The Old Soft, Curved Padlock

Series 6 - Episode 1 The Old Soft, Curved Padlock



UKTV likes this show so much it has commissioned four series at once, so Greg Davies will be judging comedians doing futile tasks for years to come. And as the show returns, we’re reminded why: it’s a rompingly daft format that pins a grin on your face.

All that happens is that Alex Horne devises oddball challenges – making a tower out of lemons, performing a stunt in a wheelbarrow, and so on – and the panel each have a go, with the resulting spectacle, as Russell Howard puts it, being “like watching someone have a breakdown during their Blue Peter audition tape”.

Amid all the slapstick, there are always moments that feel pleasantly surreal – Liza Tarbuck’s wheelbarrow effort is disturbing – and phrases such as “You didn’t use all your wields up!” that you would only hear on this show. And Tim Vine wears a safari suit.


Alice Levine, Asim Chaudhry, Liza Tarbuck, Russell Howard and Tim Vine perform wheelbarrow stunts, build with fruit and emerge from wardrobes, as they compete for the ultimate prize - Taskmaster Greg Davies's disembodied head dipped in gold. As always, Alex Horne is on hand to assist with quiet dignity.

Cast & Crew

Host Greg Davies
Co-host Alex Horne
Contestant Alice Levine
Contestant Asim Chaudhry
Contestant Liza Tarbuck
Contestant Russell Howard
Contestant Tim Vine
Executive Producer Hilary Rosen
Executive Producer Richard Allen-Turner
Executive Producer Rob Aslett
Executive Producer Andy Devonshire
Executive Producer Alex Horne
Executive Producer James Taylor
Executive Producer Jon Thoday
Series Director Andy Devonshire
Series Producer Andy Cartwright
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