When is Saturday Night Takeaway back? Is this the last series? Will Ant & Dec return?

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1 Aug 2023, 13:07

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Ant & Dec have been presenting the massively popular Saturday Night Takeaway for two decades, but what does the future hold for the programme?

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly premiered their show all the way back in June 2002, and there have been 19 series since.

The Geordie duo recently shared an update about their hit entertainment show, so what exactly do we know so far? 

When is Saturday Night Takeaway back?

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is set to return for its 20th series in 2024. Whilst an exact date has yet to be announced, the show usually airs from February until April.

During the final episode of the latest series of their ITV show Limitless Win on Saturday 10th February, the duo confirmed: “We’ll see you very soon for the return of Saturday Night Takeaway!”

Could this mean we'll be seeing series 20 by the end of the month?

Where can I watch Saturday Night Takeaway?

The new series will air on ITV.

Series 17, 18 and 19 are currently available to view on ITVX.

How many episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway will there be?

There are likely to be seven episodes of the hit show, as this is usually the number of episodes in a series.

The new episodes will likely feature some fan-favourite segments, such as Get Out of Me Ear, Win The Ads and The End of the Show Show.

Will the next series of Saturday Night Takeaway be the last? 

Earlier this year, Ant & Dec revealed that they will be taking a break from the show, with the former announcing: “We love making Saturday Night Takeaway, but reaching the milestone of 20 series seemed like the perfect time to pause for a little while and catch our breath.”

Dec added: “We still have a momentous 20th series to look forward to first so we will do our best to go out (for now) with a bang in 2024!”

Will Ant and Dec return?

Whilst it’s not known what will happen in the future, the language used by the pair in their announcement about pausing “for a little while” suggests that the show will be back one day. 

It’s also not the first time that they have taken a break from the award-winning series, having previously paused it in 2009 before returning in 2013. 

So, fingers crossed there will be a 21st series at some point.

Are Ant & Dec taking a break from their other shows?

No. Although Saturday Night Takeaway will be pausing after the 20th series, that doesn’t mean the legendary duo are taking a break from everything.

They are still expected to continue with their other hit shows, like I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Britain’s Got Talent and Limitless Win in meantime.

And another much-loved Ant & Dec show is on its way back, with Byker Grove set to return 17 years after its final episode. The rebooted series is expected to be called Byker, with McPartlin and Donnelly set to produce.