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Ant and Dec to trace their roots in TV special

The Britain's Got Talent hosts will be using DNA science and technology in a bid to find out how far back their connection goes.

Ant and Dec are set to trace where they came from in an ITV special entitled Ant and Dec's DNA Journey.

The Britain's Got Talent hosts will be using DNA science and technology in a bid to find out how far back their connection goes. Their trip down memory lane will be chronicled in a 90-minute special, is described by ITV as "a modern biography that will give a unique and unseen insight into their lives", which will "leave viewers absolutely gobsmacked".

The Geordie pair will travel across the Irish Sea to trace their ancestors in the programme, and will be joined by several members of their respective families along the way. Ant and Dec will also connect with long-lost distant relatives for the very first time.

Speaking about the programme, the loveable pair said: "Tracing our ancestors using pioneering DNA methods has been a fascinating and emotional process so far.

"We have discovered some amazing things which have shocked and suprised us and we still have hundreds of years to uncover! We are looking forward to sharing our journey with the audience."

Ant and Dec are known for their competitive natures, which they use to their full advantage for the Ant vs. Dec segment on their show Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

And this programme is no different, with a segment at the end promising a big reveal in which the pair will find out if either of them descends from royalty, and who comes from a line of paupers.

Siobhan Greene, ITV Head of Entertainment Commissioning, said: "Ant and Dec’s DNA Journey is going to have the audience on the edge of their seats. Following the lads like we have never seen them before and with some twists and turns and parallels to each other’s histories, this 90 minute film will leave viewers absolutely gobsmacked.

"And by Ant and Dec revealing their own personal family history we hope the audience at home will be inspired to wonder about their own."

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