The origins of ALL-STAR CREOSOTING FENCES, the ITV 1 game show, are lost to the public but are believed to trace back to the August bank holiday in 2006. However, TV historians agree that the programme began with a bet made late on 28th AUgust 2006. Ant McPartlin bet Declan Donnelly a tube of Spangles that they could propose any old rubbish to the commissioning editor of ITV 1 and – for fear of upsetting the jewels in the ITV crown – the programme would be commissioned and broadcast in bank holiday prime time. Declan disagreed thinking that not even the commissioning department of ITV 1 would be so desparate that the channel would broadcast any old rubbish.
Having batted around various ideas – fox hunting with the stars, celebrity kabbadi, pro-celebrity sheep dog trials – the Newcastle United fans remembered that Geordie icon Alan Shearer had celebrated victory in the Premiership while at Blackburn Rovers by creosoting a fence. When they approached Shearer he was keen to be involved and persuaded Ian Wright to head up another team. Using their extensive collection of contacts Ant and Dec persuaded Jimmy Nesbitt, Joe Pasquale, Anthony Worrall Thomson, Carol Thatcher, Jenny Bond, Simon Cowell, Robbie Williams, Cat Deeley, Prince Harry, Brian Dowling, Kate Lawler, Keith Allen, and Jodie Kidd to sign up. The show required the teams to creosote substantial fences in a secret royal southern English location. As an endurance event – to fill the ITV schedules on ITV 1, ITV 2, ITV 4, and ITV Play for a bank holiday weekend the teams creosoted in relays while an interactive phone-in was to run on ITV Play in place of the Rovers Return game and The Mint.
Commissioned the show was broadcast in the 2007 May bank holiday weekend to 7 million ITV 1 viewers and met with an Audience Appreciation Index of 87 according to BARB (although the former Creosote Society was reconstituted in order to object to some of the techniques used by the teams). The show ended with Dec handing Ant a packet of spangles to the bemusement of the ITV1 viewers.