Apparently, I’m A Celebrity and Britain’s Got Talent hosts Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly are to star in a Charlie Chaplin style silent comedy which is expected to air on ITV later this year.
TV Biz quotes a friend of the lads’ as saying, “Ant and Dec had a great idea for a comedy which is completely silent.
“There will be some slapstick, but it won’t just be full of physical gags.
“They have already started working on a script and hopefully they will find time to film it this year or early next…”
And of course, Ant and Dec are no strangers to acting, given that they began their TV careers on kids’ TV show Byker Grove in 1989, and in a 2002, they appeared in Tribute to The Likely Lads before starring in 2006 comedy film Alien Autopsy. Dec also played a stable boy in the adaptation of the novel The Cinder Path when he was a teenager.
However, although Ant and Dec seem to have the Midas touch when it comes to telly, it hasn’t been all plain sailing for the Geordie duo. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say of the controversies they’ve encountered over the years…
In 1997, Welsh pop duo ‘And all because…’ successfully obtained legal aid and filed legal papers against Ant & Dec, along with their management team, record company and producers for copyright infringement over the song “Falling”, and this was subsequently Ant & Dec’s last single.
Law firm Olswang were commissioned to investigate the 2005 British Comedy Awards when the producers overturned the voting public’s first choice, The Catherine Tate Show in favour of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway for the People’s Choice Award. The incident is also the subject of an investigation by media regulator Ofcom.
Following allegations of fraud in 2007, an investigation by auditors Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu discovered that two shows, Ant & Dec’s Gameshow Marathon and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, had defrauded viewers participating in phone-ins.
Here’s a reminder of the lads in their early days on Byker Grove…