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Cat Deeley in talks to return to primetime TV with new game show

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 13/10/2020 Joanna Crawley For Mailonline
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She's made a return home to the UK after years working in Los Angeles.

And Cat Deeley is working hard on her UK TV comeback, with a new report claiming she's in line to present a new gameshow for ITV.

The Sun report that Cat, 43, is in advanced talks with the channel and has already recorded a pilot episode in a bid to impress bosses.  

Cat Deeley smiling for the camera: She's back! Cat Deeley is working hard on her big TV return, with a new report claiming she's in line to present a new gameshow for ITV © Provided by Daily Mail She's back! Cat Deeley is working hard on her big TV return, with a new report claiming she's in line to present a new gameshow for ITV

An insider said: 'Cat is a huge name and found fame on ITV so to welcome her back would be a real coup for the channel.

'She was approached to front a new gameshow. It's a big-money game and is a totally new concept that's not been seen before.

'Cat filmed the pilot on Saturday and it was a really successful day. If the pilot is given the green light, the dream is to get Cat signed up as the host and launch it as a series.'

The insider added that Cat's team are working behind the scenes to negotiate a deal but the talks are still ongoing.    

Anthony McPartlin, Cat Deeley, Declan Donnelly posing for the camera: Iconic: Since returning to the UK Cat has been busy filming a special reunion show for her Saturday morning ITV series SMTV with Ant and Dec © Provided by Daily Mail Iconic: Since returning to the UK Cat has been busy filming a special reunion show for her Saturday morning ITV series SMTV with Ant and Dec

Since returning to the UK from LA earlier this year Cat has been busy filming a special reunion show for her Saturday morning ITV series SMTV with Ant and Dec, which they starred on from 1998 until 2002. 

Cat joined Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly to share a first look at their SM:TV reunion programme last month 18 years after they originally left the show. 

The TV presenter, 43, uploaded an Instagram snap of herself sitting in between her co-stars Ant, 44, and Dec, 45, in a recreation of the iconic studio, alongside the caption: 'SMTV reunion @antanddec ......All those in favor say “I “.....'. (sic)

text: 'All those in favour, say I!' Cat Deeley joined Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly to share a first look at their SM:TV reunion programme last month, 18 years after they originally left the show © Provided by Daily Mail 'All those in favour, say I!' Cat Deeley joined Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly to share a first look at their SM:TV reunion programme last month, 18 years after they originally left the show

Cat also posted a throwback image of the group hosting the show in 1998, with the accompanying caption: 'Those were the days ...' (sic).


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The blonde beauty teased details of the upcoming spin-off on This Morning as she said earlier in the month: 'We shot a documentary and we talked about all different things, how we first got together how we first met each other, all the things that went wrong in the show.

'It was at a time of our lives when we didn't have many responsibilities really, it went quite badly at the beginning, but we turned it around, we found our feet. We found the chemistry between us.' 

Anthony McPartlin, Cat Deeley, Declan Donnelly posing for the camera: Sweet! 'We all have a bit of a cry, we take the mickey out of each other, it's very, very, very cute' said Cat of the reunion show (pictured in 1998) © Provided by Daily Mail Sweet! 'We all have a bit of a cry, we take the mickey out of each other, it's very, very, very cute' said Cat of the reunion show (pictured in 1998) graphical user interface, text, application: 'Those were the days': The TV presenter, 43, also posted a throwback image of the group hosting the show in 1998 © Provided by Daily Mail 'Those were the days': The TV presenter, 43, also posted a throwback image of the group hosting the show in 1998

The host also The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X that the series will be aired at the end of the year.

'I can confirm… yes.' Cat teased, when asked about it by Chris on the air. 'We have filmed a documentary, it's going to be aired at the end of the year.

'We went back to the studio where we did it. They rebuilt the set. We all cried. I walked in and [Ant & Dec] were doing their interview and Dec was crying and I was like 'ok you're crying!' and then at the end of my interview I was like [sobs] 'waaah!'

'We all have a bit of a cry, we take the mickey out of each other, it's very, very, very cute.'

Anthony McPartlin, Cat Deeley, Declan Donnelly posing for the camera: Trip down memory lane: The broadcaster starred on the hit show alongside the dynamic duo from 1998 (pictured) until 2002 © Provided by Daily Mail Trip down memory lane: The broadcaster starred on the hit show alongside the dynamic duo from 1998 (pictured) until 2002

SM:TV Live ran for more than 270 episodes from 1998 to 2003 with Ant and Dec at the helm for the first three years.

It was then hosted by Steps stars Ian 'H' Watkins, 44, and Claire Richards, 42, between 2002 to 2003. 

TV star Cat moved Stateside 14 years ago to focus on her career with husband Patrick Kielty, with whom she has two sons, Milo, four and James, two, but recently returned to the UK full-time after putting their £4m LA home up for sale.  

Since 2006, the media personality has presented the competition show So You Think You Can Dance in the US, and has been nominated for five Primetime Emmys.  

Anthony McPartlin, Cat Deeley, Declan Donnelly posing for the camera: They're back! The group sent fans wild when they posed for a cheery image to promote the blonde's new children's book The Joy In You earlier this month © Provided by Daily Mail They're back! The group sent fans wild when they posed for a cheery image to promote the blonde's new children's book The Joy In You earlier this month Read more
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