'Taskmaster Starring Shirley Ballas' In New Years Special Crowns Her Winner Of The Show

The Liverpudlian Queen of Latin, Shirley Ballas, Wins Special Edition Of Taskmaster's New Year Treat On Channel 4

'Taskmaster Starring Shirley Ballas' in New Years Special crowns the Liverpudlian the winner of the show (Credit: Channel 4).
'Taskmaster Starring Shirley Ballas' in New Years Special crowns the Liverpudlian the winner of the show (Credit: Channel 4).

The championship-winning Latin dancer turned Strictly Come Dancing Head Judge has now been crowned the winner of Taskmaster's New Year Treat.


In the episode, Shirley and the rest of the cast attempted a set of absurd and bizarre tasks in a one-off festive special for the Channel 4 game show favourite that has currently run for 11 seasons and is still going strong.

The Liverpudlian from Wallasey in the Liverpool City Region was honored with the opportunity to be the star of the line-up with 85 episodes to date, this episode was only the third special edition of the show and considered a one-off New Years Special.


The series is hosted by comedian Greg Davies who plays the role of 'The Taskmaster' and series creator and comedian, Alex Horne.


The series is a panel-styled comedy game show and the winner walks away with a peculiar prize that is just as quintessentially obscure as the show itself.


The episode was first aired on Friday the 1st January 2021 with a run-time of 46:44. You can watch the original programming of this festive edition of Taskmaster on Channel 4's catch-up service, All4 for the next 30 days.

'Taskmaster Starring Shirley Ballas' in New Years Special crowns the Liverpudlian the winner of the show (Credit: Channel 4).
'Taskmaster Starring Shirley Ballas' in New Years Special crowns the Liverpudlian the winner of the show (Credit: Channel 4).

The special edition of the games show starred Shirley Ballas, known for her world-class Latin dance performances and for being the Head Judge on BBC's Strictly come dancing.


Also featured on the episode was fellow Liverpudlian, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, the Channel 4 News journalist who you can see as a main anchor on their daily news programme.


With Shirley Ballas and Krishnan Guru-Murthy both featuring on the roaster, that makes 2/5 of the guests on the show Liverpudlians; an impressive display of the talent that is cultivated in the Liverpool City Region.


The rest of the cast was star-studded, including; John Hannah, the Scottish A-List actor known for The Mummy franchise and Four Weddings And A Funeral.

'Taskmaster Starring Shirley Ballas' in New Years Special crowns the Liverpudlian the winner of the show (Credit: Channel 4).
'Taskmaster Starring Shirley Ballas' in New Years Special crowns the Liverpudlian the winner of the show (Credit: Channel 4).

Alongside the notable cast was Rylan Clark-Neal, the television presenter known for Supermarket Sweep, The X-Factor, This Morning and Ready Steady Cook.


Concluding the line-up was Nicola Coughlan, an Irish actress that is known for starring as one of the five main characters in Derry Girls and the Netflix television show Bridgerton.


Greg Davies described the line-up as: 'The most ludicrous jumble of celebrities you'll ever see on television this year.'


Having been crowned the winner of the one-off special episode, Shirley Ballas took away The Taskmaster's 'mighty Golden Eyebrows' as a prize.

'Taskmaster Starring Shirley Ballas' in New Years Special crowns the Liverpudlian the winner of the show (Credit: Channel 4).
'Taskmaster Starring Shirley Ballas' in New Years Special crowns the Liverpudlian the winner of the show (Credit: Channel 4).

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