Ant and Dec forced to halt show after ITV Saturday Night Takeaway ‘full of errors’

Ant and Dec were forced to halt Saturday Night Takeaway as viewers noticed several technical issues hitting the family entertainment show. The much-loved ITV show returned to ITV tonight (March 26) after being pulled last week for the Six Nations rugby.

And fans were ‘tickled’ as it featured a number of blunders including cutting to the wrong family home when showing the Happiest Minute of the Week segment. In this segment the hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly celebrate people who have done extraordinary things and give away free holidays.

Viewers also saw tennis balls going ‘AWOL’ in the studio and the hosts were playing a game of Read My Lips with guest announcer Anna Maxwell Martin when they were forced to halt the show and re-start the game.

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The game featured members of the public reading out a list of famous TV shows via a video link to the Line of Duty star in the studio, wearing headphones so she couldn’t hear them. When the third player came on, instead of TV shows such as Anna’s Line of Duty, she mouthed the names of foods including nachos and biriyani.

The two presenters stepped in and called for her to stop and it was explained that she had been given the wrong list.

During the Happiest Minute of the Week the camera cut to the wrong household. The mix-up saw a family looked baffled and not celebrating before cutting to another living room where the family jumped up and down with excitement.

The Read My Lips segment had to be stopped

Dec said: “In Lancashire, we’re coming to you – Robert and Donna Rowland! Hi Robert and Donna.”

And he continued: “Your son Adam and his wife Sarah are in the armed forces and are deployed all over the world so you’re always stepping in to take care of your granddaughter Penny.”

The show then re-joined the previous family as they told how mum Melissa Grant had saved her children when their car suddenly caught on fire with them all inside.

@livxgracee tweeted: “No way did they show the wrong family.”

@MattHaze commented: “So many technical screw ups tonight, which (amazingly!) rarely happens. Did someone spill some coffee on the board or something? #SaturdayNightTakeaway.”

@JJ1305X chuckled: “I mean could anything else go wrong. Absolutely tickling me.”

Mr Al said: “SaturdayNightTakeaway they’re having a bit of a mare this week! Shopping lists and cutting to the wrong bloody house!”

The camera cut to the wrong house

@TheTrevorDurham said: “Oops, tonight’s #SaturdayNightTakeaway is full of errors so far.

“Wrong clues in Read My Lips, after not checking the height of Anna’s chair, and now cutting away to the wrong home in Happiest Minute of the Week. Oops!!

@Wendy0 said: “What with nachos lady and now did the happiest minute cut to the wrong house then?! It swapped couples! Think they’re having technical issues tonight lol.”

@CD0355 tweeted: “#SaturdayNightTakeaway is giving me anxiety. Wrong words, tennis balls going awol and segments lasting all of 2 minutes.”

But @UrskaLouisa said: “Live TV is funnier with all the mistakes #SaturdayNightTakeaway.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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