Ant & Dec Announce The Return Of ‘Byker Grove’ After 17 Years

Ant & Dec Announce The Return Of ‘Byker Grove’ After 17 Years

Not to give away my age, but I was there for the OG series of Byker Grove featuring Ant & Dec as PJ & Duncan before the I’m A Celeb and Saturday Night Takeaway success.

And, the presenters and producers have announced that the nineties classic, which centred around a youth club in Newcastle is set to return.

Announcing the news via social media, And & Dec said that the series that aired from 1989 to 2006 is getting a reboot as BYKER, and will featured the presenters acting as well as being executive producers on the new series.

Ant and Dec will be creative consultants on the the show that will have hard-hitting storylines and a nostalgic nod to the children’s classic.

The news was announced via Twitter with the caption: “We hope you’re as psyche(d) as us for this comeback”, referring to the duos popular hit song.

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Donnelly said: “Byker Grove will always be very special to us as the show which gave us our break, so we are beyond excited to be working together with Fulwell 73 on bringing it back.

“We are looking forward to bringing this fresh incarnation to a whole new generation as well as those who remember it as fondly as we do.“

“As proud Geordies, we’re looking forward to helping shine a spotlight on the North East and the talent the region has to offer both in front of the camera and behind it.”

McPartlin replied: “We owe such a lot to Byker Grove and the North East so we can’t wait to start working with Fulwell 73 and the team to bring this iconic series back to life.

“Already talking characters and storylines has us all buzzing at the possibilities ahead. The original series was the starting point for a lot of North East talent so we’re excited to see what the new team will bring.”

Not only are the duo bringing back the nostalgic series, but they’re also aiming to use trainees from their Prince’s Trust Making it in Media course helping young people gain experience in the industry.

Their production company, Mitre Studio, released a statement that read: “The show obviously holds a very special place in the heart for Ant and Dec as it was where it all started for them.

“The North East is a hotbed of emerging talent both on and off screen, so we’re extremely proud to be able to tap into that and help give something back to the region.”

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