Ant and Dec have extended their relationship with ITV after signing a new contract which will see them appear exclusively on the channel until at least the end of 2019.
“Ant and Dec are quite simply brilliant entertainers and I’m thrilled that we will be working together for another three years. They are incredibly passionate about television and have that rare ability to connect with audiences of all ages, which has helped make the shows they present some of the biggest on British TV.” – Kevin Lygo, ITV Director of Television
The three-year deal will see them continue to host the ever popular I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, Britain’s Got Talent and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
Filmed in Australia, I’m A Celebrity was launched in 2002 and sees famous (tenuously so in some cases) faces struggle to survive in a jungle setting, taking on fearsome viewer-voted trials to win food for each other. Each year’s cast is whittled down by public vote, which replaces the trial vote mid-series, until the last personality standing is crowned the King or Queen of the jungle. Ant & Dec present humorous links throughout each episode, instruct the celebrities during trials, and interview them as they leave.
Britain’s Got Talent searches for an act to appear at the Royal Variety Performance and has been on air since 2007 with Ant & Dec on hand to offer moral support to auditionees before presenting the live finals, while in the Noel’s House Party alike Takeaway the pair partake in a number of silly games as well as offering prizes to members of the audience.
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly joined ITV in 1998, presenting Saturday morning shows SM:TV LIVE and CD:UK. They have been exclusively signed to the channel since 2000 and have won numerous awards including 12 BAFTAs and a record breaking 30 NTAs.
The popular presenting duo became favourites with young viewers first over on the beeb in the North East based drama Byker Grove, which followed the stories of youngsters who visited the local youth centre. The pair starred as PJ and Duncan which later led to a brief pop career.
“We are absolutely delighted to be extending our relationship with ITV, to continue on the three shows we love as well as exploring further opportunities both in front of and behind the camera. This deal will take us past the 20-year mark with ITV and we couldn’t be happier.” – Ant and Dec