”Highly original, innovative, fun and just plain silly. The best series yet”

Highly original”, “innovative, fun and just plain silly”, “incredibly clever” and “best series yet” – the judges’ plaudits poured out thick  and fast for the fourth series of Avalon’s anti-panel show.

Combining elements of a panel game, a comedy sketch show and a reality series, the fourth run of Dave’s format featured comedians Hugh Dennis, Joe Lycett, Lolly Adefope, Mel Giedroyc and Noel Fielding competing against each other in a series of tricky – and very silly – tasks in the hope of impressing Taskmaster Greg Davies.

Though playing the adoring side-kick to Davies’ Taskmaster, it is co-creator Alex Horne who devises the tasks and the bulk of the show, which has a production team of just eight people.

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Series four highlights included Fielding legally marrying a rubber duck, Giedroyc crafting the ultimate chocolate sandwich, Dennis’ unexpected basketball victory, Adefope’s hide-and-seek skills and Lycett staging a real-life Where’s Wally? 

Taskmaster continues to pay dividends for Dave, where the show’s irreverent tone and character has found a natural home.

This series drew an average audience of 851,000, up 196% on the slot, and took 46% of 16-34s. A fi fth series has already aired, as well as a two-part Champion of Champions special.


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All round to mrs. brown's

Brendan O’Carroll took his all-conquering creation into uncharted territory with this comedy chat show. Stars ranging from Nick Knowles and Adam Woodyatt to Judy Murray and Pamela Anderson graced Agnes Brown’s sofa.

The anarchic format proved an irresistible Saturday night hit for BBC One, delivering a peak of 5.9 million (28.3%) in a post-watershed slot.

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The 16th series of ITV’s evergreen format announced its bold intentions from day one, with celebrities confronted with a plank some 350 feet in the air before they even got to the jungle.

Inter-generational bonding between Carol Vorderman and Scarlett Moffatt, and Larry Lamb and Ashley Banjo, brought warmth to the series, which was third only to The Great British Bake Off and Sherlock among 16-34s in 2016.

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Scoring record ratings – peaking at 3.1 million – making the tabloid front pages and blazing a trail through Twitter, Love Island was arguably the most talked-about entertainment show of 2017.

It stepped up several gears for series three, with the production team finessing every element of the format while allowing for the unpredictable to leak through and guide the narrative.

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Strictly come dancing

Politics’ loss was light entertainment’s gain as Ed Balls took to the dancefloor with a gusto unmatched in Strictly’s history. Balls’ unlikely success in the early heats became a major talking point.

With an average of 11.1 million viewers and a peak of 13.3 million, the contest hit new heights in autumn 2016.

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The singing contest lost none of its sparkle on its ITV debut; indeed, it felt richer and fresher than ever.

With Tom Jones and will.i.am providing some continuity, new judges Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale brought their A-game, aided by format tweaks such as judges not being allowed to meet or give feedback to a contestant who failed to get them to turn their chairs. With 5.6 million (24%) across its run, this was one effective transfer.

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