News: BBC Recommissions Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

David Brindley, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, and Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, has announced the recommission of hit series Mortimer And Whitehouse: Gone Fishing.

Airing on BBC Two earlier this summer, it will return next year along with a second series of The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan.

David Brindley says: “The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan and Mortimer And Whitehouse: Gone Fishing have been real summer highlights for us and we couldn’t be happier to be re-commissioning both.

"The response from critics and viewers alike has been fantastic, and often followed by ‘surely there will be a second series?’ - well, we’re thrilled to oblige. Each of these titles was an effort by the brilliant production teams and our department to try to continue the evolution of the travel genre, and I’m pleased these efforts were met with such a warm reception. To have the likes of Romesh, Bob and Paul on such glorious form on the channel is a sheer delight. Here’s to more adventures.”

Lifelong friends and comedy royalty Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer were reunited by a common experience of heart disease, and after Paul invited Bob out fishing, the series was born. There will now be another series of six half-hour episodes next year of Mortimer And Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, exploring more of the UK’s finest fishing spots whilst again discussing life’s big questions and sharing their personal experiences in their inimitable way.

Paul Whitehouse says: “The response has been a little bit overwhelming. We’ve had the most incredible messages from people who have suffered similar issues with their hearts or have had long-term illnesses and have found something in the series that has resonated with them. We’re really pleased that people can see the joy that fishing can bring and I’m also very proud that people who wouldn’t normally watch a fishing programme can enjoy the series too.”

Bob adds: “I absolutely loved making the series and can't wait to depart for a new set of adventures in the beautiful countryside, with wonderful company and a fresh menu of heart healthy meals... who wouldn't sign up for that?"

The series saw strong performance, with the first episode launching with 1.8m viewers - and 800,000 requests on BBC iPlayer.

News: Second Series for The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan.

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