Fans of the classic BBC show Byker Grove will get a sense of nostalgia in the new Santander ad, which features Ant & Dec dressed up as their famous characters, PJ & Duncan
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Ant and Dec have moved past their teenage Byke era, reprising their PJ & Duncan roles.
Geordie lovers have worn their baggy clothes and hoods again, 28 years after they first got ready to work in Byker Grove.
The telephonic presenters, now 46, met on the BBC children’s show in 1989 and went on to have a number of pop hits.
When middle-aged PJ & Duncan danced for a kids class in a Santander commercial, Dec said, “There’s no better place to start learning about handling your finances than at school.” He should know.
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The Geordie duo has been a key part of the bank’s television commercials for three years.
The pair played PJ and Duncan until the fifth series, which was recorded in 1993. It was during that series that the two characters formed a band and signed a recording contract. After leaving the show, they signed with a real person and released their successful debut album, ‘Psyche’ still under their Byker Grove pseudonym.
Listens to the record have sold over 300,000 copies in the UK, including ‘Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble’, ‘If I Give You My Number’ and ‘Eternal Love’.
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‘Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble’ was leased back to life for a second time in 2013, while peaking at number one in the UK singles chart after the pair performed it on the food show. their guest, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
Earlier this month, the pair reflected on their “inspirational” drag performance after winning the BAFTA TV award for best entertainment.
Ant morphed into Lady Antoinette for an “impressive” performance on ITV Saturday Night Takeaway in February.
Joined by co-host Dec, who became Miss Donna Lee, the pair were unrecognizable in huge wigs, fake tans and mass makeup.
Speaking after accepting the BAFTA TV award, Dec said the pair were “very touched by how the inspirational people have found it”.
“When we had an idea to do the drag, we wanted to do it the right way, and we wanted to do it right, and we wanted to respect the art form,” he said.
“We didn’t want it to look silly, and we put on some lipstick and eyeshadow, then stepped out in stiletto heels.
“We thought, if we do this, we’ll do it the right way because it’s a real art form and it’s a respected art form.”
He added: “But then we got a lot of messages from people saying how inspirational it was and how it gave people the courage to be who they were. and that’s something we haven’t really served.
“We didn’t really think that would be the case. So it was amazing and surprising, but it was also quite touching and I’m proud and happy that people got so much out of it. “
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/ant--dec-ready-rhumble-27055955 Ant & Dec is ready to play PJ and Duncan as they play iconic Byker roles