Cat Deeley reunites with Ant and Dec in first look at SMTV special
Our favourite chums are back together
The three presenters beamed as they sat alongside each other, posing in an exact replica of the much-loved children’s TV show’s set, in a new image shared on their Instagram accounts.
The trio hosted ITV’s Saturday morning entertainment show together from 1998 to 2001, with Deeley continuing to present the programme for a year after the Geordie duo’s departure.
McPartlin and Donnelly posted the photo on their joint Instagram and Twitter accounts with the caption “Excited?” and also shared a throwback snap of the youthful-looking trio in their 90s heyday.
The presenters previously shared a behind-the-scenes snap from the one-off special episode earlier this month, showing Deeley with her arms around McPartlin and Donnelly, who clutched a copy of her new children’s book.
Deeley recently shared details of the upcoming reunion in an interview with Chris Moyles on Radio X, revealing that all three stars were left emotional after watching the footage.
“We have filmed a documentary, it’s going to be aired at the end of the year,” she said.
“We went back to the studio where we did it. They rebuilt the set. We all cried. I walked in and they were doing their interview and Dec was crying and I was like ‘Ok you’re crying!’ and then at the end of my interview I was like ‘waaah!’”
She added: “We all have a bit of a cry, we take the mickey out of each other, it’s very, very, very cute. I actually got a text message from Ant yesterday saying he’s seen the first cut and they cried watching it too.
“So hopefully there wasn’t too much of the first show in it otherwise he would be crying at how appallingly bad we were, we were rubbish!”
SMTV was best known for its regular sketches, competitions and celebrity interview slots, with Wonkey Donkey, Challenge Ant and Chums (a parody of hit sitcom Friends starring McPartlin, Donnelly and Deeley) among its most memorable segments.