22 November 2019 14:50
The rumours are true: Taskmaster is leaving Dave and embracing a new home on Channel 4 in 2020. Creator Alex Horne confirmed the news on Twitter this week, reassuring fans of the beloved game show that it "won't change" when it returns for a tenth series next year. Taskmaster is moving. — Alex Horne (@AlexHorne) November 22, 2019 "Hello! Taskmaster is moving," Horne wrote.
"To Channel 4. I promise the show won't change & there'll be the same amount of personal and professional humiliation. Thank you to everyone at UKTV for looking after us so brilliantly for 9 series. V excited. But now I have to go and clean the house." Horne later expanded on the decision to change broadcasters in a statement: "We've had an amazing nine series on Dave and I'd like to thank UKTV for letting us do such ridiculous things for so long. Greg [Davies] and I are looking forward to getting started on a new series for Channel 4 from next year. It seems like the right time to move to a channel with a broader audience and I can reassure people who like the show that it won't be changing one bit and I'll still be forced to do things no one should ever have to do." Taskmaster Greg Davies added "For the first time in our working relationship I agree with little Alex Horne. The nine series on UKTV have been a joy and I would echo his thanks to all involved. I do take issue with the notion that the show will remain exactly the same however as I have made it my personal mission to break his spirit. I will remain even handed with contestants of course, but it really is going to get unpleasant for him. Peace." Rumours that the show was set to leave Dave had started when it appeared that UKTV had not been able to renew its licence with Taskmaster producer Avalon, with the licence set to expire at the end of 2019. Channel 4 likely swooped in during this period of uncertainty with a wad of cash and a little romance. Series 10 will now air on Channel 4 in 2020, and episodes will be repeated on E4 later. More on Taskmaster series 10 as it arrives.