There had been fears the Saturday night staple, hosted by Ant and Dec, could be cancelled as Britain steps up its fight against the spread of Covid-19.

UK residents were instructed on Friday evening to avoid going out, with pubs, clubs, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres instructed to close.

That will obviously impact shows such as Saturday Night Takeaway, which is filmed before a live audience.

Tonight’s episode is the fifth of seven scheduled and was set to feature Bradley Walsh, presenter of ITV’s The Chase, being pranked by the Geordie duo.

But will it go ahead?

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Screenshot: Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – ITV

Is Saturday Night Takeaway on?

Yes. The show will be broadcast at its usual time of 7 pm and is due to end, as normal, at 8:30.

There will, however, be one significant aspect of it missing.

What have Ant and Dec said?

The pair confirmed the news on Friday’s episode of This Morning, telling their counterparts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langford: “It’s going to be strange, we’re going to do the same as we always do but without an audience! We’ve got loads in the show it’s jam-packed.”

‘We are just gonna see how it goes and bring some smiles to peoples faces.’

What is the Bradley Walsh prank?

The full thing has yet to be revealed, although a teaser was shown the official Saturday Night Takeaway Twitter account on Friday.

In it, the pair test Walsh’s patience by instructing a bin lorry to “make as much noise as possible” whilst collecting waste outside The Chase studios.

This causes the usually jovial 59-year-old to pause his interaction with contestant, Paul, as he queries what the problem is.

Walsh later heads backstage in search of an answer and utters the words “******* hell” while doing so.

Audience or not, it should be worth tuning in for.

If you do happen to miss it, however, it will be available on catch up via the ITV Hub for up to a month, although you will need to register first.