Olly Alexander joined Ant and Dec for Saturday Night Takeaway (Picture: ITV)
Fans of Saturday Night Takeaway were left emotional as the show returned, praising it for cheering them up amid the ongoing pandemic.
The return of the much-loved show, hosted by Ant and Dec, represented a small piece of normalcy for many amid the coronavirus pandemic, which was enough to move them to tears.
Despite the show having a slightly different feel to normal as the audience was beamed in virtually rather than being in the studio, Ant and Dec’s heartwarming segments and hilarious capers went down a treat with viewers at home.
They took to Twitter to share their joy at Saturday Night Takeaway’s return, writing: ‘Sat crying at Saturday night takeaway, what has my life come to’.
Others added: ‘Watching Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, it’s pretty heartwarming isn’t it? Lockdown has done mad things’ and ‘Lockdown has acc broken me, why do I keep crying at Ant & Dec Saturday Night Takeaway????? It’s literally supposed to be funny.’
Tears were the order of the day for many, as more tweeted: ‘Does anyone wanna tell me why i cant stop crying at Saturday Night Takeaway… I MISS LIFE’ and ‘Why does @antanddec Saturday Night Takeaway happiest minute always make me cry…..Happy tears. Such wonderful people’.
The first in the current series – which will run for the usual seven episodes – also saw Olly Alexander take on the role of Star Guest Announcer.
The Years & Years and It’s A Sin star, 30, brought an array of outfits for his star turn, and viewers couldn’t get enough of him.
They tweeted: ‘Watching Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway with @alexander_olly as the guest announcer what could be better. Saturday nights are great again.’
Others added: ‘Olly Alexander is looking COMPLETELY fabulous on Saturday Night Takeaway’ and ‘Lovely to see @alexander_olly on Saturday night takeaway after watching him in the fantastic it’s a sin for the past five weeks.’
Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway airs Saturdays from 7pm on ITV.