Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway return date revealed

ITV officially confirm that Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway will return for a new, Covid-secure series on 20th February – with some exciting guests…

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway return date revealed
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Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway will be back on our screens very soon! In keeping with recent years, the series will have seven episodes, airing at 7pm on Saturday nights from 20th February to 3rd April. For the first time ever, the live audience will be replaced by a virtual audience wall.

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 2021 guests

As ever, the show will be packed with plenty of celebrity guests, with 2018 I’m A Celeb winner and former football manager Harry Redknapp set to appear in the first episode alongside his son Jamie. Other jungle alumni confirmed to be taking part in the series include Fleur East and Sir Mo Farah.

Stephen Mulhern will also be returning to the show in a co-presenting role and popular This Morning star Alison Hammond has also confirmed that she’s joining the show. Other celeb guests for the 17th series will include Davina McCall, Bear Grylls, Rob Brydon, Prue Leith and Jermaine Jenas.

How will Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway deal with Covid measures?

Whilst last year the beginning of the Coronavirus lockdown saw Ant and Dec presenting the last two episodes of the series via videolink from their living rooms, the Geordie duo and select celeb guests will be back in the studio for Saturday Night Takeaway – but the audience will be virtual.

According to Ant and Dec, the show is working hard to ensure that the virtual audience wall is as interactive as possible. Dec told Digital Spy last week:

That's what we're working on, on our virtual wall, to try and cut down delays to an absolute minimum and make it much more of a two-way exchange with our audience.