Ant and Dec are celebrating 30 years of working together with a new book that will be published in September.
Once Upon a Tyne: Celebrating 30 Years Together on Telly will “chart the journey of two ordinary lads from Newcastle who went on to achieve extraordinary things.”
This October marks 30 years since Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly first appeared on screen in Byker Grove as PJ & Duncan, beginning their career as the nation’s favourite double act. Their new book will look back on the last three decades they have spent together in the spotlight, sharing behind-the-scenes stories of the shows that propelled them to TV stardom, alongside exclusive photos.
McPartlin said they had wanted to write the book “to mark 30 incredible years”, describing it as “our way of giving people more than just what they see on TV, lifting back the curtain on our career so far and sharing the moments and stories that still make us smile”.
“If you had told the 14-year-old us that we’d still be working together on some of the biggest TV shows in the world, we’d have laughed you out of Byker Grove. It would have been too much for our tiny minds to comprehend, but here we are still together and still having more fun than anyone really should be having at work,” he said.
“We also wanted to take this opportunity to stop and look back, so that we can look forward at what the next 30 years may hold and what our renewed ambitions will be.”
Donnelly said: “When we realised [it had been 30 years], we began to reminisce and made ourselves laugh at some of the stories we remembered (we are admittedly our own best audience!). We thought it would be a shame to waste this period of reflection and set about writing a book to mark the anniversary.
“It has, until now involved a lot of tea (green for me, builders for Ant), chocolate biscuits and laughter. In this final period of writing it is mostly video calls with dogs on our knees, but still trying to make each other laugh—which in essence is what we’ve spent the last 30 years doing!”
The book will be published on 3rd September.