After several months away from our screens, Channel 4's Taskmaster is back with lots more shenanigans.

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The new episodes follow series 11, which aired earlier this year and featured Charlotte Ritchie and Jamali Maddix, and a star-studded New Year special.

Viewers are now being treated to lots more madness, with a seriously funny Taskmaster series 12 line-up, including QI's Alan Davies, comedian Desiree Burch, Man Like Mobeen's Guz Khan, The Windsors star Morgana Robinson and Only Connect's Victoria Coren Mitchell.

Over the next 10 weeks, creator Alex Horne and the terrifying Taskmaster himself Greg Davies will be putting these contestants through their paces in a series of cheeky challenges and clever loopholes.

And the series 12 trailer has allayed any worries of running out of tasks, with new challenges including copying Alex, navigating the real world with VR goggles on and, um, sitting on a cake.

As the show returns, here's everything we know about Taskmaster season 12.

Taskmaster series 12 release date

Confirmed: Taskmaster season 12 premieres on Thursday 23rd September at 9pm on Channel 4.

The show will then air weekly in the same time slot, ending with episode 10 on Thursday 25th November.

The broadcaster announced the exciting news on 8th September shortly after the release of the show's first trailer.

Taskmaster series 12 cast

Taskmaster series 12
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The line-up for Taskmaster series 12 has been announced and it certainly didn't disappoint – with a mixture of actors, comedians, impressionists and presenters set to descend on the Taskmaster house for a new list of chaotic challenges. The series 12 contestants are:

  • Alan Davies – star of Jonathan Creek and QI panellist
  • Desiree Burch – comedian and Too Hot To Handle narrator
  • Guz Khan – comedian and Man Like Mobeen star
  • Morgana Robinson – impressionist and The Windsors actor
  • Victoria Coren Mitchell – professional poker player and Only Connect host

What will happen in Taskmaster series 12?

The upcoming Taskmaster line-up will be "limbering up for an assault course of absurdity", according to Channel 4, however the broadcaster hasn't revealed a huge amount about the challenges to come in series 12.

A golden bust of Greg Davies's head will still be the prize up-for-grabs at the end of the series and of course, Alex Horne is set to take score and offer very little assistance throughout. But exactly what we can expect the five celebs to endure in the upcoming episodes is still a huge mystery.

The trailer gave us a few hints however, with copying Alex, popping a balloon and even sitting on a cake confirmed as three of the tasks - while a rather innovative challenge saw the contestants wandering around and throwing paint about while wearing VR headsets.

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Taskmaster series 12 hosts

Greg Davies and Alex Horne
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Greg Davies and Alex Horne are returning to host series 12, with Davies back as his formidable alter ego that is the Taskmaster, while Horne welcomes the contestants to the Taskmaster house and meticulously keeps score.

The duo gave fronted the show since its first series on Dave in 2015 and have since hosted every series, including the New Year Treat and the Champion of Champions specials - as well as the upcoming Champion of Champions II.

Taskmaster series 12 trailer

Channel 4 released the first trailer for Taskmaster's upcoming twelfth series on 7th September, giving fans a first-look at this year's contestants performing a whole load of ridiculous tasks.

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Taskmaster series 12 starts on Channel 4 on Thursday 23rd September at 9pm. If you’re looking for something else to watch, check out our TV Guide. Visit our hub for more Entertainment news.

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