16 October 2020 18:32

Big Zuu's Christmas Eats will air on Dave in December and features two fan-favourite comedians from Taskmaster.

The first Taskmaster episode on Channel 4 attracted 1.7million viewers, overnight data reveals. That figure is roughly in line with what the show scored on Dave when catch-up viewing was also counted – which means the show is sure to grow its audience with the change in broadcaster, once on-demand requests are also counted. Channel 4 has also hailed the fact that the show won its 9pm slot among the key 16-34 year-old demographic. Shot under social distancing rules, the tenth series featured Daisy May Cooper, Johnny Vegas, Katherine Parkinson, Mawaan Rizwan and Richard Herring being given ludicrous challenges by Taskmaster Greg Davies and his sidekick Alex Horne, who created the format. Read our review of the opening episode here.

Published: 16 Oct 2020 ENVIRONMENTAL activists have expressed their outrage at the government's planning reforms by painting over a billboard. Members of Extinction Rebellion have transformed advertising hoarding in The Drove, Brighton, which was previously an advert for Channel 4 show Taskmaster. Campaigners pasted an image of Boris Johnson sat on a throne holding a melting globe, surrounded by rows of identikit houses. Beside him are the words: "Don't be taken for a ride. This cowboy government wants to churn out 300,000 carbon-belching houses every year.

"We need homes but they must be affordable, carbon zero and decided on locally." The activists, who are calling themselves the Truth Team, are calling on people to respond to the consultation on the government's proposals for planning reforms. The Planning for the Future white paper sets out proposals to "streamline and modernise" the planning process and "ensure more land is available for development". Zones would be introduced, allowing automatic permission for developments in certain areas, with no input from local residents. It will be possible for homes to be built quicker under the proposals, according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. But environmentalists believe the reforms will lead to "hundreds of thousands of poor quality 'slum' homes that spew out carbon emissions and fuel catastrophic climate change".

One member of the XR 'Truth Team' in Brighton said: "Apart from the lack of any real attempt to address climate change and biodiversity loss, one of the main issues is that there is very little detail about any of the proposals made in the white paper. "We fear the result will be poor-quality housing with a huge carbon footprint, creating car-dependent commuter towns with no infrastructure such as public transport, schools, shops or parks. "This is truly terrible news for the climate, for biodiversity and for the environment. "Personally, I feel I have no choice but to act. I worry about the future we are leaving for our children. "I want my son to grow up in a world where people and nature can live in harmony, not where we have created endless rows of cheap housing which contributes to an overheating planet. "With thought and care affordable housing that meets demand could be designed to be in harmony with our beautiful planet. "But as usual, the opportunity to make a quick buck is grasped by the greedy at the expense of those with no voice." The consultation on the proposals ends on October 29. To have your say, visit www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future. Rapper Big Zuu will be getting us all in the festive spirit by serving up a Christmas special of his series Big Zuu's Big Eats on Dave. Big Zuu's Christmas Eats will air on Dave in December and features two fan-favourite comedians from Taskmaster. Ed Gamble, who won Taskmaster series 9, and Phil Wang, who competed on series 7, will be joining Big Zuu alongside Desiree Burch and Rosie Jones. The four will be treated to a fine festive feast cooked by Big Zuu and his sous chef Hyder and chief taster Tubsey. Roberto Ricciuti Getty Images The special will also see Desiree and Zuu visit a terrifying free-range Turkey farm, Ed and Phil helping Zuu find the perfect Christmas tree and Rosie having fun at a cheese restaurant. However, the feast will begin badly for Rosie as she's treated to an alcohol-free cocktail and Snails without the snails. The group will then be treated to an epic Christmas sandwich (which is a problem for bread-hating Phil). des willie UKTV Related: Taskmaster Greg Davies says that one contestant "infuriated" him in series 10 But not content with just being festive with comedians, Zuu will also be hosting his Music Special in December. He'll be joined by some of the UK's biggest rappers including AJ Tracey, grime MC JME and his sister and radio presenter Julie Adenuga and hip-hop musician Loyle Carner. The group will have Chrismassy chats while enjoying festive carols as Zuu serves up some Big Zuu Bissap, a V-Gang Gobi Christmas Curry, his take on a next level Christmas dinner and some mouth-watering desserts. Big Zuu's Christmas Eats airs on Dave in December. Taskmaster airs on Channel 4. Digital Spy has launched its first-ever digital magazine with exclusive features, interviews, and videos. Access the latest edition with a 1-month free trial, only on Apple News+. Interested in Digital Spy's weekly newsletter? Sign up to get it sent straight to your inbox – and don't forget to join our Watch This Facebook Group for daily TV recommendations and discussions with other readers. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io