Greg Davies is the Taskmaster who, with the help of his right-hand man, Alex, sets out to test the wiles, wit and wisdom of five hyper competitive comedians through a series of ingenious challenges. With the chance to be crowned show champion, rivalry amongst the comedians is encouraged, dodgy tactics rewarded and bribes accepted.
Comedian Julian Clary, actress writer and stand-up Lucy Beaumont, award-winning stand-up Sam Campbell, , writer and comedian Sue Perkins and actress, writer and director Susan Wokoma battle to win an elaborate joust to become the 16th Taskmaster champion. As usual, Alex Horne helps maintain order amid the chaos, though falls foul of Taskmaster Greg Davies at one point because of peas. Elsewhere, Lucy marvels at a canned blindfold and everyone tries to put a big duck in a lake.
Alex Horne sets the five new comics another set of challenges ranging from the cunning to the crackpot, before Greg Davies leads the all-important debrief and score-giving back in the studio. Highlights include Julian Clary finding a former Taskmaster champion hiding behind a door, Susan Wokoma doing something unexpected with mice and fish and Sue Perkins demonstrating her love of portcullises.
The episode sees Alex having to choke down some vaguely cylindrical meals created by the five contestants. Greg watches in wonder, delight - and sometimes disgust - as Lucy gets her flowers mixed up, Sam regrets a trip abroad, Julian orders some edible pants and Susan shakes her head at Sue sniffing a door.
Sue Perkins makes an extraordinary noise, Julian Clary gets on his hands and knees, and Lucy Beaumont creeps everyone out. Elsewhere, Sam Campbell proves adept at identifying colourful birds, and Susan Wokoma finds unexpected reasons to be grateful for her formal acting training.
Lucy Beaumont wonders if she should risk flicking a forbidden switch, Julian Clary wonders if he needs more than one pie, while Sue Perkins assesses whether a deer head is preferable to a boundary line. Faced with all this wonderment, Sam Campbell rips off his own head. Alex Horne wonders if Taskmaster Greg Davies will ever respect him as he tries to maintain order amid the chaos.
Julian Clary, Lucy Beaumont, Sam Campbell, Sue Perkins and Susan Wokoma battle to win an elaborate joust to become the 16th Taskmaster champion. The mystery of the secret task is finally revealed to the baffled cast of comics, before the answers are gathered to some age-old questions - why does everyone keep choosing Sam, why is Sue tossing her head like a lion - and, crucially, who will get to wear the 'Special Hat'?
It's the business end of the series, and time is running out for certain contenders to make their late run to claim Taskmaster Greg's head. Susan Wokoma has excuses when it comes to road sweeping, Julian Clary makes smart use of a fishing rod, Sue Perkins reimagines Botticelli, Sam Campbell collects some coins and Lucy Beaumont asks Taskmaster Greg Davies's assistant Alex Horne to sit on a sled.
The series reaches an exhilarating climax as Sam Campbell designs a small bikini, Sue Perkins forgets about the milk, Lucy Beaumont feeds her young, Susan Wokoma pairs cornflakes with hot sauce and Julian Clary gently assaults an innocent Taskmaster Assistant.