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Ant and Dec to share Island hotseat

Geordie duo Ant and Dec will be the final castaways on this year's Desert Island Discs - the first time two guests have appeared together on the show in more than 25 years.

The pair, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, are presenting ITV's I'm A Celebrity ...Get Me Out Of Here! and will be on the Radio 4 show on Sunday December 29.

The last time the studio hotseat was shared between two people was in 1987 when Spitting Image creators Fluck and Law were sent to the desert island together.

Ant and Dec, who first met when they worked as child actors on the BBC show Byker Grove, have gone on to host some of the country's most popular shows including Britain's Got Talent and Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

When they appear on Desert Island Discs, they will choose two tracks each and four together and will be allowed a luxury item and a book each.

Other duos that have appeared on the show together include Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.

Call The Midwife star Miranda Hart will also feature on the show as Kirsty Young's castaway on Sunday December 22.

Other festive shows on the station include a dramatisation of the stories of Beatrix Potter and a version of National Velvet starring Alison Steadman and John Sessions.

There will also be a Christmas edition of Just a Minute starring Pam Ayres, Stephen Mangan, Gyles Brandreth and Paul Merton.

Radio 4 controller Gwyneth Williams said: "While the festive season invites us to indulge in rich food and drink, I know that Radio 4 listeners will also welcome the chance to indulge their minds. So I hope they will join Radio 4 for a delicious array of programmes over the Christmas period."

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