In­side the Catch: Deck­hands

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, Dis­cov­ery Un­like the Pat­sies in Full Throt­tle Saloon, deck­hands on fish­ing ves­sels in the Bering Sea really do have the tough­est job in the world. This is a one-off spe­cial in a se­ries of them, col­lec­tively known as In­side the Catch. In any other se­ries th­ese would be termed ‘‘ be­hind the scenes’’ episodes. But In­side the Catch doesn’t roll that way. Th­ese are not blooper reels with peo­ple fall­ing about as things go wrong. Other spe­cials un­der the ban­ner have ti­tles such as Best Brawls, Near Death and Rough­est and Tough­est Mo­ments. In­side the Catch pretty much con­sists of typ­i­cally raw and real mo­ments at sea. ‘‘ Deck­hands do the most bru­tal job on the sea in the harsh­est con­di­tions imag­in­able,’’ the nar­ra­tor says tonight. ‘‘ Suc­ceed and you make tons of cash. Fail and you might not go home at all.’’ Yes, peo­ple die. There are mon­strous things here: men get­ting hit hard in the face with huge grap­pling hooks, washed over­board into freez­ing water and trashed by tonnes of water pour­ing down on them from rogue waves. But this is also a story of men work­ing to­gether in a brother­hood of fear­less­ness. Grip­ping stuff.

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