Takeaway to return for 11th series
Published 29/03/2013 | 09:27
Ant and Dec are ready to rumble on for another year after ITV chiefs ordered a further helping of hit TV show Saturday Night Takeaway.
The duo's performance on last week's show became a huge talking point after they revived their pop careers and propelled them to a near-certain number one this weekend.
The current series of the show - their first for four years - has proved the most popular yet, averaging 7.1 million viewers a week.
And now the channel has confirmed the show will return in 2014 for an 11th series.
The popular duo's programme sees them surprising unsuspecting members of the public and pulling pranks on celebrities, as well as guest appearances from a string of stars. Last week they turned back the clock to perform 1994 hit Let's Get Ready To Rhumble, 17 years after their chart career - under the guise of PJ And Duncan - ended.
Ant McPartlin said: "We've been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to this series, especially after four years off air."
Dec Donnelly added: "We've absolutely loved every minute of the shows this year and can't wait to get working on another series for next year."
The first series of Saturday Night Takeaway aired in summer 2002 and the show ran until 2009.