Gallery & Review: Ant & Dec's Takeaway on Tour, LG Arena

They are the kings of primetime television with their cheeky quips that have seen them fronting the nation's best loved programmes.

From Britain's Got Talent to I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Here, Geordie duo Ant and Dec seem to never be far away from our TV screens.

And now they are turning their talents to live stage shows.

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The pair were at the LG Arena in Birmingham over the weekend bringing their hit show Saturday Night Takeaway to the Midlands.

Those concerned that the hugely popular TV version could be adapted for the stage need not have worried, it was a hoot.

From hilarious games, the innuendo between themselves, audience participation and a range of celebrity guests there was no time to get bored despite the show going on for more than two hours - not including the 20 minute break.

Emerging to the Boys are Back in Town, where they made their way from the back of the arena hi-fiving as many people as possible, the audience were soon putty in their hands.

Bringing favourite segments of the programme to the tour worked with Ant v Dec challenges including a back to school competition - complete with correct uniform. And no show would be complete without an appearance by Little Ant and Dec

The audience interaction was a key factor with everyone regularly encouraged onto their feet to dance and sing, with some even making it onto the stage to do so.

Not that the stars of the show were shy to get out and about themselves, chatting to the audience and passing on birthday and anniversary wishes, while also posing for selfies.

Stephen Mulhern was the guest announcer and the band Blue also took to the stage helping in a singing competition which saw members of the audience try to belt out lyrics from one of their songs.

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Apart from the boys themselves it was former Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts who was the big hit with the crowd. Looking as glamorous as ever she took part in some of the games while also using the opportunity to showcase her own singing voice.

It wouldn't have been a Saturday Night Takeaway without Win the Ads. One lucky female winner from Atherstone ended up with a car, holiday and series of other goodies after being selected to take part in the game.

The parting trick was a return to their PJ and Duncan days, belting out Let' Get Ready to Rumble, which ended up as a remix inclucing tracks from the Outhere Brothers and Kris Kross.

The only negative was being sat in the Team Ant side of the arena, after the room was split into teams, as it was Dec who came out on top in the challenge on Saturday night. Oh well, at least the fun and laughs more than made up for it.

By Craig Hughes

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