Dy­namic duo make a wel­come re­turn PICK OF THE WEEK

Wilmslow Express - - TV WEEK -

Why aye, the lads are back – and they’re promis­ing to ban­ish the win­ter blues. While we await the first glimpses of a lit­tle bit of sun to blink through the grey Fe­bru­ary clouds, we can at least trust the Ge­ordie boys to put a smile back on our faces. For the next cou­ple of months, they will bring their unique brand of hu­mour to our living rooms via a new run of Ant and Dec’s Satur­day NightTake­away, Satur­day, ITV, 7pm – and we’re thrilled about that. Any­body who caught their in­ter­view with Michael Grade on the BBC Four doc­u­men­tary The Fight for Satur­day Night will be aware that they’re prob­a­bly just as pleased to be back too. Dur­ing the pro­gramme Grade claimed that “The TV grave­yard is lit­tered with the corpses of pro­duc­ers and pre­sen­ters who didn’t quite cut it on Satur­day night.” Even the lord of light en­ter­tain­ment him­self, Sir Bruce Forsyth, was re­vealed to have strug­gled af­ter leav­ing the BBC’s mega-hit The Gen­er­a­tion Game for pas­tures new over on ITV. Ant and Dec were also among the week­end ca­su­al­ties – Slap Bang with Ant & Dec flopped in the sum­mer of 2001 and was axed af­ter just six episodes. Even Satur­day Night Take­away wasn’t an in­stant suc­cess, but in­stead its fan­base grew over time - and fans were thrilled when it re­turned to screens in 2013 af­ter a four-year break. We can ex­pect more fun and games dur­ing this new run, in­clud­ing some via their new game I’m a Celebrity Get Out… of Me Ear! No de­tails have been re­leased yet, but the ti­tle should be send­ing your imag­i­na­tion into over­drive. But don’t worry – there will be plenty of old favourites still tak­ing place, in­clud­ing Ant v Dec, which is once again hosted by Ash­ley Roberts. We’ve seen them tackle some ex­tra­or­di­nary chal­lenges over the years – in­clud­ing one in­volv­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle stunt that left Dec with a bro­ken arm, frac­tured thumb and con­cus­sion – so good­ness only knows what they’ve got cooked up this time. Hope­fully they won’t be fac­ing any­thing too danger­ous, par­tic­u­larly as it’s ru­moured Dec will be get­ting mar­ried later in the year – we wouldn’t want him to miss that just be­cause he was busy keep­ing his fans oc­cu­pied! To kick off the se­ries, Olly Murs fea­tures – the duo play an un­der­cover prank on him, and Ed Sheeran will be per­form­ing live in the stu­dio. And if you want to see more of Ant and Dec in ac­tion, don’t for­get they’re pre­sent­ing the Brits on Wed­nes­day night too.

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