Ant and Dec have teased their progress on the SMTV Live reunion special

Duo have booked a studio and hired writers for the kids TV show's one-off comeback

Ant and Dec have revealed that work on their highly-anticipated SMTV Live reunion is gathering pace, with some of the show’s old staff set to return.


Fans of the 90s kids’ TV favourite were thrilled last year when the Geordie duo and their former partner Cat Deeley teased its potential comeback on Saturday Night Takeaway.

A few weeks later it was confirmed that ITV had ordered a one-off special to mark twenty years since SMTV originally hit our screens.

This week, Ant and Dec gave an update on its progress, revealing they’ve secured a studio and are about to start booking guests.


Ant told the Radio Times: “It’s definitely happening. I’m on board, Dec’s on board, Cat’s on board, a lot of the old team are getting back together.

“I think we’ve just booked a studio, I think we’ve just got some writers involved. We’re kind of at that stage really.


“We’ll start trying to book guests and have some fun with it now.”

As for when it’ll air, Dec says we can expect it sometime in September.

“We’re starting to put the little nuts and bolts together, so yeah, it’s very exciting,” he added.

“It looks like it’ll be probably around September time.”

SMTV began on 29th August 1998 and ran for five years, although Ant and Dec left the show in 2001, followed by Cat in 2002.


It was known for popular features such as rhyming game ‘Wonkey Donkey’ and Friends parody ‘Chums’.


Ant and Dec were speaking backstage at this week’s National Television Awards, where they won their 17th TV presenter trophy.

The boys are currently filming auditions for Britain’s Got Talent 2018, and are due back on ITV with a new series of Saturday Night Takeaway next month.

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