The Scottish Mail on Sunday

A touch of Hollywood for Ant and Dec

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ANT and Dec have added Paul Hollywood to the menu of their Saturday Night Takeaway show in a bid to boost ratings.

The Bake Off star has been recruited to appear in an alientheme­d soap opera that will run during the new series which begins later this month. ITV chiefs are determined to maintain ratings which hit a record 8.4million viewers in 2018.

Last year’s series was cancelled to allow Ant McPartlin, 44, to be treated for an addiction to prescripti­on drugs and booze. Hollywood, 53, filmed scenes ten days ago at Syon House in West London. He is thought to be earning up to £50,000 for the role.

Last night, a source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Paul’s involvemen­t has fuelled rumours that he may be being targeted by ITV.’

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