'Taskmaster' has apologised for technical issues affecting the current series.

Greg Davies

Greg Davies

Fans of the popular Channel 4 show have voiced their frustrated with the 12th season seeing some visuals being blurred and the brightness too high, as well as problems with distorted audio and subtitles not working properly.

The first episode on September 23 also accidentally aired as a censored version which would typically only be available on All 4, while some viewers haven't been able to access past episodes online.

The official 'Taskmaster' Twitter account said: "We know some of you have experienced problems watching the show this Series.

"This is due to the on-going technical issues at Channel 4, and that’s also why the bleeped versions of 'Taskmaster' aren't currently available to watch on All 4…

"All we can say is they are hoping to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

"We are working on a solution but for now can only apologise and recommend following or tweeting @4Viewers for updates."

The show's creator Alex Horne shared a similar statement on his own account, while his co-host Greg Davies previously made light of the situation.

Following the first episode, he quipped: "So sorry the bleeped version of 'Taskmaster' got accidentally played out tonight but I’m so delighted to see so many people livid about a lack of bad language. Normal service resumed next week. #XXXXup (sic)"

Alex and the 'Taskmasker' team linked to a lengthy statement by Channel 4 addressing the overall issues impacting the network.

They said: "On Saturday 25 September 2021, Channel 4’s channels and on-demand services were significantly affected when the fire suppression system was triggered at Red Bee Media, the company that broadcasts our services.

"The building was evacuated and no one was injured, but as a result, we were temporarily off-air.

"Even though all our channels are now broadcasting again, the problems caused by the incident means we are still experiencing issues with programmes and adverts as well as with audio and video quality.

"Since the incident we have also continued to have problems with our All 4 service and are not able to offer any programmes with audio description, subtitles or sign language.

"So, we would like to apologise for any problems you might still be experiencing as you watch your favourite shows.

"We want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to return to a normal service as quickly as possible.

"Until then, bear with us if things don’t always go to plan. We are trying our best."