Last month, they made history of the National Television Award when they collected the award for best presenter for the 20th year in a row, and today the much-loved TV duo Ant and Dec were in Manchester to share their industry knowledge.
I’m a celebrity … Get me out of here! presenters surprised young people from Greater Manchester as they visited Manchester Prince’s Trust Center at Beehive Mill in Jersey Street.
The hosts Saturday Night Takeaway were there to launch their new program with The Prince’s Trust called Making It In Media, a two-week program that allows young people to gain industry knowledge from a range of experts while developing their confidence and practicality. skills.
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On Monday, best friends Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly came to Manchester in person to share their 32-year-old entertainment advice.
Ant and Dec, who met and shot fame for children’s TV drama Byker Grove, which led to an agreement to record three albums, lifted the lid on their careers.
Students listened in delight and asked questions to the duo, who continued to host SMTV Live, CD: UK, Pop Idol and Britain’s Got Talent.
The couple said they are working on ideas for their year-round Saturday night takeaway variety show, the year-round.
“It’s our baby,” Ant said.
“You use different muscles to do live TV on a daily basis.
“And with various Britain’s Got Talent, you have no idea what’s coming next.
“Someone could get around the corner with a wheelbarrow.”
“We feel like we’re the luckiest guys,” Dec.
Asked about their game show Red or Black ?, called the most expensive game show in TV history, which ran for two series in 2011 and 2012, they admitted that viewers ‘fell in love’ with the format.
At the show, developed by BGT CEO Simon Cowell, participants chose the color red or black, and those who choose the correct color became millionaires.
“The audience felt they did not deserve it because they had not answered questions,” they explained.
Their daring new ITV game show Limitless Win features the world’s first unlimited jackpot ever and a money ladder that never ends.
“As long as you stay in the game, you can win an unlimited jackpot,” explained Dec.
“It turns out you can make a show with unlimited amounts of money,” Ant, 45, added about the groundbreaking format.
Asked to give tips to those starting in the industry, December 46, said: “Perseverance. Keep knocking on the door and asking questions.
“Your generation is much more digital and knowledgeable, and you create content for people who are just as tech-savvy as you.”
Ant, who played Peter ‘PJ’ Jenkins in the CBBC teen drama Byker Grove alongside Dec as his best friend on screen Duncan Sperring, said he was shy when he first started on the show that made PJ and Duncan famous names.
“I found it hard to interact especially with other cast members, and it was only when I became friends with December that I got out of my shell,” he recalled.
And Dec remembered: “We just wanted to keep working together. We finished Byker Grove and got a recording contract.
“We didn’t really want to do it, but we had no other offer. We did it in continuation of the TV show.”
Their 1993 single, Tonight I’m Free, which premiered in Byker Grove, was followed by their hit debut album Psyche, which featured the single Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble.
After their second album Top Katz, they were renamed Ant and Dec and after their last album The Cult of Ant & Dec in 1997, the couple ruled out their pop career to concentrate on TV presentation.
“There have been a lot of setbacks in this business and a lot of downturns, and we have a lot of perseverance,” Ant said.
“We’s pretty strong characters, and this business has made us strong.”
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Dec advised the students: “Believe in your inner voice, it is there for a reason. Trust your instincts.”
And Ant added: “We have heard back that we are nice people to work with. Neatness goes a long way.
“Be decent and it pays off.”
And when Dec did a successful show, Dec said, “As hosts, we constantly tell stories to connect with people.
“The viewer wants to be entertained and informed along the way.
“And we let the audience in on our friendship. Most people have a best friend, and when they see us, they see themselves.”
At the end of the program, employers from the media and entertainment industry can get involved in a Prince’s Trust ‘Get Hired’ event on October 27th.
Contact Gethiredinfo@princes-trust.org.uk for more information.