Then there was one where they said it was “the end of PJ and Duncan” and had all these tribute features as if they were retiring from television, only to explain afterwards that they simply meant that they were retiring the PJ and Duncan names and would permanently be known as Ant and Dec from now on - a change that also happened in their musical career about the same time.
I'm sorry to say, due to my extensive knowledge of the musical ouevre of Ant and Dec, that was actually The Ant and Dec Show, because they retired the names in the spring of 1996 when they were still on the Beeb. I remember Peter Simon, who was a regular guest on the Beeb incarnation, hosting the tribute.
I watched Unzipped every week, but I can't remember much about it now. One of the writers was Eddie Braben, the famous Morecambe and Wise writer, who they'd suggested getting involved, and I remember Ant saying he sent some brilliant stuff, but some of it was so bizarre even Reeves and Mortimer would have had second thoughts about it.
Unfortunately they fell foul of a big change at C4 in 1997, when Michael Grade and most of the commissioners departed as well, so everyone who hired them had left and the new people weren't particularly interested in them, so that was the end of it. Everyone forgets they were really down the toilet when SMTV started, it was a last throw of the dice for them, as they hadn't any TV work and their music career had come to an end as well. Shout is a bloody great record, BTW.
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