Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is back bigger than ever

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Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway is back this weekend and it turns bigger than ever before.

Fresh from winning 'Best Entertainment Programme' at the National Television Awards 2017, Ant & Dec triumphantly return to our Saturday nights this week.

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway 2017 is promising even more live surprises, stunts and hidden camera antics - with big name guests, an exciting new comedy serial and a jet set series finale which will be a British television first.

Hot on the heels of last year’s "Who Shot Simon Cowell?" (the spoof mystery that kept the nation guessing) comes "The Missing Crown Jewels" - a brand new comedy mini-serial that sees the royal regalia stolen by a mysterious masked villain on Ant & Dec’s watch. Emilia Fox returns to investigate, while Joanna Lumley, Michael Sheen and Dame Shirley Bassey amongst others help Ant and Dec to recover the jewels.

After 2016’s cruise ship spectacular live from Barcelona, Ant & Dec will make British TV history by jetting up to 200 viewers overseas for their biggest series finale yet. The whole nation will be in with a chance of winning this once in a lifetime trip.

In a brand new item "Make ‘Em Laugh" Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will go head to head with Ant & Dec. The rules are simple - they have to make each other laugh using costumes, props and their imaginations. You laugh, you lose.

"Undercover" is back, with TV chef Jamie Oliver at the mercy of Ant & Dec’s hidden camera antics in this weekend's first episode.

Another favourite feature returning is "I’m A Celebrity…Get Out Of Me Ear" which this year will see Dermot O’Leary run riot in a supermarket, while Robbie Williams and Ayda Field become pub landlords - all under secret instruction from Ant & Dec .

Meanwhile, Stephen Mulhern once again presides over the drama of "Ant vs Dec", which this time sees the duo face off in a series of themed head to heads. Stephen is also unleashed on the streets of Britain for a new pop-up game show - "In for A Penny". Anyone who has a one pence piece can enter and be in with a chance of winning a wedge of cash.

And this year the Saturday Night Takeaway family welcomes a new addition in the shape of 'Queen of the Jungle' Scarlett Moffatt.

She'll make her spectacular debut by surprising members of the public in an electrifying live stunt that could see her reach new heights - quite literally. Scarlett will also be entertaining the lucky winners of each week’s "Best Seats in the House" - where viewers around the country win VIP studio seats by finding one of four secret sofas placed in mystery locations across the UK.

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Scarlett said: "It’s like a dream come true – working with Ant and Dec is unbelievable. They are my absolute heroes. Being part of the ITV family is amazing. Some of my favourite memories are being at home belly laughing with the family watching Saturday Night Takeaway. Knowing I’m part of that is overwhelming. "

Once again, top names in the world of TV, showbiz and music line up to Guest Announce and perform in the celebrated "End Of The Show Show", while the cheekiest pocket-sized duo in the business, Little Ant and Dec, return to make some more mischief.

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway begins this Saturday night at 7PM on ITV.

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