Ant and Dec play hilarious game of social-distancing badminton over the garden wall

Ant and Dec have been playing badminton together, but before you think they have been flouting the lockdown regulations, the famous pair were actually practising social distancing.

The comedy duo took to Instagram on Friday to share a sketch of them playing the sport, filmed from their own gardens, having fun hitting it over the wall and chatting.

Declan Donnelly, 44, was dressed for the role, wearing a bright white tennis outfit complete with headband and pulled up socks.

Ant McPartlin, also 44, looked less professional in a navy blue polo shirt and long navy shorts as well as a pair of blue and white sliders.

As the co-presenters and close friends hit the shuttlecock back and forth they began to realise all might not be what it seemed in the lockdown-inspired sketch.

Dec exclaimed: “This is great. So handy we live on the same street,” as he enthusiastically swung his racket.

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Ant then replied: “You know I moved don’t you?” which caused Dec to respond in shock and then Ant went not to reveal to his sporting opponent that he in fact moved “six miles away" and that he moved “a little while ago.”

Dec then stops playing and says: "Did you? Well who the hell am I playing badminton with?”

The duo then flee the scene in horror as they realise that they are not playing against each other after all.

The video was shared to Ant and Dec’s joint Instagram account, which has 3.9 million followers, alongside the caption: “We wondered why the neighbours complained about the racquet.”

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Their fans were thrilled with the video, with one writing: “This is brilliant!! About time you moved to Ant's new neighbourhood, don't you think, Dec??”

Another wrote: “You both make me laugh a lot”.

Last year, Ant moved to west London away from Dec in Chiswick ending their long run of being neighbours.

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