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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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Full report: Ant and Dec talk tour dates, charity work...and selfies

Ant and Dec are about to go into rehearsals for their national Saturday night takeaway tour.

The Geordie duo say it will be one of the most exciting and demanding things they have ever done.

They will bring their show to the North East at the start of September. And before those rehearsals begin, they told Kenny Toal they're a little bit excited!

Saturday night Takeaway coming to Newcastle

ITV's primetime show 'Ant and Dec's Saturday night Takeaway' is embarking on a nationwide tour later this year.

'Takeaway On Tour' will be visiting cities across the UK and it's coming to Newcastle in September.

Here's some behind the scenes pictures ahead of the tour:

Costumes for Ant and Dec's Takeaway On Tour Credit: ITV
Costumes for Ant and Dec's Takeaway On Tour Credit: ITV
The trophy and Ant and Dec will compete for during the tour Credit: ITV
A model of the Takeaway On Tour set Credit: ITV

'Nice guys' Ant & Dec stand in as BGT judges - and don't vote anyone off!

Ant and Dec with their two BAFTAs earlier this month. Credit: PA wire

Ant and Dec confirmed their reputation as the nicest guys on TV when they joined the judging panel on Britain's Got Talent - but could not bring themselves to buzz any of the acts off the stage.

The Geordie duo, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, took it in turns to sit in the judge's chair when Simon Cowell missed a show, but they could not match his no-holds barred style.

McPartlin refused to press the buzzer when 33-year-old Steve Barker from York performed his own rap to a Black Eyed Peas song, telling the other judges: "This is horrible."

Fellow judge David Walliams said: "Ant and Dec are such nice guys, I get why they are so reluctant to say no to anyone."

But was business as usual for the rest of tonight's show, when Cowell returned and immediately showed off his Mr Nasty reputation when he tried to split up mother and daughter act Kitty and Rosie.

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Support for Ant McPartlin

Fans of Ant McPartlin have been voicing their support after he was assaulted outside a London pub.

The Sun is reporting the TV presenter was grabbed in a headlock by a gang who'd been making rude gestures at him through a window. He went outside to remonstrate with them, his mother was also knocked to the ground when she tried to intervene.

Ant McPartlin attacked during family meal

Ant McPartlin was put in a headlock Credit: PA

TV presenter Ant McPartlin and his mother have been assaulted during a family meal in London.

The Saturday Night Takeaway star was having dinner in Chiswick when a gang started making rude gestures and using mobile phones to film him through the window.

McPartlin, 38, went outside the Old Station House pub to ask them to leave but the group put him into a headlock, The Sun reported.

His mother Christine was also pushed to the ground when she attempted to intervene.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said they were called to an incident in Spencer Road, Chiswick, shortly after 8pm on Thursday, March 13.

He said: "No allegations were made and no one suffered any injuries."

Ant and Dec have been on television for 25 years. Credit: PA

Ant McPartlin and his partner Declan Donnelly won the Landmark Award at the National Television Awards in January. The honour recognised their 25 years on our screens. They also won Best Entertainment Presenters for the 13th year in a row and I'm A Celebrity won Best Entertainment Programme.

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