Film­ing be­gins on new episodes to build on suc­cess

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK - BEN MILES News ed­i­tor

KORDA’S new TV show Monster Carp has been hailed a huge suc­cess among the na­tion’s an­glers.

Tonight the fi­nal episode of the four-show se­ries will be screened on ITV 4 and its cre­ators have al­ready said that the re­ac­tion to Monster Carp has been ‘be­yond their wildest dreams’. On that ba­sis, film­ing for the sec­ond se­ries has al­ready be­gun.

In re­cent weeks se­ries pro­ducer and pre­sen­ter Ali Hamidi has been joined on screen by Korda boss Danny Fair­brass as well as top an­glers Dar­rell Peck, Tom Dove and Neil Spooner. The team’s world­wide ad­ven­tures have al­ready seen them visit awe-in­spir­ing venues in Ja­pan, Hun­gary and Italy to do bat­tle with huge spec­i­mens.

It’s th­ese cap­tures, cou­pled with the friend­ship and ca­ma­raderie be­tween the pas­sion­ate an­glers, that will no doubt see tonight’s episode in the in­cred­i­ble lakes of the Aus­trian Alps con­tinue to pro­duce five-star re­views.

“The re­sponse from the fish­ing in­dus­try has been be­yond our wildest dreams,” Ali told An­gling Times.

“We are so proud and happy that peo­ple are lov­ing the se­ries as much as they are, and we’ve learnt so much dur­ing the process of mak­ing it.

“Film­ing for se­ries two has al­ready be­gun, and the aim is to evolve and de­velop so that it goes from strength to strength.

“The sup­port we’re re­ceiv­ing is prov­ing to ITV just how pow­er­ful coarse fish­ing is and how it de­serves to be on main­stream TV.”

Foot­ball star and keen carp an­gler Bobby Zamora is a huge fan of Monster Carp, and he added: “It’s great to see a carp show on prime-time TV.

“The show pro­vides great all-round en­ter­tain­ment, the venues they visit are dif­fer­ent to what you might ex­pect, and it’s al­ways a gig­gle watch­ing the boys have a laugh on the bank, just like we all do.”

Monster Carp has re­ceived rave re­views.

Danny Fair­brass and Dar­rell Peck star in the Aus­trian fi­nale.

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