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Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing
MWGF is a multi BAFTA-nominated show that first aired on BBC2 in 2018 and all three series are available to view on BBC iplayer
MWGF is the fishing show that is not really about fishing. In each episode comedians, Bob Mortimer (61, portly, unskilled) and Paul Whitehouse (62, slender, highly skilled) spend a couple of days by the river in pursuit of that week's target fish.
Whilst fishing they meditate on life, friendship, and death.
They fish to help each other get over treatment for nearly fatal heart problems: three stents for Whitehouse and a triple bypass for Mortimer.
Paul is the teacher and the river guide, Bob organises their accommodation and heart-healthy cooking for each episode.
The series showcases the timeless beauty of the British countryside and gives a unique insight into the nature of male friendship and the importance of companionship to a fulfilling life.
Over the last few years, Paul and Bob have been inundated with questions about the show... we hope this website can become a resource that provides the answers and also celebrates this wonderful show.
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Job description: Paul tries to guide Bob in the skills of the fisherman, usually without success. Can also be found singing, shouting "MIND THE ROD!", or reminiscing about his mum's corned beef pie.
Director of Photography
Job description: Both Toby & Alistair have the responsibility of conveying the story to the viewer. They create the look and feel of each episode by selecting the cameras, lenses and filters needed for the principle photography.
Ted was originally from Ireland.
He was given as a Christmas present, but re-homed in the New Year and went into foster care.
He enjoys 'exploring' (running off).
The distinctive bells on his collar are so he can be located when he 'explores'.
He is mostly Patterdale Terrier.
His favourite snack is homemade liver treats.
He is allergic to sausages.
Ted is owned by the show's Executive Producer, Lisa Clark.
Ted prefers Bob to Paul...
mainly on account of Bob's 'pocket meat'.
Job description: Bob's main role is to annoy Paul as much as possible and generally get in the way, fall over, or both. He can also be found cooking 'food' and retrieving his fishing line from a tree.
Job description: Louise keeps an eye on the budget and the logistical issues of the production alongside the Production Co-ordinator Poppy.
Can sometimes be found carrying milk.
Job description: Sam records all sound on the production and makes sure Bob and Paul's dialogue is crystal clear, which can be challenging when surrounded by the sound of mother nature.
Job description: Doug's job is post-production. He takes the filmed footage and sound and with Lisa's input, he'll create the finished product. He also spends time editing out the F-bombs and creating the show's soundtrack.