JOHNNY Vegas has been selected to appear in the new series of TV comedy panel gameshow Taskmaster this autumn.

The actor and comedian will be among those vying to be the new Taskmaster champion when the show returns to screens on Channel 4 .

Taskmaster is a British comedy panel game show, which was originally created by British comedian Alex Horne during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010.

It was then later adapted for television in 2015.

It was commissioned for Dave where it has aired for nine series, before Channel 4 bought it last year.

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The show stars comedian and actor Greg Davies in the title role of the 'Taskmaster', issuing simple comedic and bizarre tasks to five regular contestants – usually comedians – with Alex comic Horne acting as Davies's assistant and as umpire during the challenges.

The game consists of simple bizarre challenges, ostensibly set by Davies as the Taskmaster, with assistance provided by Horne.

Each of the tasks which contestants undertake are designed to encourage the players to think laterally and creatively to complete the task.

The upcoming series of Taskmaster is to be the show's 10th on television.

Among those who will also be appearing alongside Johnny are Richard Herring, Daisy May Cooper, IT Crowd star Katherine Parkinson and Mawaan Rizwan.

Thatto Heath comedian Johnny, real name Michael Pennington, helped entertain audiences during lockdown as he appeared alongside friend Bev in Celebrity Gogglebox.