Taskmaster is returning to our screens on Channel 4 on October 15th for series 10 but just who is new contestant, Mawaan Rizwan?
The year 2020 has been pretty rough, to say the least, but thankfully, the worst year in living memory for many of us is about to get that little bit better.
That’s because the BAFTA-winning series Taskmaster is returning to our screens after almost a year away
The show, which sees five funny people – usually comedians – completing all manner of weird and wonderful tasks, is set to make its Channel 4 debut after its surprise departure from Dave in 2019.
As ever, joining Taskmaster in series 10 are a host of new contestants featuring well-known names and up and coming stars.
Of series 10’s contestants, Mawaan Rizwan is arguably the least well known but just what do we know about him?
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Taskmaster series 10 on Channel 4
Taskmaster arrives on Channel 4 on Thursday, October 15th.
The series, which began life at the Edinburgh Fridge Festival, became a staple of the channel Dave after it debuted in 2015.
The show, which was devised by co-host Alex Horne, sees five funny people (comedians, actors, TV personalities) all compete in a series of weird and wonderful tasks, all with the aim of pleasing the titular Taskmaster, Greg Davies.
Series 10’s contestants
Joining Taskmaster in series 10 are a host of well-known names and up and coming talents in the world of comedy and acting.
Taking on Alex Horne’s devious tasks this time around are:
For series 10, we’ll be joining Johnny Vegas, Katherine Parkinson, Richard Herring, Daisy May Cooper and Mawaan Rizwan as they take on the tasks set by Alex Horne.
- Johnny Vegas
- Katherine Parkinson
- Richard Herring
- Daisy May Cooper
- Mawaan Rizwan
Meet Mawaan Rizwan
Mawaan Rizwan, at the age of 28, is the youngest contestant in Taskmaster series 10.
He was born in Lahore in Pakistan but moved to the UK at the age of two.
Mawaan’s career in the entertainment world began on the video-sharing site YouTube in 2008 which eventually led him into stand-up comedy and acting.
His TV debut came in 2013 on the satirical CBBC news programme, DNN: Definitely Not Newsround, and he’s gone on to appear in a handful of acting roles since including an episode of ITV drama Vera and Sky One’s Two Weeks to Live.
Mawaan Rizwan’s biggest TV role to date came as the presenter of the documentary film, How Gay is Pakistan, in which Mawaan – who came out as gay to his traditional Muslim parents at the age of 24 – explores the LGBTQ+ community in a strict Muslim country such as Pakistan where homosexuality is still illegal.
Taskmaster series 10, featuring Mawaan Rizwan, begins at 9pm on October 15th on Channel 4.