Taskmaster season 17 line-up in full

Who will emerge victorious as the new master of tasks?

Pictured: Greg & Alex
The Taskmaster Greg Davies and his sidekick Little Alex Horne. (Channel 4)

Hot off of January’s Champion of Champions special comes a brand new season of Taskmaster – the 17th to be precise – and with it comes a fresh collection of comics all vying to be crowned the master of tasks.

If you’re unfamiliar with this deceptively simple-yet-immensely-watchable series, let us fill you in.

Starting life on Dave before moving to Channel 4, it follows the titular Taskmaster Greg Davies and his loyal sidekick (Little) Alex Horne. Each outing features a new selection of funny faces who compete against each other to complete a series of tasks set by Horne in order to gain some all-important points from Davies.

Tasks can range from the downright simple to the infuriatingly tricky and each can be solved in any number of ways. Mix this formula with some of the best rib-ticklers in the biz and you’ve got a recipe for a frequently hilarious hour of telly.

With a new batch of episodes heading our way, here’s everything you need to know about Taskmaster season 17, including its start date, cast and more.

When does Taskmaster season 17 start?

Pictured: Alex Horne - Taskmaster S16 2023 (Channel 4)
Alex Horne sets the tasks. (Channel 4)

The first episode of Taskmaster season 17 will air on Channel 4 on Thursday, 28 March at 9pm.

Who is on the new season of Taskmaster?

Pictured: Greg- Taskmaster 2023. (Channel 4)
Greg Davies dishes out the points. (Channel 4)

A new series of Taskmaster means a new selection of comedians going up against Davies and Horne’s tasks and series 17 has lined up a great collection of contestants.

Let’s say hello to them.

Joanne McNally

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. 31 July 2019. Performances from the Assembly Gala Launch at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019. Pictured, Joanne McNally
Joanne McNally is a comedian and podcast host. (Alamy)

Irish comedian Joanne McNally is a stand-up comedian and podcast host known as the co-presenter of the audio show My Therapist Ghosted Me alongside her fellow pod host Vogue Williams.

Elsewhere, fans may recognise her from appearances on Channel 4’s The Big Fat Quiz of the Year and her stand-up show entitled the Prosecco Express.

Nick Mohammed

Nick Mohammed arrives at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, at the Peacock Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Nick Mohammed has earned Emmy nominations from his time on Ted Lasso. (Invision/AP)

Nick Mohammed recently starred in the multiple award-winning football series Ted Lasso, a show that earned him two Emmy nominations. He’s also appeared in a variety of other shows, including Intelligence with Friends star David Schwimmer and an episode of The Horne Section with the Taskmaster’s lackey Alex Horne.

Taskmaster contestants are required to wear the same outfit while completing each task and Mohammed has selected a vampire costume – something we’re sure he’ll soon live to regret.

Sophie Willan

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Sophie Willan attends the British Academy Television Craft Awards at The Brewery on April 24, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Bolton comic Sophie Willan joins Taskmaster's new series. (Getty Images)

Sophie Willan has starred in a variety of shows, including Still Open All Hours and the second series of prison drama Time, both on the BBC.

Hailing from Bolton, her stand-up show Branded earned her a nod for an Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2017 and her own BBC Two series Alma’s Not Normal bagged a BAFTA for its writing.

Steve Pemberton

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Inside No. 9 star Steve Pemberton revealed his involvement in Taskmaster via a crossword puzzle. (Getty Images)

One-fifth of The League of Gentlemen and the co-creator of anthology series Inside No. 9 with fellow Leaguer Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton will also join Taskmaster’s latest series.

According to reports, Pemberton revealed that he would take part in the show via a crossword published in the Guardian that heavily hinted that he could be joining the new series. The move was a reference to an Inside No. 9 episode that focused on crosswords and even had its own tie-in puzzle published in the Guardian on the day the episode aired.

John Robins

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 26: John Robins attends the 2023 Edinburgh Comedy Awards at Dovecot Studios on August 26, 2023 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Euan Cherry/Getty Images)
John Robins is a radio host and author. (Getty Images)

John Robins is perhaps best known by fans as the co-host of a popular radio show with fellow presenter Elis James. The programme mixes comedy with an honest look at men’s mental health, a subject that has inspired a brand new book penned by the pair which will soon hit shelves.

Robbins also co-hosts the Bad Golf YouTube channel with Taskmaster’s own Alex Horne and has previously won an Edinburgh Comedy Award back in 2017.

Taskmaster season 17 starts on Channel 4 on Thursday, 28 March at 9pm