Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

Current logo (2016–)
Also known as 'Saturday Night Takeaway'
Genre Entertainment
Directed by Carol Preston
Chris Power
Presented by Ant & Dec
Starring Kirsty Gallacher (2005–09)
Ashley Roberts (2013–)
Stephen Mulhern (2016–)
Voices of Clive Tyldesley
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 13
No. of episodes 92 (as of 2 April 2016) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Richard Cowles
Siobhan Greene
Becca Walker
Producer(s) Gemma Nightingale
Pete Ogden
Location(s) The London Studios
Running time 90 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) LWT (2002)
Granada Productions (2003–05)
ITV Productions (2006)
ITV Studios co-production with Gallowgate (2007–2009)
ITV Studios co-production with Mitre Television (2013–)
Original network ITV
Picture format 16:9 (HDTV)
Original release Original series:
8 June 2002 (2002-06-08) – 21 March 2009 (2009-03-21)
Revived series:
23 February 2013 (2013-02-23) – present
Related shows Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris
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Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, often referred to simply as Saturday Night Takeaway or SNT, is a British television variety show presented and executively produced by Ant & Dec. The show was first broadcast on 8 June 2002 on ITV. It is broadcast live from The London Studios on the South Bank. The format was heavily influenced by previous Saturday night light entertainment shows, most notably Noel's House Party and Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, while individual items often pay homage to Saturday night TV of the past, such as Opportunity Knocks.


Since its launch in 2002, the show was unbeaten for four series in its timeslot until scheduled against Doctor Who on BBC One in March 2005. On 10 September 2005, ITV aired a programme listing the 50 best shows in ITV's 50 years being on air. Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway came second, being beaten by Coronation Street. The show went on hiatus in 2010 after its ninth series to allow Ant & Dec to launch family game shows Ant & Dec's Push the Button and Red or Black?. However, in November 2011, it was announced that Saturday Night Takeaway would return in early 2013.[1]

Series 14 will see the show reach it's one hundredth episode in 2017.


After winning the award for Best Presenters at the 18th National Television Awards on 23 January 2013, Ant & Dec announced that the show would return on 23 February 2013.[2][3] An official Saturday Night Takeaway iOS app for iPod, iPhone and iPad was released on 15 February 2013. After the fifth episode of series 10, ITV announced that the show would return for an eleventh series in 2014, owing to the popularity of the tenth run.[4] During the final episode of series 11, Dec confirmed that there would be another series in 2015. The twelfth series began airing in February 2015. During the final episode of series 12, Ant confirmed there would be a 13th series in 2016, which began on 20 February 2016. During episode 6 of Series 13, Ant confirmed there would be a 14th series in 2017.

On 31 October 2013, it was announced that an arena tour of the show would take place in summer 2014. Takeaway on Tour Live visited 12 UK arenas between 6 August and 10 September 2014.

Saturday Night Takeaway won the BAFTA for Entertainment Programme and Ant & Dec won Entertainment Performance for their role in the show in both 2014 and 2015.[5]

Opening titles

Pre-titles clip

Initial Saturday Night Takeaway logo, used from 8 June 2002 until 21 March 2009.

Before the titles, a comedy clip is shown, which always climaxes with either Ant or Dec – sometimes both of them or someone else who is there with them – exclaiming "Roll the titles!".

From the majority of series 13, the pre-titles clip was dropped and replaced by an opening performance from that night's musical guest.

The titles

From series 1–4, Dec knocks on Ant's door to tell him it is time for the show to start. They then run through vast amounts of multi-coloured brick walls and they get exhausted, before one more run, jumping into the title screen.

From series 5–9, the titles begin with Ant & Dec running down a street at dusk and leaping onto the side of a house. They then leap onto the side of another house and run past its window, though Ant temporarily stops to admire an attractive woman in a towel and wearing a face mask. Dec pulls him forward and they jump off the edge again, this time over a motorway and at first appearing to land face down on the ground, but they are actually on the side of the building opposite where they just jumped off. It is dark by this time and they start running up the second building as it were a horizontal platform, before emerging at the top. Ant somersaults onto the top of a final building and Dec spins round onto it. After landing, they look at each other as if to say "never again!". They enter through a "STUDIO" door with the words "ON AIR" on both sides of it. STUDIO and the two ON AIRs light up as Ant & Dec enter through the door and then the camera zooms out to reveal that the studio door is on the "&" of a giant "ANT & DEC's SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY".

From series 10–12, the titles begin with Ant & Dec coming out of a barber's shop in the middle of the day. Ant pulls a napkin off of Dec's collar and they walk past a few people, including a milkman and a girl in a yellow jacket. The duo smile at each other and then a series of motorbikes go past, but the drivers stop to let Ant & Dec on the passenger seat of one bike each, in order to ride them to the Saturday Night Takeaway studio. They ride past a large billboard with that week's guest announcer/guest performer(s), who wave(s) to them and Ant & Dec wave back. After the motorbikes pass over the Tower Bridge, Ant & Dec get off and wave goodbye to the riders. They run halfway down a set of stairs which are lit up, and meet six attractive female dancers – three on the left next to Ant and three on the right next to Dec. Dec has a quick dance but Ant just stares at them and laughs. He pulls Dec away and they run down the rest of the stairs. The scene then cuts to them arriving at The London Studios. They run inside and the camera shoots up to the roof area, where the show's logo appears.

Series 13 uses the same titles but features a revised logo and changes to the colour scheme of some of the lights – now turquoise instead of gold. On the final show of the series, the theme tune was changed to fit with the show being broadcast live from the deck of the ship MV Britannia in Barcelona. The final portion of the titles was also adjusted to Ant & Dec running onto the ship instead of them running into the studio.

Starting games

At the start of each show, Ant & Dec always perform a short comedy sketch, usually based on something that has happened in the news recently: e.g. when a celebrity complained after a reporter tried to photograph them on their holidays, Ant pretended to get angry with the camera crew and demanded they stop filming. The cameras were briefly switched off while Dec tried to calm Ant down and when they came back on, Ant & Dec had switched jackets. After the sketch, they announce what's coming up on the show and then Ant goes up into the audience and starts talking to some of them. He usually picks on two or three people and says something embarrassing about them and then picks on a third or fourth person and announces that they will be playing a game live in the studio by saying " I think you better come with me, as we play...". A lot of research goes into these games and they involve the person's family and friends.

Games include:

  • Mr and Mesmerised
  • Wedding Daze
  • Court in the Act
  • Where's Your Shed At?
  • STOP! That's Mine
  • Stars in their Lives
  • Shame That Tune
  • This Is Your Diary
  • Prankety Prank
  • How the Other Half Lives
  • Trouble & Strife
  • Imitation Street
  • I'm a Believer
  • The "person's name" show
  • Ant & Dec Book club
  • Dude, where's my car?
  • Fame for a Laugh
  • Fame Doesn't Change Him
  • Pa Humbug
  • Right Up Your Tweet
  • Frownton Abbey
  • There's No Place Like Your Home
  • The ITV News at Ten Past Seven
  • Law & Disorder
  • Gran Theft Auto
  • Ogglebox
  • The Disgrace
  • You Never Cottoned On
  • We Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Coronation Deceit
  • If You Don't Know Barb By Now
  • Joanne Stewart: Secret SingStar
  • All At Sea


Series Episodes Start date End date Ave. viewers
Original series
1 6 8 June 2002 13 July 2002 4.76
2 11 11 January 2003 22 March 2003 7.91
3 6 13 March 2004 17 April 2004 7.86
4 6 2 October 2004 6 November 2004 7.97
5 10 12 February 2005 16 April 2005 7.68
Special 24 December 2005 6.22
6 6 16 September 2006 21 October 2006 7.22
7 6 8 September 2007 13 October 2007 6.25
8 6 16 February 2008 22 March 2008 7.27
9 6 14 February 2009 21 March 2009 6.63
Revived series
10 7 23 February 2013 6 April 2013 7.82
11 7 22 February 2014 5 April 2014 7.61
12 7 21 February 2015 4 April 2015 6.91
13 7 20 February 2016 2 April 2016 7.71
14 TBA February 2017 2017 TBA

Takeaway on Tour

Takeaway on Tour was announced on 31 October 2013 and was a co-production between James Grant Live, Ant & Dec and ITV Studios.[6] Kim Gavin, who was artistic director on the Olympic and Paralympic closing ceremonies, fulfilled the same role on the tour. Ashley Roberts appeared at every show to host "Ant vs. Dec"

Due to popular demand, extra dates were added on 28 November 2013 and some dates were moved.[5]

The full dates for Takeaway on Tour Live were:

International versions

A Finnish version titled Huuma ("Enchantment") aired on MTV3 from 2005 to 2009.

On 11 January 2008, a Chinese version named 快乐2008("Friday Night Takeaway") premiered on Hunan TV, hosted by He Jiong and Ma Ke.

On 29 August 2008, a German version named "Die Sonja & Dirk Show" premiered on RTL Television, hosted by Sonja Zietlow and Dirk Bach, who also presented the German version of "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. Featured segments included Win the Ads, Little Sonja and Dirk, The Mouse Trap and Beat Sonja & Dirk. The show ended in 2012, due to Bach's death. An earlier version of the show intended to air on Sat.1 was cancelled after one episode in 2005.

On 10 May 2014, a Portuguese version named Sabadabadão premiered on SIC, co-produced with FremantleMedia. It was hosted by Júlia Pinheiro and João Baião. The show ended on 2 August 2014.

On 27 October 2014, it was announced that an American version of the series would be produced for NBC, and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris; the series was greenlighted and added to the schedule as a Tuesday night entry for the 2015–16 television season under the title Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris (a.k.a. Best Time Ever).[7] The show premiered on 15 September 2015 and ended on 3 November 2015. On 15 December 2015, it was announced that the show had been cancelled.[8]

On 15 January 2015, it was announced that a French version of the series would air on M6 from 11 February 2015, hosted by Guillaume Pley and Jerome Anthony. The title is Tout Peut Arriver ("Anything Could Happen").[9]

In October 2015, it was announced that an Australian version of the series would be produced for the Seven Network for 2016. It will air on Sundays and will be called Sunday Night Takeaway.[10]


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