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Robbie returns to relight the fire with Take That

Robbie Williams and Take That ended months of speculation by announcing that they had reunited for a new album.

Williams, who walked out on the group 15 years ago as he began to go off the rails, said: "It feels like coming home."

Footage posted on the band's website shows them together in the studio -- laughing, joking and singing as they worked on an untitled album to be released in November.

Last year Williams and his former bandmates shared a stage for a Children In Need concert, an event organised by Take That's Gary Barlow.

However the quintet -- completed by Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Howard Donald -- had already begun to work together. Williams let slip during a radio interview late last year that they had been recording together.

Take That disbanded in 1996 but reunited without Williams in 2005 to huge success, including three number one singles.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the band's formation, making their TV debut on producer Pete Waterman's ITV show The Hitman And Her.

By 1993 they became huge and enjoyed a string of hits including Pray and Relight My Fire.

However Williams, the baby of the group, was beginning to pull in a different direction and famously enjoyed a "lost weekend" with Oasis at the Glastonbury festival in 1995.

After a wobbly start he had his own huge solo career with chart-topping singles, such as Millennium and Rock DJ.

But the reunion of his former Take That colleagues in 2005 for live dates began to overshadow his success.

Despite Williams ridiculing Barlow during his early solo shows, the pair began to bury the hatchet in recent years and their friendship was renewed.

And after the five met up, they embraced.

"We had a hug and what was left was what we had at the beginning -- just five guys that love each other," Williams said.