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Taskmaster: Where is the show’s iconic house located?


Taskmaster: Where is the show’s iconic house located? (Picture: Channel 4)

Taskmaster is back for another brilliant series that has already left fans in stitches.

Overseen by Greg Davies and sidekick Alex Horne, the duo have been joined by the likes of This Country’s Daisy May Cooper, Johnny Vegas, Katherine Parkinson, Mawaan Rizwan and Richard Herring – who have already completed a number of seriously wild challenges.

But while captivated by what the celebs are being asked to do, viewers at home have been left wondering where the show’s iconic house is.

And it turns out the filming location is set in London’s leafy district of Chiswick.

That’s right, the property is close to Chiswick Bridge and, according to Radio Times, the former ground keeper’s cottage was once listed to rent for £4,117 per month.

Director Andy Devonshire told the publication: ‘We move in and live here for the period of filming.


This series has already left fans in stitches (Picture: PA)

‘After series one, I think they had some people come in and stay over the summer, but we de-Taskmaster it when we go away so it is very different.

‘There’s a different theme inspired by a specific artist every series so there’s obviously things that stay the same but we redecorate within the boundaries of that.

‘When we leave it’s quite minimalist.’


Taskmaster trailer: embargoed 10.30am
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This year’s series was mostly filmed before the pandemic, however, when social distancing was put in place, the gang moved down the road to Pinewood Studios, in Slough.

And it seems fans are in for a treat tonight, as Mawaan is back up against Daisy, Katherine, Johnny and Richard. 

However, things go slightly wrong for the comedian as he finds himself disqualified after missing the entire point of the task.

The second episode will air tonight on Channel 4 after an impressive run of nine season on Dave.

It’s not to be missed!

Taskmaster continues Thursdays at 9pm on Channel 4.

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Emmerdale spoilers: Belle Dingle tries to bury mum Lisa for good

Belle and Nate in Emmerdale

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Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper) struggled in Emmerdale tonight (October 22) as the voice of Lisa (Jane Cox) continued to torment her, and therefore she attempted to ‘bury’ her mum in order to stop said voice.

Viewers will know that Belle has been under a lot of stress as of late, what with her in trouble with the police after Jamie Tate (Alexander Lincoln) turned the tables regarding Moira’s (Natalie J Robb) hit-and-run.

What’s more, she’s stopped taking her medication, and therefore she’s been hearing the voice of Lisa.

She kept this information to herself thus far, but tonight, the voice became too much, and therefore she left the house with a shovel, and headed to the graveyard to ‘bury’ Lisa — hoping that such a thing would put a stop to the voice.

However, Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh) and Cara Robinson (Carryl Thomas) witnessed Belle digging at her mum’s grave, and became incredibly concerned as a result.

They realised that she was in need of help, and thus Tracy called Nate (Jurell Carter), who later arrived and attempted to talk to Belle.

Belle revealed that she’d stopped taking her medication, but she promised to start doing so again if Nate promises to keep this between them.

Nate struggled, and there was a brief moment when he almost told Cain (Jeff Hordley) the truth, but he ultimately refrained from doing so.

Will Belle be okay?

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Mugger stole phone from dying jogger, 64, as she tried to call for help after heart attack

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A mugger stole a dying jogger’s phone after she collapsed and tried to call for help while running close to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St Louis, Missouri, on Sunday (Picture: Google)

A mugger stole a dying 64 year-old jogger’s phone as she tried to call for help. The unidentified woman was robbed after having a heart attack and falling while running near the Anheuser-Busch Brewery St Louis, Missouri, on Sunday afternoon.

Harrowing surveillance footage showed her roll onto her back, then try to sit up to use her phone. She managed to stand up – only to fall headfirst onto the ground again. Moments later, a red Dodge Caravan van pulled up beside the woman and a man got out.

St Louis Police Department said its driver got out and picked up the woman’s phone. He then got back into the van, and drove off – leaving her alone to die.

The woman was later found and rushed to hospital, where she was officially pronounced dead. News of the mugging and woman’s death has sparked outrage in St Louis, with police investigating the distressing crime.

They have yet to make any arrests. It came a month after another mugger was filmed rifling through the wallet of an unconscious man on a bus in Richmond, Virginia, with that victim also later pronounced dead.

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‘Bias, hatred & rudeness’: Trump releases VIDEO of ‘60 Minutes’ interview he walked out on

US President Donald Trump has released a video of his aborted interview with CBS News’ Lesley Stahl that he claims shows her “constant interruptions and anger.”

Filmed on Tuesday, Trump’s sit-down with Stahl stoked controversy from the start. Rumors flew as he walked out of the hour-long interview after 45 minutes, and he confirmed things had gone badly when he later promised to release a recording of it “so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about.” The president followed through and released the footage on Thursday, three days before its scheduled airing.

Before the cameras started rolling, Trump asked Stahl to “just be fair,” adding “you don’t ask Biden tough questions.” But Stahl was adversarial from the outset, hammering him on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and telling him his boasts of economic achievement before the virus hit were “not true.”

Trump lashed out at Stahl for claiming he asked suburban women, “Will you please like me, please?” “That’s so misleading,” Trump responded, “I said jokingly: ‘Suburban women, you should love me because I’m giving you security.’ See, the way you said that is why people think of you and everyone else as fake news.”

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A supporter of US President Donald Trump holds up a photo of Hunter Biden before Trump's campaign event in Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S. October 20, 2020
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As the interview progressed, Stahl repeatedly cut across Trump, as the president grew visibly frustrated. She denied that the release of Hunter Biden’s emails – which apparently reveal foreign corruption in the Biden family – constitute a “scandal,” and denied that the FBI “spied” on Trump’s 2016 campaign, despite mounds of documentary evidence to the contrary.

“I don’t have to discredit you,” Trump sniped at one point. “You’ve discredited yourself.”

Stahl, however, called the Hunter Biden story “discredited,” and, when Trump accused Biden of “going into hiding” to avoid questions on the scandal, she apparently covered for the Democrat, reminding Trump, “He’s preparing for your debate.”

The final straw came after Stahl accused Trump of wanting to “lock up” Gretchen Whitmer, the pro-lockdown governor of Michigan. The president railed at Stahl for her network’s “softball” treatment of Biden, and for her “inappropriate” questioning. Then, with five minutes to go before Vice President Mike Pence was due to join him, he declared he’d had “enough,” and walked out.

Shortly after Trump released the video, CBS News responded, calling the decision “unprecedented,” and saying the network would not be deterred from providing “full, fair and contextual reporting,” and would air the slot as planned this weekend, along with a similar interview with Biden.

Trump and Biden will appear together on Thursday night for the final head-to-head debate before Americans go to the polls on November 3.

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Mesut Ozil reacts to Arsenal’s comeback win against Rapid Vienna and sends message to Bernd Leno after mistake

Mesut Ozil reacts to Arsenal's comeback win against Austria Vienna and sends message to Bernd Leno after mistake

The Gunners had to fight back from a goal down to claim all three points (Pictures: Getty Images)

Mesut Ozil has congratulated his Arsenal teammates on their comeback win over Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday night and told Bernd Leno to keep his ‘chin up’ after his mistake.

The north Londoners went behind in Austria shortly after the half-time break following a mistake from their usually dependable goalkeeper, who presented the ball to Rapid’s attackers when trying to play out from the back.

That allowed Taxiarchis Fountas an easy finish from close range as the hosts took an unexpected lead, and Leno made another gaffe not long after that nearly presented an open goal to Rapid.

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Leno was at fault for Rapid Vienna’s opener on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)

But Arsenal responded through David Luiz, who got on the end of Nicolas Pepe’s excellent delivery and headed the ball past the stranded Rapid goalkeeper.

Just five minutes later they took the lead for the first time after a lovely pass from Mohamed Elneny set Hector Bellerin free down the right and the Spaniard squared for fellow sub Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to tap in.

Arsenal never really looked troubled after taking the lead and Ozil – who was left out of both the Europa League and Premier League squad – was delighted with the turnaround as he live-tweeted during the match.

‘Nice to start with three points!’ wrote the German on Twitter, nominating Aubameyang, David Luiz, Elneny and full debutant Thomas Partey as his four potential man-of-the-match contenders.

‘Good job guys!’

After Leno’s mistake, he tagged the keeper and wrote: ‘Chin up Bro! We still have enough time to turn this around guys! Come on Gunners!!’

David Luiz Rapid Wien v Arsenal FC: Group B - UEFA Europa League

Luiz got Arsenal back on level terms before Aubameyang’s winner (Picture: Getty)

Despite his Arsenal career appearing to be all but over, Ozil seemed very invested in the match and even had time to make a little joke at the expense of Rapid goalkeeper Richard Strebinger, who was wearing Petr Cech-style headgear.

‘What a week for my friend Petr Cech,’ wrote the 32-year-old, who played alongside the Czech during his time at the Emirates.

‘On Tuesday: Named in Chelsea’s Premier League squad for 2020/21. Thursday: Starting for Rapid Vienna against his former club. Congrats bro!’

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First Dates favourite Cici Coleman finds love after being banned from dating app

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Cici has found some romance of her own (Picture: Getty/Rex)

First Dates waitress Cici Coleman is used to helping others find love – and has now found some of her own thanks to a dating app.

But she was almost stopped in her tracks after being banned from the service.

Speaking FUBAR Radio, Cici opened up about her own dating disasters, including being blocked from using Hinge back in February.

However, things have taken a turn for the better, and she told the Access All Areas show: ‘They gave me another chance, they reinstated my membership!’

When quizzed on whether the app was working out for her, she then revealed that she’d actually struck gold thanks to the service.

‘It did actually [work],’ she teased. ‘That’s all I’m going to say!’

Cici Coleman first dates

Cici is a regular face on First Dates (Picture: Channel 4)

Cici first revealed she had been kicked off the dating app back in February, again telling FUBAR host Stephen Leng.

‘So I was on Hinge, really using it and then I deleted it because I thought, okay, I’ve used it enough,’ she explained. ‘Went to go back on and it said, “you’ve violated the terms of” something. I don’t know what it means.’

Stephen then suggested people may have reported her believing she was catfishing people, after recognising her on the telly.

‘Well Hinge, if you’re listening, it is me!,’ she added. ‘I’m desperate out here! I’m really trying to get a boyfriend.’

Looks like they were listening.

First Dates airs Wednesday at 10pm on Channel 4.

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