• Bailey Plaskow

Ant and Dec Bring The Fun From Their Sofas

Having gone into lockdown on Monday, it came as no surprise when Ant and Dec announced that last night’s Saturday Night Takeaway would be presented from their individual homes.

Dec kicked off the show calling it “very different and slightly weird”, and being in the middle of this crisis. It was understood when the pair revealed that the episode would just show segments from old episodes. After joking with Ant who had dressed up in his “comfy’s”, Dec said “We realised that we’d just be staying at home tonight, and watching the show on TV, so we thought why not watch it all together and have a laugh at the same time”.

We’re only a few days into a lockdown, and by presenting the show, at least from their individual homes, audiences across the country were still able to have their weekly hour of entertainment from the pair, an aspect of life that the country will need as a distraction over the next three weeks, whilst we experience the effects of this ongoing pandemic.

Of course the show didn’t match the excitement of a usual Saturday Night Takeaway, but the two coming together to present the show continued this idea of staying connected and in touch with your loved ones, whilst staying at home and doing our bit for the nation.

The show came after last weeks episode which saw the Geordie duo present for the first time in the studio without an audience, with the highlight being an ‘End of The Show Show’ performance from Olly Murs.

The public were gripped by the 20,000 videos that were sent in by members of the public dancing, and played behind Murs as he sang his hit ‘Dance With Me Tonight’. Dec said “In these strangest of times, so many of us are forced to stay at home, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun!”.

The show gained a whopping 9.5 million viewers over the weekend, and peaked at 11.1 million. This broke the show’s record for a single episode and topped the figures for any channel so far this year, reinforcing the magic of Ant and Dec, in keeping the country entertained, but most importantly connected.

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