Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

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Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Series 1 - Episode 2



A caption before the end credits says this episode is dedicated to Harry Whitehouse, Paul’s recently deceased father, which could explain why there’s a more subdued tone to his couple of days with Bob Mortimer. That and the fact that Paul has terrible backache.

The pair discuss health, funerals and what they would put on each other’s gravestones (unrepeatable), then stop by for a chat with a vicar about the afterlife. “I’ve done some bad things but I haven’t committed genocide or anything like that,” offers Paul.

When they’re not being reflective, there are joyously funny moments, not least the loving hug that Bob delivers to a display of cake in a farm shop. The fishing goes well, too: they’re trying to catch barbel on the River Wye and if you ever tire of the rest of the programme (unlikely), the aerial shots of the autumn countryside – Herefordshire this week – are drop-dead gorgeous.


Paul and Bob fish for barbel in Hay-on-Wye, and sample the great outdoors in spectacular fashion when Mortimer decides to strip in celebration of their catch. Passing a graveyard, they muse about the future and chat to a local vicar about death and their own funerals. To lighten the mood, back in their wooden fishing cabin, Bob promises Paul a very special treat if they are successful with their angling efforts.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Paul Whitehouse
Contributor Bob Mortimer
Executive Producer Lisa Clark
Series Producer Nicky Waltham