You're not the only one. I too think it would work well as its own show.
Maybe reunite him with Holly?
(Here’s the tweet for anyone who wants to see it)
I don’t watch #SaturdayNightTakeaway I do however know the family that were featured last night. The vile comments on Twitter about someone who was set up with joke accusations by #antanddec are unbelievable. I hope @ITV express support for #MaddyTaylor given the response #BeKind— Martin Lynch (@greenlynchy) March 28, 2021
Well, my idea was that when Takeaway was being "rested" and they did the other shows like Push The Button, it would have seemed a bit embarrassing to bring Takeaway back as it would have looked a bit like an admission of defeat. It's like Graham Norton, when he joined the Beeb he did various other shows like The Bigger Picture which didn't really work, and eventually they just dusted off the old So Graham Norton concept, but they called it The Graham Norton Show to avoid direct comparisons.
And similarly they could have recycled the Takeaway format but called it The Ant and Dec Show or something. But I like the idea of Ant vs Dec as a series, you can do all the things you do on Takeaway with the sketches and the comic crosstalk and the games and the audience participation, but you can theme it all around the idea of the pair of them competing.
This reminds me a bit of when they did a TV show based on Simon Mayo's Confessions, heavens, 25 years ago now, and in the first series there were lots of complaints that they were rewarding people for doing horrible things, because like here the "best" confessor would win prizes. So they toned that down quite a bit for subsequent series. It's not the first time the opening game on Takeaway has been based on someone's embarrassing secrets, but I think it might have fallen flatter than usual here because she didn't seem to be especially remorseful, and also they usually counter that by featuring some nice things they've done as well, so they seem a bit more deserving.
The little touches like the strikethrough on the credits were great. No-one needs to do stuff like this, but the fact they do is nice.
The attention to detail in the programme pushes it to that next level.