BBC Two has commissioned a new show in which Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer go fishing together.
Paul is an experienced fisherman while Bob is a complete novice. Their friendship stretches back for decades, but they’ve recently reconnected after both suffering very serious heart problems and staring death in the face. Paul suggested to Bob that he take up fishing to help recover from his triple heart bypass, so the show will see them travel around the country to fish side by side.
The BBC says that across the six-part series, Paul and Bob will dissect life, death and comedy. Paul will be in charge of the fishing while Bob is in charge of the accommodation and cooking heart-healthy food. From recipes, regrets, relationships and rituals to childhood, comedy and the countryside, the pair will discuss everything alongside the ever-present shadows of showbiz and mortality.
Bob Mortimer says: “Paul is a lifelong friend and the chance to have one last adventure together before we snuff it was irresistible. He is an experienced angler and I haven’t fished since I was a teenager. As a teacher, I expect him to be brutal.”
Paul Whitehouse says: “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. As a Middlesbrough fan, he lapped it up.”