For a show that has made slow television so fashionable, the return of Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing to BBC Two on Sunday has sent fans into a polite frenzy.
Season three of the show about two comedians standing in British rivers catching fish then, crucially, returning them, premiered with Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer attempting to catch salmon in the River Tweed in northern England/Scotland.
The chat between the two friends scored high on the Sunday mirth-o-meter, with Mortimer ribbing Whitehouse: “If there is one thing I’d change about you it’s a better skin regime. It’s quite frightening. And ideally you’d dress differently. You don’t seem that bothered about clothes.”
Mortimer’s attempts to cast his fly rod without killing Whitehouse and their guide were particularly amusing – and likely to fall foul of all public liability insurance guidelines.
In awe of the stunning scenery. Shouldn't laugh, but I'm in fits over Bob's attempt to cast, ending up injuring both his fellow boat mates. #Gonefishing
— Avril (@_AvrilH_) August 23, 2020
Whitehouse responded with righteous indignation, reprimanding “young Bob” for his lack of fishing acumen.
Paul’s going to frighten all the fishes away, shouting and cussing at young Bob like that!…. #gonefishing
— © Mr. Chambers ™ (@mr_chambers_) August 23, 2020
Mortimer returned with a gallery of new comedy characters, including “Lynx Silversmith”, “Mystic Wilf” and “Mystic Wendy” the chicken.
— Derek Fun (@hellsbells_mcfc) August 23, 2020
Many Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing fans were happy to see the return of the show simply for its mood-boosting properties.
— dave magee ???? (@DaveLaFaro) August 23, 2020
Mortimer & Whitehouse riffing on jam flavours “takes Sunday evening viewing to a new level,” according to this fan on Twitter.
— Kate (@jokerunning) August 23, 2020
Another commented: “The friendship, the scenery, the music, just delightfully relaxing…”
#gonefishing The friendship, the scenery, the music, just delightfully relaxing…
— Ella Chacha ???????????????? (@elacha123) August 23, 2020
A programme which is full of so much gently humorous observations inspired similarly light-hearted musings, particularly relating Mortimer’s ability to topple over at any moment.
— adam collins (@Collins_Adam1) August 23, 2020
Why does Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing work so well? “It’s essentially 2 blokes standing in a river waffling rubbish but it’s such a beautiful programme with 2 comedy genius’s [sic].”
Why does #GoneFishing work so well? It’s essentially 2 blokes standing in a river waffling rubbish but it’s such a beautiful programme with 2 comedy genius’s
— ????Rach????️???? (@Pink_Flamingo74) August 23, 2020
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing returns to BBC Two next Sunday. Watch seasons 1-2 on BBC iPlayer.
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