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Chesney Hawkes joins Ant & Dec for Takeaway filming

Chesney Hawkes rehearsing ahead of Ant & Dec's Takeaway on Tour filming Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Ant & Dec are bringing their award winning ITV show, 'Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway', to their home town of Newcastle for spectacular live shows which will take place tonight (Friday, 5th September) and over the weekend.

Never one to disappoint, the Geordie boys are adding celebrity friends Alan Shearer, Chesney Hawkes and Tony Christie to the mix for filming.

Chesney Hawkes was rehearsing alongside the boys, making sure that the show will be a night to remember.

Chesney Hawkes will be performing in Newcastle at Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway on Tour Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Little Ant & Dec rehearse ahead of tonight's Takeaway

Ant and Dec aren't the only ones rehearsing ahead of tonight's 'Saturday Night Takeaway on Tour' filming.

Little Ant and Dec joined their bigger counterparts in taking to the stage and sound checking.

Ant & Dec's Takeaway on Tour starts filming tonight in Newcastle. There will be performances throughout the weekend on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September before the boys take their tour to Nottingham.

Ant and Dec in Newcastle ahead of Takeaway filming

Ant and Dec signing autographs as they get ready for tonight's filming of 'Saturday Night Takeaway' Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The boys are back in town!

Ant and Dec have had a busy few days, what with hosting the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony and now getting ready to film their 'Ant & Dec's Takeaway on Tour' live in their hometown of Newcastle.

They were outside greeting fans and signing autographs this afternoon. Make sure to watch tonight's programme to see them talking to our very own Kenny Toal.

Dec speaks to ITV Tyne Tees' Kenny Toal Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Tim Healy says tonight will be 'powerful and moving'

Ahead of the Great North Run's Million Opening Ceremony, ITV Tyne Tees has spoken to Tim Healy about his role in the performance.

He will be joined by local actress, Jill Halfpenny, in narrating the story of the North East - a story which he says will be "powerful and moving".

But Tim is keeping his cards, and script, very close to his chest:

Part of the Million Opening Cermony performance?

A mass cast of 1,500 volunteer performers will appear throughout the Million Opening Ceremony tonight, coming together to celebrate a vision of how, by acting together, we can achieve the most extraordinary and transformational things in the North East.

And it looks like rehearsals are already underway as ITV Tyne Tees gets a sneak peak at what looks like a dress rehearsal for tonight's performance.

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