Saturday Night Takeaway viewers go wild for star-studded Chums reunion as Cat Deeley and Dec Donnelly 'get married'
SATURDAY Night Takeaway viewers went wild tonight for the Chums reunion as Ant McPartlin 'remarried' Declan Donnelly and Cat Deeley.
After Ant revealed he had failed to officially register the pair's union back in 2001, he was left with no choice but to get ordained to host the ceremony again.
The living room service was attended by all-star guests including Eamonn Holmes, Ruth Langsford, Brian McFadden, Steps,Emily Atack, Joe Lycett and Sting.
However, in typical Chums fashion there was a massive cliffhanger as Sting, speaking on a video call, teased Dec had a big secret that could ruin his and Cat's relationship.
The credits rolled as the voiceover joked viewers would have to wait another 20 years for the outcome.
The innuendo-filled End of Show Show was a hit with fans.
One wrote on Twitter: "Chums… the memories!#SaturdayNightTakeaway thank you for bringing it back and putting a smile on everyone’s faces. BRYYYANNNNNN! @antanddec.
Another posted: "Great show tonight guys @antanddec Loved the trip down memory Lane with #Chums too! Can’t believe it’s been 20yrs!!"
A third shared: "Ant & Dec need to do Chums every weekend now. felt like I was little all over again watching SMTV."
The much-hyped reunion was full of nostalgic touches, with Cat's failure to get Wonky Donkey's name right sending Dec into a rage.
We learned the couple celebrated their honeymoon in Paris and went on to have a daughter – Emily Atack.
They then celebrated their 10th anniversary with an exotic holiday.
At each stage Ant popped up to try and tell them about their unofficial nuptials, but each time he was shut down.
In rehearsals Cat was left in hysterics after being reunited with her longtime pals.
The Geordie comedy duo welcomed their SM:TV Live mate to join them for a revival of their hilarious sitcom.
Cat shared a snap of the trio roaring with laughter during rehearsals.
The 44-year-old star looked incredibly chic wearing a black turtle neck jumper, leather boots and a cream winter coat.
The Geordie pair were also seen crying with laughter as they practised their comedy sketch.
Cat shared a photo of the trio sitting on a plum coloured sofa in front of a coffee table while holding their script.
She posted on social media: "Well that was fun! Rehearsals for Chums with Ant and Dec for SNT on ITV…😂."
The Sun exclusively revealed that the cult skit, from their old kids’ TV show, would return in its iconic set which parodied sitcom Friends' New York flat.
A show source said: “This is the reunion SM:TV fans have been calling for. It’s going to be epic.”
The trio presented the Saturday morning ITV show from 1998.
Chums featured a fictional romance between Cat and Dec with celebrities popping up in cameos for hilarious storylines.
It was so popular that when Ant and Dec left in 2001, Chums was shown as standalone repeats on CITV.
It comes after one-off shw The Story of SM:TV Live at Christmas gave fans hope of a reboot.
The Sun told last summer how Ant and Dec, both 45, and Cat, 44, had met to discuss bringing it back.
The source added: “After the success of the SM:TV special, Ant & Dec, Cat and bosses thought this would be the perfect opportunity.
“Cat was taking part in the show for a brilliant Undercover segment anyway, so they thought they’d give the people what they want.”
“Producers are already thinking of brilliant things they can do and plan lots of star cameos. It will feature as the End of the Show Show segment.”
At the 2017 Baftas, Ant and Dec revealed ITV had agreed to a SM:TV Live reunion to mark 20 years since its launch — but the plans were shelved.
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