Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly in blue suits

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway launch date confirmed by ITV

The final series of the show airs this year

ITV has finally revealed when we can expect to see Ant and Dec Saturday Night Takeaway back for its final series.

The Geordie duo previously explained that they would be taking a break from their hit ITV show, which has aired since 2002. Last year, they said that after the 20th series in 2024, they’ll be taking a break.

Over the weekend, Ant and Dec have spilled details on when the 20th series will air. Now, ITV has announced exactly when it’ll start.

Ant and Dec on Saturday Night Takeaway
Ant and Dec have teased the return of Saturday Night Takeaway (Credit: ITV)

When will Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway return?

At the weekend, Ant and Dec teased the show’s return at the end of their Limitless Win series.

Closing the show, Ant told viewers: “We’ll see you very soon for the return of Saturday Night Takeaway.”

Dec exclaimed: “Yes!”

An exact start date wasn’t confirmed, until now…

Ant and Dec on a sofa promoting Saturday night Takeaway
Saturday Night Takeaway is back on February 24 (Credit: ITV)

Saturday Night Takeaway back with a bang

In a statement, ITV revealed that it’s back on Saturday February 24 at 7pm on ITV1 and ITVX.

A new image of the boys was also released, along with details of what to expect in the first episode.

In a release, ITV said: “Highlights coming up in the live launch show next weekend include Stephen Merchant as the Guest Announcer, the unveiling of our brand new little Ant & Dec, a must-watch and hilarious Simon Cowell Undercover and a special End of the Show Show with Becky Hill and Urban Theory.”

Speaking about the last episode of the series, it added: “With a series finale to conclude the show unlike any Takeaway has ever done before, expect unmissable live entertainment from start to finish.”

Ant and Dec smiling at the NTAs
Ant and Dec will take a break after the 20th series of SNT (Credit Photo /

SNT taking a break

Last May, Ant and Dec announced the gutting news that they would be taking a break. The boys are always busy with their variety of shows from Britain’s Got Talent to I’m A Celebrity.

In a statement, Ant said: “We love making Saturday Night Takeaway, but reaching the milestone of 20 series seemed like the perfect time to pause for a little while and catch our breath.”

Dec added: “We still have a momentous 20th series to look forward to first so we will do our best to go out (for now) with a bang in 2024.”

Explaining their reasoning, Dec said: “We’ve decided that our 20th series next year will be our last for a little while. The show takes up such a lot of our year and we just feel we need a little breather and the show is going to take a little bit of a rest.”

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Rebecca Carter
Associate Editor (News)