Funny fishing show Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing is back in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 09:36 06 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:36 06 July 2018

Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse - (C) Photographer: Parisa Taghizadeh

Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse - (C) Photographer: Parisa Taghizadeh

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After herring a rumour that Bob and Paul were coming back to Norfolk to cast off, we decided to find out if it was o-fish-al. If you hear any more about the TV funnymen in the county, do let minnow.

Bob and Paul are back in Norfolk for another session by the riverbank and this time they’re fishing the River Wensum for roach while shooting the breeze about middle-aged ailments and the moment you realise younger people have started to offer you their seat on the bus.

Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing will be in the county on July 11 at 10pm on BBC2 as the pair continue their angling trip around the UK.

As the pair struggle up and down the riverbanks with their kit, they begin to realise how age is starting to take its toll on their physicality and talk about their old partying days when Bob would go out until 4am whereas he struggles to get to 4pm these days without needing a nap.

“Looking back on your dreary life, what age was the best age?” Bob calls across to Paul as they cast on either side of a bridge in Norfolk.

As has been the tone of these charming shows, it’s Bob who is the more eager funnyman, while Paul often acts as the voice of reason.

Remembering his wilder life in 1990s Soho, Bob tells us: “I can remember Chaka Khan spewing up all over my feet” before Whitehouse asks his friend to “list your ailments from the toes up”. When Bob begins the list of problems, he begins with his head.

“I said ‘no! toes up! And what a catalogue of joy it is…”

Bob has a go at fixing Paul’s bald patch with the remedies he used on Shooting Stars and then the pair head to the pub for a pie. They spend a night in a disused railway station and then have a fishing competition the following day where the winner gets a very special culinary treat.

Paul said, of his time in this part of the county: “I also enjoyed catching roach from the River Wensum in Norfolk as it reminded me of being a kid.”

* Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, BBC2, July 11, 10pm and afterwards on iPlayer.

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