Spain is to be the first country to show its own version of hit ITV show Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.
Spain is to be the first country to show its own version of hit ITV show Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

Granada International announced at the Monte Carlo TV Festival last week that it has sold the format of the light entertainment show to Spanish production company Videomedia. It has secured a 16 x 120-minute primetime commission from broadcaster Antena Tres.

Two young brothers will fill the shoes of Ant and Dec and will be supported by an older, established host when the live show begins airing in a weekly Thursday slot from later this month.

The Spanish version will include most of the segments that make up the UK show, including Win the Breakwhere viewers phone in to win the value of items shown during the commercial break.

The move follows a licensing deal with TeVe Company, which will make a Flemish-language version of the show for VTM Belgium. Two brothers will again replace Ant and Dec when it begins broadcasting in early 2005.

Both countries will hope to emulate the success of the UK show, which averaged 7.6 million viewers over the second series and a 34% share and the recent third series performed slightly better.