BBC Factual commissions eighth series of Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

BBC Factual commissions eighth series of Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

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June 12, 2024 – BBC Factual has commissioned an eighth series of the award-winning and critically acclaimed  Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing  for BBC Two and iPlayer, it was announced today.

The popular series,  produced by  Owl Power,  will see  Bob Mortimer  and  Paul Whitehouse  exploring more of the UK’s beautiful countryside, enjoying more laughs, capers and candid and heartfelt chats as they continue to fish more lakes, rivers and canals  across  the UK.

The 6 x 30 series will have even more of a personal edge, with each fishing location chosen by its relevance to Paul or Bob personally, following the broad journeys of their lives.

Each episode takes a wide ranging theme about life which Paul and Bob discuss, often sharing very personal insights and experiences with each other.

Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing is one of the strongest brands on BBC Two, with more than a fifth of the viewers of the last series watching it on iPlayer

The Christmas special was also a huge hit making it the fourth biggest factual series on the channel in the last 12 months.

The seventh series, which is due to air later this year expanded its run to eight episodes for the first time, with the friends’ excursions seeing them visit Bedfordshire, North Norfolk and Northern Ireland.

Paul Whitehouse quipped: “I can’t wait to get back to Gone Fishing with that other bloke in tow,” with Bob Mortimer adding: “I’m looking forward to visiting old haunts from my younger years as Paul and I will be travelling back in time for this series, going to fish in places which shaped our lives.”

BBC Commissioning Editor Patrick McMahon,says: “We’re so happy to welcome Paul and Bob back for another slice of fishing, friendship and riverbank philosophy. Following their adventures and spending time in their company is always a treat, and this series promises to be the most personal and pleasurable yet”.

Executive Producer, Lisa Clark, added: “I’m so delighted we can continue to showcase our beautiful country in the company of Paul, Bob and Ted of course.

There’s so much more to explore for both man and beast with plenty of muck for Ted to roll in and Bob to fall over, while Paul quietly concentrates on the fishing in hand.”

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, a 6×30’ for BBC Two and iPlayer, is made by Owl Power. It was commissioned by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Events. Lisa Clark is the Executive Producer and Patrick McMahon the BBC Commissioning Editor.


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