'Gone Fishing' with Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse gets a fifth series

Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse are returning for series five of Gone Fishing. (Owl Power)
Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse are returning for series five of Gone Fishing. (Owl Power)

Viewer favourite Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing has been confirmed for a fifth series on BBC Two.

The gentle documentary sees the two comedians travel the UK united by their love of fishing, as they invite audiences to watch their relaxing trips and see them hone their angling talents.

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Paul Whitehouse shares his extensive fishing experience with Bob Mortimer, who hunts out unique places to stay and creates heart-healthy menus for their travels.

Mortimer's healthy diet is particularly important to him as the show originally came about when Whitehouse decided to support his friend in recovering from triple heart bypass surgery by taking him on restorative fishing trips.

Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer in Gone Fishing
The friends will provide further soothing episodes. (Owl Power)

The star's heart problems were so serious that he got married in hospital before going into surgery and almost died the day after his operation.

The calming series has been so soothingly popular with viewers that a fifth series of six episodes has been confirmed to air later in 2022.

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BBC commissioning editor Max Gogarty said: “Paul and Bob have a unique ability to create a half hour of televisual perfection, transporting us to a place with them on the side of a riverbank where all is calm and joyful.

"We are delighted to have a further six episodes coming later this year to BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.”

Gone Fishing scene
The comedians are set to explore the UK's best fishing spots. (Owl Power)

The next series of six half-hour episodes will explore more of the UK’s beautiful countryside to seek out the finest fishing spots, with Mortimer and Whitehouse visiting various lakes, rivers and canals and meeting special guests old and new along the way to discuss issues that are close to their hearts.

Executive producer Lisa Clark said: “The love for the show continues to grow and Bob and Paul are thrilled to be back filming - with of course the new star of the show, terrier Ted.

"He cannot wait to join them once again to explore all the new sights and smells on offer.”

The previous four series of Gone Fishing are available to watch on iPlayer.

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