Universal Orlando Resort will host the live finale of Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, it was revealed in the show’s first broadcast of the series.

The seventh and final episode of the series will be filmed at Universal CityWalk in the Orlando theme park on April 7, and is set to feature stunts, star guests and surprise appearances.

The partnership was announced by the Geordie duo on Saturday in a sequence that featured well-known characters from the Orlando parks, including Minions, The Simpsons and film franchise Madagascar.

Alison Montague, vice president & managing director, sales & marketing, EMEA Universal Parks & Resorts, said: “We’re thrilled that our epic destination, Universal Orlando Resort, is to host this season’s larger-than-life finale with Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

“We believe that together we form the perfect combination for their audience.”

Virgin Holidays has announced plans to charter an aircraft to fly more than 200 winning viewers to be in the audience for the filming of the live show.

Oliver Byers, SVP of global sales and customer loyalty at Virgin Atlantic, said: “We’re thrilled to partner with Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and bring the UK a live show from Universal Orlando Resort.”

The popular ITV show filmed its live finale at fellow Orlando theme park Walt Disney World Resort last year.