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An overview of the tasks and winners of the British panel-game show Taskmaster. Each episode is hosted by Greg Davies as the Taskmaster, with Alex Horne as his assistant (and the creator of the tasks).

Series 1-9 were broadcast on Dave, and following Series 1 debuted twice a year. Series 10-onwards were broadcast on Channel Four.

  1. Series 1: 6 episodes, first UK broadcast 28/07/2015-01/09/2015. Contestants were:
    • Frank Skinner, Josh Widdicombe, Roisin Conaty, Romesh Ranganathan and Tim Key
      • Winner: Josh Widdicombe
  2. Series 2: 5 episodes, first UK broadcast 21/06/2016-19/07/2016. Contestants were:
    • Doc Brown, Joe Wilkinson, Jon Richardson, Katherine Ryan and Richard Osman
      • Winner: Katherine Ryan
  3. Series 3: 5 episodes, first UK broadcast 04/10/2016-01/11/2016. Contestants were:
    • Al Murray, Dave Gorman, Paul Chowdhry, Rob Beckett and Sara Pascoe
      • Winner: Rob Beckett
  4. Series 4: 8 episodes, first UK broadcast 25/04/2017-13/06/2017. Contestants were:
    • Hugh Dennis, Joe Lycett, Lolly Adefope, Mel Giedroyc and Noel Fielding
      • Winner: Noel Fielding
  5. Series 5: 8 episodes, first UK broadcast 13/09/2017-01/11/2017. Contestants were:
    • Aisling Bea, Bob Mortimer, Mark Watson, Nish Kumar and Sally Phillips
      • Winner: Bob Mortimer
  6. Champion of Champions 1: A two-episode Christmas Special, first UK broadcast 13/12/2017-20/12/2017, featuring the winning contestants of the first five series. Contestants provided in spoilers:
    • Josh Widdicombe (Series 1), Katherine Ryan (Series 2), Rob Beckett (Series 3), Noel Fielding (Series 4), Bob Mortimer (Series 5)
      • Winner: Josh Widdicombe
  7. Series 6: 10 episodes, first UK broadcast 02/05/2018-04/07/2018. Contestants were:
    • Alice Levine, Asim Chaudhry, Liza Tarbuck, Russell Howard and Tim Vine
      • Winner: Liza Tarbuck
  8. Series 7: 10 episodes, first UK broadcast 05/09/2018-05/11/2018. Contestants were:
    • James Acaster, Jessica Knappett, Kerry Godliman, Phil Wang and Rhod Gilbert
      • Winner: Kerry Godliman
  9. Series 8: 10 episodes, first UK broadcast 08/05/2019-10/07/2019. Contestants were:
    • Iain Stirling, Joe Thomas, Lou Sanders, Paul Sinha and Sian Gibson
      • Winner: Lou Sanders
  10. Series 9: 10 episodes, first UK broadcast 04/09/2019-06/11/2019. Contestants were:
    • David Baddiel, Ed Gamble, Jo Brand, Katy Wix and Rose Matafeo
      • Winner: Ed Gamble
  11. Series 10: 10 episodes, first UK broadcast 15/10/2020-17/12/2020. Contestants were:
    • Daisy May Cooper, Johnny Vegas, Katherine Parkinson, Mawaan Rizwan and Richard Herring
      • Winner: Richard Herring
  12. Taskmaster New Year Treat 2020: a one-off New Year special, first UK broadcast 01/01/2021. Contestants were:
    • John Hannah, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Nicola Coughlan, Rylan Clark-Neal and Shirley Ballas
      • Winner: Shirley Ballas
  13. Series 11: 10 episodes, first UK broadcast 18/03/2021-20/05/2021. Contestants were:
    • Charlotte Ritchie, Jamali Maddix, Lee Mack, Mike Wozniak and Sarah Kendall
      • Winner: Sarah Kendall
  14. Series 12: 10 episodes, first UK broadcast from 23/09/2021. Contestants will be:
    • Alan Davies, Desiree Burch, Guz Khan, Morgana Robinson and Victoria Coren Mitchell
  15. Champion of Champions 2: A one-episode special, first UK broadcast TBA, featuring the winning contestants of Series 6 through 10. Contestants provided in spoilers:
    • Liza Tarbuck (Series 6), Kerry Godliman (Series 7), Lou Sanders (Series 8), Ed Gamble (Series 9), Richard Herring (Series 10)
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The information in the following folders contains unmarked spoilers up to Series 11. If you haven't yet seen these series, you are advised to watch them before opening the folders. Consider yourself warned.

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     Points Scored (Main Series) 
Contestants ranked by amount of points won. Series champions are indicated in bold. For purposes of this listing, only main series episodes are included, but the points that participants in a Champion of Champions and how this would affect their ranking are indicated in a note next to the relevant contestant. Contestants who participated in a series with less than ten episodes are indicated with an asterisk (*). Contestants in a one-off special episode are not included in this list, but their rankings can be found in the "One-Off Contestants" folder below.

  1. Liza Tarbuck (181 points)
  2. Kerry Godliman (176 points)
  3. Tim Vine and Jessica Knappett (175 points)
  4. Russell Howard (170 points)
  5. Ed Gamble and Rhod Gilbert (167 points)
  6. James Acaster (165 points)
  7. Lou Sanders (164 points)
  8. Richard Herring (162 points)
  9. Asim Chaudhry and Rose Matafeo (159 points)
  10. Katy Wix, Daisy May Cooper, and Sarah Kendall (158 points)
  11. Iain Stirling (156 points)
  12. Jo Brand and Mike Wozniak (154 points)
  13. Alice Levine (152 points)
  14. Mawaan Rizwan and Lee Mack (151 points)
  15. Joe Thomas (150 points)
  16. Noel Fielding* (144 points)note 
  17. Sian Gibson (143 points)
  18. Johnny Vegas (139 points)
  19. Bob Mortimer* (138 points)note 
  20. Jamali Maddix (137 points)
  21. Joe Lycett* and Paul Sinha (136 points)
  22. Mel Giedroyc* (134 points)
  23. Phil Wang (133 points)
  24. Sally Phillips* and Mark Watson* (130 points)
  25. Hugh Dennis* (129 points)
  26. David Baddiel (128 points)
  27. Aisling Bea* (126 points)
  28. Lolly Adefope* and Charlotte Ritchie (125 points)
  29. Katherine Parkinson (118 points)
  30. Nish Kumar* (107 points)
  31. Katherine Ryan* and Josh Widdicombe* (94 points)note 
  32. Romesh Ranganathan* and Frank Skinner* (93 points)
  33. Jon Richardson* (90 points)
  34. Tim Key* (88 points)
  35. Rob Beckett* (87 points)note 
  36. Richard Osman* (86 points)
  37. Dave Gorman* (81 points)
  38. Al Murray* (80 points)
  39. Doc Brown* (78 points)
  40. Sara Pascoe* (72 points)
  41. Joe Wilkinson* (69 points)
  42. Roisin Conaty* (68 points)
  43. Paul Chowdhry* (66 points)

Commentary

  • As of Series 11 (2021), no contestant who has participated in a series with more than eight episodes (Series 4 onwards) has managed to score less than 100 points. Of these contestants, Liza Tarbuck is the highest scoring and Nish Kumar is the lowest scoring.
  • Katherine Parkinson is the lowest scoring contestant to appear in a ten-episode series, and Noel Fielding is the highest scoring contestant to appear in an eight-episode series.
  • No contestant who participated in a series with six episodes or less (Series 1-3) has managed to score over 100 points. Of these contestants, Josh Widdicombe (Series 1) and Katherine Ryan (Series 2) are the highest scorers and Paul Chowdhry (Series 3) is the lowest scorer.
  • Twenty-one contestants have earned the same amount of points as a contestant competing in a different series (Josh Widdicombe [1] and Katherine Ryan [2]; Joe Lycett [4] and Paul Sinha [8]; Lolly Adefope [4] and Charlotte Ritchie [11]; Tim Vine [6] and Jessica Knappett [7]; Asim Chowdhry [6] and Rose Matafeo [9]; Rhod Gilbert [7] and Ed Gamble [9]; Katy Wix [9], Daisy May Cooper [10], and Sarah Kendall [11]; Jo Brand [9] and Mike Wozniak [11]; Mawaan Rizwan [10] and Lee Mack [11]); four of the five contestants in Series 11 tied previous contestants.
  • Only four contestants (Romesh Ranganathan and Frank Skinner [1]; Sally Phillips and Mark Watson [5]) have ended with the same score as a contestant competing in the same series.
  • There has yet to be a series where more than one contestant are tied at the top with the greatest cumulative scores. The closest winning margin has been by 1 point, which has been achieved twice (in Series 1 and 7). Theoretically, had Josh Widdicombe not earned a point for his counting tasks assigned only to him, there would have been a three-way tie at the close of Series 1 between Widdicombe, Frank Skinner, and Romesh Ranganathan. The protocol to break a series-wide tie (if one even exists) is currently unknown.
  • Within a series, the largest points margin between the winner of the series and the runner up is 8 points, which was achieved 4 times (Series 4, 5, 8, and 9). The smallest points margin between 1st and 5th place is 19 points (Series 4) and the largest points margin is 44 points (Series 10).
  • To date, owing to an illness-related absence in two episodes of Series 9, Katy Wix is the only contestant to have had points scored on her behalf by other contestants; Kerry Godliman, in the studio task of episode 5, scored two points, while Katherine Ryan, filling in for her in episode 6, scored five points. A deduction of these points (and assuming that Wix would otherwise score zero in these tasks for the purposes of the hypothetical) would bring her down to joint fourteenth place with Mawaan Rizwan and Lee Mack; assigning these points to the contestants who filled in for her would increase Kerry Godliman's total to 178 and leave her placing otherwise unchanged, while Katherine Ryan, with 99 points, would be in sole thirty-first place. Had Wix been present to compete and earned at least one point in each task, her maximum ranking would have been ninth place (161 points) and her minimum ranking would have been thirteenth place (153 points)
  • Aside from Godliman and Ryan, Josh Widdicombe is the only other contestant to score points by officially participating a task outside of their main series and/or a "Champion of Champions" eventnote . If the five points he won in this task were added to his total score, he would move up to sole thirty-first place with 99 points. Amusingly, if Katherine Ryan's "extra" points as discussed above are also factored in, this would mean the two would still be tied.
  • Katherine Ryan's series victory in Series 2 caused some behind-the-scenes contention due to a large amount of her points being accrued in a single live task (S02E03) which was not scored by the usual 5-1 points system; the task, involving collecting stuffed rabbits into a hat, was scored by amount of rabbits collected instead. This resulted in Katherine scoring 15 points in that single task — exactly 50% of her total points for that episode, 6.3% of her total score for the series, and to date the largest single collection of points in a task throughout the series. Her competitors claimed that this gave her an unfair advantage (matters were not helped by the fact that she stole rabbits assigned to other contestants, arguably sabotaging them) and arguably have something of a point; had the task been scored by the standard 5-1 system, then Richard Osman would have won that particular episode (Katherine would have come second), and Jon Richardson would have won the series with either 88 or 87 points depending on how he was scored for the task (with Katherine again coming second). This would have also brought Jon down in points, however, and he would either stay in 33rd place but would be joint with Tim Key, or would come joint 34th with Rob Beckett. Katherine herself would be brought down to 35th place, Richard Osman would still come 36th but with only 82 points, Doc Brown would go down to 40th and Joe Wilkinson, with 61 points, would become the lowest scoring contestant in the whole series.
  • The second largest single collection of points in a task was Jo Brand in S09E08, who scored 13 points during the "Horse or Laminator" live task. Similarly to Katherine's example above, the task was scored on amount of correct guesses rather than according to the 5-1 system, though unlike the previous task this one appears to have caused no behind-the-scenes discordnote .
  • The lowest single collection of points in a task is Mel Giedroyc in S04E03, who scored -4 points for the "Transfer the most water between the fishbowls" task. Unlike the previous examples, this task was scored according to the 5-1 system but a secret clause in the tasknote  that Mel fell foul of resulted in her being docked 5 points after initially only scoring 1. To date only Mel, Nish Kumar and Mark Watson have managed to earn negative points on a task, and Nish and Mark are the only contestants to do so on the same task (the task in question required contestants to vote for who should earn five points, with the rules stipulating that contestants who voted for themselves would lose two points if no one else voted for them; both Nish and Mark fell into this trap).
  • Series 5 is the only series where no contestant has ended an episode on single digit scores. Series 10 is the only series in which every contestant managed to end at least one episode on a single-digit score.
  • Roisin Conaty has ended up with a single-digit score in the greatest number of episodes (4), followed by Katherine Parkinson (3).
  • "A Pistachio Eclair" (S02E03) is the episode with the highest points total of any episode (in which the Series 2 cast earn a whopping 120 points), while "God's Haemorrhoid" (S10E01) is the episode with the lowest points total of any episode (in which the Series 10 cast earned an abysmal 47 points).
  • All five contestants who appeared in Series 3 are in the bottom ten lowest scoring contestants of the entire series. The champion of that series, Rob Beckett, is consequently the lowest-scoring champion throughout the entire show's run. Of the other five, two are from series 1 (Tim Key and Roisin Conaty) and three are from series two (Richard Osman, Doc Brown and Joe Wilkinson).
  • Of the contestants to occupy the top ten places for highest scores overall (including joint-placers - fifteen people in total), four are from Series 6 (Liza Tarbuck, Tim Vine, Russell Howard and Asim Chaudhry), four are from Series 7 (Kerry Godliman, Jessica Knappett, Rhod Gilbert and James Acaster), three are from Series 9 (Ed Gamble, Rose Matafeo and Katy Wix), two are from Series 10 (Richard Herring and Daisy May Cooper) and one each are from Series 8 (Lou Sanders) and Series 11 (Sarah Kendall).
  • The most amount of points overall won in a series to date is Series 6, in which a combined 837 points were earned. The lowest amount was earned in Series 3, in which a combined total of 386 points were earned. Of five-six episode series, the highest amount won was in Series 1 (436 points); of eight episode series, the highest amount won was in Series 4 (668) and of ten episode series, the lowest amount won to date is Series 11 (725 points). Curiously, discounting sudden increases or decreases as a result of changing episode numbers (and thus opportunities to win more or less points overall due to more/less tasks), a consistent downward trend can be identified wherein with one exception to date, the contestants of each series earn less points overall than the contestants of the previous series. The sole exception is Series 9, wherein the contestants earned a combined total of 766 points, 17 points more than Series 8 (749 points).

     One-Off Contestants 
Contestants who have appeared only in one episode are ranked here in terms of total points scored. Winners of the episodes they appeared in are highlighted in bold.
  1. Shirley Ballas (17 points)
  2. Rylan Clark-Neal (13 points)
  3. Krishnan Guru-Murphy (12 points)
  4. John Hannah and Nicola Coughlan (10 points)

     Average Points per Episode 
This list shows contestants by the average number of points per episode, removing the disadvantage for contestants in series with fewer than 10 episodes or the advantage for contestants who participated in "Champion of Champions." The points scored on behalf of Katy Wix during her absences are tallied as hers. Series champions are indicated in bold.

1. Katherine Ryan (129 points, 7 episodes including CC, 18.43 points per episode)
2. Liza Tarbuck (181 points, 10 episodes, 18.1 points per episode)
3. Jon Richardson (90 points, 5 episodes, 18 points per episode)
4. Kerry Godliman (176 points, 10 episodes, 17.6 points per episode)
=4. Noel Fielding (176 points, 10 episodes including CC, 17.6 points per episode)
6. Rob Beckett (123 points, 7 episodes including CC, 17.57 points per episode)
7. Jessica Knappett (175 points, 10 episodes, 17.5 points per episode)
=7. Tim Vine (175 points, 10 episodes, 17.5 points per episode)
9. Richard Osman (86 points, 5 episodes, 17.2 points per episode)
10. Joe Lycett (136 points, 8 episodes, 17 points per episode)
=10. Russell Howard (170 points, 10 episodes, 17 points per episode)
=10. Shirley Ballas (17 points, 1 episode, 17 points per episode)
13. Mel Giedroyc (134 points, 8 episodes, 16.75 points per episode)
14. Ed Gamble (167 points, 10 episodes, 16.7 points per episode)
=14. Rhod Gilbert (167 points, 10 episodes, 16.7 points per episode)
16. James Acaster (165 points, 10 episodes, 16.5 points per episode)
17. Lou Sanders (164 points, 10 episodes, 16.4 points per episode)
18. Josh Widdicombe (131 points, 8 episodes including CC, 16.38 points per episode)
19. Mark Watson (130 points, 8 episodes, 16.25 points per episode)
=19. Sally Phillips (130 points, 8 episodes, 16.25 points per episode)
21. Bob Mortimer (162 points, 10 episodes including CC, 16.2 points per episode)
=21. Dave Gorman (81 points, 5 episodes, 16.2 points per episode)
=21. Richard Herring (162 points, 10 episodes, 16.2 points per episode)
24. Hugh Dennis (129 points, 8 episodes, 16.13 points per episode)
25. Al Murray (80 points, 5 episodes, 16 points per episode)
26. Asim Chaudhry (159 points, 10 episodes, 15.9 points per episode)
=26. Rose Matafeo (159 points, 10 episodes, 15.9 points per episode)
28. Daisy May Cooper (158 points, 10 episodes, 15.8 points per episode)
=28. Katy Wix (158 points, 10 episodes, 15.8 points per episode)
=28. Sarah Kendall (158 points, 10 episodes, 15.8 points per episode)
31. Aisling Bea (126 points, 8 episodes, 15.75 points per episode)
32. Lolly Adefope (125 points, 8 episodes, 15.63 points per episode)
33. Doc Brown (78 points, 5 episodes, 15.6 points per episode)
=33. Iain Stirling (156 points, 10 episodes, 15.6 points per episode)
35. Frank Skinner (93 points, 6 episodes, 15.5 points per episode)
=35. Romesh Ranganathan (93 points, 6 episodes, 15.5 points per episode)
37. Jo Brand (154 points, 10 episodes, 15.4 points per episode)
=37. Mike Wozniak (154 points, 10 episodes, 15.4 points per episode)
39. Alice Levine (152 points, 10 episodes, 15.2 points per episode)
40. Lee Mack (151 points, 10 episodes, 15.1 points per episode)
=40. Mawaan Rizwan (151 points, 10 episodes, 15.1 points per episode)
42. Joe Thomas (150 points, 10 episodes, 15 points per episode)
43. Tim Key (88 points, 6 episodes, 14.67 points per episode)
44. Sara Pascoe (72 points, 5 episodes, 14.4 points per episode)
45. Sian Gibson (143 points, 10 episodes, 14.3 points per episode)
46. Johnny Vegas (139 points, 10 episodes, 13.9 points per episode)
47. Joe Wilkinson (69 points, 5 episodes, 13.8 points per episode)
48. Jamali Maddix (137 points, 10 episodes, 13.7 points per episode)
49. Paul Sinha (136 points, 10 episodes, 13.6 points per episode)
50. Nish Kumar (107 points, 8 episodes, 13.38 points per episode)
51. Phil Wang (133 points, 10 episodes, 13.3 points per episode)
52. Paul Chowdhry (66 points, 5 episodes, 13.2 points per episode)
53. Rylan Clark-Neal (13 points, 1 episode, 13 points per episode)
54. David Baddiel (128 points, 10 episodes, 12.8 points per episode)
55. Charlotte Ritchie (125 points, 10 episodes, 12.5 points per episode)
56. Krishnan Guru-Murthy (12 points, 1 episode, 12 points per episode)
57. Katherine Parkinson (118 points, 10 episodes, 11.8 points per episode)
58. Roisin Conaty (68 points, 6 episodes, 11.33 points per episode)
59. John Hannah (10 points, 1 episode, 10 points per episode)
=59. Nicola Coughlan (10 points, 1 episode, 10 points per episode)


The Median DuckThe following list shows the median points each contestant has earned of the episodes they have appeared and competed in, inclusive of specials such as Champion of Champions and the New Year Treat 2020. Series champions are in bold.

  • 19 points (Richard Osman, 5 episodes)
  • 18 points (Doc Brown, 5 episodes; Mel Giedroyc, 8 episodes; Noel Fielding, 10 episodes including CoC; Liza Tarbuck, 10 episodes; Rhod Gilbert, 10 episodes)
  • 17.5 points (Joe Lycett, 8 episodes; Iain Stirling, 10 episodes)
  • 17 points (Josh Widdicombe, 8 episodes including CoC; Jon Richardson, 5 episodes; Katherine Ryan, 7 episodes including CoC; Dave Gorman, 5 episodes; Rob Beckett, 7 episodes including CoC; Jessica Knappett, 10 episodes; Kerry Godliman, 10 episodes; Lou Sanders, 10 episodes; Ed Gamble, 10 episodes; Rose Matafeo, 10 episodes; Shirley Ballas, 1 episode; Mike Wozniak, 10 episodes)
  • 16.5 points (Tim Key, 6 episodes; Bob Mortimer, 10 episodes including CoC; Asim Chaudhry, 10 episodes; Russell Howard, 10 episodes; James Acaster, 10 episodes; Daisy May Cooper, 10 episodes; Lee Mack, 10 episodes)
  • 16 points (Al Murray, 5 episodes; Sara Pascoe, 5 episodes; Hugh Dennis, 8 episodes; Aisling Bea, 8 episodes; Sally Phillips, 8 episodes; Tim Vine, 10 episodes; Mawaan Rizwan, 10 episodes; Richard Herring, 10 episodes; Sarah Kendall, 10 episodes)
  • 15.5 points (Frank Skinner, 6 episodes; Mark Watson, 8 episodes; Alice Levine, 10 episodes; Sian Gibson, 10 episodes; Katy Wix, 10 episodes)
  • 15 points (Romesh Ranganathan, 6 episodes; Lolly Adefope, 8 episodes; Jo Brand, 10 episodes; Johnny Vegas, 10 episodes)
  • 14.5 points (Joe Thomas, 10 episodes)
  • 13 points (Phil Wang, 10 episodes; Rylan Clark-Neal, 1 episode; Jamali Maddix, 10 episodes)
  • 12.5 points (Nish Kumar, 8 episodes)
  • 12 points (Joe Wilkinson, 5 episodes; Paul Chowdhry, 5 episodes; Paul Sinha, 10 episodes; David Baddiel, 10 episodes; Krishnan Guru-Murthy, 1 episode)
  • 11.5 points (Charlotte Ritchie, 10 episodes)
  • 11 points (Katherine Parkinson, 10 episodes)
  • 10 points (John Hannah, 1 episode; Nicola Coughlan, 1 episode)
  • 9 points (Roisin Conaty, 6 episodes)

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     Average points per task 
Contestants ranked by the number of points scored per task. Bonus points scored are counted toward a player's total even if not awarded for a specific task; "trick" tasks where not all contestants had the opportunity to score points are not counted as tasks. Contestants who participated in a Champion of Champions event have their scores combined with their scores from their original series.

  1. Shirley Ballas (3.4 points per task, 5 tasks)
  2. Katherine Ryan (3.39 points per task, 38 tasks)
  3. Rob Beckett (3.32 points per task, 37 tasks)
  4. Ed Gamble (3.27 points per task, 51 tasks)
  5. Jon Richardson (3.21 points per task, 28 tasks)
  6. Richard Herring (3.18 points per task, 51 tasks)
  7. Sarah Kendall (3.16 points per task, 50 tasks)
  8. Noel Fielding and Kerry Godliman (3.14 points per task, 56 tasks)
  9. Tim Vine and Jessica Knappett (3.13 points per task, 56 tasks)
  10. Josh Widdicombe (3.119 points per task, 42 tasks)
  11. Rose Matafeo (3.118 points per task, 51 tasks)
  12. Katy Wixnote  and Daisy May Cooper (3.10 points per task, 51 tasks)
  13. Mike Wozniak (3.08 points per task, 50 tasks)
  14. Richard Osman (3.07 points per task, 28 tasks)
  15. Lou Sanders (3.037 points per task, 54 tasks)
  16. Russell Howard (3.036 points per task, 56 tasks)
  17. Lee Mack (3.0200 points per task, 50 tasks)
  18. Jo Brand (3.0196 points per task, 51 tasks)
  19. Dave Gorman and Bob Mortimer (3 points per task, 27 and 54 tasks respectively)
  20. Rhod Gilbert (2.98 points per task, 56 tasks)
  21. Al Murray (2.963 points per task, 27 tasks)
  22. Mawaan Rizwan (2.961 points per task, 51 tasks)
  23. Joe Lycett (2.957 points per task, 46 tasks)
  24. Mark Watson and Sally Phillips (2.955 points per task, 44 tasks)
  25. James Acaster (2.946 points per task, 56 tasks)
  26. Mel Giedroyc (2.913 points per task, 46 tasks)
  27. Frank Skinner and Romesh Ranganathan (2.906 points per task, 32 tasks)
  28. Iain Stirling (2.89 points per task, 54 tasks)
  29. Aisling Bea (2.86 points per task, 44 tasks)
  30. Asim Chaudhry (2.84 points per task, 56 tasks)
  31. Hugh Dennis (2.80 points per task, 46 tasks)
  32. Doc Brown (2.79 points per task, 28 tasks)
  33. Joe Thomas (2.78 points per task, 54 tasks)
  34. Tim Key (2.75 points per task, 32 tasks)
  35. Jamali Maddix (2.74 points per task, 50 tasks)
  36. Johnny Vegas (2.73 points per task, 51 tasks)
  37. Lolly Adefope (2.72 points per task, 46 tasks)
  38. Alice Levine (2.71 points per task, 56 tasks)
  39. Sara Pascoe (2.67 points per task, 27 tasks)
  40. Sian Gibson (2.65 points per task, 54 tasks)
  41. Rylan Clark-Neal (2.6 points per task, 5 tasks)
  42. Paul Sinha (2.52 points per task, 54 tasks)
  43. David Baddiel (2.51 points per task, 51 tasks)
  44. Charlotte Ritchie (2.5 points per task, 50 tasks)
  45. Joe Wilkinson (2.46 points per task, 28 tasks)
  46. Paul Chowdhry (2.44 points per task, 27 tasks)
  47. Nish Kumar (2.43 points per task, 44 tasks)
  48. Krishnan Guru-Murthy (2.4 points per task, 5 tasks)
  49. Phil Wang (2.38 points per task, 56 tasks)
  50. Katherine Parkinson (2.31 points per task, 51 tasks)
  51. Roisin Conaty (2.13 points per task, 32 tasks)
  52. John Hannah and Nicola Coughlan (2 points per task, 5 tasks)

     Episodes Won 
Contestants ranked by the amount of episodes won. For ease of reference, the tables have been divided between main series episodes (Series 1-10) and special events (Champions of Champions, New Year's Treat, etc.). Series champions / special event winners are indicated in bold. For reference, main series contestants who participated in a series with less than ten episodes are indicated with an asterisk, and special event contestants have the relevant event indicated in parentheses.

Main series

  • 5 episodes: Richard Herring
  • 4 episodes: Ed Gamble
  • 3 episodes: James Acaster, Rhod Gilbert, Mel Giedroyc, Kerry Godliman, Russell Howard, Sarah Kendall, Lee Mack, Bob Mortimer*, Sally Phillips*, Lou Sanders, Iain Stirling
  • 2 episodes: Rob Beckett*, Daisy May Cooper, Sian Gibson, Alice Levine, Joe Lycett*, Rose Matafeo, Richard Osman*, Charlotte Ritchie, Frank Skinner*, Liza Tarbuck, Tim Vine, Mark Watson*, Josh Widdicombe*, Katy Wix
  • 1 episode: Lolly Adefope*, David Baddiel, Jo Brand, Doc Brown*, Asim Chaudhry, Paul Chowdhry*, Roisin Conaty*, Hugh Dennis*, Noel Fielding*, Dave Gorman*, Tim Key*, Jessica Knappett, Jamali Maddix, Al Murray*, Katherine Parkinson, Jon Richardson*, Mawaan Rizwan, Katherine Ryan*, Paul Sinha, Joe Thomas, Johnny Vegas, Mike Wozniak
  • 0 episodes: Aisling Bea*, Nish Kumar*, Sara Pascoe*, Romesh Ranganathan*, Phil Wang, Joe Wilkinson*

Special events

  • 1 episode: Shirley Ballas (NYT), Katherine Ryan (CoC)note , Josh Widdicombe (CoC)note 
  • 0 episodes: Rob Beckett (CoC), Rylan Clark-Neal (NYT), Nicola Coughlan (NYT), Noel Fielding (CoC), Krishnan Guru-Murthy (NYT), John Hannah (NYT), Bob Mortimer (CoC)

Commentary

  • Of series champions who participated since Series 6, only Liza Tarbuck has failed to win three or more episodes.
  • In terms of points in an individual episode, Katherine Ryan has scored the highest amount (30 points in "A Pistachio Eclair") while Mel Giedroyc has scored the lowest amount (3 points in "Hollowing Out A Baguette"). If discounting factors that skewed those scores (such as having a live task where each rabbit in a hat counted for an individual point and the infamous fishbowl task having points deducted for eating chocolate, respectively), Tim Vine and Richard Herring scored highest with 26 points in a single episode ("H." and "I Hate Your Trainers," respectively) while Richard Osman and Charlotte Ritchie have the lowest with 5 points in a single episode ("Welcome to Rico Face" and "It's Not Your Fault," respectively).
  • Ed Gamble and Richard Herring have both won an episode with the lowest winning score at 12 points ("Think About the Spirit," the Series 9 finale, and "God's Haemorrhoid," the Series 10 premiere, respectively). Both episodes also have the lowest points earned cumulatively by their respective casts across the entire programme. Inversely, Asim Chaudhry is the contestant with the highest score for last place in an episode (18 points in "BMXing!").
  • Romesh Ranganathan holds the dubious honour of being the highest-placed individual (joint second) not to have won a single episode in his series.
  • Nish Kumar and Charlotte Ritchie share another dubious honour of having placed last in the greatest number of episodes in their series (6), despite Nish never scoring less than double digits.
  • Only 11 contestants (Josh Widdicombe, Romesh Ranganathan, Doc Brown, Katherine Ryan, Dave Gorman, Rob Beckett, Mark Watson, Sally Phillips, Tim Vine, Lou Sanders, and Ed Gamble) have never placed last in an episode of their series. Four series (Series 4, 7, 10 and 11) have seen every contestant come last or joint last at least once.
  • Mike Wozniak was the runner-up in the greatest number of episodes (6 episodes). This count includes an episode where Wozniak was tied at the top, but lost the tiebreaker. He only won 1 episode outright.
  • Out of ten series, five have included at least one contestant failing to win any episodes, including the first three series, Series 5 and Series 7. Both Romesh Ranganathan and Aisling Bea did tie with the most points in at least one episode during their respective series, but lost those tiebreakers. Of these series, only in Series 5 has more than one contestant failed to win an episode. As of 2021, no contestant has failed to win an episode since Series 7.
  • 18 episodes have ended with at least two contestants tied with the most points, and a winner had to be determined through a tiebreaker task. Two episodes ("No Stars for Naughty Boys" in Series 4 and "The Barrel Dad" in Series 8) have ended with a 3-way tie. The majority of the tasks used to break the tie were prerecorded except on three occasions ("The Poet and the Egg" in Series 1, "My Eyes Are Circles" in Series 7, and "Dog Meat Trifle" in Series 10) which were decided in-studio. Series 4 and Series 10 are tied with the greatest number of episodes to break a tie (3 episodes apiece). Series 2 and 3 did not air any tiebreaker tasks. Series 4 is the only one which saw every contestant compete in at least one tiebreaker task for a chance to win that episode.
  • 5 individuals (Hugh Dennis [4], Joe Lycett [4], Jamali Maddix [11], Katherine Parkinson [10], and Johnny Vegas [10]) have won their only episodes by winning a tiebreaker task. Joe Lycett is the only one to win more than one episode in this manner.
  • 3 individuals (Romesh Ranganathan [1], Mawaan Rizwan [10], and Lou Sanders [8]) have lost more than one tiebreaker task. The latter two did manage to win at least one other episode outright.
  • Out of 95 episodes (as of May 2021), on 28 (arguably 29) occasions the winner of the prize task — the very first task of the show — has gone on to win the episodenote . 23 contestants have achieved this. Series 3 is the only main season where this has not occurred at least once, though it also did not occur during the first Champion of Champions. Six series champions (Noel Fielding, Bob Mortimer, Lou Sanders, Ed Gamble, Richard Herring, and Sarah Kendall) have accomplished this. For ten contestants (Tim Key, Noel Fielding, Lolly Adefope, Asim Chaudhry, Jessica Knappett, David Baddiel, Mawaan Rizwan, Shirley Ballas, and Jamali Maddix) this was also the only episode they won in the series, though in Shirley's case she only participated in a one-off special. Three contestants (Russell Howard, Iain Stirling and Richard Herring) have accomplished this more than once,note  and Richard is the only series champion to do so. Series 8 holds the current record for most joint prize-episode wins (5) while Richard Herring holds the individual record (3). Rhod Gilbert is the only contestant to accomplish this while being the joint-winner of the prize task in the relevant episode (with Kerry Godliman)note . Series 8 and 11 had four contestants all accomplish the feat. Four series finales — Series 1, 2, 6 and 8 — have ended in this fashion, but to date no series champion has won the series finale in this manner.
  • To date, no contestant has managed to win a "perfect" episode by winning every single task. The closest to accomplishing this is Joe Thomas in Series 8's "This Is Trevor", who won/joint won every task but the prize task (in which he came joint second) for a score of 24 points. Next closest is Charlotte Ritchie in Series 11's "Mr Octopus and Pottyhands", who won the first three tasks, came second in the third, and then came joint last in the live task for a score of 20 points. Following her is Josh Widdicombe in Series 1's "The Poet and the Egg", who won 22 out of 30 points and came first in all but the prize task (2 points) and first task (disqualified).
  • Josh Widdicombe and Lou Sanders are to date the only contestants to ever win an episode without winning or joint-winning any of the tasks in that episode (Josh won Champion of Champions episode 2, "I've Sinned Again" and Lou won Series 8 episode 2, "A Novel About Russian Gulags").
  • Mel Giedroyc, Joe Lycett, and Russell Howard won more individual episodes (3, 2, and 3, respectively) than the eventual winner of their respective series (Noel Fielding won 1 episode and Liza Tarbuck won 2 episodes).
  • In terms of ranking within episodesnote , Lou Sanders and Ed Gamble share the highest mean ranking of 2 while Joe Wilkinson has the lowest mean ranking of 4.4. Richard Herring has the highest median ranking of 1.5 and Joe Wilkinson, Paul Chowdhry, and Nish Kumar share the lowest median ranking of 5.

     Champions Ranking 
Champions of a series with less than ten episodes are indicated with an asterisk (*). For purposes of this ranking only points earned in a main series are included, but participants in a Champion of Champions have the amount of points earned and how this would affect their ranking here provided in a note.

  1. Liza Tarbuck - Series 6 (181 points)
  2. Kerry Godliman - Series 7 (176 points)
  3. Ed Gamble - Series 9 (167 points)
  4. Lou Sanders - Series 8 (164 points)
  5. Richard Herring - Series 10 (162 points)
  6. Sarah Kendall - Series 11 (158 points)
  7. Noel Fielding* - Series 4 (144 points)note 
  8. Bob Mortimer* (138 points)note 
  9. Katherine Ryan* and Josh Widdicombe* (94 points)note 
  10. Rob Beckett* (87 points)note 

Commentary

  • Liza Tarbuck has both won the most points of any champion and the fewest episodes (two) of a ten-episode run.
  • Richard Herring won the most episodes (five) and Sarah Kendall won the fewest points (158).
  • Of the champions, five of them (Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Rob Beckett, Lou Sanders, and Ed Gamble) have never placed last in an episode.
  • Richard Herring and Sarah Kendall are the only champions to have placed last more than once (Herring with joint 4th in "Toshwash" and 5th in "Legit Glass"; Kendall with joint 4th in "Slap and Tong" and "Activate Jamali").
  • Josh Widdicombe and Richard Herring are the only champions to have scored single digits in at least one episode (9 points each in "The Last Supper" and "Legit Glass," respectively).
  • Only Rob Beckett, Ed Gamble and Richard Herring have become series champions while also winning the series finale. Liza Tarbuck and Sarah Kendall, on the other hand, are the only champions to have placed last in the series finale (Kendall tied for last).
  • Noel Fielding, Bob Mortimer, Kerry Godliman, Richard Herring, and Sarah Kendall are series champions who also managed to win the first episode of the series in which they appeared, which also makes Richard Herring to date the only champion who has won both his first and last episodes.
  • Rob Beckett[3], Bob Mortimer[5], Kerry Godliman[7] and Richard Herring[10] are the champions who have won the final live task of their series — for Rob, Kerry, and Richard, winning the final live task was crucial to their victories. Noel Fielding[4], Liza Tarbuck[6], Lou Sanders[8], and Ed Gamble[9] did not earn any points in the final live tasks for their respective series, although Noel did earn a bonus point (the Series 4 and 9 final live tasks were scored on a winner-takes-all basis and both Liza and Lou were disqualified in their final live tasks).
  • As of the conclusion of Series 10, Rob Beckett is the youngest champion while Bob Mortimer is the oldest champion (30 and 58, respectively, at the time of broadcast).
  • Josh Widdicombe has been awarded three out of four different trophies that contestants could win on the show, though technically he has only won two; he won the original karate trophy in Series 1 and the Taskmaster's Body Trophy of the first Champion of Champions. In addition, he was also given the now-standard Taskmaster Trophy after the Champion of Champions to replace the karate trophy. The fourth trophy, the Taskmaster's Eyebrows Trophy, was only awarded to contestants in the one-off New Year's Treat episode in 2021.
  • As of May 2021, three series each have been won by the contestant sitting on the the second (Josh [1], Bob [5], and Ed [9]), third (Liza [6], Kerry [7] and Lou [8]), and fifth seats (Noel [4], Richard [10], and Sarah [11]) note , followed by twice for the contestants on the fourth (Katherine [2] and Rob [3]). No contestant has won their series from the first seat. If one-offs and specials are counted, then the contestants on the second (Josh [Champion of Champions]) and on the fifth seats (Shirley Ballas in the 2020 New Year Treat) have each won four times.
  • As of Series 11, eight series champions (Josh, Katherine, Noel, Bob, Liza, Lou, Ed, and Sarah) have been in the three-person team for team tasks, while only three series champions (Rob, Kerry and Richard) have been in the two-person team.

Factoring in the average scores of each main series champion (including special episodes) would arrange the leaderboard thus:

  1. Katherine Ryan (129 points, 7 episodes including CC, 18.43 points per episode)
  2. Liza Tarbuck (181 points, 10 episodes, 18.1 points per episode)
  3. Kerry Godliman (176 points, 10 episodes, 17.6 points per episode) and Noel Fielding (176 points, 10 episodes including CC, 17.6 points per episode)
  4. Rob Beckett (123 points, 7 episodes including CC, 17.57 points per episode)
  5. Shirley Ballas (17 points, 1 episode, 17 points per episode)
  6. Ed Gamble (167 points, 10 episodes, 16.7 points per episode)
  7. Lou Sanders (164 points, 10 episodes, 16.4 points per episode)
  8. Josh Widdicombe (131 points, 8 episodes including CC, 16.38 points per episode)
  9. Bob Mortimer (162 points, 10 episodes including CC, 16.2 points per episode) and Richard Herring (162 points, 10 episodes, 16.2 points per episode)
  10. Sarah Kendall (158 points, 10 episodes, 15.8 points per episode)

     The Folder of the Damned 
In order of total points scored, the lowest scoring contestants of each series are:

  1. Alice Levine - Series 6 (152 points)
  2. Paul Sinha - Series 8 (136 points)
  3. Phil Wang - Series 7 (133 points)
  4. David Baddiel - Series 9 (128 points)
  5. Lolly Adefope - Series 4 and Charlotte Ritchie - Series 11 (125 points)
  6. Katherine Parkinson - Series 10 (118 points)
  7. Nish Kumar - Series 5 (107 points)
  8. Joe Wilkinson - Series 2 (69 points)
  9. Roisin Conaty - Series 1 (68 points)
  10. Paul Chowdhry - Series 3 (66 points)

Commentary

  • As of Series 11 (2020), Alice Levine and Charlotte Ritchie are the only last-place contestants who have managed to win more than one episode; of the two, only Charlotte won her episodes without requiring a tiebreaker. Three last-place contestants (Nish Kumar, Phil Wang, and Joe Wilkinson) have failed to win any episode at all; Phil Wang is, to date, the only contestant to take part in a 10-episode series and never win an episode.
  • Due to competing in six episodes or less, the last place contestants of the first three series are the final-ranked contestants in both this list and the overall series leaderboard.
  • Five of the lowest scoring contestants are women, and five are from a non-white background.
  • Every last-place contestant came last or joint last in at least three episodes of the series in which they appeared. Nish Kumar holds the dubious honour of being the contestant to have placed last in the greatest proportion of episodes (6 out of 8 episodes in Series 5), and that despite never having scored less than 12 points. Charlotte Ritchie ties him for episodes in last place but appeared in 10 episodes. This also means that Nish Kumar has the highest percentage of last-place finishes of his season (75%), followed by Roisin Conaty (67%) and Joe Wilkinson / Paul Chowdhry / Charlotte Ritchie (60%).
  • Roisin Conaty, Joe Wilkinson, Lolly Adefope, and Paul Sinha are to date the only last-place contestants to also come last or joint last in the finale of the series they appeared in. Alice Levine, however, is the only last place contestant who has won the first episode of the series she appeared in (albeit by tiebreaker).
  • Of this group, only Lolly Adefope, David Baddiel, and Nish Kumar have never ended an episode on single-digit scores. Their respective lowest scores were 12 (4x3), 10 (9x2, 9x6, 9x8, 9x10), and 12 (5x3, 5x4, 5x7, 5x8) points.
  • As mentioned above, a slightly controversial live task in Series 2 resulted in Katherine Ryan winning both that episode and the series owing to the unusual scoring system (points were awarded due to items accumulated rather than the standard 5-1 points system, which some fellow contestants argued gave her an unfair advantage). As it happens, Joe Wilkinson also has reason to be thankful for this task; had it been scored by the standard system, he would have only earned 61 points overall, and thus would become the lowest scoring contestant in the entire series. His average point total would also go down from 13.8 to 12.2, bringing him to 55th place overall and 9th out of the lowest scoring contestants.
  • When average scores of each contestant are calculated, as of Series 11 Lolly Adefope and Alice Levine are the only two lowest-scoring contestants not to appear in the bottom ten. Instead, Jamali Maddix (Series 11) would be the only non-last place contestant to appear there (he came fourth in his series). Calculating the lowest scoring contestants' average scores would rearrange the ranking thus:

  1. Lolly Adefope (125 points, 8 episodes, 15.63 points per episode)
  2. Alice Levine (152 points, 10 episodes, 15.2 points per episode)
  3. Joe Wilkinson (69 points, 5 episodes, 13.8 points per episode)
  4. Paul Sinha (136 points, 10 episodes, 13.6 points per episode)
  5. Nish Kumar (107 points, 8 episodes, 13.38 points per episode)
  6. Phil Wang (133 points, 10 episodes, 13.3 points per episode)
  7. Paul Chowdhry (66 points, 5 episodes, 13.2 points per episode)
  8. David Baddiel (128 points, 10 episodes, 12.8 points per episode)
  9. Charlotte Ritchie (125 points, 10 episodes, 12.5 points per episode)
  10. Katherine Parkinson (118 points, 10 episodes, 11.8 points per episode)
  11. Roisin Conaty (68 points, 6 episodes, 11.33 points per episode)


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