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Saturday 23rd February 2019

Dec Donnelly celebrates 20th anniversary of SM:TV Live with throwback pic

This is bringing back fond childhood memories!

Dec Donnelly has shared a sweet throwback snap from SM:TV Live to mark 20 years since it first aired.

The Britain's Got Talent host took to Instagram on Wednesday to post a photo of himself, Ant McPartlin and Cat Deeley on set of the Saturday morning children's television programme when they were younger.

In the picture, both Ant and Dec sported similar spiky hairdos while a fresh-faced Cat beamed for the camera between the duo.

20 years ago today, on August 29th 1998, SM:TV Live appeared on our tellyboxes for the first time.

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Dec wrote: "20 years ago today, on August 29th 1998, #smtvlive and #cduk appeared on our tellyboxes for the first time.

"We haven’t changed a bit eh @catdeeley!? D."

He added the hashtags, "#tv #nostalgia #1990s #wonkeydonkey #chums".

Fans loved the throwback pic with one person reminiscing: "So many great memories!"

The show made Ant and Dec the kings of Saturday telly (Credit: FameFlynet)

Another said: "My childhood.... loved Saturday mornings!" while a third wrote: "Those were the days! SM:TV was the best!"

Readers of a certain age will have fond memories of tuning in to SM:TV Live on a Saturday morning, back in the late 1990s/early 2000s.

Featuring brilliant sketches and the irresistible banter that made Ant and Dec the kings of Saturday telly, SM:TV Live became a treasured hit.

The show is celebrating it's 20th anniversary (Credit: ITV)

Last year, it was confirmed the show would be returning for a one-off special to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Earlier this year, Ant told the Radio Times: "We can tell you it's happening, it's definitely happening, I'm on board, Dec's on board, Cat's on board.

"A lot of the old team are getting back together. I think we've just booked a studio, I think we’ve got some writers involved."

Dec added: "We're starting to put the little nuts and bolts together, it's very exciting, it looks like it'll be probably about September time."

Earlier this year, Ant and Dec confirmed a reunion is in the works (Credit: ITV)

Read more: Holly Willoughby confirmed to co-host I'm A Celebrity

However, in March, it was reported that the one-off special would be postponed until 2019.

In the meantime, viewers will get to see Dec back on our screens for this year's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! alongside his new co-host Holly Willoughby.

Ant, meanwhile, is taking the rest of the year off to focus on his recovery following his stint in rehab for drink issues and painkiller addiction and his drink-drive arrest in March.

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