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The natural friends.Hell is here.Languidly.Dynamite chicks.Skateboard Division.Brother Alex.I'm off to find a robin.Never packed a boot.Fagin at the disco.Always forks and marbles.

Series 16 was the sixteenth series of Taskmaster and aired on Channel 4 from 21 September to 23 November 2023. The series featured Julian Clary, Lucy Beaumont, Sam Campbell, Sue Perkins, and Susan Wokoma as contestants and was won by Sam Campbell. This series had an art deco theme.

Series breakdown[]

This section contains spoilers.
Task Description Julian Clary Lucy Beaumont Sam Campbell Sue Perkins Susan Wokoma
Episode 1: The natural friends. (21 September 2023)
1 Prize: Most wonderful wooden thing that they've owned for a while. 5 1 3 4 2
2 Build a tower out of the cans in the lab. You must put on your blindfold in this room and wear it properly for the rest of the task. 4 2 5 1 3
3 Team: Connect the most individual parts of one person to individual parts of another person. All members of your team must be connected. 5 5 5 2 2
Team: Cross the finish line with all connections still connected.
4 Get the duck into the lake. You must not touch the beak. If the duck leaves the course, it must re-enter at the point it left the course. If your duck touches the boundary or a flamingo or a pineapple, one minute will be added to your time. DQ DQ 3 4 5
5 Live: Say whether you think the next item is heavier or lighter than the previous item. If you are wrong, you are eliminated. 5 5 5 2 2
Total 19 13 21 13 14
Episode 2: Hell is here. (28 September 2023)
1 Prize: Best sign. 1 2 3 5 4
2 Pull the sword from the stone. You may not force the sword or break the stone. 5 3 2 1 4
3 Make a cheeky picture on this piece of wood using nails and one continuous piece of wire. Also, if any egg timers stop, you must stare at the camera shaking your head for 10 seconds. 2 1 5 5 3
4 Make mischief. 3 2 1 4 5
5 Live: Write down one thing you like and one thing you don't like. 5 2 1 4 3
Live: Draw your two things at the same time. You must be drawing with both hands and stare at the Taskmaster throughout.
T Learn pi to the most decimal places. - - -
Total 16 10 12 19 19
Episode 3: Languidly. (5 October 2023)
1 Prize: The present you've been given that raises the most questions. 4 3 5 2 1
2 Get the ball in the hole. Nothing may touch the ball. After you touch one tool, you may not touch another tool for one minute. If you decide to touch the welly, you must only do so with your foot. 5 3 4 1 2
3 Get underneath the most unique things. Alex will write down your things when you shout "I'm underneath it". If you get underneath something that someone else gets underneath, you both lose five things from your total. 4 2 5 4 1
4 Choose a new nickname based on something you do in the next 20 minutes. 1 4 5 3 2
5 Team Live: One member of your team must lie on three of the squares and go to sleep. After they have taken their position, they must not move until the task is over. Taking it in turns, the other team members must try to land their cushion in each of the three sleep squares. 5 5 5 0 0
Total 19 17 24 10 6
Episode 4: Dynamite chicks. (12 October 2023)
1 Prize: Best thing for a grown-up that is meant for a child. 4 5 1 3 2
2 Make a sausage. You can only use seven ingredients, each beginning with the letters of the word "sausage". You may not order sausages. 4 3 1 5 2
3 Team: Complete all the tasks, then put the tubs back on your heads. One person must be looking at a teammate at all times during the tasks. Also, one person must be shaking their head and smiling at all times during the tasks and one person must only shout. 5 5 5 2 2
4 Recreate a well-known piece of art on these memo squares. You must draw on every memo square, but you may only look at one memo square at a time. 3 1 5 5 3
5 Live: Write the name of a different animal on each face of your dice. The most boring animal rolled will be eliminated. 1 4 5 3 2
T Tut the loudest. - - -
Total 17 18 17 18 11
Episode 5: Skateboard Division. (19 October 2023)
1 Prize: Best thing that has five things on it. 4 2 1 3 5
2 Burst this balloon from the furthest distance. You must not be looking at the balloon when you burst it. 3 1 4 5 2
3 Make the most cool but scary gang using these eyes. 3 1 5 2 4
4 Get all the water in the vase. If you spill any water from the plate, you are disqualified. You may not leave the lab. DQ DQ DQ DQ DQ
5 Live: Sip your drink. You may only touch the loo roll and you may not reach over the line. 5 3 4 2 2
Total 15 7 14 12 13
Episode 6: Brother Alex. (26 October 2023)
1 Prize: The greatest thing that makes quite a loud noise when you shake it. 2 4 5 3 1
2 Avoid the rubbish robots. You may not remove your blindfold at any point and at least one of your knees must be touching the floor throughout. 1 5 2 3 4
3 Team: Recreate your teammate's garage scene. 3 - 3 - 3
Team: Instruct your teammates to recreate your garage scene. You may not say any of the words on any of the labels. You may not leave your location. Also, you must try on all the outfits in the basket one at a time and not mention anything about it to your teammates. - 3 - 3 -
4 Present a piece called "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes". 2 5 5 4 4
5 Live: Pass the pineapples amongst you for 15 seconds while the Taskmaster shuts his eyes and has a little think. When the Taskmaster opens his eyes, he will say if he thinks you are holding a pineapple behind your back or not. If he accuses you wrongly, you will get a point. 1 3 3 4 5
Total 9 20 18 17 17
Episode 7: I'm off to find a robin. (2 November 2023)
1 Prize: The thing that is most guaranteed to make you groan. 3 2 2 5 4
2 Do whatever you like with these switches for five minutes. You will then do a task in the lab for five minutes. The conditions in the lab will change according to when you switch the switches in here. DQ 5 DQ DQ DQ
Balance the most tees on the shelves. You must stay on the platform throughout the task.
3 Pie Wayne in the face. Wayne is outside the front door. You may not touch Wayne nor step on the red green. If you miss Wayne with the pie, you must copy Wayne's dance moves for 10 seconds. 4 DQ 3 DQ 5
4 Put yourself somewhere within the boundary. The person furthest from everyone else wins. The people closest together both lose two points. Also, throughout the task, you must behave really weirdly. 1[1] 4 5 0[1] 1
5 Live: Catch three balls on your head. After you've caught a ball, you must shout "ball". You may not step off your circles, move your circles, adjust your arms or touch the balls with your hands. 5 3 4 1 2
T Live: From your seated position, fire the contents of your party popper furthest. - - -
Total 13 14 14 6 12
Episode 8: Never packed a boot. (9 November 2023)
1 Prize: The best single-word object you own and love that gets the best reaction when introduced following a drum roll. 4 3 2 5 4
2 This is not a team task. Find the secret task. You must never be in the same room as each other. Whenever the air horn sounds, you must replace anything you are holding and change rooms. Everyone must find the secret task before the task ends. 0 0 1 -1 0
This is the secret task. If you found this task fastest, you must choose one contestant who will lose five points. If you found it second fastest, you must choose one contestant who will lose one point. If you found it third fastest, you must choose one contestant who will get a special hat. If you found it fourth fastest, you must choose a contestant who will gain a point. If you found it slowest, you must choose one contestant who will gain five points. You must not choose yourself. You must shout the name of your contestant in 10 seconds from now.
3 Complete the fortune trail. 5 DQ 4 DQ 3
4 Convince a child you're asleep. You must either have a nap lasting one minute with your face visible throughout - during this nap, you must snore and sleepwalk - or you must have a nap lasting one minute where you are not in bed at all, but the child thinks you are. During this nap, you must snore and sleeptalk. 3 1 5 2 5
5 Team Live: Mime the proverb on your card. There will be three minute-long rounds. You must be waving at each other throughout your attempt, but you can make a single noise of the Taskmaster's choosing. 3 3 3 5 5
Total 15 7 15 11 17
Episode 9: Fagin at the disco. (16 November 2023)
1 Prize: The bit of old crap that Greg likes the best. 3 1 4 5 2
2 Drive across the finish line. You must obey all the rules of the road and must only stop your vehicle at a traffic signal. If you disobey a rule, Alex will blow his whistle and you must return to the start for a 10-second driving lesson. DQ 3 2 5 4
3 Make Greg the best gift. Your items must cost no more than £50. 4 4 2 5 3
4 Feed the clown the most cards. No part of you must cross the threshold of the stage. 5 DQ DQ DQ DQ
5 Live: Watch Alex's parade then answer the questions. You may not make any notes during the parade. 3 1 2 5 5
Total 15 9 10 20 14
Episode 10: Always forks and marbles. (23 November 2023)
1 Prize: The thing that, when you turn it round, gives you the biggest shock. 5 4 2 1 3
2 Do something shocking but family-friendly with this doughnut. 4 5 3 1 4
3 Demonstrate the most effective high-intensity four-part exercise routine. Each of your four exercises must be original and must take place on this mat. The first must last eight seconds, the second four, the third two and the fourth one second long.[2] 5 2 4 3 3
4 Team: Give your guest the best service. 2 2 2 5 5
5 Live: Throw a ball into the bathtub from behind the rope. You may not touch the rope. If a ball ends up not in the bathtub, you are eliminated. 1 1 5 1 1
Total 17 14 16 11 16
Grand Total 155 129 161 137 139


  1. 1.0 1.1 Julian and Sue placed third and fourth respectively in this task, but as they were the two closest people, their scores were lowered from 3 and 2 to 1 and 0.
  2. Each contestant was told how to start and end each exercise, with the ends of one person's exercise being the start of someone else's in a loop.