WHITEHOUSE AND MORTIMER: GONE FISHING
EPISODE BY EPISODE
Fishing for tench in Norfolk, Bob and Paul share nostalgia for their younger years and reveal how they recently came face to face with their own mortality.
After a brief respite in a local brewery they reluctantly camp down in yurts before fishing again the next day. Will the tench play ball?
In Hay-on-Wye the pair fish for barbel. Passing a graveyard, they muse about the future and chat to a local vicar about death and their own funerals.
Back in the fishing cabin, Bob promises Paul a special treat if they are successful in their angling endeavours.
3 RAINBOW TROUT
In Derbyshire’s beautiful Monsal Valley Paul teaches Bob how to fly fish for wild rainbow trout.
Bob cooks Paul his very personal recipe of ‘Tuna Melanie’ on the river bank, proving his cooking is more successful than his fishing.
Paul and Bob fish the River Wensum for roach and realise how age is starting to take its toll as they negotiate the steep banks. But Bob has a plan to help Paul recapture his youth.
Later, in the local pub, they challenge each other to a fishing competition where the winner gets a very special culinary treat.
5 SEA TROUT AND BASS
Paul fishes the famed Bridge Pool in Dorset, hoping to catch sea trout. Arriving late, Bob redeems himself by hooking the first fish of the day.
Later Paul persuades Bob, not a good sailor, to charter a boat in search of bass. Out at the Needles Paul catches a fish too big for Bob to handle so they head off to a local restaurant to prepare it. Catch Bob’s small cameo as an irritating waiter!
Paul and Bob decide to try and catch a pike, which is perhaps not the best idea for two men of a certain age with heart problems.
In the cosy cottage where they are staying, they invite a consultant cardiologist to dinner to talk about their medical past and their future, gaining tips on how to live the healthiest life possible. Facing the future, they write a eulogy for each other as the sun sets on their final fishing expedition.