Ant & Dec on the one thing they’d like to be remembered for

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Ant & Dec answer Stylist's existential questions.

5 Minute Philosopher is a weekly series in which Stylist gets profound with people we love. What will the TV presenters make of our existential questions?

What is the meaning of life?

Ant: To feel love and give love – it’s the greatest feeling there is.

Dec: To show kindness and treat others as you would like to be treated.

What is the difference between right and wrong?

Dec: Right is what you should do, wrong is what you really want to do [laughs].

Where is your happy place?

Dec: Newcastle. Once I arrive, my shoulders drop and I feel instantly relaxed.

Ant: Mine is outdoors, with my girlfriend, walking the dogs.

Nature or nurture?

Ant: I do believe that nurture has a great deal to do with how you end up as a human being.

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Is it more important to be liked or respected?

Dec: If one was to trump the other then I’d like to be liked.

Ant: See, I’d say respect. We struggle so much with wanting everybody to like us, we weaken ourselves at times.

If you could be remembered for one thing what would it be?

Dec: Feeding a kangaroo testicle to Joe Swash [both laugh]. No… for making people laugh and forget about their troubles for a while.

Who or what is your greatest love?

Dec: My family, my wife, my child, my dog and Newcastle United – all equally.

Ant: My family, my partner, her girls, our dogs… and Newcastle United.

When did you last lie?

Dec: In the previous question. I actually love Newcastle United more than my wife, but don’t tell her that.

Does the supernatural exist?

Dec: I think there is more to this world than we can possibly fathom. There’s got to be.

Are you fatalistic?

Dec: Yes. I think the two of us meeting was fate.

Ant: In a way, but I think there are many, many paths.

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What is your greatest fear?

Dec: Falling from a height.

Ant: It used to be spiders but we spent so long in Australia that you get used to them.

Animals or babies?

Dec: Animals are great but babies are the most magical thing ever.

Ant: I’m going to go animals so we’ve ticked both boxes. Two days ago, I cried my eyes out at a donkey sanctuary advert on TV, ended up giving some money and now they haven’t stopped calling.

What talent do you yearn for?

Ant: I’d love to be able to play the piano.

Dec: I learnt violin at school and hated it. I wish I’d learnt guitar or piano.

Do you like to be complimented?

Ant: Yeah, course, everybody does.

Dec: I’m not very good at taking compliments, I think people are lying.

Ant recommends William Boyd's Any Human Heart.
Ant recommends William Boyd's Any Human Heart.

Do you have a high pain threshold?

Ant: Yes. I’ve had various operations over the years. I took my own stitches out once.

Dec: I thought I did until my wife decided to squeeze my blackheads. It was the most painful experience I’ve ever had.

What book do you recommend most to others?

Ant: William Boyd, Any Human Heart. It’s a wonderful story of a man’s life; the ups, the downs, the loves, the losses.

Dec: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse by Charlie Mackesy. It’s a beautiful book of philosophy. Get it, take yourself off with a cup of tea and have a little weep.

Dec recommends The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy.

Which lesson has been the hardest to learn?

Ant: That it’s OK to ask for help. I think men especially struggle with that a lot.

Dec: Mine would be: don’t spoil the present by worrying too much about the future.

What food sums up happiness?

Ant: A good roast with all the family.

What have you never understood?

Dec: Long division, still can’t do it.

Ant: Why women carry their handbags like that [holds arm up at right angle with fist raised].

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What is the one thing you want to know before you die?

Dec: How to do long division.

Ant: Why women carry their handbags the way they do [both laugh].

Are you scared of dying or what happens when you die?

Dec: I wouldn’t say I’m scared of it, I am intrigued.

Ant: No, but in the same breath, I love life, so long may that continue.

Quinoa or Quavers?

Dec: Quavers. You forget how good they are until you open another bag.

Ant: And I’m sure there would be a clever way of crunching up Quavers so you could breadcrumb a chicken in them. Get Jamie Oliver on the phone.

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway is on Saturdays on ITV1



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Jenny Tregoning

Jenny Tregoning is deputy production editor and food editor at Stylist, where she combines her love of grammar with lusting over images of food

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