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Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway returned for it's sixteenth series on ITV running for seven episodes from 22 February 2020 to 4 April 2020.

Series Overview

The sixteenth series of Saturday Night Takeaway returned on the 22 February 2020 on ITV and was the first series to see the return of Anthony McPartlin hosting alongside Declan Donnelly following his absence from the previous series' last two episodes in which Donnelly hosted solely. It was also the first to be broadcast from their new home at Television Centre, London following the closure of The London Studios in 2018. Stephen Mulhern returned to host the Ant vs. Decsegment, which for this series had a "global" theme to all of the challenges. However, Scarlett Moffatt did not return to the show as she left to focus on other TV projects, and was not replaced.

This series will see a new mini-serial entitled Men in Brown starring Ant & Dec still serving as undercover agents for The Honoured and tasked with saving the world from an alien invasion. Emily Atack, Amanda Holden, Amber Gill, Simon Cowell, Richard Ayoade, Paddy McGuinness, and Hugh Bonneville (replacing Emilia Fox and Joanna Lumley as the head of The Honoured) will guest star in the mini-serial.

Another new segment called Don't Feed the Pandas, involved Ant & Dec dressing up in realistic prosthetic panda costumes in an attempt to fool school kids at London Zoo. Other features returning from the previous series include I'm a Celebrity...Get Out of Me Ear! and UndercoverWin the Ads also returned with a minor tweak in its format, the viewers competition used in the previous two series was discontinued and instead, one of the 16 prizes on the board would be won not just by the contestant but for the entire studio audience as well.

The first I'm a Celebrity...Get Out of Me Ear! of the series was with American actor Mark Wahlberg at his London restaurant where he pranked members of the public with the help of Ant & Dec talking into an ear piece. The first "End of the Show" - Show marked the return of Ashley Roberts with The Pussycat Dolls to the show she left after Series 14 in 2017. The second I'm a Celebrity...Get Out of Me Ear! was with British Boxer and "Heavyweight Champion of the World" Anthony Joshua at his local boxing club where pranked three members of the public by saying that the were going to be his personal chief with the help of Ant & Dec talking into an ear piece. The third I'm a Celebrity...Get Out of Me Ear! will be done with British singer-songwriter and DJ Craig David.

The Undercover segment featured Bradley Walsh getting pranked by Ant & Dec (also it was the first time pranking him twice) whilst filming an episode of The Chase.

Andi Pieters has been presenting the competition segment, which in the first episode was live from Bermuda, Nuneaton and in the second episode was live from New York in Newcastle. In the second episode, Fleur East gave some tickets for a Place on the Plane to a winning family in Bristol and in the fourth episode Fleur East visited Kingston upon Hull where the family who guessed the restaurant correctly (which was Papas Fish and Chips shop in Kingston upon Hull) won another Place on the Plane.

The Place on the Plane giveaway was again announced on the first show of the series, with the series finale location revealed as Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the second time (having previously hosted the series finale in Series 14). It was also confirmed it would be the largest ever giveaway by a British television programme with 300 guests being invited to be the audience for the show this was done in partnership with Virgin Atlantic. However, on 13th March, it was announced that due to the ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic that the finale would be cancelled and the ticket holders would instead enjoy a 5-star hotel stay at the park at a later date. Following viewer complaints about the 14 March episode still having a live audience despite the coronavirus pandemic and the Prime Minister Boris Johnson advising against all mass gatherings in an effort to slow down the spread, ITV confirmed on 17 March that the remaining episodes of the series would be shot without a live audience and with a reduced production crew, with a shorter 60-minute running time for the 28 March episode. It was later revealed on Twitter that the 28 March episode would take place live from their living rooms, whilst on a video call with each other. This came after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson officially put the UK into lockdown on 22 March 2020. Sponsorship: Deliveroo.

People/Characters who appear in the episodes

February 22 2020

  • Anthony McPartlin (main host)
  • Declan Donnelly (main host)
  • Stephen Mulhern
  • The Pussycat Dolls
  • Camila Cabello (star guest announcer)
  • Mickey Mouse (does not speak)
  • Minnie Mouse (does not speak)
  • Donald Duck (does not speak)
  • Daisy Duck (does not speak)
  • Goofy (does not speak)
  • Pluto (does not speak)
  • Chip (does not speak)
  • Dale (does not speak)
  • Woody (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Buzz Lightyear (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Bullseye (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Bo Peep (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Forky (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Alice (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Mad Hatter (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Captain Hook (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Peter Pan (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Wendy Darling (does not speak; stock footage)

February 29 2020

  • Anthony McPartlin (main host)
  • Declan Donnelly (main host)
  • Stephen Mulhern
  • Anne-Marie
  • Fleur East
  • Andi Pieters
  • Rob Brydon (star guest announcer)
  • Hugh Bonneville (Men in Brown)
  • Richard Ayoade (Men in Brown)
  • Mickey Mouse (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Minnie Mouse (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Donald Duck (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Daisy Duck (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Goofy (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Pluto (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Woody (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Buzz Lightyear (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Bullseye (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Bo Peep (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Forky (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Alice (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Mad Hatter (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Captain Hook (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Peter Pan (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Wendy Darling (does not speak; stock footage)

7 March 2020

  • Anthony McPartlin (main host)
  • Declan Donnelly (main host)
  • Stephen Mulhern
  • Ella Henderson
  • Jax Jones
  • Fleur East
  • Craig David
  • Twist and Pulse
  • Greg James (Star guest announcer)
  • Richard Ayoade (Men in Brown)
  • Emily Atack (Men in Brown)
  • Andi Pieters (voice over)
  • BB8 (droid sounds)
  • R2-D2 (droid sounds)
  • Mickey Mouse (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Minnie Mouse (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Donald Duck (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Daisy Duck (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Goofy (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Pluto (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Woody (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Buzz Lightyear (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Bullseye (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Bo Peep (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Forky (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Alice (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Mad Hatter (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Captain Hook (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Peter Pan (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Wendy Darling (does not speak; stock footage)

14 March 2020

  • Anthony McPartlin (main host)
  • Declan Donnelly (main host)
  • Stephen Mulhern
  • JLS
  • Fleur East
  • Andi Pieters
  • Joanna Lumley (Star guest announcer)
  • Bradley Walsh (Trailer footage)
  • Emily Atack (Men in Brown)

21 March 2020

  • Anthony McPartlin (main host)
  • Declan Donnelly (main host)
  • Stephen Mulhern
  • Bradley Walsh
  • Olly Murs
  • Andi Pieters
  • Joel Dommett (star guest announcer)
  • Jenny Ryan (Undercover footage)
  • Hugh Bonneville (Men in Brown)
  • Richard Ayoade (Men in Brown)
  • Emily Atack (Men in Brown)
  • Paddy McGuinness (Men in Brown)
  • Susannah Reed (Men in Brown)
  • Amanda Holden (Men in Brown)
  • Simon Cowell (Men in Brown)
  • Amber Gill (Men in Brown)

28 March 2020

  • Anthony McPartlin (main host)
  • Declan Donnelly (main host)
  • Hugh Bonneville (Men in Brown)
  • Paul Hollywood (Men in Brown)
  • Simon Cowell (Men in Brown)
  • Paddy McGuinness (Men in Brown)
  • Amanda Holden (Men in Brown and stock footage)
  • Olly Murs (stock footage)
  • Rob Brydon (stock footage)
  • Alesha Dixon (stock footage)
  • Scarlett Moffatt (stock footage)
  • Stephen Mulhern (stock footage)
  • Gordon Ramsey (stock footage)
  • Kym Marsh (stock footage)
  • Lesley Joseph (stock footage)
  • Kylie Minogue (stock footage)

4 April 2020

  • Anthony McPartlin (main host)
  • Declan Donnelly (main host)
  • Stephen Mulhern
  • Dermot O'Leary (stock footage)
  • James Corden (stock footage)
  • Five (stock footage)
  • Blue (stock footage)
  • Atomic Kitten (stock footage)
  • Scarlett Moffatt (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Mickey Mouse (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Minnie Mouse (do not speak; stock footage)
  • Donald Duck (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Daisy Duck (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Goofy (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Pluto (does not speak; stock footage)
  • Little Ant & Dec (does not speak; stock footage; uncredited)
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