The Taskmaster Series 12 Contestant Line-Up Looks Like an Instant Classic


All change! No sooner had Mike Wozniak charmed the nation by undermining a vole, and put us all off our tea with his downstairs casserole, than it was all over. The current cohort of Taskmaster contestants have finished their last task, and it’s time for a new set of contenders. Please give a warm welcome to series 12 contestants: Desiree Burch, Victoria Coren-Mitchell, Alan Davies, Guz Khan and Morgana Robinson.

Series 12 is set to air at an unconfirmed date later this year on Taskmaster’s still-relatively new home of Channel 4. It’s “Coming Soon” according to the post-finale teaser.

Also arriving in 2021 is the show’s second Champion of Champions special miniseries. That one is set to welcome back the overall winners from series six to ten: Ed Gamble, Lou Sanders, Kerry Godliman, Liza Tarbuck and Richard Herring. If Taskmaster keeps going until series 25 (and if there’s any justice in the world, it will, and beyond) then presumably they’ll be able to stage a Champion of Champions of Champions, where the prize will Greg Davies himself.

Here’s a brief intro to each of the series 12 newbies:

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Desiree Burch

Stand-up, actor and writer Desiree Burch is an import from NYC and an Edinburgh festival award-winner who’s appeared on BBC One’s Live At The Apollo and regularly brightens up UK podcasts and panel shows. Warning: the clip above contains adult content.

Victoria Coren-Mitchell

Coren-Mitchell is a journalist, writer, professional poker player and the presenter of the only quiz show on TV that takes its name from an E.M Forster novel, Only Connect. See her in the clip above, taken from her husband David Mitchell’s panel show, Would I Lie To You?

Alan Davies

A constant presence on comedy quiz QI with both previous host Stephen Fry and current incumbent Sandi Toksvig, Alan Davies is a stand-up, writer and actor loved for playing duffel-coated detective Jonathan Creek.

Guz Khan

The creator and star of BBC Three’s brilliant Birmingham-set comedy Man Like Mobeen (pictured above) Guz Khan is a comedian, writer and ex-teacher who first came to fame in online comedy videos.

Morgana Robinson

Impressionist, writer and actor Morgana Robinson appeared under many guises in her own BBC comedy sketch show, after appearing in Vic and Bob’s House of Fools, Matt Berry’s Toast of London, The Windsors, Psychobitches and many more.

As soon as an air date is released for series 12 or the Champion of Champions miniseries, we’ll pass it on.

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