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Taskmaster season 9 episodes list:
Greg Davies is the Taskmaster and he is back for a glorious ninth series of the show that bears his grand title. In one hand he brandishes his sparkling golden face-trophy, in the other sits Little Alex Horne, his ever-popular personal secretary. This season's brand new high-class hopefuls are: David Baddiel, Ed Gamble, Jo Brand, Katy Wix and Rose Matafeo.
These five intrepid contestants face a vast array of simple yet complicated tasks over ten episodes that they must try to perform without making themselves look foolish, lest they face a vicious verbal whipping from an angry man on a big throne. Their challenges range from secreting shiny vegetables to bringing a classic board game to life, to performing a sensational self-serenade. And, after ten episodes, one of them will exult in the grandeur of becoming a Taskmaster Champion.
It's still very early days in the marathon battle to claim Taskmaster Greg Davies's bold, gold bonce. Ed Gamble gets reckless with a frying pan, Katy Wix asks for a pencil and Jo Brand shares a leisurely sandwich with David Baddiel. Alex Horne is there to log all the important minutiae, which he later presents to Greg in a special private ceremony that no one has ever witnessed.
Why is David Baddiel steering heavy machinery towards a representation of his childhood sweetheart? Why is Jo Brand destroying a large slab of confectionery? And why is Rose Matafeo curling up into a foetal position? Well, it's because they're all trying to impress Taskmaster Greg Davies into awarding them valuable points in their quest to win his gilded noggin. Alex Horne stands by, armed with all kinds of accurate factual info.
David Baddiel shows a readiness to bare his chest and Katy Wix robs a piggy bank (of its undercarriage). Meanwhile, Greg Davies's gorgeous assistant Alex Horne is powerless in the face of Ed Gamble's creative vision.
Jo Brand shows cowboys how to cowboy, Katy Wix tortures Alex Horne with the help of a garden arch and Rose Matafeo asks a stranger if they have a library card. Plus, after Katy Wix falls ill during the studio records, former champion Kerry Godliman swoops in to take her place, but how will she fare on Katy's behalf?
Jo Brand demonstrates an impressive grasp of street slang, Katy Wix uses a long part of her body to steal something and David Baddiel takes a sledgehammer to a problem. Plus, another former champion, Katherine Ryan, makes a dramatic return to the studio!
Alex Horne, The Taskmaster's assistant and general dogsbody, lures all five competitors to a remote wasteland for a challenge involving eggs and medical equipment. Meanwhile, David Baddiel spray-paints his face, Rose Matafeo sculpts some vegetables and Jo Brand reveals her stunning psychic superpowers. As always, Greg Davies is merciless in his views of the comics' efforts to please him.
All the key areas of entertainment are covered in this episode: slapstick, singing, dancing, balloons and, of course, throwing one thing into another thing. Ed Gamble dons a baby's bonnet, Katy Wix makes Alex Horne wince and Rose Matafeo does a spot of screaming.
The five comics go undercover as they try to impress Taskmaster Greg Davies with their attempts at highlevel espionage. Results, involving a white van, a newspaper and a paper cup, are mixed. Meanwhile, Greg's simpering secretary Alex Horne observes with barely concealed glee as Ed Gamble shaves his knees and Jo Brand finds an alternative use for her earring.
Five comedians had one dream: to become the Series 9 Taskmaster Champion. Now it's the Grand Final and after nine gruelling episodes that precious dream is still alive for all of them - bar David Baddiel.
One of the other four - Ed Gamble, Jo Brand, Katy Wix or Rose Matafeo - will be going home with Greg Davies's massive golden face tucked safely into an unassuming hold-all. Alex Horne has the stats handy as they ponder peas, teas and absent keys.