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This is the REAL reason why Ant and Dec were in Ireland – and it’s nothing to do with BGT

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Ant and Dec surprised the people of Ireland last week, as they showed up at some pretty random locations – including Maynooth University, Leitrim and Northern Ireland.

Although the pair were said to be on Irish soil filming for Britain’s Got Talent, it has now been revealed that the presenting duo were in Ireland to trace where they came from in an ITV special called Ant and Dec’s DNA Journey.

According to Independent.ie, the TV stars, who hail from Newcastle, will trace their ancestors in the programme using DNA science and technology – and their journey will be chronicled in a 90-minute special on ITV.

The pair will be joined by several members of their families along the way, and will even connect with distant relatives for the very first time in “a modern biography that will give a unique and unseen insight into their lives”, and “leave viewers absolutely gobsmacked”.

Speaking about the special, Ant and Dec said, “Tracing our ancestors using pioneering DNA methods has been a fascinating and emotional process so far.
Ant and Dec continue mystery tour of the country with a visit to Northern Ireland.

“We have discovered some amazing things which have shocked and surprised us and we still have hundreds of years to uncover! We are looking forward to sharing our journey with the audience.”

Siobhan Greene, ITV Head of Entertainment Commissioning, said, “Ant and Dec’s DNA Journey is going to have the audience on the edge of their seats. Following the lads like we have never seen them before and with some twists and turns and parallels to each other’s histories, this 90 minute film will leave viewers absolutely gobsmacked.

“And by Ant and Dec revealing their own personal family history we hope the audience at home will be inspired to wonder about their own.”

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