Ant McPartlin, Declan Donnelly and Cat Deeley have reunited for a festive treat: The Story of SM:TV Live.
The trio left the Children’s show 19 years ago, but such was the popularity of it they are bringing it back, sort of, for a one-off look-back over the hugely popular magazine.
From Wonkey Donkey and Chums to the PokéRap and Dec Says, we’ll take a trip down memory lane and laugh at some of the funniest moments ever.
Here’s everything you need to know about ITV’s upcoming The Story of SM:TV Live.
When will the SM:TV Live special air?
Ant and Dec confirmed they’d filmed the special back in September and now we finally know when it will air.
The Story of SM:TV Live will air twice over the Christmas period, once, on Boxing Day at 9.25am (just like the good old days!) and again on Sunday 27th December at 8pm.
What will happen in the SM:TV Live special?
During the special, the three hosts will be reuniting once again on a recreation of the SM:TV Live set to scour the late ’90’s archives for the show’s best bits from their three year run.
Speaking to Lorraine in November, Deeley revealed that they went back to the studio in which SM:TV was filmed and said: “We sat down on the couch together and instantaneously the chemistry was still there, and we made each other laugh and we made each other cry.”
While, a month earlier, Ant and Dec shared a first-look of the reunion, alongside a picture of the three hosts back when the show was on ITV.
“Excited? #reunion,” they captioned the side-by-side pictures.
— antanddec (@antanddec) September 29, 2020
As for celebrity guests, Steps’ Claire Richards and Ian ‘H’ Watkins, who hosted the show alongside Tess Daly at one point, told Heatworld in September that they’re also involved in the documentary.
“It’s not a reunion, it’s a documentary. It’s not an actual SM:TV show,” Claire said, with H adding: “It’s more of a ‘we love SM:TV’ thing; a trip down memory lane.”
Who presented SM: TV Live?
ITV’s SM:TV Live saw many different presenters over the five years it ran, with Ant & Dec and Cat Deeley hosting the first series until 2001, when Tess Daly and Hollyoaks actor James Redmond took over.
Over the years, Steps members Ian ‘H’ Watkins and Claire Richards presented the kids’ show, as did Big Brother’s Brian Dowling, comedian Des Clarke, presenter Shavaughn Ruakere and In for a Penny’s Stephen Mulhern.
The Story of SM:TV Live will air on ITV on Boxing Day. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our TV Guide.