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Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

  • 2020
  • Season 3
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • Education

Summary

Series three launches with Paul and Bob fishing for salmon in the River Tweed, and ends with them seeking out chub on the river Wye.

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Episode 5: Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Summary

Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer go fishing for crucian carp in Wiltshire, a notoriously elusive fish that is usually only sighted at either dusk or dawn. They spend the night in a deconsecrated church, where Paul shares a new song that he is working on, while Bob brings a new fishing chair to the river that Paul does not approve of

Review

In the best of these programmes, very little goes on. It’s a bit like the famous review of Waiting for Godot as “a play in which nothing happens – twice”. Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer while away the time and catch fish, or don’t, swapping featherweight repartee. You sometimes get the feeling they can’t quite believe a half-hour programme will be spun from their musings.

But it always is, beautifully, and this week it’s woven around a visit to some lakes in Wiltshire where they hope (don’t hold your breath) to catch carp. Dragonflies bob in the sunlight; a goose and her chicks float by (“Ryan Gosling and co”); and Bob does a wonderful Take That impression. It’s delightful and daft, the kind of television that unaccountably leaves you, after it has finished, in a slightly better mood.

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Details

Released on
2020-09-20
Languages
English
Formats
Colour

Credits

Crew

rolename
UnknownPaul Whitehouse
UnknownBob Mortimer
Executive producerMax Gogarty
Executive producerLisa Clark
Series producerStephanie Fyfe
DirectorRobert Gill
EditorDoug Bryson

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  • Summary

    Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer go fishing for crucian carp in Wiltshire, a notoriously elusive fish that is usually only sighted at either dusk or dawn. They spend the night in a deconsecrated church, where Paul shares a new song that he is working on, while Bob brings a new fishing chair to the river that Paul does not approve of

    Review

    In the best of these programmes, very little goes on. It’s a bit like the famous review of Waiting for Godot as “a play in which nothing happens – twice”. Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer while away the time and catch fish, or don’t, swapping featherweight repartee. You sometimes get the feeling they can’t quite believe a half-hour programme will be spun from their musings.

    But it always is, beautifully, and this week it’s woven around a visit to some lakes in Wiltshire where they hope (don’t hold your breath) to catch carp. Dragonflies bob in the sunlight; a goose and her chicks float by (“Ryan Gosling and co”); and Bob does a wonderful Take That impression. It’s delightful and daft, the kind of television that unaccountably leaves you, after it has finished, in a slightly better mood.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

    Details

    Released on
    2020-09-20
    Languages
    English
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    UnknownPaul Whitehouse
    UnknownBob Mortimer
    Executive producerMax Gogarty
    Executive producerLisa Clark
    Series producerStephanie Fyfe
    DirectorRobert Gill
    EditorDoug Bryson
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