Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Jeremy Clarkson has been on our hit list for 10 years, say Ant and Dec

Ant and Dec ‘nervous’ about pranking Jeremy Clarkson (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
Ant and Dec ‘nervous’ about pranking Jeremy Clarkson (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were “nervous” to play a prank on Jeremy Clarkson for their variety show Saturday Night Takeaway.

In a teaser clip, the Grand Tour and Clarkson’s Farm star is seen arriving at his Diddly Squat farm shop in Oxfordshire where prank campaigners were protesting that soil had feelings.

Speaking on This Morning, Donnelly revealed that Clarkson had been on their “hit list” for about 10 years since his days on Top Gear.

He said: “We always thought, ‘we’ll never get him, we’ll never get him’, and we got an in.

“His lovely girlfriend Lisa, she said: ‘Come down to the farm and we’ll set him up.’

“He’s got a temper as we all know, so we were very nervous about it.

“We’ve got a hit list of people and we are constantly looking at ways, who can we go through.”

The ITV morning show co-host Dermot O’Leary asked if the pair were paranoid about celebrities getting their own back.

Ant and Dec
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly with the Best Entertainment Programme Award at the Bafta’s in 2015 (Ian West/PA)

McPartlin, 46, said: “Every time there is strange service, angry car park attendant, just a weird stranger there, I think: ‘This is an undercover.’

“You start looking at smoke alarms and CCTV cameras going: ‘Oh my god, they have got us, they have finally got us.’”

McPartlin and Donnelly also revealed they played a prank on members of the public at the O2, taking over the security checkpoint in a sketch for the variety show.

Donnelly said: “Everybody was coming into the O2 to go to a restaurant or to a bar but they had to go through security, and it was us.

“You know when you are at an airport and you have got to take your shoes off? Imagine if then you had to take your socks off and your trousers off, we just annoyed them.

“We had one guy who would repeatedly storm off because he was so angry, and then he would come back saying: ‘I have to get in to the O2,’ he just kept coming back and then storming off again, it’s so good.”

The award-winning programme will have a host of new additions, including a mini-series called Polter Guys, in which McPartlin and Donnelly become ghostbusters.

American drag queen RuPaul will be the show’s first star guest announcer who has “taken it upon himself to sort out the end of the show show,” Donnelly said.

Winners of Drag Race UK, The Vivienne, Lawrence Chaney and Krystal Versace, will appear in the final performance, he revealed.

The variety show will be filmed in front of a live studio audience again after last year’s show had a virtual gallery due to Covid protocols.

Donnelly admitted he got “choked up” looking at the audience seats, adding “it’s honestly like a big party in the studio”.

McPartlin said: “You know what it’s like, it makes all the world of difference.

“The show is all centred around the audience and the fun that we have and surprises we have for them, so we are very excited to get them back.”

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway returns on February 19 at 7pm on ITV.

Already a subscriber? Sign in