Birmingham got a huge shout out on Saturday Night Takeaway tonight – by none other than homegrown Cat Deeley.
Cat was a special guest on the show, returning to the telly with her pals Ant and Dec.
Cat was born in West Bromwich and grew up in Great Barr – she went to Grove Vale Junior School and Dartmouth High School – and later Bishop Vesey’s in Sutton Coldfield.
And she couldn’t resist bigging up her hometown on the hugely popular ITV show.
The trio were starring in a special new episode of Chums – the favourite SMTV Live sketch where the gang ripped off Friends and got celebrity guests in on the antics.
As Ant tried to secretly marry Cat and Dec, he whispered the vows under his breath and asked: « Dec, do you or do you not fancy a cup of tea? »
Dec kept the joke going, replying: « I doooo…not fancy a cup of tea right now. »
He then turned his attentions on Cat, asking: « Cat, do you still enjoy your hobby of painting? »
She replied: « I do…occasionally but that’s about it really. In fact I might go do one of my watercolours now. You know what I’m going to paint? The beautiful Birmingham Bullring! »
Cat Deeley has previously talked about her idyllic childhood in Birmingham, catching newts and rescuing hedgehogs.
She says that growing up in Great Barr was like being part of the Famous Five by Enid Blyton.
The former model – who was spotted at the Clothes Show in Birmingham aged 16 – used to live on Pear Tree Drive in Great Barr.
She said: “I was really lucky when I was growing up that we used to go on adventures all the time. Essentially my childhood was like the Famous Five.
“I come from a place that’s not countryside, it’s not really very pretty. Along Pear Tree Drive were houses with long gardens that went down to a stream down the bottom. Because all the kids were about the same age, all our parents built gates between the gardens.
“Paul and Helen used to live across the stream and their granddad built a bridge. We’d put our wellies on and go down to the stream and catch newts and frogs.
“Each different family would do a different holiday like Christmas and New Year’s Eves. Ours was always Bonfire Night. Fireworks and hot dogs and a bonfire and a guy, all that business.”
Viewers were delighted to see Cat Deeley back with Ant and Dec after 20 years.
Cat has returned to the UK from Los Angeles where she hosted the TV show So You Think You Can Dance.
She is married to comedian Patrick Kielty and they have a son, Milo.