Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is back back back people.
Despite smothering us in warm wit, incredible prizes and even a Gary Barlow musical section, McPartlin and Donnelly's grand return seemed to be plagued by sound issues.
Those tuning in shared their frustrations on Twitter as the premiere episode played out tonight (February 20).
"You can hear Ant or Decs earpiece! It's so annoying!!! Take note producer/director/sound [sic]," claimed one viewer, before a second noted: "Anybody else notice all the background sound on #SNT it's sooo distracting."
"Please fix the awful and annoying audience sound, absolutely ruining this show and wishing they weren't back now if that's going to happen all the way through," raged someone else.
"Anyone else noticed the audience sound, keeps bleeding over! Interference similar to a bad video call !" a fourth added, while another said of the sound issues: "The feedback from the virtual audience is a bit much they definitely need to sort the sound out on that one."
— ☆Clare C☆ (@ClareBear_86) February 20, 2021
The sound on #SaturdayNightTakeaway is awful! Sounds like muffled talking underneath, the mic audio all seem up and down...what’s happening
— Adam Gonthier (@AdamGonthier) February 20, 2021
— Kirsty Deighton (@loubielou88) February 20, 2021
They need to sort their sound out or mute the virtual audience its distracting and annoying. #SaturdayNightTakeaway
— Ash 🏴✌🏻 (@MissAsh_7) February 20, 2021
I get what they were trying to do with the sound from the virtual audience, but the sound delays throws things off #SaturdayNightTakeaway
— 𝗔𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗲 (@andresaidwhat) February 20, 2021
Watching #SaturdayNightTakeaway and having the audience remotely - which I totally get - makes it sound like there’s a tv on in another room. It’s horrible!!! Sort out the audio please!!
— Spencer Carter (@SpencerSCarter) February 20, 2021
— Sarah Freer (@SarahFreer) February 20, 2021
With a virtual audience wall brought in due to social distancing and travel restrictions, Saturday Night Takeaway manages to achieve some form of interactive atmosphere.
However, after such a negative reaction from fans, let's hope this technical problem is quashed by next week.
Upon being contacted by Digital Spy, ITV declined to comment.
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway continues next week (February 27) on ITV.
Digital Spy's digital magazine is back! Check out issue 6 – including an exclusive chat with Ant & Dec – plus all past issues with a 1-month free trial, only on Apple News+.
Interested in Digital Spy's weekly newsletter? Sign up to get it sent straight to your inbox – and don't forget to join our Watch This Facebook Group for daily TV recommendations and discussions with other readers.
You Might Also Like