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Last Updated: Friday, 11 July, 2003, 16:32 GMT 17:32 UK
Ant and Dec set for US screens
Ant and Dec
Ant and Dec are among TV's most popular presenters
TV duo Ant and Dec could be heading on to US screens - if they can clear time in their busy schedules.

The pair are being lined up to present a US version of their hit show Saturday Night Takeaway, with the Fox channel keen to keep the British hosts on board.

But Granada Television, which produced the primetime series, admitted the presenters would probably have to soften their broad accents for US viewers.

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have become two of Britain's most bankable TV stars, winning a number of awards.

Now they are working with UK TV bosses to clear space for them to go to America to allow them to host a US version of the series, which sees contestants compete to win prizes from products featured in ad breaks.

They are already contracted to host Pop Idol 2 as well as another I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here series and Saturday Night Takeaway.

Time pressure

Granada's director of entertainment, Paul Jackson, said: "Fox want to buy the format and we would have done the deal already except that they want Ant and Dec to do it.

"That's difficult because of the time pressure here."

But he added: "We believe there is some time in the diary to do Takeaway in the US."

Mr Jackson said McPartlin and Donnelly would not have a problem softening their accents slightly because they were actors, having started out in children's TV series Byker Grove.

But he said it was unlikely the boys would disappear for good to the US because "they're homeboys".

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