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Taskmaster Date Night Ideas & Printable Tasks

Are you looking for a fresh, unique, and crazy fun group date night!? You’ll absolutely love these hilarious Taskmaster Date Night Ideas (and Printable Task Card!).

In this post I’ll share my tips for how I setup our own personal Taskmaster Date Night with 6 guest couples plus my husband and I acting as Taskmasters. It was SO much fun and a date we will be talking about for years to come!

The pictures are worth gold, I’ll share some of them below. 🙂 Trust me, this is a date night you won’t regret planning.

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples. You'll love these fun and easy to setup challenges that include an entry task, gift challenge, art task, physical activity, and even a fun dinner making task! 26 different tasks you can mix and match and include in your fun couples date night ideas for a hilarious date night at home!

Taskmaster Date Night Hosting Tips!

Pick a date, time, and location to host your event. We hosted our date night at our own home and used both the inside and yard to complete the various tasks.

We began at 5:30pm to accommodate cooking a meal and having dinner together, but you could scrap that task and opt for a later time. 5:30pm worked well for us though and our party went through to about 10pm with tasks, visiting, and fun!

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Create a guest list. You can setup the date with anywhere from 3 to 8 couples. I wouldn’t advise over 8 unless you are hosting all of the challenges outdoors. We invited about 12 including our 2 nd round of invites as quite a few friends had scheduling conflicts.

We ended up with 6 couples (plus ourselves as Taskmasters). It was a great number that fit our space and still let us work through 2 different but complimentary challenges.

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Pick your Tasks. I have setup the tasks below to work with two competing “leagues” each with a set of 2-4 couples. You could alternatively just pick your favorite tasks from each set and work with a smaller group.

We then had half of the guests as the audience while the other half competed, and then swap back and forth between watching (and laughing!!) to working through the tasks. It worked great and made it so much fun!

Prepare your Supplies. You shouldn’t need too many items following the tasks provided below, but you may need to create a grocery shopping list and a short supplies list or gather things from around your home such as paints, a ball, rope for a finish line, etc.

I also grabbed a desk bell to help get everyone back together when we were ready to start the next task.

A Note on Prize Challenge: We opted to have everyone leave with one of the prizes. We let the winner with the most points pick from all the collected prizes and then went down in order from there. You could also let one couple take home all the prizes just like in Taskmaster!

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Taskmaster Task Guide

My husband and I created a bunch of different types of tasks. It made the date night so fun to include the gift challenge right on the invite to start the challenge and then sprinkled in additional tasks prior to the event! Such as giving a bonus home task out about a week before the event and then a pre-date task 24 hours before date night!

Here’s a look at all the different types of tasks we included, to help the next list of tasks make more sense in how we used them.

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

  • Bonus Home Task: These were designed to be given to one individual person or team to complete on their own before the date night. They would assume this task would be completed by all parties, but it will only be completed by them, much to their dismay when revealed at the event! Score bonus points as you deem appropriate for completion of any bonus tasks.
  • Pre-Date Task: We assigned this task 24-hours before the event and it was a really fun way to get everyone involved in coming up with a task and they were so clever! I’ve included some of our team created tasks as alternate tasks below. It gave everyone a sense of ownership and inclusion and we as Taskmasters even did one!
  • Entry Task: We had the first task setup on a small table outside the front door with a note to open before entering. It was a great way to start off the night. We scored these a little later in the evening after all the startling was completed.
  • Dinner Tasks: These were designed to add to the fun of the event and provide a meal – completed by the guests! As the hosts we shopped for all the ingredients ahead of time and provided a variety of options. It was a bit messy, but SO fun and really added to the event! I served chips and salsa as a side earlier in the evening since dinner didn’t take place right away.
  • Reverse Task: To help get the alternate team more involved, we came up with a secondary task that I called a “reverse” task. The main teams for the event had a task they would complete, and this reverse task would be given to the alternate team. They would do something along side or shortly following the first main task that complemented the challenge. It was a big hit! There was a slight confusion on which reverse task matched which task 4, so make sure you have your task cards well assigned and you know which ones go together!
  • 90 Second Task: In the show the teams complete a quick :90 second challenge live. We ended up scrapping this, in favor of the teams coming up with a task for their competitors, but I did prepare two challenges in case we had extra time.
  • Alternate Task: If you need to swap out any of our main tasks included in the document, I’ve provided these additional alternate tasks to help. Just write a task number and put them in wherever you may need them.

26 Taskmaster Date Night Challenges

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

*All of these date night ideas are available in our free printable Taskmaster Date Night PDF below!

Task 1 – Entry: Make the most dramatic entry. Best entry wins.

Task 1 – Entry: Startle __________ (assigned team name) sometime tonight before the final task. You only get one attempt. Most startled wins.

Gift Challenge: Bring the best gift for forgetting an anniversary.

Gift Challenge: Bring something large. Biggest thing wins.

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Bonus Task: 1-person only: Collect the most pennies with your birth year. Most pennies wins.

**Our friend that did this task recruited help from friends and family and asked at banks and stores. He scored 15! He thought it was hilarious, and frustrating, that he was the only one scrounging for pennies!

We then asked Google to pick a number between 1-50. If he beat Alexa, he’d get 3 bonus points, otherwise he’d only get 1 for his efforts. Google picked a 15 and laughing ensued! We gave him 2 points.

Bonus Task: 1-person only: Count how many beans are in this can. Fastest time wins.

Bonus Task: 1-person only: Eat a can of whip cream as fast as you can. Fastest time wins.

Bonus Task: 1-person only: Count how many frozen peas are in this bag. Fastest time wins.

Bonus Task: 1-person only: Count how many grains of rice are in this bag. Fastest time wins.

Bonus Task: 1-person only: Collect the most used postage stamps. Most postage stamps wins.

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Task 2 – Art: Paint a picture of your date without using your hands. Best portrait wins.

**We were all super impressed with the crazy painting skills! One friend painted the entire picture using a paintbrush between his toes and the other used a paintbrush in his mouth. They both turned out amazing!

Task 2 – Art: Recreate a famous painting using toilet paper. Most identifiable wins.

**This was our beautiful Mona Lisa recreation! We all stood on the balcony while the teams make their recreation within a painter’s taped off spot on the floor below. It gave us a great vantage point to enjoy the show while not being in the way.

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Task 3 – Dinner: Make a dish of 10 enchiladas using any of the ingredients provided. You must hold hands the entire task. You have 20 minutes. Best enchiladas win.

**We used rotisserie chicken and disposable baking dishes to make this a no-cook challenge. We then just tossed all the trays of enchiladas in to bake for 20 minutes while we moved on to the next task!

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Task 3 – Dinner: Make a salad while wearing oven mitts. Any talking must be with an accent. Best salad wins.

Task 4 – Physical: Hide together. Set a 15 minute timer. You have 5 minutes to hide. If you are not found in 15 minutes rejoin the group. Hardest to find wins.

Reverse Task: Set a timer for 5 minutes. When the timer is up, find your partner team as quickly as you can. You must walk or run with flair. You score a bonus point if you find your assigned team!

Task 4 – Physical: Get your date across the finish line without their help. This task ends in 10 minutes. Your task timer begins when you touch your date. Your date must now sit down. Fastest time wins.

**It was so fun to see how the teams interpreted this task! One team started rolling their spouse right away. Another ran to find a wheelbarrow, and then decided against using it. The fastest team carried her husband by piggyback!

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Reverse Task: Start a timer when your assigned team touches their partner. Sportscast all their actions. Best sportscasting wins a bonus point for both teams.

Bring Your Own Task: Prepare a task for one of your competitor couples to complete. The task should not take more than 5 minutes. If they need any specific supplies bring them with you. Bring your task written on a paper. Most hilarious task wins.

:90 second Live Challenge: Make the tallest tower using plastic cups. You have 90 seconds. Highest cup tower wins.

:90 second Live Challenge: Create the longest line of dominoes in 90 seconds. Longest line wins.

Team Task: Join with another team. Create the best Rube Goldberg Machine (chain reaction). You have 15 minutes. Most creative chain reaction wins.

Alternate Task: Create a 30-second dance routine. You have 5 minutes to prepare. Best dance routine wins.

Alternate Task: Build a marble track with at least 5 tricks and at least 2 feet tall. You have 3 minutes. Best marble course wins.

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

Alternate Task: Create the Eiffel Tower using toothpicks and marshmallows. You have 5 minutes. Best looking tower wins.

Alternate Task: Start with a ball pressed between you and your date at your belly button. Without using your hands, get the ball up to your mouth. Fastest time wins.

Printable Taskmaster Date Night

This Taskmaster Date Night Printable PDF is 28 pages long! It includes directions, a guide to the tasks, how to setup your date night, and even a printing guide with a list of the 26 tasks to choose from!

The printable pages below are setup with a duplicate of tasks on a single page. I highly recommend printing one task card per couple for each task they will complete. Alternatively, you can print one for the Taskmaster (good to have on hand!) and a second copy to hand out and have one of the couples read out loud.

Print on cardstock paper. Then, cut in half hamburger style (right between the two tasks). Then, fold in a tri-fold style by folding from the bottom upward covering the text.

Now fold the top third down leaving some overlap. I secured closed with a piece of washi tape. You can also go all out and get a wax seal kit!

I then wrote right on the front of the task card the task number and stored all the cards in a little basket so I could easily grab the next task to hand out and know exactly which one would come next.

Taskmaster Date Night ideas and printable PDF Task cards for a fun group date night for couples

For example, I wrote a Blue 2 for the 2 nd task for the Blue set of teams on 4 different envelopes with the same art task hidden inside. For the entry task, I wrote the couples last name on the outside of the envelope.

For the scorecard, you’ll write the couples names across the top scorecard boxes and the tasks down the left column. Score based on how many teams are participating in the task with the highest points going to the best performance or meeting the win condition most completely. Highest score overall wins!

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I’d love to hear the fun tasks you come up with! Share them in the comments to help others with their Taskmaster date night planning, too!

Taskmaster (2015–) titles and graphics

Series title set in Veteran Typewriter with type on red wax seal set in Courier.

Series title set in Veteran Typewriter with type on red wax seal set in Courier .

Titles and graphics designed by Martin Rosten for the British comedy panel game show Taskmaster , devised and written by Alex Horne . The show is presented by Greg Davies as the Taskmaster and little Alex Horne as the Taskmaster’s assistant. Contestants compete to complete a series of challenging and frequently ridiculous tasks to earn points that are awarded by the Taskmaster upon video review in front of a studio audience. Each episode also includes a preliminary prize task and a final live task. The show’s title card, as with most other titles throughout, is set in Veteran Typewriter . The red wax seals on task envelopes feature type set in what looks to be Courier .

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How to throw a Taskmaster themed party

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So today’s blog post isn’t exactly escape room themed. Wait, what?! A non escape room post on The Escape Roomer? Scandalous!

Unless of course you count the fact that many of the Taskmaster series have incredibly puzzle-y and escape room-like challenges in them? And that Alex Horne himself is an escape room enthusiast, which we found out when we interviewed him . Both things are how I’m going to justify writing this post. That and I don’t know an escape room enthusiast who isn’t also a fan of Taskmaster. When I posted about my party on Instagram, everyone who reached out asking how it went and tips for throwing their own party were puzzle people. It leads me to one conclusion: The Taskmaster fans and escape room enthusiasts Venn diagram is a circle.

To celebrate my twenty something-th birthday, I decided to throw a party. But not just any party, a Taskmaster themed party. I gathered all of my favourite people in one room, locked the doors (just kidding), and gave them a series of tasks to complete. Throughout the process I learned a thing or two about writing good challenges. As a game designer, writing Taskmaster challenges doesn’t usually come up in my day-to-day work, but there was a lot I learned from theories of player progression, gameplay beats, the archetypes of fun that went into planning and executing the gameplay. That’s a lot of words for: I tried really hard to make it fun, it paid off, and so I wanted to share some tips and tricks with you.

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Design Your Own, or Buy the Game?

The first question you want to consider is probably whether to design your own challenges, or buy one of the many, many resources the Taskmaster team have available for sale. If you buy the board game or book, the host can also take part! But then you lose out on the fun of coming up with your own wacky and wonderful challenges yourself.

If you do wish to purchase a list of ‘challenges’, the Taskmaster store has many:

  • The Secret Series Game invites you and your family and friends to take part in your own series of Taskmaster games at home!
  • Compete with your friends and family in a series of ludicrous tasks to be crowned Taskmaster Champion. Judge or be judged. It’s time to summon your inner Taskmaster.
  • Featuring favourite tasks from the TV show, this travel-sized card game brings the essence of Taskmaster to your very own home. Judge and be judged. Your time starts now…
  • 40 all-new task cards to add to your Taskmaster Board Game
  • 101 next level tasks (and clues) that will lead one ordinary person to some extraordinary Taskmaster treasure…

Bring Me The Taskmaster's Head

Picking the Best Environment

The first consideration was: Where am I doing this party?

  • Pro : The large space makes for large-scale constructing and crafting challenges, as well as search-and-find challenges, pretty much anything involving water (and so on)
  • Pro : It’s always fun to be out and about in the sunshine
  • Con : Whatever materials you want your players to use, you’ll have to bring with you
  • Con : Toilets! Gotta let your players take toilet breaks
  • Pro : Same as above!
  • Con : Way fewer con’s here, except to say – careful of making a mess! It’s your garden you’ll have to clean up.
  • Pro : A dedicated space where all the tasks can take place
  • Pro : Most places will cater / include drinks, and you might even have access to some impressive AV equipment
  • Con : You’ll have to stay away from particularly messy tasks.
  • Con : You’ll have to bring everything with you.
  • Pro (or Con) : Your Taskmaster event no longer has to be one evening long, why not make it a whole weekend long?
  • Pro : Your own space, to get as messy and loud as you like!
  • Pro : Everything you need is already there at home
  • Pro : You have your own AV
  • Pro : If you have a garden, perfect.

As indicated, I did mine at home. Unfortunately I don’t have a garden but I did make good use of the surrounding neighbourhood area with one particular (not messy) outdoor task. But you’ll know what suits you best!

Coming Up With Tasks

You know your players better than anyone else – so as you’re reading this you might already have some ideas of what sort of questions to give them. Maybe you have a particularly athletic group of people and can challenge them to do sporting activities, or maybe you’ve got a group of puzzle people and want to try your hand at one of those “escape the caravan” tasks from the TV show. It’s your party, so it’s your rules!

The ones I came up with are very specific to my players – a mix of people, some puzzley, some less so. I’ll write the tasks I came up with at the bottom, but in general, here are some fun tips to coming up with tasks:

When coming up with team or pair tasks, split up couples and put people with surprising parters.

If nothing else, it’s an excellent way to break the ice! In any case, couples (generally) work far too well together and you don’t want to give anyone an unfair advantage.

Come up with tasks that make people laugh.

Think ‘silly’, and think ‘party’. Taskmaster isn’t about being the best (well, maybe), it’s about doing things you’ve never done before that you might look incredibly goofy doing. I loved leaning into that.

Come up with tasks that take a range of time and mix them up satisfyingly.

I made an error with one of my tasks being too long, and put it too late into the game. Don’t be like me, break them up and mix them up with long-short-long-short. If you’re also serving drinks, the drunker players get the less patience they’ll have (but the goofier they’ll get!). Use this to your advantage.

Surprise players with a “Part A” and a “Part B”

A Part A might feel innocuously simple, coaxing the player to pick or do something in a certain way that is suddenly turned on it’s head in Part B.

Give tasks that make for great photographs!

After all, you want some fun memories to remember the day by, right?

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The best ways to come up with tasks are to re-watch old series for inspiration, or just look at a fun round-up article like this one . There’s also a handy website here which is a super invaluable source for playing Taskmaster at home.

So, what were my tasks? They were:

  • Pareidolia (Something that looks like a face, but isn’t)
  • Something that reminds you of [host]
  • The quirkiest street art
  • An optical illusion
  • The incorrect time
  • Something pink and fuzzy
  • The smallest object
  • 100 years old (exactly)
  • Is it cake?! (something doesn’t look edible but is)
  • Greg. Someone called Greg.
  • A menu with an item costing exactly £6.50 on it
  • Most unusual food fusion (e.g. pizza ice cream)
  • The meaning of life
  • The most Scottish thing
  • Happiest looking dog
  • Something that will offend [person in the team] the most
  • A famous person’s doppelganger
  • The most unlikely thing in your team’s colour
  • The cheapest thing that isn’t free
  • Design a new board game that does the exact opposite of another board game. For example: Peacehammer instead of Warhammer, or Reverse Snap where you have to ‘SNAP’ on any non-matching group of cards. We will play both games and decide collectively which team wins.

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  • Decorate the best cupcake. Your cupcake must be edible. Best cupcake wins.

(the best part is – you’re left with a bunch of delicious cupcakes at the end!)

  • Stack the tallest book tower in 5 minutes. However you may only touch books whose authors have the same first letter name or surname as you.
  • If a tree falls in the desert and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?
  • What if our dreams are actually glimpses into alternate realities?
  • If humans had the ability to fly, would we still have developed advanced transportation systems?
  • What if gravity stopped working for a day—how would it impact you?
  • PART A: Using the periodic table (and not the internet), construct your favourite word using chemical element abbreviations. For example:Fl O W Er (Flerovium, Oxygen, Tungsten, Erbium)
  • PART B: Write a haiku (5-7-5 syllable) poem for each of those chemical elements. Make sure your haiku is factual and informative about the properties of that element.

PAIRS TASKS

  • Put on a blindfold and follow your partner’s instructions to ‘draw’ something. Guess what they are asking you to draw. Correct guesses win points.

We started with the outdoor “find all the things” task, and I used this as an opportunity to split the whole party into groups of people who didn’t know each other. I also made sure to have a Taskmaster superfan and extra competitive person on each team. This gave me extra time to set up the next task, and people loved running around whilst it was still bright and sunny outside.

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Next, we did the remaining challenges randomly. Some particular favourites were the texting challenge (one replied immediately and others still haven’t replied even now!), the book challenge was also a lot of fun – but then again, I’m a serial book collector and there were plenty of books hidden around the house people could use.

The one challenge which probably didn’t work as well was the game design challenge. Again, as a game designer I was excited for this one – but it was the very last challenge and whilst I’d hoped it’d be a fun note to end on, it was after midnight by then and I think everyone was simply quite tired! The other challenge which I needed to amend on the fly was the drawing one – I originally wanted everyone to draw twice and instruct twice, but it would have taken far too long, so we ended it after just one round.

This is all learning for next time – and hopefully learning you can apply if you’re planning your own party!

Creating the Envelopes

To create the envelopes, this was super, super simple. From watching the TV show, I noticed they’re not actually “envelopes” but sheets of card that have been tri-folded and sealed shut with a wax seal. Now, finding a wax seal is the gold standard. Taskmaster sell their own official envelope with a seal here . Or, you can get these custom made like these ones on Etsy , or get your own personalised seal and buy the wax separately like this product here .

If you leave it fairly last minute to get something custom made like I did, you could also make your own. I went super simple: I drew out some simple wax seal outlines, shaded them in red, and them wrote TM on top. Which of course stands for TaskMAIRI, right? *cough*

To create the contents of the envelopes themselves: I opened up a Google Doc and selected the “Special Elite” font. This isn’t the official font or anything, but it was the closest I could find. Then, in print-layout I made sure each task was on a separate page at an appropriate size, and then printed the whole thing out on card.

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The whole thing took less than a few minutes, and whilst having real wax seals would have been very cool – I was happy with the outcome!

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Hosting the Games

The next thing a good Taskmaster party needs is a good Taskmaster! Am I a good Taskmaster? Pfft, probably not (I’m far too kind with giving points). But it’s all about the confidence and a fancy chair to sit in, am I right?

Unless you’re playing a pre-purchased Taskmaster game, your last big challenge is probably going to be deciding who and how to ‘host’ the game. This should ideally be the person who came up with the challenges. So if that’s you, then that’s great! But if you want to offload the hosting onto a particularly charismatic friend, by all means.

My two top tips here is firstly to do like the TV show and make sure that everyone gets a chance at reading out a challenge, so that the host’s role is purely judging. And, on the topic of judging, try to make sure the tasks aren’t too ambiguous in terms of “who won”. It’s super fun to judge, but “best thing” is so much harder to judge than “fastest to complete”, and nobody will argue. Unless of course you want arguments then… “Best thing” away!

But, at the end of the day, hosting a Taskmaster themed party is all about fun and your goal as hoster of the Taskmaster party is to make sure everyone has fun and feels happy… And doesn’t go home feeling like this:

My heart breaks, honestly.

In my party there were seven participants. This meant that each round there were 7 points up for grabs. 7 to the winner, 6 to the second place, and so on. In some rounds *cough cough* the outdoor ones, I awarded points for every item ticked off on the list. This meant that the winner walked away with a massive 60 something points, but everyone was at least over 40 by the end. Again, not exactly true to the original inspirational show, but if I’m the Taskmaster, I’m going to award whatever points I want to whatever task I want to – and you should too! It’s your party!

Last but not least, the prize!

What are you waiting for, grab the papier mache! It’s time to make a lifesize version of your own head.

I’m joking… Unless ?

For my Taskmaster event, I gave the prize of a pineapple. It was the most head-like item I could find in the supermarket the afternoon before the party. I might have gone for a cantaloupe melon and stuck some googley eyes on. But at least this way your winner has something useful and delicious to take home.

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With that, I think all that’s left for me to say is go out there and host an awesome Taskmaster themed party! 

If you do – please do let us know how it goes!

Mairi

Mairi is the editor-in-chief of The Escape Roomer and covers escape room news and reviews across the UK's South.

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Taskmaster ’s 50 best ever tasks

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The greatest and silliest show in the world is back! We run down the comedians taking part in series 15, plus a look back at the 50 greatest tasks of all time

By Simon Ward, Content Editor

It’s hard to pick the greatest show on television because it’s so subjective. For many people, The West Wing , The Wire or The Sopranos stand head and shoulders above everything else. But we ask you: did any of those Peak TV shows feature a comedian vindictively making another comedian sit bare-bottomed on top of a cake for your entertainment? No, they didn’t. Tony Soprano definitely missed a trick there.

Yes, we’re talking about Taskmaster . (The comedian was Liza Tarbuck and the victim was Alex Horne, just in case you needed that case closed.) And now it’s back for its 15th series with another stonking line-up of comedians. They are…

  • Frankie Boyle ( Frankie Boyle’s New World Order )
  • Ivo Graham ( British As Folk )
  • Jenny Eclair ( Grumpy Old Women )
  • Kiell Smith-Bynoe ( Ghosts )
  • Mae Martin ( Feel Good )  

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Amazing the people you see in a doctor’s waiting room Each week for 10 weeks, the comics will compete against each other (and occasionally as a team) in a series of tasks judged by the titular Taskmaster Greg Davies ( The Cleaner ). Each episode has a winner who takes home a collection of rubbish prizes from the initial “Prize task”, while the comedian with the most points across the series takes home a golden statue in the shape of Greg’s head.

Making sure all the tasks are followed to the letter is the much-maligned Taskmaster’s assistant/punching bag, “Little” Alex Horne (who, in reality, is actually quite tall; he also created the entire show, comes up with the fiendish tasks, and probably does the catering and make-up).

Why the show has remained so fresh is a testament to the creativity applied to the tasks. But there’s something more. Taskmaster gets the contestants to reveal themselves over the 10 weeks like nothing else on TV could: their foibles, their pettiness, their annoyances and how their brains work. It all comes out in the wash. You root for some, you sympathise for others (hello, Nish Kumar!). It’s also without doubt one of the funniest things on TV.

And who could have predicted that series would feature Frankie Boyle, a funny man who seems deadly serious? “I think that’s a perfectly reasonable thing to be surprised about,” says Greg. “He’s on it because his children like it.” And like all Taskmaster contestants before him, he didn’t hold back.

“I make a lot of jokes in this series about him not caring whether he wins or not but he really entered into the spirit of it,” Greg says. “It’s not that he was sitting there going, “Who cares?” He tried, and was often bad. It’s nice to see someone like Frankie being incompetent.”

Over the 14 series so far, there have been a lot of incredible tasks. So ahead of Taskmaster series 15 starting on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/108) on Thursday 30 March at 9pm , we’ve picked out the 50 best ever tasks (in series order).

Your task is to read the whole thing translated into a language that isn’t your own (or you could just read it normally, we guess). Your time starts… now.

1. Reverse, reverse

Series 1, Episode 2

Film tasks are always a highlight. In the OG one, contestants had to film something that looked impressive in reverse. Romesh Ranganathan made the immediately iconic music video for “Tree Wizard”, the story of a Tree Wizard who magicked balloons into existence.

2. The present

Series 1, Episode 3

This task to buy the Taskmaster the best present for £20 featured in the opening three series, but it was never bettered than in series 1 when Josh Widdicombe got a real tattoo of Greg Davies’s name on his foot. Greg has still never looked so shocked. Five sweet points.

3. Counting conundrum

Series 1, Episode 4

Occasionally, contestants get individual tasks for the sheer hell of it. Ahead of an ad break, Greg wondered aloud how many baked beans were in a tin. It then cut to a filmed segment of Josh Widdicombe answering that very question in a task he did alone. Then for ad break two, Greg speculated the same about spaghetti hoops in a tin. The same happened, and again, just Josh. But the cruellest was yet to come as he finally questioned the number of grains of rice in a bag. Cruel, yes. Funny? Very.

4. Hole in one (almost)

Series 2, Episode 1

Get the potato into the golf hole. You may not touch the red green. Joe Wilkinson stepped forward and flung that spud into the hole on his first attempt. No camera trickery. He really did it. The audience lost their minds. Joe called it the “best thing [he’d] ever done.” It was so good, that we just had to see it again. Then came a replay that showed… Joe’s foot had been touching the red green. It led to a crushing disqualification. It was, to quote Greg, “genuinely harrowing”.

5. Nursey crime

Series 2, Episode 2

In which Jon Richardson in the task to make the best music video for a nursery rhyme showed the bloody aftermath of “Three Blind Mice” with accompanying horror film-style instrumental. Were the discarded walking canes and glasses too much? You decide…

6. Mayoral race

Series 2, Episode 3

How many Mayors have had a rap and a poem written about them (Katherine Ryan and Richard Osman) and have been serenaded by the country’s best comedians (Jon Richardson and Doc Brown)? Despite Katherine winning this task to impress the Mayor of Chesham (“That’s Peter Hudson, you know that you can trust him”), it was Joe Wilkinson’s effort to impress that sticks in the mind: 42 Calippos, 8 cans of lager and £15 in cash.

7. Spread your clothes

Series 3, Episode 4

Lateral thinking goes a long way in Taskmaster . Here, contestants had to spread their clothes as far as possible at their own expense. Al Murray spent £340 on two taxis to send his clothes across 6.2 square miles. Paul Chowdhry, meanwhile, put his socks on a tree in the Taskmaster Garden. He might have received only one point, but he also saved £340, so…

8. Destroy this cake

Series 4, Episode 1

If you’ve ever wanted to know what Bake Off hosts really feel about baking, in this task to destroy a cake, just watch the glee on Mel Giedroyc’s face as she violently squashed a cake into a table with her bare hands or Noel Fielding’s joy at putting his cake in a washing machine. You wouldn’t get a “Hollywood Handshake” for that!

9. Long-distance painting

Series 4, Episode 2

Joe Lycett was a revelation on Taskmaster , and one of his highlights came when he had to paint a picture of the Taskmaster at a distance from the canvas. Joe had an extra task: to smile at the camera with increasing enthusiasm every 30 seconds and, well, the results were incredible.

10. Fishbowl fails

Series 4, Episode 3

Two reasons why the task to move water from one fishbowl to the other without moving the bowls was an all-time great. The first is any task that has the contestant reading the rules and then immediately breaking them (Lolly Adefope, who instantly moved the fishbowls). The second is when there’s a hidden rule they miss. Random objects were left out to help them move the water, including a bar of chocolate. The secret rule on the back of the envelope said that any contestant who ate the chocolate would be deducted five points. Guess what Joe Lycett and Mel Giedroyc did…

11. Special cuddles

Series 5, Episode 1

Bob Mortimer was the  Taskmaster G.O.A.T. When the task called for him to give Alex a special cuddle, he opted to do it in his closed car boot – largely because, he confessed, he’d been looking for an excuse to get into his car boot. Quite amazing.

12. Hoop dreams

Nish Kumar was brilliant, although more through lack of accomplishment than anything else. But in episode 1, we all thought he was a Michael Jordan-like God in the task to get a basketball through a hoop without using his hands. First go, he kicked the ball straight into the hoop. The audience went wild. That was until it was revealed there had been more than 50 previous attempts over half an hour. It set a precedent for Nish.

13. Coconut businessman

Series 5, Episode 3

The task to make a coconut look like a businessman involved Bob Mortimer drawing a face on a coconut. That’s it. But boy, was it funny.

14. Eat, throw, balance

Contestants were offered a jelly, a Weetabix and a Twiglet. They had to balance one item, throw an item into a bucket at a distance and eat the remaining item, all in the fastest time. Sally Phillips was bing (threw the jelly), bang (ate the Twiglet), bosh (balanced the Weetabix). It was very impressive.

15. Cheeky texts

Series 5, Episode 5

Oh, Mark Watson! Has an individual task ever been this cruel? Mark had to send the Taskmaster an anonymous “cheeky” text message every day for five months. Yes, you read that right – five months! Which he dutifully did. 148 texts, in fact. The only issue was that the task required 150, so he failed. Never have you seen a man so utterly broken.

16. Birthing footage

Series 5, Episode 6

Sally Phillips should (arguably) have won series 5. Her finest moment was when she had to record the most incredible footage with a camera strapped to her head, which she interpreted as showing the very vivid, graphic, horribly realistic birth of Alex as a 183lb baby. Other notables in this task were Aisling Bea’s parody of Taken called Took and Bob Mortimer discovering his own head in a box of Wotsits.

17. Taskonbury

Series 5, Episode 8

Arguably Peak Taskmaster is a team task to write and perform a song about a woman named Rosalind. In front of Rosalind. Aisling Bea, Bob Mortimer and Sally Phillips wrote an unhinged ballad called “Quite Good Considering” about her being “a nightmare” and “an average cellist”, while Mark Watson and Nish Kumar – in their finest hour on the show – did a lovely, heartwarming, really-quite-excellent song called “I’m Always Seeing You (Do Cool Stuff)”. Taskmaster has had a lot of song tasks, but this was a cut above them all.

18. Extraordinary journey

Series 6, Episode 2

The comedians were presented with a little wind-up man and instructed to make him go on the most extraordinary journey. So, Liza Tuckbuck made the little man cross the road where he was quickly hit by a car. To complete the journey, she stamped on him. Well, death is the final journey, which is extraordinary in its way…

19. Bedtime story

Series 6, Episode 3

Contestants had to write, illustrate and read out a bedtime story for grown-ups. Liza Tarbuck wrote a story about a scatterbrained man who ate an old prawn sandwich and pooed himself. It was a moment.

20. 100 times

Series 6, Episode 5

This team task wasn’t so great because of the task per se. It was because of how it played out. Asim Chaudhry, Liza Tarbuck and Tim Vine were presented with a series of clues connected by string that spelt out the word “hop”. Once you’d worked that bit out, you had to do it 100 times. Liza worked out the link in under a minute, while Asim and Tim ignored her and continued trying to work it out. So, Liza did the 100 hops herself and won the task for her team.

21. Cake love

Series 6, Episode 10

Liza Tarbuck is a national treasure, and much of that national treasure status was formed in her 10 weeks on Taskmaster . She proved herself inventive, quick-thinking and some kind of evil genius. In the task to tell the Taskmaster you love him in the most meaningful way, she leaned into that inventiveness and turned full-blown Bond villain as she made Alex put his bare backside on a cake inside the shed. The funniest part was watching her run away giggling to herself. She later admitted she felt dirty, as did we all.

22. Fast story

Series 7, Episode 2

Two very important parts of this task to write a 10-word story before you reach the finish line: you must be running while writing, and the fastest across the finish line wins. Rhod Gilbert took 10 minutes and 12 seconds (his accurate one-point claiming effort: “The man ran for exactly 10 minutes 12 seconds, losing”). James Acaster, meanwhile, gave us this legend in just 20 seconds: “The boy ran to France, and I loved that boy.”

23. Excite Alex

Series 7, Episode 3

The most notable thing about Phil Wang in Taskmaster wasn’t necessarily his task performance. Rather, it was his Kill Bill outfit that showed – well – everything . But the task to excite Alex so his heart rate would increase, as measured on a blood-pressure monitor, was his high point. No, it didn’t involve his revealing outfit. Rather, he gave Alex a sugary coffee, did martial arts in front of him and then showed him videos of near misses. Alex was so relaxed that it decreased his heart rate.

24. Soap opera cliff-hanger

Series 7, Episode 6

More Peak Taskmaster with Jessica Knappett and Kerry Godliman teaming up to write and perform the most suspenseful soap opera cliff-hanger. Their one took place in soap opera Cul de Sac , as Donna (Kerry) fights with Donna (Jessica) who was about to sleep with Alex. It’s then revealed Alex is the son of Donna (Kerry), who then promptly throws up. No notes.

25. Don’t blink

Series 7, Episode 7

Genuinely distressing as the contestants had to not blink for the longest time with Rhod Gilbert taping his eyelids and tipping the tears out of his eyes for 7 minutes and 10 seconds. It has scarred us for life. Very much a “don’t try this at home” moment.

26. Hula oops

Series 7, Episode 9

This two-part task nearly broke James Acaster. First, you had to hula for a minute with a hula hoop. Then, whatever time you got, you had to improve on it live in the studio. Poor Acaster. He had really practised to improve on his time of 6 seconds. But when it came to showtime, he only managed 5 seconds. He then begged for a second attempt and showed everyone how good he had got. But the task clearly stated he had only one attempt…

27. Extension detention

Seeing James Acaster lose his mind is always a quality watch. During the task to build the best extension to the Taskmaster House, Acaster had a full-blown rant at Rhod Gilbert for ignoring the garage, which was filled with building materials. Classic.

28. Video games

Series 7, Episode 10

One of those tasks where everyone does well. Here, contestants had to physically recreate a classic computer game. Jessica Knappett did a brilliant Mario Kart , Phil Wang did a clever GoldenEye , Rhod Gilbert seemed to want to get some frustration out by throwing tennis balls at a crowd of people to mimic Space Invaders , while Kerry recreated a very accurate Tetris . But it was James Acaster’s perfect impression of the movements in Grand Theft Auto – including the funny jump and runs – that won the sweet points.

29. Hiding in plain sight

Series 8, Episode 1

As much for Joe Thomas’ awkwardness as anything else. Alex was stationed on a railway bridge and contestants had to get close to him without Alex noticing them. He would duck down for 10 seconds and then pop up again for 10 seconds. Stealthy Joe won the task and got within a metre of Alex, but was then so awkward, it was a joy to watch.

30. Distant moustache

Series 8, Episode 2

If you’ve never seen Taskmaster , you’ve probably stumbled across this clip where comics had to make a moustache that looked different from a distance from how it did close up. Lou Sanders (fake flies and real mealworms) and Paul Sinha (caviar) were great, but what sticks in the mind is how (probably unjustifiably) annoyed Greg was with Iain Stirling’s map of the village of Liphook.

31. Who’s a pretty boy?

Series 8, Episode 3

In which the comedians had to guess what costume Alex was wearing by asking him questions, and Alex could only communicate with a horn. Great for the parrot costume alone. Even better for Joe Thomas’s animal breakdown.

32. Card counting

Series 8, Episode 6

Basically: Paul Sinha managed to (almost) memorise the order of an entire deck of cards in five minutes. Ladies and gentlemen, “The Sinnerman”.

33. Aubergine hiding

Series 9, Episode 1

The task was simple. Hide three aubergines in the room for Alex to find. The longest time it takes for Alex to find all three, wins. David Baddiel, an exceptionally clever man, taped one to the Taskmaster portrait (that immediately fell off the wall and alerted Alex), placed another in a fruit bowl and put the other down his trousers but forgot to do his flies up. It took Alex two minutes, and it’s amazing it took that long.

34. Taskmaster lyrics

Series 9, Episode 8

The task: write the best lyrics to the Taskmaster theme tune, and perform them in the most memorable way. David Baddiel, co-writer of the greatest England football song of all time, put in quite a poor effort, while Rose Matafeo’s Western-themed rap was properly brilliant. But it’s Ed Gamble’s attempt we’ll remember, as he was dressed as a baby crying about missing his mum (Alex). Weird, surreal, brilliant.

35. Chickpea romance

Series 9, Episode 10

In the task to do the most preposterous thing with a chickpea, everyone stepped up. David Baddiel staged a modern telling of the nativity (“chickpea-tivity”) and Ed Gamble went on a date with it, saw it die in a car accident and then… probably best if you watch it yourself. Meanwhile, Rose Matafeo hosted a funeral for her chickpea, “Chick Pataki”. Stunning.

36. Into the frying pan

Series 10, Episode 1

The first series on Channel 4, but also a scaled-back, Covid-safe series. Did it mean there would be any less craziness or competitiveness? No, quite the opposite. Here, comics had to land the most eggs in a frying pan while standing on a balcony. Every contestant had a breakdown, Johnny Vegas was genuinely broken. Only one point was given (to Daisy May Cooper). It was the perfect start to a new era.

37. Shoe won’t believe it

Series 10, Episode 3

Here, comedians had to fling a shoe into the bath using a homemade catapult contraption. Johnny Vegas tried to catapult the shoe with a rake on a ladder. He joked about falling off the ladder. You can probably guess what came next…

38. Most watermelon

Series 10, Episode 5

This team task involved eating the most watermelon, but you couldn’t feed yourself. It descended into something akin to the last days of Rome as Daisy May Cooper and Richard Herring gorged – and we really underline the word “gorged” – on melon in a sight that will probably put your off that fruit (or indeed all fruit) for life.

39. Silent cocktails

Series 10, Episode 6

The comedians had to make tasty, attractive cocktails as quietly as possible. If they made a noise over 60db, they had to scream a phrase and start again. Daisy May Cooper’s was “I love this” and it almost ended her. And, to look into her eyes, she almost ended Alex.

40. Spider feet

Series 10, Episode 10

Actually, the task to put wellies (attached with string that wasn’t allowed to break) on a giant fake spider’s feet was simple. The spider was outside, and all the comics found it very quickly… except for Katherine Parkinson. She didn’t realise she could leave the room, so ended up building her own spider out of table legs. Taskmaster does strange things to people, and this task left Parkinson – at one point – uttering the legend: “Am I the spider?” Wild.

41. Plate delivery

Series 11, Episode 1

So many highlights in this task to deliver unbroken plates to Alex by either scooter, bike or hoverboard. Mike Wozniak on a hoverboard, for a start. Sarah Kendall shouting, “life’s for living”. Lee Mack delivering all the plates in one go on a tiny bike dressed as Evel Knievel. Jamali Maddix leaving a total trail of destruction. And Charlotte Ritchie laughing the whole way through. Brilliant.

42. Loo roll

Series 11, Episode 4

One of those great tasks where if you work it out with lateral thinking, then it becomes a lot simpler – but if you don’t, oh boy. The task was to get a sheet of loo roll as far from the starting point as possible. Only that sheet could touch the ground. The loo roll couldn’t break. And it had to be always in the loo roll holder. However, it didn’t say you couldn’t remove the loo roll holder from the wall – something only Jamali Maddix and Lee Mack worked out.

43. Difficult sounds

Series 11, Episode 6

The individual task for Mike Wozniak was thus: fart. After quite some effort, out came a tiny squelching noise, the sound of which you can’t unhear. But then there was more. He revealed that the effort had also dislodged a haemorrhoid that was still hanging loose, an area he vividly described as an “absolute casserole”. We’ll let that notion dangle, so to speak.

44. Net balls

Series 12, Episode 5

Here because of the quite terrible effort in this team task to get the most balls in the net. It featured a series of intricate rules so complicated that both teams scored negative points (Alan Davies and Victoria Coren Mitchell, with Alex Horne helping, scored -128 points). It meant everyone finished the task with no points, a rare Taskmaster occurrence.

45. More cake sitting

Sit on a cake. Fastest wins. It was here we learned Victoria Coren Mitchell always carries flapjacks with her, which she sat on in 25 seconds for five sweet points. Morgana Robinson, meanwhile, baked a cake from scratch and took 1 hour 45 minutes. So, what we’ve learned is always carry flapjack, because you never know when it’ll come in handy.

46. Dog toy

Series 12, Episode 6

The task was to make a cute dog toy for a cute dog, with the most engaging toy (from the dog’s POV) winning. The highlight – apart from Marco the dog, who was very cute – was Victoria Coren Mitchell being so excited about the prospect of a real dog, and her devastation that she wouldn’t get to meet him. “Whhhyyyyy!”

47. Bite the duck

Series 13, Episode 3

This series was a bit of a classic. Chris Ramsey was very, very good at tasks. But occasionally, he just went for chaotic evil, such as in the task where you had to get a duck into Alex’s mouth by getting him the least wet (the duck was in a bucket you couldn’t reach). After a noble attempt that didn’t pan out, he gave up and just power-hosed Alex.

48. Tongue tasting

Series 13, Episode 8

If there’s one word for the task where comedians had to keep their tongues out and lick a lemon, sherbet and ice lolly and then stand in front of a fan over and over again, it’s this: ick. The tongue out for the longest time would win, so Sophie Duker did it for more than 26 minutes, almost twice as long as Chris Ramsey. Up there with the disturbing likes of Rhod Gilbert’s taped eyes and Daisy May Cooper and Richard Herring’s watermelon orgy.

49. House Queens

Series 13, Episode 10

Another brilliant music task, this time where the comedians had to record six separate tracks and could only use their mouths or body parts as the instruments. Ardal O’Hanlon and Chris Ramsey created a truly bonkers song about trying to please Greg that felt and sounded like a fever dream, while Bridget Christie, Judi Love and Sophie Duker birthed “The House Queens”, which was instantly iconic and involved Bridget doing unnecessary whistling and a weird dance.

50. Duck basket

Some people on Taskmaster don’t think outside the box. Some do the easiest possible version of the task. Some don’t try. Then there was Judi Love, a glorious booking who phoned it in at every opportunity – and we mean that as a compliment. Pick of the bunch was a task to get the most ducks in Alex’s basket while he rode around on a bicycle. Sensing this meant exercise, Judi just cornered him, broke his bike and was at one point on the bike with Alex. Even after all that, she still got disqualified as she failed to follow the rule of not carrying more than one duck. Bob Mortimer levels of greatness!

When is Taskmaster series 15 on TV?

Taskmaster  begins on  Channel 4 HD (CH 104/108) at 9pm on Thursday 30 March . You can also catch up via  Apps & Games > All 4 .

The series will continue for 10 weeks and will conclude on Thursday 1 June .

What contestants have won Taskmaster?

  • Series 1 – Josh Widdecombe
  • Series 2 – Katherine Ryan
  • Series 3 – Rob Beckett
  • Series 4 – Noel Fielding
  • Series 5 – Bob Mortimer
  • Series 6 – Liza Tarbuck
  • Series 7 – Kerry Godliman
  • Series 8 – Lou Sanders
  • Series 9 – Ed Gamble
  • Series 10 – Richard Herring
  • Series 11 – Sarah Kendall
  • Series 12 – Morgana Robinson
  • Series 13 – Sophie Duker
  • Series 14 – Dara Ó Briain

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19th Edition of Global Conference on Catalysis, Chemical Engineering & Technology

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Victor Mukhin, Speaker at Chemical Engineering Conferences

Title : Active carbons as nanoporous materials for solving of environmental problems

However, up to now, the main carriers of catalytic additives have been mineral sorbents: silica gels, alumogels. This is obviously due to the fact that they consist of pure homogeneous components SiO2 and Al2O3, respectively. It is generally known that impurities, especially the ash elements, are catalytic poisons that reduce the effectiveness of the catalyst. Therefore, carbon sorbents with 5-15% by weight of ash elements in their composition are not used in the above mentioned technologies. However, in such an important field as a gas-mask technique, carbon sorbents (active carbons) are carriers of catalytic additives, providing effective protection of a person against any types of potent poisonous substances (PPS). In ESPE “JSC "Neorganika" there has been developed the technology of unique ashless spherical carbon carrier-catalysts by the method of liquid forming of furfural copolymers with subsequent gas-vapor activation, brand PAC. Active carbons PAC have 100% qualitative characteristics of the three main properties of carbon sorbents: strength - 100%, the proportion of sorbing pores in the pore space – 100%, purity - 100% (ash content is close to zero). A particularly outstanding feature of active PAC carbons is their uniquely high mechanical compressive strength of 740 ± 40 MPa, which is 3-7 times larger than that of  such materials as granite, quartzite, electric coal, and is comparable to the value for cast iron - 400-1000 MPa. This allows the PAC to operate under severe conditions in moving and fluidized beds.  Obviously, it is time to actively develop catalysts based on PAC sorbents for oil refining, petrochemicals, gas processing and various technologies of organic synthesis.

Victor M. Mukhin was born in 1946 in the town of Orsk, Russia. In 1970 he graduated the Technological Institute in Leningrad. Victor M. Mukhin was directed to work to the scientific-industrial organization "Neorganika" (Elektrostal, Moscow region) where he is working during 47 years, at present as the head of the laboratory of carbon sorbents.     Victor M. Mukhin defended a Ph. D. thesis and a doctoral thesis at the Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia (in 1979 and 1997 accordingly). Professor of Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia. Scientific interests: production, investigation and application of active carbons, technological and ecological carbon-adsorptive processes, environmental protection, production of ecologically clean food.   

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Rosatom starts production of rare-earth magnets for wind power generation

November 11, 2020 5:17 pm

Rosatom starts production of rare-earth magnets for wind power generation

T VEL Fuel Company of Rosatom has started gradual localization of rare-earth magnets manufacturing for wind power plants generators. The first sets of magnets have been manufactured and shipped to the customer.

In total, the contract between Elemash Magnit LLC (an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom in Elektrostal, Moscow region) and Red Wind B.V. (a joint venture of NovaWind JSC and the Dutch company Lagerwey) foresees manufacturing and supply over 200 sets of magnets. One set is designed to produce one power generator.

“The project includes gradual localization of magnets manufacturing in Russia, decreasing dependence on imports. We consider production of magnets as a promising sector for TVEL’s metallurgical business development. In this regard, our company does have the relevant research and technological expertise for creation of Russia’s first large-scale full cycle production of permanent rare-earth magnets,” commented Natalia Nikipelova, President of TVEL JSC.

“NovaWind, as the nuclear industry integrator for wind power projects, not only made-up an efficient supply chain, but also contributed to the development of inter-divisional cooperation and new expertise of Rosatom enterprises. TVEL has mastered a unique technology for the production of magnets for wind turbine generators. These technologies will be undoubtedly in demand in other areas as well,” noted Alexander Korchagin, Director General of NovaWind JSC.

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