TV duo Ant and Dec have admitted that doing live shows has become more tiring now that they are older.

The pair, both 32, return for an eighth series of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway at the weekend – and told the Mirror that it leaves them “exhausted”.

“You really notice the difference between doing a live show when you’re in your 20s to being in your 30s,” Ant said.

“It definitely hits you more,” Dec added. “Even the run down the stairs at the beginning of the show knackers me now!”

The new series is the first since last year’s controversy over TV show phonelines, when it was claimed that viewers were encouraged to call in for a competition which had already closed.

Magician Paul Daniels will be among those turning up on this series.