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This is a 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, not only in pursuit of that week’s target fish but whilst fishing, meditate on life, friendship, and death.
Mortimer And Whitehouse spend this relaxing time 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.