Taskmaster Series 7 – Studio Visit

First I must start by saying there are 2 types of people in the world. Those that love Taskmaster and those that don’t have a clue what it is.

If you are one of the latter here is a quick explanation.

Taskmaster is a comedy panel show that sees Alex Horne set a selection of 5 comedians mad/silly or just plain stupid tasks to see who can perform them best / quickest. These tasks are prerecorded on location and the panellists have no idea how each other have performed until they are shown to the giant Greg Davies (the TASKMASTER himself) and are judged in front of a live studio audience.

Taskmaster just showed the final of series 6 before immediately showing the series 7 line up and started the studio recordings within a couple of weeks. Scifind.com had been invited to see the recording of the first episode of Taskmaster series 7.

Taskmaster Series 7 Lineup.

Taskmaster Series 7 Line Up
Left to right – JAMES ACASTER, JESSICA KNAPPETT, KERRY GODLIMAN, PHIL WANG, RHOD GILBERT

So in addition to the TASKMASTER himself (Greg Davies) and Little Alex Horne (Alex Horne) those being tasked for series 7 are  James Acaster (Standup who has been on Mock The Week etc), comedy writer and actress Jessica Knappett (E4’s Drifters, The Inbetweeners Movie), actress and stand-up Kerry Godliman (again many episodes of Mock The Week), internationally acclaimed comedian Phil Wang (BBC Two’s Live At The Apollo, Dave’s Unspun with Matt Forde), and renowned Welsh comic Rhod Gilbert (BBC Two’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired).

Scifind Roadtrip

So yesterday, Thursday 19th July 2018, we set off to the world class movie (and TV) studios at Pinewood. Pinewood Studios is a destination in itself, being the home to many a James Bond, Star Wars and many more.

It was a fantastic feeling to pass through those gates that have been used by cast and crew of so many great movies in the past.

There were loads of curious and helpful security staff who aided us in finding our way, but who wouldn’t have loved the opportunity to wonder around and poke their nose in the hundreds of buildings and rooms on site.

The next bit is a little note to self. When you know that you are going to anywhere that is likely to have metal detectors and security searches clear your pockets first. In addition to about £13 in change (seriously who has that much coinage on then, in a pocket, EVER) here is a quick snap of SOME of the contents. (Do I get geek points for the Boba Fett wallet and the dice?).

Seriously I kept emptying my pockets and still kept setting off the metal detector. It took three or four rounds until I was cleared and could sheepishly refill  my pockets.

So what should you expect from Taskmaster Series 7?

Boxes, Beans and the Bear.

Well I am not really looking to make any spoilers, though I have made a small hint in the heading above. It is fair to say the show’s format has not changed. Again if you are not familiar with the show you can catch up on all previous series on UKTV Play.

It is always a joy seeing what you would presume to be fairly stable people losing their mind over what could be quite simple tasks. With the solutions running from over thinking, to complete breakdown. These ‘simple’ challenges do really stress out the competitive contestants.

The mix of comedians is great and I am sure that we will see the dynamic pick up as the series progresses. Thought there are glimpses of how things will progress. For example James Acaster being the baby of the piece and a bit of a ‘love hate’ thing going between Phil Wang and Rhod Gilbert.

With regards to the actual content of this first episode, I am sure that there is a LOT that we sat through in hysterics that will never make the actual TV show, but this is the same for any. Maybe DAVE should release a Too Hot For TV late night special!

As a side note, if you haven’t already, it might be worth watching Greg Davies live show You Magnificent Beast (currently available on Netflix). Not only is it a fantastic show in itself, but it will give you a big insight to an element of this first show of Taskmaster Series 7.

 

Big Thank you to all of UKTV, especially Gem.

 

Taskmaster Series 7 should be broadcast on DAVE TV Channel from November 2018.

Taskmaster Links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/taskmaster

Taskmaster On DAVE – https://dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/taskmaster/

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Greg Davies and Little Alex Horn
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Retro Gaming TV Show Go8Bit Renewed for 2 More Series.

bvamsdeehhdvejqwwnloGiving it the full program title Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit is essentially a handful of celebrities having a laugh with both old and new video games.

It is better than Games Master ever was, even though Dave has tried to emulate the late great Patrick Moore’s giant floating head by having Dara as host with his giant head*.

Actually the format of the show owes more to the team captain Steve McNeil’s Wifi Wars live interactive video game show.

First broadcast in September 2016 series 1 saw a great following quickly evolve and there are many happy people now that two more series have been commissioned.

With regards to the new series Dara O Briain said,
“What bittersweet news. The more time I spend making this fun exciting show about video games, the less time I have to play fun, exciting video games, and I’m already pretty bad at video games. In fact, the more I make this show the less qualified I am to be a guest on it. Now there’s an irony.”

The second and third series of Go 8 Bit will see a boost to ten episodes per series. The first new episode will happen sometime in 2017, keep posted for details.

Host Dara O Briain will be returning alongside team captains Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon. Resident gaming expert Ellie Gibson will also be returning.

DAVE the TV channel has actually become SciFind’s TV channel of choice in 2016. After their successful relaunch of scifi comedy Red Dwarf and their new commissions such as Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish, and the much shorter titled Taskmaster, there is much more to DAVE now than being a repeats channel.

 

 

Not Scifi – But SCIENCE (sortof)

Dara O Briain Looking Smug

<UKTV?s Dave is thrilled to welcome Irish comedian and presenter Dara O Briain, as he takes a journey into the realms of pure logic in his brand new and exclusive series, ?Dara O Briain: School Of launching Monday 16th April at 8pm on Dave.

The unlikely comedian-come-brainbox who studied maths and theoretical physics at University College, Dublin is on a mission to use all his knowledge and intuition to solve some tasty real-world brainteasers and conundrums. But instead of guesswork, Dara?s enlisting maths, physics, chemistry and logic, to solve a variety of problems.

Want to know how best to save a drowning man? Dara works out the optimum angle to jump into the river and pull them to safety. Want to know where to position yourself on a dance-floor to potentially get the highest number of kisses? Dara finds a way. Want to find out the most slices you can get out of a pizza if you?re only allowed to cut it three times? Dara?s your pizza-peculiar man!

Check out the Dara O Briain: School Of Hard Sums trailer here:

In each episode, Dara teams up with Oxford University maths professor Marcus du Sautoy and a variety of comedy guests including; Alex Horne, David O?Doherty and Jason Byrne, to dissect each puzzle and find out guaranteed ways to solve some serious quizzing complications!

Red Dwarf – Back To Earth

Red Dwarf - Back to Earth
Red Dwarf - Back to Earth

I was so excited to hear that Red Dwarf was back on our screens, I knew as it was going to be on DAVE that the budget would not be half of the BBC TV episodes, but still I had high hopes.

Original Cast members Craig Charles (Dave Lister), Chris Barrie (Arnold Rimmer) and Danny John Jules (Cat) along with long term companion Kryten played by Robert Llewelyn with notable absence from either Norman Lovett or Hattie Hayridge as Holly

I made my first mistake, I watched the 3 parts on 3 separate days over the Easter weekend. This was not a great idea, hence my rating for the individual episodes as follows.

Red Dwarf: Back To Earth Part 1
[Rating: 1/5]
Red Dwarf: Back To Earth Part 2
[Rating: 2/5]
Red Dwarf: Back To Earth Part 3
[Rating: 3/5]

Not good as you would imagine. But as mentioned on another Red Dwarf episode the sum of its parts is greater than the whole as I would overall give Red Dwarf: Back to Earth
[Rating: 4/5]

Why? Well simply it was down to expectation, coupled with the breaking up of just over 60 minutes of new Red Dwarf (Dave has adverts) This meant that the first episode was just some physical gags relating to the giant squid, buffered with a little plot. Also the third episode dropped the user into a Red Dwarf that had no continuity with the rest of the series – a little explanation may have helped at the time – but being frank explanation in the first part would have dampened later revelations.

I am hoping that the fact that this Red Dwarf was set after a fictional ‘series 10’ actually gives me hope that series 10 will be made. Even if it isn’t please Doug Grant PLEASE give the go ahead for comics, audio (Red Dwarf as done by Big Finish – fantastic idea) or what ever to fill the gap, time is ticking on.

Overall if watched all together in one bulk (on DVD without adverts would be great) the story would reveal itself instead of being completely absent from part one).

I can see why Dave put it over 3 nights and if I weren’t so impatient I would have watched it on the Monday night where all three parts were shown back to back.

Roll on the DVD and its extras.