Friday 20 April 2018

Here's the real reason why Ant and Dec were traversing the country last week

Ant and Dec filming in Maynooth. PIC: Twitter @IsMiseLaura
Ant and Dec filming in Maynooth. PIC: Twitter @IsMiseLaura

Ant and Dec caused a stir at locations across the country last week as they made surprise appearances at Maynooth University, Northern Ireland and Leitrim.

And now it has been revealed they're set to trace where they came from in an ITV special entitled Ant and Dec's DNA Journey.

The Britain's Got Talent hosts will be using DNA science and technology in a bid to find out how far back their connection goes.

Their trip down memory lane will be chronicled in a 90-minute special, described by ITV as "a modern biography that will give a unique and unseen insight into their lives", which will "leave viewers absolutely gobsmacked".

The Geordie pair will travel across the Irish Sea to trace their ancestors in the programme, and will be joined by several members of their respective families along the way. Ant and Dec will also connect with long-lost distant relatives for the very first time.

Speaking about the programme, the lovable pair said: "Tracing our ancestors using pioneering DNA methods has been a fascinating and emotional process so far.

Ant and Dec continue mystery tour of the country with a visit to Northern Ireland

"We have discovered some amazing things which have shocked and surprised us and we still have hundreds of years to uncover! We are looking forward to sharing our journey with the audience."

Ant and Dec are known for their competitive natures, which they use to their full advantage for the Ant vs. Dec segment on their show Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

And this programme is no different, with a segment at the end promising a big reveal in which the pair will find out if either of them descends from royalty, and who comes from a line of paupers.

Ant and Dec went on a selfie marathon with snap happy students in Maynooth

Siobhan Greene, ITV Head of Entertainment Commissioning, said: "Ant and Dec’s DNA Journey is going to have the audience on the edge of their seats. Following the lads like we have never seen them before and with some twists and turns and parallels to each other’s histories, this 90 minute film will leave viewers absolutely gobsmacked.

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Ant and Dec at The Oarsman restaurant in Carrick on Shannon. PIC: The Oarsman Restaurant Facebook

"And by Ant and Dec revealing their own personal family history we hope the audience at home will be inspired to wonder about their own."

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