Ant and Dec have been national treasures since meeting on BBC Children’s drama Byker Grove in 1989.
The presenting duo have gone on to star in some of TV’s biggest shows, including I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain’s Got Talent.
And despite being best of friends and even living next door to each other, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly didn’t always get along.
Ant and Dec have been national treasures since meeting on BBC Children’s drama Byker Grove in 1989[Getty]
“We didn’t particularly like each other at first, I thought he was miserable,” Dec told Jonathan Ross during an interview in 2006.
“We’ve rowed a few times – we’re quite competitive,” Ant added.
Ant and Dec returned to our screens this week for the new series of I’m A Celebrity following a difficult last few months for Ant which saw him go to rehab for addiction treatment.
Ant and Dec met when they were only 13 years-old playing the funny PJ and Duncan – they have been BFFs ever since [Getty]
Ant and Dec have been entertaining us ever since they appeared on Byker Grove as the loveable PJ and Duncan. Our fav duo went on to become pop stars and host their own TV shows. We’re taking a look at their career highlights over the years
I’m A Celebrity: Ant and Dec returned to the jungle for the new series [ITV]
Making a joke of the numerous reports that Ant might not resume his hosting duties on the ITV hit, Dec began to introduce himself but mentioned another TV star as his co-host.
He began by saying: ”Hello good morning, good evening welcome to Australia we are back and we’re here for the next three weeks – your hosts with the most.”
Turning to the camera he declared confidently: “Me and the gorgeous Holly Willoughby.”
Ant returned to TV after checking himself into rehab this summer [Getty]
Picking up on the not so subtle jab in the joke Ant responded: “What? Sorry what? What?” Attempting clear up his ‘mistake’ Dec said: “They put the wrong script in the thing…nobody was sure if you’d make it or not.”
He added with another jab: “We didn’t know if you’d be here!” Opening his arms to get a hug from Dec the laughing star responded: “What? I was always going to make it.”
English television duo Ant & Dec as pop duo PJ & Duncan[Getty]
The humorous debut comes after reports that production for the show had to be delayed as Ant recuperated in LA from an addiction to prescription painkillers which developed after an agonising knee operation.