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Summary

Ant: as the old Chinese proverb says, 'Good things come in pairs.'

Dec: and as another Chinese proverb says, 'If you've been in a double act with your best mate for 30 years, why not write a book about all your most memorable moments in three decades of showbusiness?'

Ant: less catchy that one, isn't it?

Dec: but no less true. And after three decades together, we've written that book. Covering everything from a pirate radio storyline in Byker Grove through to the biggest shows on telly, this is our story.

Ant: thirty years, eh? Amazing.

Dec: absolutely. Especially when you consider we are both still 27 years old.

Ant and Dec hold a special place in the hearts of TV viewers everywhere. This is their epic story, with never-before-seen photography and the very best tales from their 30 years in TV.

From their modest beginnings in Byker Grove through to their 'unique' time as pop stars and an award-laden TV career, those three decades have flown by in the blink of an eye. They've also featured an incredible cast of supporting characters, including their first scriptwriter - (an unknown comedian called David Walliams), Saturday night fun and games with countless Hollywood A-listers and celebrities they torture - sorry, work with - every year in the jungle. Told through the lens of every TV show they've made, as well as everything they've learnt along the way, this is the riotously funny journey of two ordinary lads from Newcastle who went on to achieve extraordinary things.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Ant McPartlin & Dec Donnelly (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Aw Ant & Dec Made My Day

After being out for lunch yesterday, I was feeling shattered (I have ME and Fibromyalgia) so today I decide to spend the day in bed with Ant & Dec.

Listening to Once Upon A Tyne makes you feel the lads are really just chatting to you and you only, telling you about their life and times of grown up together in the entertainment industry, I think mainly because they are not just read their book they actually speak off the cuff, elaborating on the story they are telling at the time, with Ant’s comedy timing and Dec’s hearty laugh, this audiobook brought me laugh out loud moments and tears to my eyes with heart felt emotional words between them both.

I only buy biographies and I can honestly say this is the best one I’ve listened to so far and I’ve bought over 30. I read their first book when I was at a point in my life when I could actually focus and read a physical book, What A Lovely Pair, for all I read it I could hear the boys speaking, it was my favourite book for many years.

This audiobook is just brilliant, the PDF photo book to accompany the storytelling is a wonderful touch and the nice surprising at the end of them reading this superbly written book is what really made me laugh.

So thank you Ant & Dec for brightening up my day.

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Classic Ant & Dec but little substance

This book is performed with real charisma and friendship that only Ant & Dec can give provide.

This book is about the shows that they have worked on SMTV, pop idol, BGT, I’m a celeb and their pop career.

Do not expect much in the way of personal lives or real drama tho which is a shame. I would like to hear more about their personal lives or a real level.

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No real insights , no honest reflections just an attempt to suck more money from the British public

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Vanilla!

I was really hoping for more. I appreciate A & D don't have to air their private lives, but really this was too boring for words. It reads more like a CV than a novel.

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brilliantly funny

So glad I downloaded this on Audible and didn't buy book. Having the pair of them tell their story in a way only this pair of cheeky chaps could, made it so much more enjoyable and real. Listening to their banter and hearing them laughing and giggle their way through it made it all the more enjoyable. I had a few good belly laughs too. If you're and Ant and Dec fan, I highly recommneded you download this on Audible..

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Brilliant

Like everything they do, this is an honest , heartwarming, hilarious and genuine insight into 2 best mates, done well.

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Laugh out loud xx

Pure Ant n Dec magic, listening to them was, as always great entertainment, only paused when laughing so much I couldn't concentrate. Highly recommended read. xx

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Born to be best friends

I've liked and followed Ant and Dec since SMTV and I've read an actual hard back book on their life, but this audio book was fantastic. For the last few years I've been looking out on audible for the Ant and Dec story, in their own words, and this one does not disappoint. It's funny and informative and even better that it's the two of them narrating it.

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Like eavesdropping on two friends!

I loved hearing the audible version as it was just like I was overhearing two old friends have a good chat about everything they have done together. Crazy to think that I have grown up watching you both and now watch you with my kids! my favourite part was definitely the bloopers 🤣

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Money maker, but no real insight into ant and dec

Ok so I am as big a fan of ant and dec as anyone. I am of an age to admit to even liking Pj and Duncan back in the day. But this book does not cut the mustard for me. It is a professional memoir; it will not offer you any real insight into the real people. If you enjoy the “witty” interaction between them, and are ok with that being all this book has to offer, then it is for you. Also the glowing recommendations by people such as Simon cowell David Walliams and Cat Deeley becomes nauseating, and really didn’t offer much other than a little sick in my mouth. Everything was how much they love each other, all the crew... presenters blah blah blah. Think this book should really have delivered, instead it’s a pat on their own shoulders, it’s extremely mediocre.

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  • 23-10-20

PERFECTION

This book is amazing from start to finish! The only thing more enjoyable then the actual book is to hear Ant and Dec record the audio! Absolutely brilliant!!!!

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  • 23-09-20

Fun and entertaining

Absolutely enjoyed this great book.
Put a smile on my face and made me laugh - A LOT! 😁

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  • 12-09-20

amazing journey!

when listening it's a great sense of their mentality and personality it feels like they are in the room with you, two friends going on about crazy stories and history. It has been an incredible book to listen to. and probably the closest thing you can get to having them in your room. thanks for the share guys ❤

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  • 06-09-20

The only way to read an Ant and Dec book

American here! I’ve been a huge fan of Ant and Dec for a while and when I heard they were releasing this book, I knew the only way to “read” it would be to listen to it. Their friendship and professional relationship is so apparent in their reading of the book, and it felt much more like being in on a chat with them. Loved hearing about their journey together and look forward to 30 more years to come.

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  • JB THREAT
  • 04-09-20

This Yankee is loving this...

I've been a big fan of Ant & Dec since I went to London in the 90s...and this book is amazing...too bad the physical book can't be in The US till March 2021...this will get me through...