Ant & Dec's new show about their Irish roots AXED due to 'boozy scenes' in West of Ireland pub
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Ant & Dec's new show about their Irish roots AXED due to 'boozy scenes' in West of Ireland pub

A NEW documentary exploring the Irish ancestry of Ant & Dec has been axed by ITV – because it features scenes of the pair boozing in Leitrim.

According to reports, ITV bosses chose to shelve Ant & Dec's DNA Journey after Anthony McPartlin's recent drink-driving charge and subsequent return to rehab.

It's thought that the family tree show, similar to BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, may never be broadcast.

The Geordie duo caused a stir in Ireland last May when they shot scenes for the documentary in Co. Derry, Co. Leitrim and Dublin.

"It’s really touch and go as to whether this show will ever see the light of day now," a source told the Daily Star.

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Both Ant & Dec have considerable ties to Ireland. Pictured right is Dec's Co. Derry mam Anne Donnelly

Declan Donnelly, 42, was born to two Irish parents from Desertmartin in Derry, while McPartlin, also 42, can trace his roots back to Drumkeeran in Leitrim.

The documentary, filmed almost entirely in Ireland, saw Ant & Dec visit Wynne’s Bar and Frank Davitt’s bar in Drumkeeran.

"They were very good craic – they’re two very nice fellas, very ordinary," said local landlady Dessie Wynne at the time.

"We had them in behind the counter and they pulled a few pints."

Dec is preparing to host Saturday Night Takeaway alone for the first time this weekend – although troubled Ant will still appear in a pre-recorded sketch.

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A show insider said there was "some discussion" about whether the series' final two episodes would air.

"But after a lot of soul searching it was decided that the final two episodes should run because viewers have loved the series and want to find out the conclusion in the final two episodes," the source said.

"Obviously it means Ant will still be on the show in some form."