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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.
M E E T T H E
C U R R E N T T E A M
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.
Boss Lady & Executive Producer
Job description: Call her The Boss, The Chief, The Big Kahuna, the buck stops with Lisa!
Also, Ted's handler.
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.
The first time Paul and Bob went fishing together Bob caught a brown Trout with his first practice cast.
Bob buys his hats from a hat shop in Palm Springs especially to use on the show. He never wears a hat when not fishing.
When they ate the pie in the pub in series one, Bob was very, very drunk.
Ted the dog belongs to Executive Producer Lisa Clark.
Since the first series Bob has only arranged accommodation that has a TV.
The birthday cake in the River Test episode was baked by Bob's wife.
Paul was casting continuously for three hours to catch the Salmon in the junction pool on the River Tweed.
Bob falls on average five times per shoot.
Each half-hour show takes six days to film, including travel. Paul and Bob fish for approximately eight hours per show.
The corned beef and potato pie they cooked on the houseboat on the River Lea was Paul and Bob's favourite ever Gone Fishing dish.
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.
ted THE PATTERDALE
Production Rescue Dog
Job description: Ted gives the 'Ahh' factor to the production.
Hobbies include: running away and scratching.
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: Russell 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.