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Ant and Dec Saturday Night Takeaway: Viewers divided over ‘mystery’ episode

It wasn't quite what ITV viewers expected

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Ant and Dec returned with Saturday Night Takeaway last night (Saturday, January 2) and divided viewers with the ‘mystery’ episode.

The Geordie duo, both 45, shocked viewers with a new instalment of the hit show.

But it wasn’t quite what fans had expected.

And it wasn’t long before it divided opinion on Twitter

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Viewers were divided at the show (Credit: ITV)

What happened in Ant and Dec Saturday Night Takeaway?

In a huge change to what viewers recognise as Saturday Night Takeaway, the ‘mystery’ episode was more like a scripted comedy.

Ant and Dec were asked to unmask a criminal mastermind who had been kidnapping members of the aristocracy.

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Along the way, they were joined by a raft of celebrities.

The likes of Joanna Lumley, Emilia Fox, Michael Sheen, Katie Price, David Walliams and Noel Edmonds all made appearances.

How did viewers react to the show?

Viewers took to Twitter to voice their opinions.

One said: “I’ve seen enough… Ant and Dec’s Saturday ‘Knight’ Takeaway is like something you’d see on a kids’ TV channel at 5am to fill the void before the real TV starts. ITV are getting desperate.”

This might be the worst thing I’ve ever watched.

Another disgruntled viewer wrote: “This might be the worst thing I’ve ever watched.”

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A number of viewers hated Ant and Dec’s special episode (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Finally, a third commented: “Ouch! Never thought I would turn off Ant and Dec but needs must!”

ED! contacted ITV for comment.

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Some ITV viewers like it

However, it wasn’t all bad.

Some viewers enjoyed the change and the comedy aspect of the show.

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One viewer wrote: “Omg. I’m laughing soo much at it. Love it xx”

Another said, “Ant and Dec dressed as knights” followed by two cry-laugh emojis.

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