Saturday Night Takeaway 2021 start date, celebrities, trailer and more

Saturday Night Takeaway 2021
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Saturday Night Takeaway 2021 will see Ant and Dec back with brand new surprises and more outrageous stunts, along with all the usual favourites that we know and love.

Saturday Night Takeaway 2021 is almost here at last with Ant and Dec back for more fun and madness.

After The Masked Singer UK aired its grand finale on 13th February, Ant and Dec will return to fill the Saturday night entertainment void with what ITV bill the "happiest ninety minutes of the week".

The show is back with a bang, bringing episodes that are jam-packed with new features, live surprises, breathtaking stunts and celebrity guests.

When is Saturday Night Takeaway 2021 on ITV?

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway returns to ITV on Saturday 20 February at 7pm.

What can we expect from the new series? 

'Undercover' and 'I’m A Celebrity…Get Out Of Me Ear' will both return for the new series with some of the biggest names in showbiz taking part.

This series will see celebrities like Davina McCall, Sir Mo Farah and Jamie & Harry Redknapp all appearing in the hidden camera hits.

Dec says: "We've got some very funny ones in the new series. We've got Davina McCall making a new fitness app, which is obviously all made up by us. We've got Harry and Jamie Redknapp opening a new restaurant — Harry wants it to be a real East End café whilst Jamie wants it to be a more upmarket bistro, it's very funny."

Ant adds: "We've got our friend from I'm A Celebrity, Sir Mo Farah, doing one. One of the loudest and longest we've ever laughed was doing this one, because we also surprised Mo with..."

There is also a brand-new mini-series to look forward to called Double Trouble which will see Ant & Dec get cloned. But there is drama when the clones go rogue!

The new adventure will feature many celebrities including Bear Grylls, Prue Leith, Rob Brydon, Alison Hammond and Jermaine Jenas.

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

The happiest ninety minutes of the week is back! (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Popular pandas Bam and Boo - who are actually Ant and Dec in realistic prosthetic costumes - will return after appearing for the first-time last series at London Zoo. This time they’re hiding out in Hamleys toy shop within a teddy bear’s picnic and they need the kids' help to escape!

Fleur East is also back with a brand new segment and Stephen Mulhern returns to put the boys through his usual brand of high-octane, surprise Ant vs Dec challenges.

There will be huge giveaways for viewers with all the details of what we can win set to be revealed in the first episode of the new series.

What else is happening in the new series?

Ant and Dec recently teased a first look snap from the new series. In the hilarious photo, poor Ant is strapped down to a chair in what looks like a torture chamber. If you look closely at the background you can also see a sign warning about toxic gas! Dec has clearly taken the selfie and has a slightly perplexed look on his face.

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And, in a new teaser video from the series, the boys have dressed up as their pop alter egos PJ and Duncan. They look like they're having a great time as they sing their classic tune, Let's Get Ready to Rhumble.

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Last year Ant told us about how they get nervous making Takeaway. “Funnily enough we’re always nervous with Takeaway because there’s always so much going on.

“One minute you’re singing and dancing, the next minute you’re abseiling down the building, after that we might be surprised by Stephen Mulhern or doing an audience surprise. You’re kind of doing several jobs. It’s like you’re a ringmaster!”

Go behind the scenes with ITV Hub 

For the first time ever, Saturday Night Takeaway will have an ITV Hub spin off show with exclusive behind the scenes gossip and new interviews with Ant and Dec. There will be seven episodes in total, with each one lasting 10 minutes.

Is there a trailer for the new series?

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There sure is. ITV has released a first look trailer and it sees Ant and Dec going through lots of costume changes. There’s also a fabulous moment where you can see Dec wearing a gold dress and a blonde wig.

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway returns to ITV on Saturday 20th February at 7pm.

David Hollingsworth

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