Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway: When is it back? Who are the guest celebs?

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is back. (ITV)
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is back. (ITV)

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is back for a new series, and the lads have lined up a celebrity-packed show to mark its return.

ITV1 bill the light entertainment show as "the happiest 90 minutes of the week", with pranks, prizes and jokes to look forward to.

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Fans will also get to see how the show is made later this year in a new documentary - here's all we know about the return of Takeaway.

When is Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway back on TV?

The TV duo's hit entertainment show is set to begin a new series this weekend - on Saturday, of course.

It is scheduled for 7pm to 8.30pm on ITV1 and is the 19th season of the show.

What are the highlights to look out for?

Ant and Dec have perfected their recipe for a mix of celebrity cameos, TV challenges and viewer games, and fans should expect to see plenty of favourite segments back for season 19.

Look out for celebrity announcers, big name performers singing in the End Of The Show Show, the hosts pitted against each other in Ant vs Dec challenges, and popular celebrity pranks with Undercover and I'm A Celebrity...Get Out Of Me Ear!.

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The show's loyal viewers get the chance to take part, too, with the return of features Ring My Bell, Singalong Live and Win The Ads, and there's a brand new audience giveaway set to be revealed in the first episode.

Ant and Dec will also star in a new mini-series, a mystery whodunnit called Murder At Bigwig Manor which will include a celebrity guest cast.

Which celebrity guests are joining Ant & Dec this week?

The lads are back with a new series of Takeaway. (ITV)
The lads are back with a new series of Takeaway. (ITV)

As ever, the lads are joined by a roll call of celebrity guests to make any show jealous this series.

The first guest announcer this series is Doctor Who star David Tennant, while singer Tom Grennan is first up to perform at the End Of The Show Show.

Recent Baftas host and This Morning presenter Alison Hammond is set to feature in the first Undercover prank, which involves her staying in an apparently haunted hotel packed with creepy china dolls.

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Saturday Night Takeaway regular guests set to appear in episode one include Stephen Mulhern in the Ant vs Dec challenge, Fleur East presenting Gift on a Shift, and Jordan North out and about looking for show fans to take part.

Also lined up to appear this series are Joe Wicks and Claudia Winkleman for I'm A Celebrity...Get Out Of Me Ear!, Rylan for Undercover, and Andi Peters to lead Ant vs Dec challenges.

Mini-series Murder At Bigwig Manor will star Richard Wilson as the head of ITV and include cameos from Davina McCall, Joel Dommett, Dermot O’Leary, Keith Lemon, AJ Odudu, Judi Love and Stephanie Cole.

What is the Saturday Night Takeaway documentary?

What goes on behind the scenes of the show? (ITV)
What goes on behind the scenes of the show? (ITV)

We're 19 successful series in to Takeaway, and now keen fans will get to see how the magic is made in a new behind-the-scenes documentary, due to air this spring on ITV1.

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway: Behind the Screens will see a documentary team embedded in the production during the current series to show what happens in the months, weeks and minutes leading up to going live, and how the team cope with challenges during each show.

Ant said: "We are really excited to lift the curtain a little on Saturday Night Takeaway. We'll have footage of all the ups and downs, the last-minute dramas that come with making a weekly live entertainment show. Believe me there are lots of dramas that happen behind the scenes."

Dec added: "We love watching fly on the wall shows like Drive To Survive which goes behind the scenes of F1 so thought it could be really fun to allow the cameras to see how we make Saturday Night Takeaway. I’d love to see Behind the Screens on more entertainment shows."

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway returns on Saturday at 7pm on ITV1.