Ant and Dec once did SM:TV Live drunk after wild night out together

Ant and Dec are among the UK's most beloved TV presenters, and they have been on our TV sets for what seems like an eternity.

The presenting duo recently opened up about one of their very first presenting gigs, SM:TV and they revealed that they did the show blind drunk after their millennium celebrations.

They celebrated in Newcastle and then had to present the show the next morning.

"We never drank on a Friday night! One year we did, that was the millennium," Ant told Glamour's Josh Smith.


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He continued: "We were on air that next morning. We were in Newcastle, so we drove down through the night and went live on air, slightly worse for wear. That was the only time."

Dec added that Saturday night was their night for boozing and admitted that Sunday's were a "write-off" for the pair.

He said: "We used to go straight out from the show on a Saturday, so Saturday was a sesh. Sundays were a write-off!"

They both seemed to be very fond of their time on SM:TV which really did kickstart their career as the TV presenters we know and love today.

"We loved that. I remember Phillip Schofield saying to us, just before we started SMTV: Live on Saturday mornings because he used to do it, 'It will be the best fun you will ever have on telly'," Ant said.

He continued: "You know what the innocence and freedom we got on that show you don't get anywhere else. We could just mess about.

"It was all before social media, everyone was watching TV and the viewing figures were off the charts for a Children's TV show. Everyone was talking about it. It was such fun."

Ant and Dec were asked what their favourite memory from their time on the show was, and Dec spoke of Cat Deeley's wedding in Chums which featured Mariah Carey as a bridesmaid and Frank Skinner as the vicar.

Dec revealed: "I think towards the end when we did the wedding in Chums. Cat got married and the guest list was incredible.

"Mariah Carey was Cat’s bridesmaid; Frank Skinner was the vicar. All the classic nineties pop groups were on it – it was incredible," he finished.

Ant and Dec will be back presenting a new season of Saturday Night Takeaway starting tonight.

Dec revealed that doing Saturday night television was always something he and Ant wanted to do.

Dec said: "We always had one eye on doing Saturday night TV even when we were back doing mornings. That’s where we wanted to go to get a bigger audience.

"This show had been our ambition – this was the show we always wanted to make. We are just about to do our sixteenth series and I can’t believe it!"

*Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway returns to ITV tonight at 7.30pm

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