Ant and Dec reunite with Cat Deeley for one-off special from hit show SMTV to mark 30 years of showbiz
Ant and Dec reunited with Cat Deeley for a one-off special of the hit show SMTV celebrating 30 years of showbiz.
The dynamic duo, both 44, have teamed up with the blonde beauty, 43, to film the commemorative episode set to air later this year.
An insider told The sun: ‘SMTV was such a big part of Ant and Dec’s career that they knew they wanted to mark it somehow.
Throwback: Ant and Dec reunite with Cat Deeley for a one-off special of the hit show SMTV celebrating 30 years of showbiz (pictured in 1998)
“The show will look back at some of the best moments and see old guests reminisce.”
SMTV Live ran for over 270 episodes from 1998 to 2003 with Ant and Dec at the helm for the first three years.
It was then hosted by Steps stars Ian ‘H’ Watkins, 44, and Claire Richards, 42, between 2002 and 2003.
Baby Faced: SMTV Live ran for over 270 episodes from 1998 to 2003 with Ant and Dec at the helm for the first three years (trio pictured in 1998)
The collaboration comes as Ant and Dec prepare to host I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here this year.
It was revealed last week that the hit show would be filmed on the grounds of Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales, and not at its usual location in Queensland, Australia, due to the coronavirus.
A source on the ITV show previously told The Sun: ‘Producers are happy with the new venue – they are excited about a change of scenery this year.
Change: It was revealed last week that the hit show would be filmed on the grounds of Gwrych Castle (pictured) in Abergele, North Wales, rather than its usual location in Queensland, Australia, due to the corona virus.
Bushtucker’s trial crew, who work tirelessly throughout the year, have worked overtime to come up with some terrifying new trials and challenges.
Not only will creepy crawlers abound, but now they have the added help of playing with a haunted castle. They think it will make for beautiful TV. ‘
As it only suits the new location, this year’s trials are thought to include the haunted setting and there will be cameras around the castle to capture any paranormal activity.
It has been suggested that ITV will feature a medieval theme, with celebs possibly needing to joust for dinner parties or even spend time in a dungeon or mock-up gallows.
Gwrych Castle was built in the early 1800s by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh. The main facade is 1,500 feet tall and there are 18 crenellated towers.
There is no public access at all to the main building due to its largely devastating condition, but the castle boasts 250 acres of historic gardens and parks.
The castle is thought to be haunted by a number of ghosts, including the previous owner Winifred Hesketh, the Countess of Dundonald who died in 1924.
Legend says she is angry with her husband for taking all the valuables from her former homes, with some claiming that she, or some other creepy ghost, is stalking the area in a white dress.
Some locals also believe that the ghost of a servant girl who died falling off a horse haunts the country. Others say ghosts of former caretakers have been seen around the 200-year-old 250-acre castle.
About 300 Jewish refugees live in the castle during World War II, but it has fallen into disrepair in recent years, the BBC.
Nearby: Ant and Dec will be based in a village called Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch during filming
The series, which usually returns to TV screens in November, will certainly look different this year.
And as the stars settle in their temporary digs, they will no longer have the opportunity to enjoy the daily pleasures of an outdoor shower, as they now bathe in a primitive tin bath, according to The Sun.
Restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced ITV to switch locations and have resulted in major production changes that affect everything from what food challenges stars will face to where they will sleep during filming.
While creepy crawlers like witch larvae have been a mainstay on the Australian menu, North Wales dining will have more of a local flavor as their eating problems have been reported to include the sheep’s testicles.
And regular hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will be sure to restrain their tongues when they start filming again, as they’ll be based in a village called Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
Safety: The series, which usually returns to TV screens in November, will certainly look different this year due to the limitations of Covid-19
Family and friends will also miss the opportunity to travel abroad and stay in a luxury hotel while supporting their loved ones from the sidelines.
The title of the winner of King of Queen of the Jungle will also be replaced by the last person to be crowned King of Queen of the Castle, as the crew strives to keep many of the show’s original features.
Despite all the changes, it has been suggested that moving to Wales could save ITV a significant amount of money, which could then be used to get stars with a bigger name.
Some of the stars claimed to be joining this year’s series include TV host Vernon Kay, former Strictly Come Dancing Star AJ Pritchard, Tiger King’s Carole Baskin, and footballer John Barnes.
New Rules: Family and friends will also miss the opportunity to travel abroad and stay in a luxury hotel while supporting their loved ones from the sidelines (pictured is Jacqueline Jossa, last year’s queen of the jungle with her husband Dan Osborne)