Not sure whether Ant & Dec would do a second series of Takeaway. I assume them presenting BGT Champions ended up being in lieu of the lost Takeaway series contractually. I know they did the tour but that was them doing the same show every night, I’m not sure they’d put together 6 or 7 brand new shows. I know it was two series per year in the mid 2000s but it was 60 minute episodes back then rather than the 90 it is now, so they weren’t producing as much material per series.
A new format for Ant & Dec could be an option though. Not sure what that could be but ITV must be considering something for them to fill some of the holes this Autumn. I think they tried doing a 90 minute IAC at 8.20pm on a Saturday a couple of years ago and the early start hit the ratings slightly. Might be better if they did it every week though.
Does Saturday Night Takeaway actually have more features now it's 90 minutes rather than 60 or are they just each given a bit more time. It certainly seemed pacier in it's earlier run, as much of UK television did.
Good call though about another format - they of course did two series of Red or Black and one or two series of Push the Button, though that might have been during the SNT hiatus. It's been quite a while though since they did a new format for ITV - indeed I think that's part of the reason SNT came back as they were struggling with new hits. I still think they should try reviving You Bet with them.
Think it’s a bit of both. They do have more features per show but they’re also given more time. Not that more time is a bad thing, I don’t think Takeaway has a pace problem and I think sometimes shows can benefit from having a bit more breathing space - see also BGT cutting back from 9 acts to 8 per semi final.
The extension to 90 mins was quite gradual too, it only ever increased by 5 or 10 mins per series. Think it was at 75 mins when it ended in 2009 and came back as 80 when it returned in 2013.
Yes both Red or Black and Push The Button were during the hiatus, although I think Takeaway’s return was announced quite a while before the second Red or Black series aired. You are right about Takeaway coming back because they struggled to find new hits, although it was never properly axed in the first place, unlike Dancing on Ice. Indeed, I think originally it was only going to take one year off, something X Factor might have in mind...
I think they could definitely do with a new format and ITV could do with one out of them. Probably something less time consuming for them than Takeaway and possibly pre-recorded. You Bet could be a good shout, didn’t they do a similar format for one of their ill-fated attempts to break America?