Mad­ness of king Greg

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C4, 9pm CRASH land­ing onto its new home on Chan­nel 4 af­ter nine sea­sons on Dave, it’s only right that this bril­liant, bonkers show reaches a wider au­di­ence.

For any­one who has never had the plea­sure of see­ing it, this is an id­i­otic, in­fin­itely funny game show that sees five funny peo­ple at­tempt lu­di­crous tasks.

They are com­pet­ing to win the fickle praises of the Taskmaster, who is none other than man-moun­tain Greg Davies.

“I will pass judge­ment from this, a mag­nif­i­cent throne,” says Greg, whose job is to lord it over ev­ery­one and dole out points in a hap­haz­ard and of­ten un­fair man­ner. He is as­sisted by his sub­servient side­kick – who in real life is the brains be­hind the en­tire op­er­a­tion – “Lit­tle” Alex Horne.

Alex cre­ates the imag­i­na­tive tasks and spends lots of time mak­ing notes, record­ing sta­tis­tics and hop­ing for the odd kind word from the Taskmaster.

The co­me­dian con­tes­tants have var­ied in their lev­els of cre­ative ge­nius over the years, but one thing that al­ways re­mains con­stant is the ban­ter be­tween Greg and Alex.

This sea­son’s lambs to the slaugh­ter are Daisy May Cooper, Johnny Ve­gas, Kather­ine Parkin­son, Mawaan Rizwan and Richard Her­ring.

Af­ter 10 episodes, only one will walk away with the grand prize of a creepy golden bust of Greg’s head.

Kick­ing things off is the per­sonal pos­ses­sion prize round, which is like a de­ranged show and tell. This time, they bring “the nicest thing to put in your mouth”.

Later, they have to get to grips with gi­gan­tic ted­dies, fly­ing eggs and mak­ing some­thing “prop­erly van­ish”.

It all goes about as well as you’d ex­pect.

DIC­TA­TOR Greg Davies rules the roost

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