TV stars Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer reveal their new fishing series.
Heart problems bring comedians Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer together on the bank
THEY’RE two of the country’s best loved TV comedians, and now Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse have brought the laughs to the bank in a brand new fishing show.
The six-part BBC2 series ‘Whitehouse and Mortimer: Gone Fishing’ sees the comics travelling the length and breadth of Britain on a string of fishing expeditions where they discuss life, death and comedy-related topics.
Speaking exclusively to Angling Times, the two friends, who have both suffered serious heart problems, revealed the reasoning behind the show and what viewers can expect to see.
Paul said: “Before Bob Mortimer and I die of heart disease, we’re going fishing all around the country.
“I’ve sold it to him by saying fishing is long periods of boredom punctuated by short, sharp periods of incredibly intense boredom. So, as a Middlesbrough fan, he lapped it up!
“But seriously, in the show you’ll see us relating as mates rather than characters.
“I have to be bossy with him when it comes to the fishing, but really I think it shows quite a sweet relationship between us.”
Bob agreed that the show isn’t just about comedy, and said that the UK’s countryside played an important role in the filming.
He added: “Paul is a massive star, but people don’t know much about him, so you will get to see him in his natural environment.
“Our intention was to portray just how beautiful England is, and I think we’ve done that really well. Hopefully it’s something the viewers will enjoy – on both a visual and comedic level.”
Whitehouse and Mortimer: Gone Fishing can be seen on BBC2 with the first episode airing in the next two weeks. For updates and air times of each episode, please check the BBC website.
“Paul Whitehouse is a massive star, but most people really don’t know very much about him at all”