Once Upon A Tyne: Celebrating 30 Years Together on Telly
Ant & Dec celebrate a very special anniversary in entertainment with a brand new book!
October 2020 marked a whopping 30 years since the boys first appeared on screen in Byker Grove as PJ & Duncan, and began their career as a TV duo.
To celebrate, they released new book, ONCE UPON A TYNE: Celebrating 30 Years Together on Telly
The book looks back on their three amazing decades in the spotlight, with Ant & Dec sharing behind-the-scenes stories of their TV shows alongside never-before-seen photos.
From their modest beginnings in Byker Grove through to their ‘unique’ time as pop stars and an award-laden TV career, 30 years have flown by!
Told through the lens of every TV show they’ve made, and including everything they’ve learnt along the way, this book charts the journey of two ordinary lads from Newcastle who went on to achieve extraordinary things.
“If you had told the 14-year-old us that we’d still be working together on some of the biggest TV shows in the world, we’d have laughed you out of Byker Grove,” Ant says.
“It would have been too much for our tiny minds to comprehend, but here we are still together and still having more fun than anyone really should be having at work.
“We also wanted to take this opportunity to stop and look back, so that we can look forward at what the next 30 years may hold and what our renewed ambitions will be. It is our way of giving people more than just what they see on TV, lifting back the curtain on our career so far and sharing the moments and stories that still make us smile.”“It took us by surprise that we’d been together for 30 years!” Dec adds “It has gone by in a flash. When we realised, we began to reminisce and made ourselves laugh at some of the stories we remembered (we are admittedly our own best audience!).
“We thought it would be a shame to waste this period of reflection and set about writing a book to mark the anniversary. It has, until now involved a lot of tea (green for me, builders for Ant), chocolate biscuits and laughter.
“In this final period of writing it is mostly video calls with dogs on our knees, but still trying to make each other laugh – which in essence is what we’ve spent the last 30 years doing!”
ONCE UPON A TYNE: Celebrating 30 Years Together on Telly is published by Sphere (Little, Brown Book Group).
YOU CAN ORDER THE BOOK HERE.