Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse to publish fishing book

Monday 4th February 2019, 5:11pm

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing. Image shows from L to R: Bob Mortimer, Paul Whitehouse. Copyright: Owl Power.

Following the success of their TV series Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse are now set to publish a book linked to the show.

Gone Fishing - a gentle series which observed as the two comedy stars took a fishing trip together - premiered on BBC Two in June and July 2018. The duo, who were both recovering from heart operations, discussed various topics as they undertook various types of angling.

Whitehouse is an experienced fisherman whilst Mortimer is a complete novice. The six episodes observed as the pair discussed various topics "alongside the ever-present shadows of showbiz and mortality".

An instant hit with viewers, a second series of the TV show is now in development.

The new book, which will have the same title as the TV show, is due to be published on the 30th May 2019 - possibly to tie in with the broadcast of Series 2.

Mortimer confirmed on social media: "Me and Paul are writing a book about fishing, friendship and fannying about on riverbanks. It's coming out in May."

The back cover of the book explains: "This wonderful book by two lifelong friends is a love letter to the joys of angling, the thrill of the catch and the virtue of having a right daft laff with your mates. On the fish, the equipment, the food, and the locations, Gone Fishing is the perfect book for fans of Bob Mortimer, Paul Whitehouse and for anyone who wants to read a brilliantly written and endlessly funny joint memoir on life, friendship and joys of fishing."

Mortimer & Whitehouse - Gone Fishing is available to pre-order now in both hardback and eBook formats.

Mortimer & Whitehouse - Gone Fishing

Mortimer & Whitehouse - Gone Fishing

Two comedy greats talk life, friendship and the joys of fishing...

Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse have been friends for 30 years, but when life intervened, what was once a joyous and spontaneous friendship dwindled to the odd phone call or occasional catch up. Then, Glory Be! They were both diagnosed with heart disease and realised that time is short. They'd better spend it fishing...

So they dusted off their kits, chucked on their waders and ventured into the achingly beautiful British countryside to fish, rediscover the joys of their friendship and ruminate on some of life's most profound questions, such as: How did we get so old? Where are all the fish? What are your favourite pocket meats? What should we do if we find a corpse?

Following the success of the BBC's Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing series, this wonderful book by two lifelong friends is a love letter to the joys of angling, the thrill of the catch and the virtue of having a right daft laff with your mates. On the fish, the equipment, the food, and the locations, Gone Fishing is the perfect book for fans of Bob Mortimer, Paul Whitehouse and for anyone who wants to read a brilliantly written and endlessly funny joint memoir on life, friendship and joys of fishing.

First published: Thursday 30th May 2019

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