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James Nesbitt stars in a new version of The Missing during live broadcast of Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

By Nevin Farrell

Published 04/04/2016

Nesbitt was in this spot earlier in the programme
Nesbitt was in this spot earlier in the programme
Presenters Ant and Dec were speaking to Little Ant and Dec
The camera cut to the spot where a microphone had been set up for Nesbitt, but he was nowhere to be seen

He starred in a TV series called The Missing, but James Nesbitt appeared to go walkabout himself on a prime time show.

The Northern Ireland actor was given the role of announcer for the finale of Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, which came live from a cruise ship in Barcelona.

The show is watched by millions, and although Nesbitt had started off well, at one stage later in the show when the camera cut to the position he had earlier been occupying, it was empty.

The trouble started during a chat between the show's hosts and the much-loved Little Ant and Dec, who were there to interview tennis ace Andy Murray.

During the conversation the camera cut to the spot where a microphone had been set up for Nesbitt, but the star was nowhere to be seen.

Once their conversation had finished, the Geordie duo tried again to speak to Nesbitt, but he was still absent from his narrator's position.

The show's hosts could be heard asking where he was, but when no answer came back they quickly made the decision to go to a commercial break.

The mishap prompted a flurry of speculation on social media, with viewers making humorous suggestions about where the actor might have gone.

Much of the speculation focused on him having gone to the bar.

One viewer wrote: "It wouldn't be a live OB (outside broadcast) on a cruise without at least one blip. James Nesbitt isn't allowed to go to the loo again!"

Another posted: "James Nesbitt forgot his cue on live TV cos he was at bar so the camera was just there showin just the microphone."

While a third asked: "Has James Nesbitt fallen overboard?" At Belfast boxer Carl Frampton's big fight in Manchester earlier this year Nesbitt spoke on TV at ringside and clearly had one too many, which he later admitted to on the Stephen Nolan Show.

The Harbour Bar in Portrush is a favourite haunt of Nesbitt's and on social media in recent days pictures appeared of him at the venue.

Nesbitt (51) was born in Ballymena and grew up in the nearby village of Broughshane before moving to Coleraine.

He got his breakthrough television role playing Adam Williams in the romantic comedy drama Cold Feet.

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