Ant and Dec: Once Upon A Tyne

Ant and Dec hold a special place in the hearts of TV viewers everywhere. This is their epic story, with never-before-seen photography and the very best tales from their 30 years in TV.

 As the old Chinese proverb says, ‘Good things come in pairs’.
Dec: And as another Chinese proverb says, ‘If you’ve been in a double act with your best mate for thirty years, why not write a book about all your most memorable moments in three decades of showbusiness?’
Ant: Less catchy that one, isn’t it?
Dec: But no less true. And after three decades together, we’re writing that book. Covering everything from a pirate radio storyline in Byker Grove through to the biggest shows on telly, this is our story.
Ant: Thirty years, eh? Amazing.
Dec: Absolutely. Especially when you consider we are both still 27 years old.

From their modest beginnings in Byker Grove through to their “unique” time as pop stars and an award-laden TV career, the last three decades have flown by in the blink of an eye. They’ve also featured an incredible cast of supporting characters, including their first scriptwriter (an unknown comedian called David Walliams), Saturday night fun and games with countless Hollywood A-listers, and celebrities they torture – sorry, work with – every year in the jungle. Told through the lens of every TV show they’ve made, as well as everything they’ve learnt along the way, this is the riotously funny journey of two ordinary lads from Newcastle who went on to achieve extraordinary things.

My Review:

I listened to this book on audible because Ant and Dec narrate it and I absolutely adore the pair of cheeky scoundrels.

This was a “watered down” version of their life in show business and if you are looking for a fun escape from reality then I am sure you will love listening to them.

The audio version has lots of extra bits, including their banter and a very funny last chapter including all the bloopers.

I did feel that slightly disappointed that they didn’t discuss Ant’s previous problems in his personal life which caused him to drop out of the limelight for 18 months or so, and whilst it was mentioned very, very briefly, it seemed this book was perhaps aimed at the younger market and therefore more of a pre-watershed story.

Their bromance and success is a wonderfully uplifting tale and some of the stories they share are very funny. This was a light-hearted enjoyable tale of their remarkable TV success and long may they reign as Kings of Saturday Night Television.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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