Popular UK fishing show back on prime-time TV
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Hit television series, ‘Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing’ – acclaimed for attracting more people into the sport – has begun a third run.
The critically-acclaimed show came about after Paul Whitehouse invited fellow comedian and friend, Bob Mortimer, to go fishing after both had undergone heart surgery.
The content is offbeat and fun with an appreciation of the environment and the health benefits of fishing. The first two series netted regular audiences of 2.2 million, higher than viewing figures for hardcore angling shows, and have been welcomed by an industry desperate to see a catalyst for market growth.
Angling writer, John Bailey, is the fishing advisor to the show. “This BBC 2 series has really taken the nation by storm,” he says. “Hardcore fishing will not make it onto prime-time terrestrial TV and we have to realise that.
“It sucks in a much wider audience than you would expect for a fishing-only programme. At last, people who do not fish can see why we do it and love it.
“Bob is improving year upon year and Paul is a cracking angler and enjoys everything that swims. That is the key to the series – a real passion for the sport that is reflected in everything they do.
“Fishing has soared in popularity since the lockdown and in that regard this new series is timed exactly right. Hopefully the great Sunday night spot will draw more anglers and families on to the water.”
Lifelong angler Whitehouse said: “As always, it was fun spending time with a stocky northerner saying inept things. We try to make the programmes as believable as possible, so we don’t script anything and just get on with it.
“We hope there could be a fourth series. The BBC are talking about one.”
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing is on BBC 2 on Sundays at 8pm, with repeats every Thursday at 11.30pm on the same channel.