Inside the Catch: Deckhands
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.