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Taskmaster move to Channel 4 confirmed

6 series deal from late 2020. (November 2019)

JC
JCB
I can barely see it working on Channel 4, let alone any BBC channel. It really does have that quirky style that I can only ever see on Dave. I guess that's a testament to UKTV's ability to build on the brand.


Are we watching different shows? Taskmaster isn't that "quirky" that it would look out of place on Channel 4 or even BBC1. Most of Dave's schedule is made up of BBC shows.
IS
Inspector Sands
It does have a style of its own, but it's not so 'out there' that it couldn't go to another channel. That said I think it would fit better on C4 than BBC1, primetime BBC1 is a bit too mainstream.

I'd have thought that not much would change whereever it goes, it's a complete package they're buying. The only difference could be the production values, a bigger budget could mean a larger studio used* and better quality location filming. The level of contestant might well rise too, which could be a bad or a bad thing.



*they've been a bit nomadic studio wise, the current set looks a bit snug. The first was done at Fountain and I'm sure looked a bit more spacious
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bilky asko Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
It does have a style of its own, but it's not so 'out there' that it couldn't go to another channel. That said I think it would fit better on C4 than BBC1, primetime BBC1 is a bit too mainstream.

I'd have thought that not much would change whereever it goes, it's a complete package they're buying. The only difference could be the production values, a bigger budget could mean a larger studio used* and better quality location filming. The level of contestant might well rise too, which could be a bad or a bad thing.



*they've been a bit nomadic studio wise, the current set looks a bit snug. The first was done at Fountain and I'm sure looked a bit more spacious


The first series was done at the Clapham Grand Theatre.

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IS
Inspector Sands
Oh, I stand corrected. Maybe the second was Fountain just before it closed,
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
I can barely see it working on Channel 4, let alone any BBC channel. It really does have that quirky style that I can only ever see on Dave. I guess that's a testament to UKTV's ability to build on the brand.


Who's to say the format wouldn't get a few tweaks. New titles and music etc. And on the BBC without adverts, that could increase the time on each task.

A few tweaks would be the problem - it just isn't a BBC1 show. BBC2 would be OK, but on BBC1 even post-watershed it would see the language toned down and just feel out of place.
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
Andrew Wood and Larry the Loafer gave kudos
SW
Steve Williams
Oh, I stand corrected. Maybe the second was Fountain just before it closed,


It was indeed, my partner was in the audience (and apparently it went on for hours and they got home at 4am). Then it moved to Pinewood, it was when I was in the audience last year, and I think it's still there. Though the set is obviously still modelled on the Clapham Grand.

A few tweaks would be the problem - it just isn't a BBC1 show. BBC2 would be OK, but on BBC1 even post-watershed it would see the language toned down and just feel out of place.


There are frequent F-words on HIGNFY, and that's at 9pm on BBC1.
TC
TCOTV
If BBC One and Dave could come together and do a deal that would be good. BBC One get first run but Dave gets the unedit version.
DeMarkay and Gary Baldy gave kudos
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Well if it was BBC it would likely end up in repeats on Dave.
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
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Amber Avenger Granada North West Today
Hasn't Dave given Taskmaster a few repeat runs pre-watershed with very minor tweaks? Not sure language is an issue really.
PL
PaddyLee84 UTV Newsline
Yes, it has gone out pre-watershed before with various sound effects covering the swearing. I remember seeing one pre-watershed edit where the task was to write your own fairytale book and only one picture was completely removed, anything a little risque was left in and IIRC mentions of 'tits' or 'penis' were not beeped out.
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Blake Connolly Founding member London London
I can barely see it working on Channel 4, let alone any BBC channel. It really does have that quirky style that I can only ever see on Dave. I guess that's a testament to UKTV's ability to build on the brand.


Who's to say the format wouldn't get a few tweaks. New titles and music etc. And on the BBC without adverts, that could increase the time on each task.


Can't imagine the music would change, that theme tune by the Horne Section is pretty well known by now I'd say, just as Dru Masters' incidental music is a recognisable part of the show. It's a bit like when Bake Off moved to Channel 4, having the familiar music helped a lot of people feel comfortable that it was still the same programme.

Oh, I stand corrected. Maybe the second was Fountain just before it closed,


It was indeed, my partner was in the audience (and apparently it went on for hours and they got home at 4am). Then it moved to Pinewood, it was when I was in the audience last year, and I think it's still there. Though the set is obviously still modelled on the Clapham Grand.


I went to one of the episodes of the first series at the Clapham Grand (the one where Josh Widdecombe revealed his tattoo) and then went to a non-broadcast 'taster' episode for the series 2 and 3 contestants to get used to the format of the studio shows (using up a few tasks that weren't being used for the series, they always do a few more than they need) and that was at Fountain. I remember being amazed at how well they'd recreated the theatre in the studio and wondering about why it must've been easier or cheaper to do that than just remain in Clapham.
Last edited by Blake Connolly on 8 November 2019 9:58am
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PGWodehouse Granada North West Today
I've no idea what channel Taskmaster will end up on but, whichever it is, I really hope it retains pretty much the same format: with the same hosts and similar types of guests (i.e. mainly comedians and not reality or soap stars). Provided it does, then I really don't mind which channel it's on.
I've been a fan of the show since the start.
I've enjoyed every series, although some even more than others. Even the series where none of the 5 contestants were really my type of humour (series 4 and 8 especially) were enjoyable because of the tasks and the banter led by the hosts. It's definitely one of my favourite shows of the 21st century.

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