Ant and Dec plan a huge change to Saturday Night Takeaway ahead of final series – as they ask viewers for help with their new twist
Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have planned a huge change to the upcoming series of Saturday Night Takeaway.
The ITV series are on the hunt for two new stars to join the series for its 20th installment, with the help of their viewers.
Coming back to the famed show are their little mini-me’s Little Ant and Dec, and the production team are currently on the look out for their casting.
The Little Ant & Dec segment debuted in 2003, with child stars James Pallister and Dylan McKenna-Redshaw playing the miniature versions of the TV hosts.
In 2013, little Ant and Dec made a return with two new younger faces before being axed for the second time.
Exciting! Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have planned a huge change to the final series of Saturday Night Takeaway
Going out with a bang: The ITV series are on the hunt for two new stars to join the series, with the help of their viewers
And now for one final time, a mini duo will return again for the next series which is due to air in 2024.
Producers said: ‘The search has begun to find a brand new little Ant & Dec, we’re looking for two Geordie lads between 5-7 who are cheeky little chappies.
‘If you know a little one that fits the bill and is game for a laugh, head to itv.com/beontv to apply now. Be sure to get your application in before the 1st October.’
In May, the famous duo announced that the multiple BAFTA-winning show will take a break after 2024.
The pair will continue their exclusive working relationship with ITV, hosting hit shows including I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Britain’s Got Talent and Limitless Win, all of which air across ITV1 and ITVX.
Ant said: ‘We love making Saturday Night Takeaway, but reaching the milestone of 20 series seemed like the perfect time to pause for a little while and catch our breath.’
Dec added: ‘We still have a momentous 20th series to look forward to first so we will do our best to go out (for now) with a bang in 2024!’
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, produced by Lifted Entertainment (part of ITV Studios) and Mitre Studios, will return next year for its 20th series.
Amazing! Coming back to the famed show are their little mini-me’s Little Ant and Dec (Pictured the first little Ant and Dec in 2004)
Returning: Producers are on the look out for two Geordie lads between 5-7 who are cheeky little chappies
The series has spawned numerous iconic segments, including Win the Ads, Undercover, Get Out Of Me Ear, The End of Show Show and the Happiest Minute of the Week.
The most recent series launched in February with ITV1’s biggest overnight audience of the year, attracting 6.4 million viewers, and the biggest entertainment audience across any channel.
The show’s combination of live, high energy, feel good fun has seen the format achieve multiple BAFTA and National Television Awards since launching in 2002.