The nation’s favourite presenting duo are reuniting for an upcoming two-episode special for ITV called Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey.
Ant McPartlin , 43, and Declan Donnelly , 44, will investigate their ancestral history, while expert genealogists and historians will explore the maternal and paternal bloodlines of the popular double act.
The Who Do You Think You Are? styled series is set to uncover shocking revelations about the duo’s past and it appears that one of them may be following in the footsteps of Danny Dyer with an apparent royal connection.
Along with travelling across Ireland and the US, Ant and Dec will meet new relatives for the first time.
Among these discoveries is one of their great grandfathers who is a celebrated war hero, while one meets a DNA cousin who is a former US female wrestling promoter.
One particularly shocking discovery is when one of them finds out they have a relative whose bones were deemed ‘of historical importance’.
The stories behind Ant and Dec’s ancestors will be shown in a personalised documentary, filled with the duo’s trademark sense of humour.
Treating fans and viewers to a personal glimpse into their remarkable friendship, the sweet documentary is highly-anticipated.
Discussing the upcoming programme, Ant said: “I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to historical events, so to get the chance to research our family history using our DNA was too good an opportunity to pass up.”
“What we find out is mind-blowing and nothing either of us could ever have imagined. It’s something that will stay with us both forever.”
Dec said: “A huge part of this was to find out my heritage, especially on my dad’s side.”
“I always thought I knew a fair bit about where I came from but it turns out I was wrong! Whilst it was incredible to find out about the past, what was hugely overwhelming was to meet relatives neither of us knew we had. It was a truly amazing experience.”
The presenting pair took to Twitter to announce the news of their ITV show on Wednesday. They shared: “Filming this was just incredible…finding out about our pasts and meeting relatives we never knew we had.”
“An amazing experience that will stay with us forever. Minds blown. Coming soon!”
The duo’s attempt to unlock secrets of the past comes as McPartlin prepares to return to work on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! after taking a break from the show following his arrest for drink-driving in March 2018.
Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey will air on ITV later this year.