Takeaway announces guests for first episode without Ant

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Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway has announced the guests for Declan Donnelly's first episode presenting solo.

While the popular variety show has been pulled from TV schedules this weekend, the March 31 episode during Easter Weekend will see Dec joined by Stephen Merchant and Paloma Faith.

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Merchant takes on the duties of the Star Guest Announcer. Faith will be on stage for the End of the Show Show.

Stephen Mulhern's 'In for a Penny, In for a Grand' has also been confirmed for that episode, while The Script will be participating during the 'Singalong Live!' segment.

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On Wednesday (March 21), Dec and ITV announced that Saturday Night Takeawaywould be back for the last two episodes of the series – March 31 and April 7 – with the finale being held at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida as originally planned.

Ant McPartlin, however, is unlikely to be on screen as he is currently in rehab after his Mini was said to have been involved in a collision with two other cars in London.

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"Whilst I never thought I'd be in this position, after much discussion and careful consideration we've decided that the remaining two shows of this series of Saturday Night Takeaway will go ahead," Dec said.

"We made a promise to take hundreds of deserving winners to Florida to watch the series finale, and we will honour that.

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"Everyone at ITV and the Takeaway team feels we owe it to the audience to complete the series."

Saturday Night Takeaway is off screens this weekend and will be replaced with The Voice UK in the usual 7pm timeslot. A repeat of Through the Keyhole will follow at 9pm.

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