Ant and Dec given £1m each to reprise PJ and Duncan alter egos

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PJ and Duncan get back together for Santander ad credit:Bang Showbiz
PJ and Duncan get back together for Santander ad credit:Bang Showbiz

Ant and Dec have reportedly been given £1 million each to reprise their 'Byker Grove' roles of PJ and Duncan.

The Geordie duo - whose full names are Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly - are said to have been given the bumper paycheck to transform back into their rap alter egos for a Santander ad, The Mirror reports.

The pair were photographed in colorful 90s' baggy attire - complete with snapback hats - riding Santander bikes in London.

The comedians first starred in television commercials for the bank in 2019.

The duo shot to fame on the teen drama series, in which they played Peter 'PJ' Jenkins and Duncan Sperring.

Series five, which aired in 1993, saw PJ and Duncan form a band and sign a record deal.

They released the debut album, 'Psyche', a year later, which featured the hit single 'Let's Get Ready to Rhumble'.

Last year, Ant and Dec paid tribute to the creator of 'Byker Grove' following her death.

Adele Rose sadly died of pneumonia aged 87 on December 28, 2020.

A post on their official Twitter account read: "We are very sad to hear of the passing of Adele Rose, the creator of #BykerGrove. She was an incredible lady and a wonderful writer. We will always be grateful for what she did for us and the North East. Thank you Adele and rest in peace. X (sic)"

As well as writing and creating 'Byker Grove' - a drama set in a youth club in the Byker district of Newcastle - Adele was the first female writer on 'Coronation Street', and she penned more than 400 episodes of the ITV soap.

John Whiston, head of ITV in the North, admitted Adele was "particularly adept" at "giving voice" to some of the iconic female characters in Weatherfield.

He said: "Not only was Adele a trailblazer, being the very first in what is now a long line of brilliant female 'Coronation Street' writers, she was also particularly adept at giving voice to some of Corrie’s classic fearless female characters, from Ena to Elsie, from Bet to Liz.

"If you watched 'Corrie' growing up, then some of the most memorable episodes that are lodged in your mind were written by Adele. And for that the show will always be hugely grateful."

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