTV show late last year.

Exclusion of a short-lived American remake, hosted by Reggie Watts, below Taskmaster it hasn’t gotten much of a footprint in the United States, but that will change this Sunday, when the CW begins airing the show in full British glory. If you are one of the many helpless Americans who have not yet discovered the glory outside the wall TaskmasterHere’s the full description of what you need to know about the show before series eight and nine start coming out in America.

While a Google search will yield various results (mostly because the show shares its name with a Marvel comic book villain), Taskmaster it’s based on a fairly simple premise: Five standing comedians use their quick wit to complete “tasks” of varying degrees of ridiculousness in an attempt to please the Taskmaster (the comedian Greg Davies) and earn a golden bust of his head.

Yes and no. Greg Davies, the “Taskmaster”, is a British comedian and actor, and while he plays the role of the Taskmaster, he is a combination of his real personality and a cold, demanding character invented for the show. Next to him is the subordinate bearer of a man named Alex Horne, who acts as his assistant, but he also has a role to play, because in reality, Horne is the director and executive producer of the program, as well as its creator. .

Again, yes and no. It is a game show in the sense that it features a group of contestants competing for a prize, but it is not a game show because the contestants are already famous (at least in Britain, most of them it will be less familiar to U.S. audiences, who should consider this an opportunity to broaden their comic horizons), and the prize is a golden bust of the Taskmaster’s head. The leitmotif of the show is not competition for a cash prize, it is the effortless and often careless humor that results from contestants trying to complete tasks.

Presented by Alex Horne, but ostensibly set up by the Taskmaster, the tasks vary in wild content, but always require off-list thinking and a willingness on the part of contestants to make an absolute mockery of themselves. There are some consistent tasks between week and week: the first task of the episode is always a prize task, in which a contestant carries one of their own possessions and the winner of the episode gets to take all the possessions. at home.

It would be a hoax to try to connect the dots between the rest of the tasks, but the easiest way to explain the chaos is by giving examples. Previous tasks have included everything from commands like “make the best noise” to “impress this mayor” to “get the best gift for the Taskmaster,” the last of which was won by comedian Josh Widdicombe, who he tattooed the Taskmaster’s name on his leg. permanently: it is to the extent that the volunteers are the ones who want to gain what is essentially rights.