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The rise and rise of TV's Geordie duo...

Byline: By Rob Kennedy

Geordie duo Ant and Dec have been propelled into the realms of superstar-dom during one of the most successful years of their career.

The pair have rarely been off our television screens and have been the focal point of many of the top shows over the past 12 months.

From humble beginnings on Byker Grove, Ant and Dec have proved themselves to be among the top presenters on TV at the moment, winning 20 awards in the last two years.

With their own show and a finger in the pie of hit programmes like Pop Idol and I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here, it looks like things can only improve in 2004.

In 2003 their profile was raised by a series of prime-time ITV programmes.

Their show Saturday Night Takeaway went from strength to strength and won them a number of accolades. They also went to the jungle in April to host I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me out of Here.

Ant and Dec's other main gig was fronting Pop Idol as thousands of wannabes took a punt at winning stardom.

In October the duo were also the toast of the National Television Awards for the third year running.

They scooped a hat-trick, just as they did last year, and walked off as the nation's favourite entertainers for the third consecutive time.

And the Newcastle lads were joined on stage by those other cheeky Geordies, Little Ant and Dec, to accept the gong for most popular entertainment programme for Saturday Night Takeaway.

Both looked shocked when they beat off the likes of Graham Norton to be named most popular entertainers.

But the 28-year-olds left it to Phil Tufnell to do the honours when their I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here show won the most popular reality show accolade.

Last year, Ant and Dec won the highest accolade with the special recognition award for their achievement in TV.

Earlier this month their amazing run of success continued when they were named best entertainment personalities at the British Comedy Awards.

Their popular Saturday Night Takeaway landed the gong in the People's Choice category. but they narrowly missed out on a stunning hat-trick when Jonathan Ross beat them to the best comedy entertainment programme.

In April the pair came back to their roots to open The Lodge bar in Newcastle city centre.

They stumped up half the pounds 350,000 refurbishment costs when Ultimate Leisure converted it from the former Jonny Ringos in Mosley Street.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 29, 2003
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